Well let's just throw out the Colts game. They were the least talented team in the league at that point and their OL was down to 2nd and 3rd stringers. Atlanta ran Turner 11 times and NO leading rusher was Ingram with 9 carries. Breed was next with 3. So was it really a matter of Foster shutting their run game down or those teams choosing a different offensive attack? I know Brees threw for about 400 yards against us.
Why would you throw out the Colts game? If you want to bash the defense when they play like crap, you need to be able to give them credit when they played well. Don't make excuses for good play.
Just think you are making a bigger deal about those two games than we should. There is a tried and true formula for beating us and it was stupid for NO and ATL to deviate from it. Can we get better defending the run? I hope so but the evidence of that happening with this same personnel isn't overwhelming.
Those teams went away from the run because they weren't getting anything out of the run game.
week 3 vs ATL: 15 att, 30 yards rushing, for a 2.0 YPA
week 4 vs IND: 18 att, 62 yards rushing, for a 3.4 YPA
week 6 vs NO: 20 att, 70 yards rushing, for a 3.5 YPA
The defense was stopping the run. Give them credit for doing so.