With brutal slate ahead, Saints need street-fighter mentality for a puncher’s chance – New Orleans Saints News

With brutal slate ahead, Saints need street-fighter mentality for a puncher’s chance – New Orleans Saints News

OK, so the Saints’ season opener didn’t turn out quite the way you expected.

You winced while watching Sam Bradford – Sam Bleepin’ Bradford!?! – strafe the Saints’ secondary for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

You sat incredulous as the defense lined up for its first snap of the season with only 10 men on the field. We New Orleanians are known for our hospitality, but that’s taking it a little too far, isn’t it?

You were ready to see the “new and improved” New Orleans Saints and found yourself staring at the same old, same old, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but things aren’t likely to get much better anytime soon.

Check out the gauntlet the Saints will face in their next five games:

Vs. New England: The defending Super Bowl champion and its two-time former league MVP, quarterback Tom Brady, invade the Superdome on Sunday.

At Carolina: The Panthers boast one of the league’s stingiest defenses and quarterback Cam Newton, the NFL’s 2015 MVP.

Miami in London: OK, so the Saints’ defense catches a bit of a break quarterback-wise here. But the Dolphins went to the playoffs a year ago and possess the kind of physical defensive front seven that always gives the Saints trouble. They are essentially the AFC’s version of the Minnesota Vikings.

Vs. Detroit: The Lions have beaten the Saints three consecutive times and feature Pro Bowl quarterback Matthew Stafford, who just recently signed a five-year, $135 million contract, making him the highest paid player in the league.

At Green Bay: The Packers have two-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers under center and a 2-12 all-time record…

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