How was your weekend? If it was possible to be a fan of all three - the Saints, LSU and Tulane - you went 0 for 3 while being out-scored 82 to 17.
If you were there yesterday to the bitter end - and few were - you saw the Saints lose by their largest margin of defeat at home since 2004. And in the course of that loss you saw and didn't see some perversely interesting things, such as:
· Had Drew Brees' 36-yard run in the fourth quarter not been wiped out by a penalty, it would have been more than twice as long as his longest completion of the day.
· The Saints ran 10 plays in the red zone. Jimmy Graham wasn't targeted on any of them. Erik Lorig was targeted twice.
· The Saints failed to force a turnover while falling to -9 in turnover differential. Only the Redskins, Jets, Jaguars and Raiders are worse.
Next month will mark the two-year anniversary since the Saints last scored a defensive touchdown. That was 2012, when Steve Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator. And it'll be the two-year anniversary of when Rob Ryan's defense scored for the Dallas Cowboys. A 33-game drought for his troops in Dallas and New Orleans, including the playoffs, since.
In 2012 - the one-and-done season of Spagnuolo - the Saints returned four interceptions for touchdowns - four more than they have returned since.
On Monday the well-rested Ravens from Baltimore, a team neither Sean Payton nor Drew Brees has beaten in his career, will be trying to stretch the Saints' losing streak to a season-long three.
But don't despair. That would represent just an NFC South losing streak "starter kit." The Falcons have had a five-game losing streak, the Bucs snapped a five-game losing streak yesterday, and the Panthers after yesterday now have a five-game losing streak.
And that's about the only optimistic note I can offer today. Things could be worse than they are, even though it's likely that they will be.
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