Can Saints save their season?

A porous defense and lack of production from WRs have Saints in an 0-2 hole

Originally Published: September 17, 2012
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Drew BreesAP Photo/Bob LeveroneDrew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are a shocking 0-2 to start the 2012 season.

When New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, nobody knew how it would affect the Saints offense. Two games -- and two defeats -- into the season, the changes are evident, and they're not promising. For the defense, though, it's been business as usual -- which is bad news.

In both a 40-32 defeat to the Washington Redskins in Week 1 and a 35-27 loss at the hands of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Saints fell behind thanks to a sputtering offense and a defense that gave up too many big plays. Both times they staged a furious second-half rally because they still have too much talent to be shut down for an entire game, but both times they came up short. Can New Orleans turn things around? And is there time left to save their season?