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2 takeaways from the Saints loss to the Lions

Slow start dooms New Orleans in loss to Detroit.

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1. This offense runs best through Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara is still one of the better all-around running backs in the NFL, as he has been one of the lone bright spots for the New Orleans Saints offense this season. Kamara gained 109 yards from scrimmage and scored twice on Sunday and was the main reason the Saints were able to come back and make it interesting in the second half. This goes without saying but Kamara should be the focal point of the offense going forward and the passing game should be limited. I don’t have much confidence in the play calling though to make this adjustment.

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2. It’s time for Jameis to start a game or two

Derek Carr has been substandard all season and has not lived up to the expectations the Saints had for him this year. It’s not all his fault, as the offensive staff has not done him any favors, but now coming off three straight losses the Saints have to make some kind of adjustment. I know all seems hopeless right now, but they are still just one game back and still have a game against the Falcons at home that could decide the division if they stay close. Carr suffered a concussion as well as injuries to his shoulder and ribs on a big hit from Bruce Irvin in the 4th quarter. Carr was forced to leave the game and Winston came in for relief. He did not do much, going just 2/5 for 41 yards, but given Carr’s struggles it may be good for him not to rush back from injury like he did earlier in the year. The coaching staff should at least use this recovery time for Carr to let Jameis show what he can do with this offense, he has earned that at least. A healthy Jameis vs. a banged-up Carr should be an easy choice, both for Derek Carr’s health and the Saints prospects on the field.

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