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Halo 10-16-2010 04:10 PM

New Orleans Saints must clean up the Red Zone
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If the Saints miss the playoffs this year, the telling moment will have been a stunningly inept sequence when they had first-and-goal at the 5-yard line during the third quarter of their loss at Arizona last Sunday.

Most analysts have focused on Ladell Betts, who handed the Cardinals 14 points with his dropped pass (off a questionable hard throw in traffic from Drew Brees) that turned into an interception near the New Orleans goal line in the second quarter and his lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the fourth.

Others have talked about the crazy bouncing balls that never went New Orleans’ way. The defense forced four fumbles with some devastating hits and timely swipes but recovered none of them, with one even turning into an Arizona touchdown.

Still, the Saints probably would have overcome both issues if they had not done everything conceivably wrong just as they were poised to break a 13-13 tie on their second drive of the second half.

The other problems were fluky. This was an all-too-real combo platter of sloppy execution, mental breakdowns and dumb decisions after New Orleans moving 67 yards in nine plays to get to the Arizona 5.

dizzle88 10-16-2010 06:13 PM

We really need to finish drives, I'm really tired if coming up empty everytime we down there!!

Danno 10-16-2010 06:20 PM

Things to clean up...

Excessive injuries
O-line getting their arses spanked
WR's dropping balls
Drew throwing ill-advised passes
No pass rush
Crappy kicking
Horrible special teams
Lousy play calling

Other than those items, we're OK.

Ashley 10-16-2010 09:04 PM

both of y'all are right. or this will be one hell of a year watch. WE got some mean ass teams to face.

Halo 10-17-2010 12:57 AM

Red zone is definitely an issue. If we scored TD's in the red zone like last year, the Saints would have zero issues and be undefeated.

DrewDat 10-17-2010 02:11 AM

i think last week was a wake up call...its back to hungy who dat football!!!!

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