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Armchair Quarterback: Saints vs. Lions

What will it take for the Black and Gold to get back on track?

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints have gone from being 3-1 to 5-7 in the last eight weeks and currently sit at third place in the NFL’s worst division.

Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions was just another step in the wrong direction for this organization.

The game was lost before it really got started, as the Black and Gold fell behind 21-0 halfway through the opening quarter. From that point, they were able to outscore the Lions 21-6 to put themselves back into the game, but it was too late by this point as Detroit was able to hang on and get another big win on their season.

Derek Carr hurt again

This quarterback situation for the Saints is not off to a great start with Derek Carr. This is the third injury he’s suffered this season, and it’s his second concussion in a month. On top of the concussion, Carr also has a bruised rib, a shoulder injury, and a back injury. His status for Sunday against Carolina is obviously in question and Dennis Allen has already said that Jameis Winston would start if Carr couldn’t play.

Olave and Kamara has stepped up

The Black and Gold have struggled to find an offensive identity this season, but the last two games, the Saints have had two key players step up. Chris Olave, who missed the second half against Atlanta with a concussion, has had 100+ yards in each of the last two games. On the flip side, Alvin Kamara is averaging nearly 100 yards from scrimmage per game, which puts him on pace for around 1400 total yards on the season. If the Saints want to find success and an identity before this season ends, it has to go through those two.

Defense has regressed

After starting the season as one of the better defenses in the entire NFL, this group has taken a big step back over the last couple weeks. Giving up 33 to Detroit, 24 to Atlanta, 27 to Minnesota, and even 27 in Indianapolis (you won that game, but still). A big part of the defensive struggles, in my opinion, is that you’re old on that side of the ball. Cam, Demario, and Tyrann (outside of a couple bursts of excellence) have really lost a step and have struggled to make the impact they have in recent years. I hate the idea of those players walking away, but New Orleans has to get younger on that side of the ball.

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