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Having summarily dispatched the (aww gee we weren’t ready says Aaron) Packers, covered nicely by Claude a couple of days ago, we’ll take a quick look back with some final thoughts that we believe will have future relevance, and then deal with Carolina.

I am always careful to look out for pandering (not that kind), and one thing that stuck in my craw about Sunday’s telecast was the Fox production “ain’t that a shame” bits about Hurricane Ida, and their visuals were…. some ripped-down awnings in the French Quarter. JFCIAGCB, how about the astonishing devastation to the lives and property of our fans in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Charles and lower Jefferson Parishes?

Would it have been all that hard to buy some cheap drone footage of Grand Isle? Or borrow some B-roll shots from the local Fox affiliate in the Gulf parishes?

My sense is the NFL doesn’t want a lot of negative thoughts, and showing reality never crossed anyone’s mind on production team. If it ain’t the Pathos of Katrina, give it a quick nod and move on, we have ads to sell to people who don’t otherwise want any negative thoughts during an NFL broadcast.

Pathetic. But back to football. ...

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New Orleans Saints face familiar nemesis in Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey

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By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Fort Worth, Texas – In Sam Darnold, the Carolina Panthers have a brand new quarterback.

And in Christian McCaffrey, they again have the same, not-so-old, star running back who remains the face of the franchise and the anchor of the offense.

McCaffrey missed both matchups against the New Orleans Saints last season as he dealt with injuries that limited him to three games. But he'll be available Sunday, when the Panthers (1-0) play the Saints (1-0) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. And in the season opener, he looked like his five-year veteran looked like his pre-injury self.

McCaffrey ran 21 times for 98 yards and caught nine passes for 89 yards in Carolina's 19-14, season-opening victory over the Jets.

"A multitude of problems," Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. "No.1 is that he's a good runner of the football, specifically on the outside zone schemes, the stretch schemes. I think he does a really good job of staying on course and being able to put his foot in the ground and find seams in the defense.

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Saints mounting issues catch up with them at Carolina

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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Last week, the Saints were allegedly going to the Super Bowl after a surprisingly easy rout of Green Bay.

A week later, the pendulum has swung wildly from euphoria to a combination of despair and concern.

My take?

We should have seen this coming.

The Panthers were waiting in the weeds for New Orleans. Carolina’s best player, running back Christian McCaffery, is healthy. Their quarterback dilemma appears to be solved with the trade for Sam Darnold. Their young defense, rebuilt through the draft and free agency, is stout.

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Drew Brees has terse response to Saints' Week 2 Panthers loss

  • News source: John Sigler
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One of the benefits of Drew Brees joining NBC Sports as a broadcaster in retirement is his quick reaction to New Orleans Saints games each week — there isn’t anyone better informed about the team than him across the NFL media landscape. He even got a look at their Week 1 game plan for the Green Bay Packers.

But he didn’t mince words when reviewing his old team’s stunning loss to the Carolina Panthers on NBC’s “Football Night in America” panel.

“The Carolina defense completely shut them down today. There was no run game, they got after Jameis Winston,” Brees said tightly, adding: “These...
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ESPN: Jameis Winston was pressured on almost two-thirds of Week 2 dropbacks

  • News source: John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints had a rough day. Jameis Winston in particular had a rough day, lobbing two interceptions to the Carolina Panthers defense. That hardly means he’s reverted to his turnover-prone Tampa Bay Buccaneers days, though — on Sunday, he faced a greater challenge than he ever saw wearing red and pewter.

ESPN’s tracking found that Winston was pressured on 18 of 28 dropbacks, a rate of 64%. That’s the highest pressure rate Winston has experienced in the NFL, and the third-highest rate any quarterback has faced since tracking began in 2009. For context, Patrick Mahomes was...
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Saints aren’t as good as Game 1 or as bad as Game 2

  • News source: Les East
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The New Orleans Saints were missing a bunch of injured key players when they played at Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

A bunch of assistant coaches didn’t make the trip because of COVID-19 protocol.

The Saints, three weeks into their exile to the Dallas – Fort Worth area because of Hurricane Ida, were thoroughly whipped in a 26-7 loss.

“It had nothing to do with us being short-handed with coaches or us being away,” head coach Sean Payton said. “Those would be excuses.”

NFL coaches don’t accept excuses – nor should they. They get paid to get their teams to perform to the best of their...
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Chiefs vs. Ravens: Sunday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Baltimore Ravens host the Kansas City Chiefs tonight in Charm City. These two teams have started a heated (albeit, one-sided) rivalry over the past few years and look to continue that rivalry here. Will Patrick Mahomes break the Baltimore defense with his multitude of weapons? Can Lamar Jackson lead the Ravens to a huge home victory? Let’s tune in and find out!

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Sean Payton: Loss had nothing to do with missing coaches

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints went from 38-3 winners over the Packers in Week One to 26-7 losers to the Panthers in Week Two and one difference between the two games was the number of assistant coaches they had available for the game.

