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By Greg Auman | Fox Sports

For an NFL offense, true success is measured in points and not yards, and the Saints were on the wrong side of that again in Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

New Orleans piled up 444 yards of total offense against Atlanta but converted all of that into just five field goals in a 24-15 loss. Since the start of the 2019 season, there have been 295 times an NFL team has had that many yards, and 15 points represents the worst scoring output of all of them. The last 15 times the Saints had that many yards, they scored at least 30 points in those games.

But Sunday, with first place in the NFC South on the line, they didn't find the end zone once. Inefficiencies in the red zone — and on Sunday, two turnovers there — have the Saints offense playing their worst football where it matters most.

And they've taken a step back there despite investing significant money this offseason in quarterback Derek Carr, who signed a four-year, $150 million contract. The Saints have searched for a quarterback to lead them since Drew Brees' retirement after the 2020 season, and the hope was that Carr — after nine years with the Raiders — could be that answer.

But 11 games into Carr's time in New Orleans, the Saints have six fewer passing touchdowns from him than they did from Andy Dalton a year ago. They're completing a lower percentage of passes and averaging fewer yards per attempt. In the red zone, they've dropped from 21st in the league to 29th, getting touchdowns just 42% of the time. ...

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