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New Orleans Saints need more solid offensive performance

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after winning a game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 30, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 25-20. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after winning a game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 30, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 25-20. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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The Saints defense usually gets the brunt of the criticism. But is the Saints offense equally to blame for three consecutive losing seasons?

It’s time for a come to our senses moment, Who Dat Nation. It’s time to call it what it really is. Most New Orleans Saints fans won’t like to hear it, but it must be said. We need to have that talk … about the Saints offense.

The Saints defense has been poor the last few years, and the numbers show the Saints offense is outstanding. But when you truly look at the reality, the Saints lost a few games through poor offensive performance last season.

The Sean Payton offense is gaudy on a stat sheet. They throw the ball all over the yard and haven’t ever been ranked outside the top 6 offenses in the NFL in the Payton/Brees era. It’s fun to watch, which is why, in their prime, they commanded 3-5 prime time TV games.

For this reason, no one ever likes to hear negatives about the Saints offense. The defense gets all the blame and it’s never the offense’s doing that we lost a game. No doubt the defenses have been less than appealing over this same time frame. The team’s successes have been predicated on offensive prowess. And a bend but don’t break defense that gives up field goals and not touchdowns, trying to take away big plays. But it needs saying – sometimes the offense doesn’t hold up its end of the deal.

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