New Orleans Saints – The Good, Bad & Ugly

The Super Bowl defending champions came into this year with some high expectations. They returned most of last year’s team and expect to compete for another championship. It hasn’t been much of a surprise to see the team start 2-0, but the way they’ve gotten to 2-0 has been a bit different then expected.

The Good
The Saints have started the year with two tough wins at home against the Vikings and on the road against the 49ers..  Despite both of those teams starting 0-2, they were both projected to win their respective division by most experts.   While their offense hasn’t blown up so far, their defense continues to force turnovers at a record pace much like last year.  I think it’s only a matter of time before the offense lights up the scoreboard and electrifies the way they did last year.  I’m also really encouraged with the play of Brees.  After having an MVP-type season, through two games he shows no signs of slowing down and continues to show top-notch leadership.  By proving their championship mettle early on, the Saints have shown that they have the team necessary to repeat.

The Bad
Currently New Orleans ranks 21st in total offense averaging less then 300 yards a game. They also sit 15th in average points scored, which is a huge difference then last year when they were running everyone out of the stadium. The really weak point so far as been when New Orleans tries to run the ball. Ranking 31st and averaging only 64 yards a game is not going to cut it. They’ve yet to have a 100 yard rusher and their rushing attack is down about 50% compared to last year’s 130+ rushing yards a game average. Now that Bush their rushing numbers could drop even more. To make things even worse they’ve got to play their toughest division rival next week when the Falcons come to town.

One could also argue that their wins have come against two overrated teams. The Vikings and 49ers are both 0-2 after most people expected them to compete for their division championship. The Niners gift wrapped the game with 4 turnovers and a safety. Both games the Saints barely pulled out a victory and could easily be 0-2 right now. One thing for sure is the offense has to get grooving and they’ve got to start running the ball better.

The Ugly
In Week 2 the Saints lost their most dynamic player Reggie Bush. A lot has been said from people in the Saints organization that their offense revolves around Bush and his ability to create match up problems. Now the Saints will have to try and run a somewhat staggering offense without their most dynamic weapon.

We Want To Hear From You
What’s your thoughts on the Saints situation? Do you think they are good team pulling out tough victories? Or a struggling team who can’t run the ball and is barely beating overrated opponents? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Walt Barton on September 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Last I checked the Saints are the champs until somebody else is. They are 2-0 and probably haven’t played their best football. They haven’t looked awesome so far but really who in the NFC has looked better? Green Bay? They are without Ryan Grant. Sure losing Bush hurts the Who Dats but they have won without him before. They came back on the road against San Fran, and have a pretty decided home field advantage in the Dome. They will be a playoff team and once they get in, anything can happen. I don’t know if they have enough to get it done, it is hard to repeat, but I wouldn’t count them out. I buy 100% but we will know more after they play the Falcons on Sunday.

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    • I’m buying the Saints also. But I’m really surprised to see how bad their running game is right now. Falcons will be tough and even if they lose to em, I’m still buying.

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  2. Posted by Warzecha on September 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I think the Cowboys have looked better in the NFC, for one…

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  3. Posted by A.J. on September 23, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Listen, I am a Cowboys fan. But for you to say the Cowboys have looked better then the Saints is crazy talk!

    The Saints are the best team in football. They have amazing leadership on both sides of the ball (Brees – Offense, Vilma – Defense), they have excellent coaching, and a solid special teams unit that always steps up in the big games. Reggie getting hurt was bad for them, but they still have some of the most explosive weapons in the League. Not to mention, Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts are back and will make a big difference in the run game.

    I know that they haven’t looked like last year’s team in the first 2 games, but they still won against 2 good teams (regardless of record). And it’s scary to think how good they will be if the offense starts rolling again! And think about week 8. Not only do they get Reggie back, but also Darren Sharper and Clint Ingram. I know Green Bay is good, but unless there are some more serious injuries to this team, I do not think anyone can stop them

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    • Posted by Warzecha on September 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

      AJ – Spoken like someone passing out the company kool-aid to me….lol

      And clearly I was kidding about the Cowboys. They’d struggle to win the NFC West right now!

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