Saints defense shows improvement in last two games

After allowing at least 400 total yards in the first 10 games of the season, the Saints’ defense has given up 375 and 283 yards in their two most recent games to drop their average to 440.5 yards per game.

Going into a Nov. 25 game with the San Francisco 49ers, in which the Saints gave up a season-low 375 yards, they were allowing 462.8 yards per game.

But they topped that in last Thursday night’s 23-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons as they limited the Falcons’ high-powered offense to just 283 yards.

The Saints remain last in the NFL in total defense going into Sunday’s game with the New York Giants although, thanks to the last two weeks, have a shot at avoiding a dubious record of giving up the most yards in league history.

Here are the pertinent numbers for Sunday’s matchup with the Giants in MetLife Stadium (NFL rank in parentheses):

SAINTS

Offense: Total yards, 386.4 (t5); rushing, 92.3 (27); passing, 294.2 (3); scoring, 26.8 (t5).

Defense: Total yards, 440.5 (32); rushing, 153.8 (32); passing, 286.7 (30); scoring, 27.3 (28).

Turnover differential: minus-2 (t17); 17 takeaways/19 giveaways.

GIANTS

Offense: Total yards, 371.2 (10); rushing, 114.8 (15); passing, 256.3 (9); scoring, 26.8 (t5).

Defense: Total yards, 366.9 (22); rushing, 121.8 (21); passing, 245.2 (22); scoring, 20.3 (t9).

Turnover differential: plus-14 (t2); 30 takeaways/16 giveaways.