By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
One of the effects from following a team like the New Orleans Saints closely is that their flaws are obvious and apparent.
The blemishes stand out because you look at them every week. When looking at a team from a distance, those same flaws might blend in and be indiscernible to a less critical eye.
So fans of the Saints are likely to spend the early portion of this week simultaneously celebrating Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, which was a huge statement and a necessary step toward righting last year’s wrongs, while still worrying about how the secondary performed.
There is no doubt the defense gave up too many big plays and spent a half looking out of control. Everything calmed down and came together in the second half, and the defense can be credited with delivering a win on a day when the offense didn’t perform at a high level.
As a whole, the Saints have only played one complete game, a dismantling of the Washington Redskins — who lead the NFC East. Otherwise, there have been glimmers and moments, but things have yet to come back together the same way. That’s a scary thought for the rest of the league. New Orleans is winning in a variety of ways but has yet to fully gel. ...
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