The New Orleans Saints were embarrassed at home, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime on Sunday, September 23, to move to 0-3 on the year. As a Saints fan, it is clear that the team's defense has a lot of work to do, and Sean Payton's coaching is severely missed. New Orleans looks completely undisciplined on both sides of the ball and continues to make crucial mistakes, like calling a second consecutive timeout to earn a penalty.
The New Orleans defense simply could not stop Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown. I expected the Saints to get an easy win against Kansas City, but Charles kept the Chiefs in the game until they could win it in overtime. This is a problem that will have to be fixed soon if the Saints expect to have any success at all this year. After having trouble with running quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton in the first two games, this is becoming a frightening trend. Furthermore, the defense allowed too many third down conversions on Sunday and could not come up with a stop when needed.
On offense, the Saints did look a little sharper than the previous two weeks, at least in the first three quarters. Unfortunately, this still does not feel like the dominant passing attack that won the Super Bowl in the 2009 season and set numerous league records last year. Quarterback Drew Brees made some great passes, as usual, but he also missed on some plays that we are used to seeing him make. He completed touchdown passes to three different players, and four Saints caught at least three passes.
The Saints' running game also needs to improve. While Darren Sproles was a bright spot, gaining 62 yards on his first seven carries of the year, he was absent from the passing game against the Chiefs. Running backs Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram combined for just 22 rushing yards. Ingram's season totals are now 79 yards and a disappointing 2.9 yard per carry average.
The Saints now have two tough opponents coming up in the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers before reaching their bye week. This season is slowly becoming a disaster, and New Orleans could easily be 0-5 heading into their break if things do not improve quickly.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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