The New Orleans Saints are heading on the road in Week 2 to face their NFC South rivals, the Carolina Panthers. They will be looking to push their record to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, 16-15. Not only are they looking for their second win, the Saints are on the verge of making some franchise history.
According to OptaSTATS on X, formerly known as Twitter, the Saints have allowed 20 or fewer points in nine consecutive games. That is tied for the longest streak, which was originally set back in 1991.
That is one of the longest streaks that has been put together in the NFL in the last 15 years. The only longer one is owned by the New England Patriots, who had an 11-game stretch holding teams to 20 or fewer points between 2018 and 2019.
The last time an opponent scored more than 20 points against the Saints was the Baltimore Ravens. They accomplished the feat in Week 9 on Monday Night Football last season in a game New Orleans lost 27-13.
This streak includes five games on the road, as the Arizona Cardinals in a wild 42-34 shootout in Week 6 last season was the last time the Saints surrendered more than 20 points away from the Caesars Superdome.
This is certainly an impressive streak for the Saints, who have one of the best defensive units in the NFL. Facing off against rookie quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, will certainly give the Saints some challenges.
But, the Panthers’ offense struggled out of the gate last week against the Atlanta Falcons, scoring only 10 points. Similar difficulties finding success in Week 2 will result in the Saints making some franchise history with a 10th straight opponent being held to 20 or fewer points. On top of that, New Orleans would open an early two-game lead on Carolina in the division standings.