What the heck is wrong with the Saints?
It's a stark contrast to their previous 3 seasons, in which they had a combined record of 37-11, featuring a Super Bowl championship in 2009.
So what's going wrong this year?
There are a ton of factors that could be in play here.
For starters, they're missing Jonathan Vilma, arguably their best defensive player. He was originally suspended for a year, and then there were rumors that the suspension could get shortened, but then he ended up on injured reserve anyway.
The next problem is their coaching staff. Head coach Sean Payton is DEFINITELY out for the season, and it's possible that he meant much more to the team than anyone ever could have known.
However, based on the way their defense has played, I'm not sure it would matter who their head coach is.
The Saints are the worst defensive team in football, in terms of yardage allowed, giving up 463 yards per game. That includes 186 yards per game on the ground, which is the worst in the NFL by 14 yards per game.
The Saints have an excellent offense, but when you're giving up 463 yards per game, and 186 rushing, it's hard to control the clock and win games. Even their ball-hawking defense, which has been known to force turnovers even if they give up huge yardage, has only managed 2 interceptions so far.
The Saints desperately need to turn this around if they want any chance whatsoever at a playoff spot.
The Falcons are already jumping out to a huge lead in the division, thanks to their outstanding 4-0 start.
Can the Saints figure out how to right the ship? Or is this a lost season?