The New Orleans Saints headed into week 3 of the NFL season with a 1-1 record following an opening week win, and a tough home opener loss of feisty game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While they didn’t get the W, there are reasons for optimism and a recipe for success.
Let’s get the “bad” out of the way.
The Saints headed to Carolina for a battle with division rivals the Carolina Panthers. The offense looked to find a spark and get back on track following a lack of production in the first half of games. Alas, it was anemic in Carolina as they couldn’t muster up a point after a half of football.
It took them until late in the fourth quarter to get any points making the final score a little more respectable. The Saints ran for a total of 84 yards in the week 3 loss; the consistency of rookie receiver Chris Olave is about the only positive from the offensive side of the ball. Olave secured 9 catches for 147 yards in Carolina.
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Defense is Key
Where the offense has been paltry, the New Orleans defense once again was the highlight for the Saints. They held the Panthers to 13 points in two quarters. Linebacker Pete Werner lead the way again in tackles as he had 11 total tackles. Demario Davis and Cam Jordan secured sacks in the week 3 loss as well.
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The fact the New Orleans Saints defense has stepped up over the past two weeks is a crucial key to the Saints having the ability to turn the season around. Demario Davis and Pete Werner have been integral parts of the success on the defensive side of the ball. The Saints offense can find a way to put up points from the opening kick-off and you’ll be watching a potent defensive team that can quietly win you ball games.
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Offense Has Ability to Move the Ball
Despite the slow start, there are pieces the team can work with. There is plenty to work on as they search for any offensive production and consistency as they head into week 4. Dennis Allen has tough decisions to make with regards to his quarterback situation as It appears a different look maybe on the horizon.
The Saints offence and their lack of production has been frustrating to say the least. However, New Orleans has shown the ability to move the ball, and also find themselves in the endzone. The fact that the team can’t find a way to score in he opening half is the major reason they’re on the losing end of back to back games. If New Orleans can score points early and move the ball with their possessions, this team will find success.
The Saints may have something to hang their hats on after a rough start in back to back losses. The last two times the Saints started a season 1-2 they went on to have very successful regular seasons.
Record After Week 3: 1-2
After Week 11: 8-2
Record After Week 3: 1-2
After Week 13: 10-2
They have been in this position before and have found ways to turn it around, the team will have to work quick if they want to keep pace in the standings.
New Orleans heads to the UK to take on the Minnesota Vikings in London and look to even out the record with a tough battle against the Vikings.