New Orleans Saints: 3 Takeaways from 2nd loss

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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In a game that should have been a New Orleans Saints’ blowout, what happened in the demise to earn their second loss of the season?

The Atlanta Falcons entered the home of the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. A 1-7 team preparing to meet a 7-1 team. This game was supposed to be far from close, and it was — in the opposite direction.

The Atlanta Falcons came into the Superdome and blew out the Saints 26-9.

How did one of the best defenses give up a loss to a 1-7 team? How did Payton lose a play-calling battle as a 7-1 team? How did the offensive line give up so many sacks?

Coming out of the bye week, the No. 2 ranked team in the NFL has a lot of questions to answer as they start off the second half of their season on the wrong foot. NFL analysts are already calling it “the biggest upset in the 2019 NFL season.”

Are the New Orleans Saints still the best in the NFC?  Are they still worthy of Super Bowl favorites? A season that had Saints’ fans calling this an easy game has turned into a nightmare arising more questions that compliments.

What can we take away from today going forward that was either surprising or needs to change?