The Saints have been less than spectacular since debuting as the current Super Bowl champs this season but have managed to still find ways to eek out the closest of wins.
Now after going 1-2 over the last three games it’s abundantly clear the Saints are playing nowhere near their actually ability and the luck seems to finally be running out.
Pundits are now referring to the Saints as a mediocre team and while Saints fans surely believe they are better than mediocre it’s hard to argue with a record of 3-2 and stat lines as poor as they have put up this season.
Last night against the Cardinals the Saints tied the game up with a nice little bow and graciously handed the victory over behind four turnovers, a fumble and three interceptions.
The normally prolific Drew Brees, widely considered the most accurate passer in the league, over threw tight end Jeremy Shockey for his second interception and then under threw receiver Lance Moore for his third interception which was taken back for a score by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
In fairness Brees’ first interception came off a deflection when he tried to dump off a pass to running back Ladell Betts who batted the ball into the air making it fair game for Cardinal linebacker Paris Lennon.
However you want to put it the Saints were terrible in every facet of the game and now may just be the time to hit the panic button in an effort start to make some critical adjustments before the season spirals out of control.
This week the Saints will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are coming off a big win over the Cincinatti Bengals and suprisingly enough are 3-1 after many predicted a tough season for the very young squad.
After their week three loss to Atlanta the Saints beat the Carolina Panthers in week 4 and are currently 1-1 in the division, a loss to the Buccaneers would be disastrous and although you hate to say it’s a must win game that’s exactly what it is.
It’s not too late to salvage the season but a repeat performance against the Buccaneers cannot happen and with no more luck to rely on the Saints must get back to mistake free football to have any shot at being a play-off team.
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