Eight of head coach Sean Payton’s assistants were not at the game because of COVID-19 protocols and their absence was a topic of conversation at Payton’s postgame press conference. Payton said the team had to make adjustments to their operations because of the absences, but said “none of that really was a big issue” and said he wouldn’t use that situation or the Saints’...
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Walker: Short-handed Saints' D needed offense to help carry load, but it didn't

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's been five years since Panthers fans at Bank of America Stadium have had a chance to sing "Sweet Caroline" after a victory over the New Orleans Saints.

But there they were Sunday dressed in black and blue belting out how "good times never felt so good" while anyone wearing black and gold was left wondering how the good times from just a week earlier felt like so long ago.

This one surely left you scratching your head.

How could a team that looked so good last week against one of the top teams in the league look so bad just seven days later playing a team it has had...
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Panthers overwhelm Saints offensive line in startling pass protection performance

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pick a play, just about any play, and there was a guy in a Carolina Panthers uniform getting after New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston.

There were a lot of things that went sideways in the Saints’ 26-7 letdown against the Panthers in Week 2. It was, as coach Sean Payton pointed out, almost a complete reversal of the performance the Saints put together against the Packers last week. But the most startling development Sunday was New Orleans’ sudden difficulty protecting its quarterback.

The Panthers, who entered Week 2 in a tie for the NFL lead in sacks, added...
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Patience is paramount for the new-look New Orleans Saints

  • News source: John Sigler
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Kneejerk reactions are understandable when the New Orleans Saints look as sloppy as they did on Sunday. Between 11 penalties and a historically-low output on offense, plus two baffling interceptions from Jameis Winston, plenty of observers have declared the Saints dead in the water.

But that’s just not true. And when you look at the bigger picture for New Orleans, something becomes obvious: this team isn’t a finished product.

Now that’s valid for every team across the league. Everyone has players on injured reserve or personnel on the COVID-19 list. Most teams have a player or two...
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LeCompte: The losses of personal and coaches finally catches up with the Saints

  • News source: New Orleans Saints - WWL TV
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NEW ORLEANS — Well it finally all catches up with the Saints. The losses of personal and coaches. The Saints lost 26 to 7.

Before the start of the game we had a number of coaches out due to the COVID-19 protocols. We also had a rash of injuries for the black and gold.

No Marshon Lattimore, CJ Gardner Johnson, Erik McCoy, Marcus Davenport, and Kwon Alexander. The list goes on and on of starters that the Saints were missing but they didn't want any excuses.

They said they were going to try to play through it. Unfortunately they just couldn't find any rhythm, especially offensively today...
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What they're saying nationally about the Saints after Panthers game

  • News source: New Orleans Saints - WWL TV
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NEW ORLEANS — After almost everything went right for the Saints in Week 1 very little went right against the Carolina Panthers.

The Saints trailed for the entire game in the 26-7 defeat. They struggled on defense with key defenders missing and failed to convert on third downs to keep the offense on the field.

"Obviously, it's a disappointing loss. Give Carolina credit. We did a number of things, things you can't do to win a game. Offensively particularly. It's as poor as we've been," said Saints head coach Sean Payton.

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Payton: Saints' woeful offense 'starts with me'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The New Orleans Saints' offense set a new low for yardage in the Sean Payton era. And Jameis Winston posted the worst passer rating of his career while throwing his first two interceptions of the season Sunday.

But Payton and his players refused to place any blame for their dismal 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers on the fact that they were missing eight assistant coaches because of COVID-19 protocols -- or missing nine starters because of injuries or suspensions -- and have been displaced for three weeks in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

"Offensively, in particular...
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Panthers had a simple plan for Jameis Winston: “Get after him”

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston looked great last Sunday. This week, not.

After the 23-7 Carolina win over New Orleans, Panthers pass-rusher Haason Reddick explained the approach to shutting down Winston and the Saints.

“Just simply to get after him,” Reddick told PFT by phone. “Pressure him and like I said, just get after him. Try to get him off his star spot. Affect him. We knew that he was a big part of what they did last week and we knew if we could affect him this week that we could have a good chance at winning the game.”

I asked Reddick whether the plan included trying...
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Panthers hold Saints to worst offensive performance of Sean Payton era

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — By several statistical measures, Sunday’s 26-7 loss to the Panthers was the New Orleans Saints’ worst offensive performance since Sean Payton took over as head coach in 2006.

"We did a number of things, things you can’t do to win a game, offensively in particular, it was as poor as we’ve been in a long time around here," Payton said. "That starts with me. We’ve got to do a better job going in."

The Saints gained just 128 net offensive yards against the Panthers, which is by far the fewest yards a Payton-coached Saints team ever gained, setting a new low standard for...
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Jeff Duncan: All the adversity caught up to Saints in humbling, historic loss to Panthers

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It all caught up to the Saints on Sunday.

The injuries.

The short-handed coaching staff.

The homeless travel schedule.

It all came crashing down on the Saints Sunday in a humbling 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Plain and simple, the Saints were dominated. For four quarters and on both sides of the ball, the Panthers did to them what they had done to the Packers one week earlier.

From the game's first snap, the Saints looked overwhelmed and underprepared. The Panthers needed just five plays to go 75 yards and score a touchdown on their opening drive. Meanwhile, the Saints’ first...
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Look: Photos from New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

  • News source: John Sigler
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Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints fell to pieces against Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 of the NFL season. Here is our photo gallery from the game:
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