Where do the Saints go from here…. Dallas?


We all know that the Saints love to play at home in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, that being said the Black and Gold did not put up the numbers most expected this past Sunday.

After winning 20-9 against the Minnesota Vikings many of the Saints players were happy to be in the win column for the first time this season. Hard to blame them since they were within minutes of winning their first two games of the season. However, this is not a sentiment shared by the entire team.

“We won the game, so what?…. We’ve still got something to prove.”  – Junior Galette

There are many Saints skeptics out there, some still clad in black and gold from last Sunday, as the Saints entered the season with a new look defense and a few new faces. Hopes were high, but it seems that even three games into this young season the Saints coaching staff has had to go back to the drawing board to try and remedy some of the things that have let two of the first three games slip away.

If you look at the statistics the saints are still in good shape, they sit 3rd in the league in rushing, and 4th in the league in passing, this is beyond respectable.

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    One thing that is troubling for the Saints is that their leader in rushing yards, Mark Ingram, is out for at least the next four games with a hand injury.

    When asked what the Saints needed to do to win Sunday night many would say, “score one more point than Dallas” or simply “don’t turn over the ball,” if it could only be that simple… The Saints have a very respectable 3rd down conversion rate above 40%.  It has been however those key drives where one more 1st down would seal the game, or one more defensive stop gets the win.  And even though this doesn’t seem like a problem on paper, the Saints need to get on the board early, and have that big signature play to really get back to being a dominant team in the NFL.

    One last note: the Saints HAVE to win this week to keep their record from being sub .5oo for another 7 days.

    Fingers crossed — See ya in Dallas.