Faithless in New Orleans?

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Oct 28 2012; Denver, CO, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) reacts from his bench late in the fourth quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Saints 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Well it’s Tuesday and still no silver lining. One of twelve on third down.  No running game to speak of.  Dropped passes from every receiver who was targeted.  No pass rush, missed tackles, soft coverage, and missed assignments.  Did I miss anything?

After that debacle, there isn’t a player, unit or coach who isn’t worthy of shouldering some of the blame. Another lackluster effort from all involved. Everyone went into this game expecting a shootout and Denver did their part. Drew Brees and company did not.

With 12:29 left in second quarter, after a good stop by the defense, the game was tied 7-7, and then the wheels came off.

Moving the ball nicely to around midfield with 3 runs and 2 passes, we encountered a challenge from John Fox that correctly reversed the call of a completed pass on 2nd down to Courtney Roby, leaving the Saints with 3rd and 2 at the Denver 47 yard line.  Incomplete pass to Moore.

Intercepted pass intended for Jimmy Graham. I will never understand that decision. Everyone loves to hate Mark Ingram for his “3 yard special” yet the Saints refuse to use him when the situation calls for it.

Pierre Thomas had just run for 8 yards to set up the 2nd and 2 situation in the first place, but Carmichael chooses three inexplicable passes turning the ball over on downs and six plays later Denver is in the end zone. Wonderful.

The Saints wouldn’t score again until garbage time in the 4th quarter.

So, how did this happen? What should we have done to stop the bleeding? Is this the end of the line for the 2012 Saints?

Good questions to which I have no answer. Joe Vitt says he doesn’t have any magic pixie dust. Well he better find some. Fast. The fact of the matter is: with a sorry defense, your offense has to throw hay makers week in and week out to win games.