Saints takeaway number two: Offensive Stability
The Saints scored 20 points in the win over Carolina on Monday night, but there were opportunities to score far more than that. The Saints missed an opportunity to score a touchdown early in the second quarter, when Carr wasn't able to squeeze the ball into the end zone to Chris Olave. That was a theme in week one against the Tennessee Titans as well, and it carried over into week two.
Overall however, the way the offense is moving the ball shouldn't be a concern. The Saints have struggled up front, which in turn has made the run game a non-factor for Carr and the offense. Tony Jones Jr. did a solid job in relief of Jamaal Williams last night, picking up first downs on the ground and finding the end zone twice, but we'll need to see more consistency from the running backs before anyone should feel comfortable trusting the run game. It's also worth noting that the Saints only have to play one more game before multiple time Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara will be stabilizing the backfield once again.
Olave and Michael Thomas played great on Monday Night, but Carr struggled quite a bit to make the easy throws. In Carr's defense, he was under duress early and often, but we still need to see more of an effort to keep plays alive and/or throw the ball away. Carr is still in just his second game with the Saints, and camaraderie with his wide receivers will take a few weeks to develop. With that being the case, we shouldn't be worried that Carr is a bust. He seemed to be confused with something for the majority of the game, whether it be the play calls, headset, or any other reason, and that should all get cleared up in a good week of practice and film study.