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Numbers to know: Saints vs. Titans

New Orleans and Tennessee create an interesting Week 1 matchup in the Caesars Superdome

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Pat yourself on the back, we made it to football season.

The New Orleans Saints and the Tennessee Titans are slated to begin their seasons this Sunday at noon. Both teams will enter this season with well-known and tenured weapons on offense and defense. There will also be a fair number of rookies and new signees who will have to step up and make an impact.

Here are three numbers to know heading into the game.

76.9 Yards Per Game

What does this mean: The amount of opponent rushing yards allowed per game by the Tennessee Titans in 2022.

Why should I care: The Titans were second to none when it came to rush defense last season. Running against this team would have been difficult even with a healthy Kamara. It will be a big rest from Jamaal Williams and rookie Kendre Miller. Carmichael will need to craft a game plan focusing on a subpar Titans secondary but still finding ways for the running game to contribute.

201 Yards

What does this mean: Rushing yards the Saints allowed in week one last season

Why should I care: Stopping the run was the weakest link for New Orleans this time last year. Cordarrelle Patterson and the Falcons dominated the front line. The Saints will need to control the run game and see production from rookie Bryan Bresee and other newcomers. If Patterson was able to rush for 120 yards last year, imagine the damage Derrick Henry can do. If the Saints can somewhat contain Henry, winning this game becomes exponentially easier.

25 Turnovers

What does this mean: Turnovers committed by the Saints in 2022

Why should I care: Both the Saints and the Titans struggled to avoid turnovers last season. The Saints committed 25 turnovers (6th-most NFL) and the Titans committed 23 (13th-worst NFL). The Saints have upgraded their quarterback from Dalton/Winston to Carr, but he’s been known to struggle with interceptions. If he throws multiple picks, Tennessee could steal a week one victory. Likewise, if Ryan Tannehill tries to test a solid Saints secondary, it could be a very long day for the Titans.

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