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Deke: Saints D is bad and nearly ugly
by Deke Bellavia,posted Sep 16 2012 7:10PM
Ok let’s make this simple. When you are 0-2, there are not many good things to talk about. Coach Aaron Kromer said in his post-game speech that he and the Saints are going to “right the ship” and “win more games that they lose.”
Now, the team that has often overcome long odds to win games and championships will have to do so once again. Historically, when teams start out 0-2, they reach the playoffs just 13 percent of the time…so, you know what that means.
Next week, the Saints face another 0-2 team in the Kansas City Chiefs. New Orleans needs a win desperately before they go on the road to take on the Green Bay Packers. If this week was not considered a must-win situation, is the game against KC a “must win?”
Let’s break down the latest good, bad, ugly after the Saints 35-27 loss to Carolina.
The Good – The Saints have fourteen regular season games left. We are only a game behind Tampa and Carolina, with Atlanta still yet to play Denver on Monday Night. Don’t look at anyone outside of the NFC South Division.
The Bad – The Saints defense is bad and nearly ugly. In two games, the Saints Defense has allowed 927 yards of total offense. Washington gained 464 yards while Carolina got 463 yards. Teams have rushed on average for 186 yards per game against the Saints defense. Carolina and Washington passed for a combined 555-yards for an average of 277.5 yards per game.
The Ugly – The Saints are -4 in the turnover department in two games, and the new-look defense has given up 75 points for an average of 37.5 points per game. Dropped passes have also plagued the Saints. In the loss to Carolina, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Darren Sproles and Joe Morgan all had dropped passes. That just can’t happen, and when you are 0-2 these things add up.