The Saints lost another tough game yesterday as they fell to a previously winless Chiefs team. Playing at home with desperation in the air, New Orleans still couldn’t find a way to win this one. Late in the third quarter, the Saints were up 24-6, but that still wasn’t enough to win. The absence of Sean Payton is becoming more and more critical with each loss.
I wrote earlier that Matt Cassel wasn’t going to tear up the Saints defense, and that turned out to be the case. He finished just short of 250 yards passing, but didn’t throw a TD and did throw one pick. In fact, the Chiefs scored just one touchdown total. They got their points through 6 Ryan Succop field goals, and added two more on a safety. They scored 6 unanswered times to finish this game, including a 91 yard TD run, 4 FGs, and that safety.
Jamaal Charles was unstoppable in this game. He carried the ball 33 times for 233 yards. He had struggled early in the season, still feeling symptoms on his surgically repaired knee. It’s safe to say he is healthy now after shredding the Saints defense.
Drew Brees and the offense totaled less than 300 yards of offense. That is extremely uncharacteristic of the high powered offense, and is not going to lead to many victory for New Orleans. Brees was 20-36, 240 for 3 TDs and an INT. Not horrible numbers, but not great considering how much he threw. Darren Sproles had a 47 yard run early in the game, but the rest of the running game was quiet the whole afternoon. This has to be a more balanced offense, especially when the passing game isn’t playing at the level we are used to.
The Saints need to figure something out fast. They are officially 3 games behind division leading Atlanta. It is still early, but the Saints have shown little signs of turning this season around. I was sure they would pull this game out, but blowing it the way they did Sunday concerns me greatly about this teams future. Things are not going to get any easier when the face Green Bay next week. The Packers face the Seahawks tonight, and still remain one of the top teams in the NFC. The Saints are looking at the very real possibility of a winless September.