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Saints '17 season: Going to get better, worse, or stay the same?

Deke Bellavia recaps a frustrating loss on Monday night

Deke Bellavia
September 12, 2017 - 2:48 am

It wasn's supposed to start out this way.  Again!  But it did.  For the fourth straight season and fifth time in the last six, the New Orleans Saints start the season with an 0-1 record.  And now after a disapointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Saints fans are wondering what's going to become of the rest of the 2017 season.  Will the Saints get better and shed the losing image they have made for themselves in each of the last three years posting 7-9 records?  Can the Saints get worse than they have been in each of the last three seasons?  Or will it be the same ole same ole with the Saints and Who Dats will see their team once again go 7-9?  

Man I can't drop the science on that.  But I will tell you that if you are going with the mindset that the Saints will get better then you are going against what the rest of the world is saying and thinks about the Saints.  Well the most recent disapointing performance is one that does not sit well with Saints Fans and plain and simple it shouldn't.  I mean even the most optimistic, the most loyal and the most dedicated fan has nothing to go on to point to that this team will be good other than it's far to early to say this team is going to be bad and that's it.  

It's far too early to get into this is why this happened or I don't understand what they did not do this.  There is way too much football left to be played.  But off the top a few things that were very discourgaing in the Saints 29-19 loss to the Vikiings included the inability to run the ball, committ to running the ball, overall team defense, undisciplined play, 3rd down offense and Red Zone Offense were among the eye sores in the loss to Minnesota.  I'll be brief here.  

The Saints were 2-of-6 on 3rd down in the first half and they finished the game going 4-of-11 for 36%.  The Saints were flagged five times for 47 yards in the first half.  The Saints were 0-for-2 in the Red Zone in the first two quarters and 1-of 5 for the game for a dismal 20%.  New Orleans ran 59 offensive plays in the game.  New Orleans rushed the ball 21 times including just five rushing attempts in the second half of the game.  The Saints Defense hung tough for the first quarter and a half but from the 5:20 mark left in the 2nd quarter to the end of the game it was all down hill as the Vikings Offense pretty much did what they wanted to do the remainder of the game.  

So now the Saints will open their home schedule against the defending Super Bowl Champions.  And the terrible news is that the Patriots looked worse and got beat down at home last week in their 27-42 loss to the K.C. Chiefs.  So in closing I'll say that there is still a lot of football left to play.  And sadly the Saints are now the only team in the National Football League that has not been above five hundred (a winning record) at any point of the season during the 2014, 2015, 2016 and thru week one of the 2017 seasons.  And you don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to understand that or should I say Dat ain't good!  

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