By Nick Underhill | The Advocate
We should probably start by saying the Saints didn’t lose.
Yes, they won, but it feels weird to tell the story with that sentence. That phrase implies action, and it doesn’t feel like there was action taken. It feels more accurate to say the Saints survived and benefitted from a flurry of mistakes by Cleveland, which on Sunday employed a kicker who missed two field goals and two extra points in a 21-18 game. You usually don’t get that lucky.
But it wasn’t a loss. That is what matters today. The Saints are 1-1 and have another opportunity next week to figure things out without having to feel as if their backs are against the wall. And make no mistake: The world would be coming down on this team if this was the one that popped open Cleveland's beer coolers.
At the same time, the bigger picture shows more significant concerns. This team is supposed to be a Super Bowl contender. It doesn’t look like one. Not right now. That’s why the tone in the locker room was like one after a defeat. Everyone was happy with the result, but no one was pleased with how it came together. ...
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