New Orleans Saints: Will They Survive 0-2 Start?

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Sep 16, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) and free safety Haruki Nakamura (43) and defensive end Antwan Applewhite (93) defend. The Panther defeated the Saints 35-27 at Bank of America Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USPresswire

But all the blame can’t be laid at the feet of the defense for the offense has had plenty of struggles.

The Saints usually boast one of the NFL’s best offensive lines, but pass protection this season has been far below the units normal standard.

Drew Brees has been harassed in the pocket, and more time then not finds himself scrambling for room to throw.

He has been sacked three times and hurried/hit countless others. The result has lead to a disappointing stat line.

Brees has completed only 55 of 101 passes for a 54.5% completion percentage — 28th in the league — and thrown four interceptions coupled with a measly 6.43 yards per pass attempt.

That number becomes increasingly troublesome when you consider Brees set a new NFL record for completion percentage last year boasting a 71.2% completion rate.

In fact his 54.5% completion percentage is his lowest through two games since joining the league in 2001.

Normally sure handed receivers like Marques Colston, Lance Moore, and Jimmy Graham have all dropped a few passes — Moore and Graham both botched potential touchdown grabs against Carolina.

Third down conversions are also way down as the Saints are currently ranked 15th in the NFL with a 37.5% conversion rate.

That’s a significant drop off from last season when they were tops in the NFL, converting nearly 60% of the time.

Another area of concern is red zone efficiency where they are scoring 66.67% percent of the time — 6th in the league — but are getting there far fewer times a game.

Last season the Saints averaged nearly five red zone attempts per game compared to only three trips per game so far this season.

It’s evident that the Saints have struggled, they know it, and so do the fans.

But New Orleans is a veteran team and regardless of Drew Brees recent struggles, he is still one of the best signal callers in the league.

Everyone is aware that since 1990 out of the 184 teams that started 0-2 only 22 of those went on to post season play.

However the Saints are still one of the better teams in the NFL, and they are custom built to handle adversity.

If there is any team that can bounce back from a losing streak it’s the them.

With an upcoming three game stretch against the Chiefs, Packers, and Chargers — all respectable teams — the time to get it right is now.

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  • Larry James

    I believe they will come if they play every player they has on the field the Saints has to take chances on guys they thank can’t catch. If the New Orleans Saints tried faith before they need to try now faith without works is dead so Drew Brees need to have faith in all his teammates. Because they are running out of time.

  • Manuel Fatela

    Its obvious that the loss of few players it´s affecting the team. The front four that protects Brees is not as strong as last season was. The offense is missing Robert Meachem, and the deffense is missing his leader Jonathan Vilma and the excellent cornerback Tracy Porter. But they really missing Payton the soul and the leader of this team.
    In order to talk about the disastrous defense, we have to be understanding. Three new players and a new defensive coordinator need more time to fit in with the team.
    But we really have hope on this team. We have to remember that the last two Superbowl Champions were PAckers and Giants that reach the 6th place of playoffs and then they were able to win the Superbowl. This team has to go from low to high, if you know what I mean, and reach the playoffs. In that moment, all things will start again and regular season left behind, and the team will only need to finish strong as Brees said the season they won the Superbowl.
    Have faith in our Saints, fellas!!!! Who dat!!!!!