It's really sad to grade this game because the Saints held the Panthers to 10 points on the road before that final drive. The one run by DeAngelo Williams of 43 yards was costly, though. The Saints came incredibly close to pitching a perfect game defensively... and unfortunately for them anything short of perfect was going to be a loss with this amateur hour offense. On to the grades.no comments
It was clear that if seriously weather conditions happened, the Saints would struggle to score. But before that ever happened, for the entire first half, the Saints could not move the football. The offense ended up with 13 points, 6 sacks given up, and two killer turnovers. You just can't win on the road playing like that... and yet the Saints almost did. Make the jump for the grades.no comments
What an absolutely gut wrenching game that was to suffer through. The Saints lose 17-13 despite Carolina being down 13-10 at their own 35 yard line with 55 seconds left and no timeouts. Cam Newton had looked beyond horrid the entire game, some of it due to the conditions, but give him credit he came up with some good throws on that final drive. To be honest the Saints really didn't deserve to be in it with horrific play calling throughout and a really bad job by the offensive line. The Panthers brought pressure all day and Drew Brees so just not on point at all. Despite all this they had a chance because of some miracle catches by Jimmy Graham on a 97 yard improbable touchdown drive late. But the defense, who had been so good all game, couldn't hold up one last time. The loss drops the Saints to 10-5 and they'll need a Cardinals loss or a win at home against the Bucs to secure a playoff spot. Not that I expect much of a playoff spot. This team just doesn't have the offensive line to win right now, plain and simple. There is still an outside chance of an NFC South title and the 2 seed, if Carolina loses next week at Atlanta and the Saints beat the Bucs. I'm not counting on the Falcons to lend a hand at all, though. Here are my brief thoughts:no comments
So this is it folks, the battle for the NFC South title. The Saints, as bad as they've been on the road lately, will have to win away from the Dome if they want to end the season with their an NFC South crown. No one said it would be easy, but when the team was sitting at 5-0 earlier in the year I didn't expect it to be this hard either. Here are the five things I'll be looking for in this critical game:no comments
When the Saints play the Panthers in Charlotte tomorrow, it'll be for an 11-4 record, 1st place in the NFC South and control of the 2 seed. Mind you the Saints lock up the divsion and bye with a win, whereas the Panthers will still need to win in week 17 (or have a Saints loss) to secure the same. The stakes just don't get any higher and for all intents and purposes, this is a playoff game. So the question is: is this the biggest regular season game in Saints history?no comments
Alright this is crunch time down the stretch now. Only two weeks left in the season. Last we week had another first time winner this season in jdavidyblack, thanks for joining the winner's party! He'll need a miracle run of two more in a row, though, to hoist the season's end trophy (which doesn't exist) of Saints Nation Guru and win the $50 gift card to NFL.com. The updated standings are at the very bottom of this post.
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The boys break down the Saints stunning move of starting rookie Terron Armstead at left tackle in Carolina. Kevin thinks the Saints are better at kicker now and Ralph tries to figure out Garrett Hartley's legacy and gives Tom Dempsey some love. Dave interrupts the podcast to give a 60 second preview of Tulane's bowl game.
The boys then get around to breaking down the disaster in St. Louis. Ralph wants the Drew Brees roll out pass at the goal line taken out the playbook. Andrew breaks down how rushing four people with success is why the Rams dominate the Saints consistently.
Kevin ranks his in game experience in St. Louis. It wasn't but the worst Saints game he's attended but it's close. Did the Saints loss cost Kevin sex? Andrew breaks into French.
Should we be in full blown panic about missing the playoffs if Saints lose in Carolina? Kevin says no and yells at Ralph.
Then the boys answer your Twitter question including a Juge meltdown, could Saints start going through kickers like Pez, ,which Saints are Peanut Characters, and how bad do we want the 2013 Dallas Cowboys to become the worst defense ever?
Andrew, Kevin, and Ralph, then make Carolina game picks.
The boys end with best Christmas movie ever. Two words; DIE HARD.
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If "do your job" is the tagline that the Saints were supposed to abide by last season, clearly that didn't carry over to some this year under Sean Payton's eyes. Here we are, at 10-4, going into the biggest regular season maybe in team history against the Carolina Panthers. Week 16, and the roster as been significantly revamped. Interesting timing to say the least. Three significant moves have been made:no comments
The Saints are 7-0 at home this season and 3-4 on the road, so all the talk about the team's struggles away from the dome is clearly warranted. But who is mainly responsible for this? Is it offense? Is it defense? Is it special teams? I really wanted to dig deeper and see what specific areas are falling apart. There's lots of statistical data below and you want to make sure you always take that into account for Sports Interaction's NFL odds. Let's take a look:no comments