Saints vs. Buccaneers. Weaknesses exposed.

+) That’s a crazy thing when the head coach is lost due to injury in the first quarter of a game. What a weird, fluke of an injury. Hopefully the impact of his absence can be diminished until he’s back in charge.

+) Colston seems like his usual self again, it’s clear nobody can stop Jimmy Graham, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem are in their usual mode. But what’s up with Lance Moore? The Saints just awarded the kid a new contract, but he hasn’t been himself this year. The last 3 games in particular he’s combined for 10 catches and 0 touchdowns. He was injured, so maybe he’s not 100% yet, but he’s not the usual clutch receiver I’m used to seeing.

+) Looks like the defense is going to be average this year. There’s a lot of talent: Jon Vilma, Will Smith, Malcolm Jenkins, Jabari Greer, Sedrick Ellis. And newer guys like Patrick Robinson and Cam Jordan are showing skills. But when a good offense faces the Saints, there’s a good chance they’ll score 30, an average offense will score 20, and a bad offense will score 10.

+) The Saints offense had four 3-and-outs on Sunday. Wow. I’d be surprised if they had that many in their previous 5 games combined. Was that due to Sean Payton leaving the game?

+) A disturbing Saints trend is that almost every game is still in question in the 4th quarter. Which is great for games in which they have trailed, but almost never do they get ahead and stay ahead. Which is a far cry from the 2009 Superbowl season where they went 5 straight games without trailing at any point in any of them to start the season.

+) It doesn’t take an NFL guru to see that Brees is throwing too many interceptions. Again. He also threw too many last year. Which is strange, becuase he’s one of the most (if not the most) accurate passers in the league. Some of them have been tipped balls, but it’s still too many.

+) That’s a lot of negativity because they lost the game. But it was easy to see this coming. They had to score in the final minute to beat Carolina the week before, and the Bears, Jaguars, and Texans were able to hang around in games longer than they should have. Saints are having trouble knocking teams out.

+) However, I’m not worried about it. I have a feeling this loss to the Bucs won’t bite the Saints the way last year’s early season loss to the Falcons did. Saints will still win the NFC South.

+) One last thing. The Saints wore throwback uniforms a couple weeks ago. Might I suggest they don’t wear those again? Thanks.

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