The Saints (5-1) are coming off their bye week, taking on the Buffalo Bills (3-4) in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday. Under Sean Payton, the Black and Gold are just 3-3 after the bye week. (The Saints also won after their bye last season; but, as we all remember, the team was Sean Payton-less.)
In Payton’s first season in 2006, the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens 35-22 for their second loss of the season. The following year, the Saints dropped a close one to divisional-foe Carolina 16-13 for a fourth straight loss. In 2008, Payton and the Saints were beat by the Dirty Birds of Atlanta and fell to 4-5 on the year.
Despite that 3-3 overall record, Payton is 3-0 after they bye since that magical Super Bowl season in 2009. That year the team improved to 5-0 after whooping the New York Giants 48-27. In 2010 the Black and Gold took down Seattle 34-19 after the bye. (I refuse to remember what happened in that rematch.) In 2011, the Saints once again shellacked the Giants 49-24.
Some more trends after the bye under Sean Payton:
• The Saints are 0-1 coming off the bye against AFC opponents
• The Saints have played at home following the bye in 5 out of 6 games. They play at home again on Sunday
• Since 2009, after the bye, the Saints are 3-0 and have won with an average score of 43.7-23.3. The lowest score for the Black and Gold in that stretch is 34 (against Seattle)
2006: Lost to Baltimore 35-22 (home)
2007: Lost to Carolina 16-13 (home)
2008: Lost to Atlanta 34-20 (away)
2009: Win over NYG 48-27 (home)
2010: Win over Seattle 34-19 (home)
2011: Win over NYG 49-24 (home)
2013: ???? (home)
New Orleans Saints (9-3) vs Carolina Panthers (9-3)
Sunday December 8th 7:30 Kickoff, WWL Radio
Last week's results: Seattle beat New Orleans 34-7 / Carolina beat Tampa Bay 26-7
Series History: The Panthers lead the series 19-17
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