The New Orleans Saints were dominated today by what now looks to be one of the top four teams in the NFC. The Carolina Panthers shut down the Saints high powered offense and managed to put together enough offense of their own to win this game quite easily.
Reggie Bush missed most of this game with an injury to that knee that has been bothering him throughout most of the season. Marques Colston did not seem like himself and Jeremey Shockey seemed to not be back at 100 % either. Did these guys attempt to come back to quickly? I would say no. This was a must win game to stay around the top of the NFC South. Although the Saints did not pull this one out, I believe their attention should now be focused on more important matters, namely, Reggie Bush.
The Saints now need to look ahead to next week's game and hope that Bush, Colston, and Shockey can have another week of attempting to get healthy. Drew Brees can not do this by himself. He needs help and he needs it fast. The Saints were my super bowl pick to start this season and have been taking those of us following them on a roller coaster ride. The Saints need to find a gameplan that is more consistent than just passing the ball down the field repeatedly. The run game was working throughout parts of this game, but once you get down by so many points there are not many options as to what you can call.
Saints - C- (how can you blame these guys for all of the injuries they have had)
Panthers - A+ (are they the best team in the NFC?)