It’s been a problem for the past few seasons and the New Orleans Saints don’t appear close to solving it. The Saints have spent money and draft picks to try and upgrade the defensive side of the football, but nothing seems to work. Tom Brady and the Pats showed just how far off the Saints are from repairing the issues in a 36-20 win last week.
Something’s gotta give when the Saints visit the Carolina Panthers in a Week 3 NFC South tussle. The Saints have allowed 1,025 yards in two games and were torched for three first-quarter Brady touchdown passes. In all the Saints allowed 555 yards with Brady throwing for 447. That came one week after Sam Bradford completed 27 of 32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. Maybe the Saints will find some success against the Panthers, who failed to score a touchdown last week. Or we’ll see Cam Newton go off, further adding to the Saints misery and the questions regarding Sean Payton’s tenure as head coach.
We’ve seen Drew Brees and the Saints offense cover some of the deficiencies on defense, but they haven’t been able to do it yet this season, despite a valiant effort last week. Brees tried to keep up with Brady, throwing for 356 yards and a pair of scores, but there is little room for error and when the Saints don’t score or prolong drives, the game gets out of hand. It’s hard to imagine the Saints being this bad on defense for an entire season. They have some players on that side of the ball and, hopefully for them, the results come sooner rather than later.
2017 Record: 0-2
2017 ATS Record: 0-2
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 2-0
Current Super Bowl Odds: +12500
Current Odds to Win NFC: +5500
Current Odds to Win NFC South: +965
Current NFL Odds: Saints +6
Over/Under Total: 47.5
Week 2: Patriots 36, Saints 20
ATS Result: Patriots -5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 55
The Saints allowed touchdowns on the Pats’ first three possessions, putting them in a deep hole from the outset. Their inability to stop New England forced a failed fourth-down attempt from the Pats’ 25-yard line. The Saints then watched Brady march his team into field goal range as the first half expired for a 30-13 advantage. The Saints scored two fourth touchdowns to make the score respectable, the last with five minutes left eclipsed the total, but the Saints failed to cover for a second straight game.
Week 1: Vikings 29, Saints 19
ATS Result: Vikings -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47.5
The first series of the game pretty much summed up the evening for the Saints. Starting from their own 19 the Saints marched down the field, got into the red zone and a holding penalty on the next play set them back 10 yards. They didn’t recover and settled for a field goal. Will Lutz, who connected on all four of his field goal tries, was the only player to score for the Saints until less than two minutes remained. The defense was porous, allowing 7.5 yards per play, and couldn’t get off the field. The Vikes converted 9 of 14 third downs to prolong the Saints agony.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 0-4
When a team has an explosive offense and a weak defense, game totals are going to be high. They were last season for the Saints, who played just two games with a closing total below 50. And sure enough, the Saints cashed the over both times. For the season the over was 9-7 and the Saints played above the total seven times in their 10 games played indoors.
Week 1: Saints at Vikings, Monday, Sept. 11, 1:10 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 2: Saints vs. Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Saints at Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Saints at Dolphins in London, Sunday, Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Bye Week
Week 6: Saints vs. Lions, Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Saints at Packers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 8: Saints vs. Bears, Sunday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 9: Saints vs. Buccaneers, Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 10: Saints at Bills, Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Saints vs. Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Saints at Rams, Sunday, Nov. 26, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Saints vs. Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Saints at Falcons, Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Saints vs. Jets, Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Saints vs. Falcons, Sunday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 17: Saints at Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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