by Jason Cole
December 03, 02013
New Orleans’ loss at Seattle on Monday night highlighted a trend for the Saints that could become problematic in the playoff: The Saints defense is markedly worse on the road so far this season.
Almost a touchdown per game worse.
Among the trio of top NFC contenders Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans, the Saints have by far the worst splits when comparing road performance to home performance. New Orleans has allowed 135 points in six games on the road, including two 30-point games by New England and Seattle. That’s an average of 22.5 per game.
In six games at home, the Saints have allowed 95 points, an average of 15.8 per game.
One of the factors within scoring is that the Saints have eight interceptions at home and only two on the road. The Saints also have more sacks at home (21) than on the road (17), although the difference there is not as stark.
By contrast, Seattle has allowed 84 points in six home games and 102 on the road, a differ-ence of only three points per game. San Francisco has actually allowed more points at home in six games (101) than on the road (96). Seattle and San Francisco also have more sacks on the road than they do at home and the split on interceptions is not a disparate as the Saints.
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