NFL Divisional Snapshots: The Field Narrows

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 06, 2014

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-Even without Pierre Thomas, the Saints ran for 185 yards against the Eagles, who were only allowing 3.77 YPA for the season. The 185 yards were New Orleans' second most on the season (242 against the Cowboys on November 10).

-The win over the Eagles marked the third time New Orleans won a game this season after giving away two or more turnovers. They're 3-4 in such games.

-Counting the win over the Eagles, the Saints are 9-1 when holding opponents under 100 total rushing yards, and 3-4 when they don't.

-In the 34-7 loss to the Seahawks on December 2, the Saints had their worst game of the season in net passing yards (144), and second worst in rushing yards (44). The 188 total yards are by far their worst showing of the year, well behind their second worst of 347 against Chicago.

KEY MATCHUP: Despite the trip to the Divisional Round, the Saints are a flawed offense. They're merely ranked 20th in Scoreability, averaging 15.44 yards per point scored. That's an average of 108.08 yards per touchdown, considerably below what you'd expect from a Drew Brees-run team.

Turnovers from a few rough games (including two picks to an average Eagles defense on Saturday) leave them vulnerable. Conversely, Seattle is third in Bendability, allowing a point every 18.95 yards given up. That means opponents only score touchdowns every 132.65 yards gained, an outstanding number. If Brees gets hemmed in early, just like that December 2 disaster, he'll find it onerous to get out of the hole.

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