By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
There haven’t been many opportunities to discuss poor offensive performances by the Saints.
Even when things were bad, and the team was trapped in mediocrity, Drew Brees and the offense performed above the barrier of scrutiny most weeks. There was the 2016 game at Tampa Bay, the 2015 loss to Houston, and the weird season finale against Tampa Bay to close out the 2014 season. Other than that, not much to complain about during the last five seasons until Thursday’s 13-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
This game will fade away. It’s an outlier. The Saints aren’t going to be outplayed and struggle to move the ball very often. Still, we have to talk about it when it happens even if it probably doesn't mean anything in regards to the bigger picture.
The most striking aspect of the performance -- and it was mentioned here immediately after the game -- was that there were some passing plays where things looked off. The Saints had what a strict grader would call five dropped passes, but on a handful of them, the placement of the passes contributed to the difficulties.
The next few paragraphs are written with the following disclaimer: Drew Brees threw passes that were technically accurate throughout the game. Those passes hit his receivers in the hands, which means they should have been able to pull them in ...
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