Pat Yasinkas writes:
Over the three previous seasons, the Saints have played 12 games without Bush. In those games, they went 8-4 and have averaged 33.4 points a game. Last season, they played two games without Bush. They won them both and averaged 38 points a game.
In 2008, Bush missed six games. The Saints went 4-2 and averaged 35.2 points per game. One other encouraging piece of information to look at here is that the Saints aren’t exactly facing a lineup of super teams the next six weeks.
Even though 12 games isn’t much of a sample size, this wouldn’t be the first reason to come to the conclusion that the Saints have often gotten in the habit of forcing the ball to Bush.