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After getting off to a slow start in third straight game, Saints have no doubt they'll right the ship

CHARLOTTE – Alvin Kamara stood near his locker to field questions about the New Orleans Saints' third consecutive lackluster offensive performance and repeated the same phrase a couple of times. "There is no doubt," Kamara said. 19659002] As in, no doubt, what is currently ailing the Saints offense is not something that is going to linger, fester and ruin what has been a great run to this point. Ingen tvivel om at den potentielle offensiven New Orleans er kjent for vil finde sin footing igen. No doubt, as in no shaken belief. The important thing, Kamara said, was that the team was there in that moment celebrating a victory &#821 1; its 12th in 14 games – that it would enjoy until the work on the next opponent started "We're on to the next, period," Kamara said. Saints defense turns it up at the right time, as hot streak continues vs. Panthers And yet … The Saints went their third consecutive game without scoring a touchdown in the first half. They only crossed the goal line once against the Panthers, a few minutes into the fourth quarter. Another potential touchdown was whisked away when the ball slipped out of Tommylee Lewis's hands over the goal line and out of bounds, a touchback that gave Carolina the ball with a chance to win or tie in the closing minutes. New Orleans's high-flying offensive attack was once again grounded. It was held under 400 yards of total offense for the fourth consecutive…

CHARLOTTE – Alvin Kamara stood near his locker to field questions about the New Orleans Saints’ third consecutive lackluster offensive performance and repeated the same phrase a couple of times.

“There is no doubt,” Kamara said. 19659002] As in, no doubt, what is currently ailing the Saints offense is not something that is going to linger, fester and ruin what has been a great run to this point. Ingen tvivel om at den potentielle offensiven New Orleans er kjent for vil finde sin footing igen. No doubt, as in no shaken belief.

The important thing, Kamara said, was that the team was there in that moment celebrating a victory &#821

1; its 12th in 14 games – that it would enjoy until the work on the next opponent started

“We’re on to the next, period,” Kamara said.

Saints defense turns it up at the right time, as hot streak continues vs. Panthers

And yet …

The Saints went their third consecutive game without scoring a touchdown in the first half. They only crossed the goal line once against the Panthers, a few minutes into the fourth quarter.

Another potential touchdown was whisked away when the ball slipped out of Tommylee Lewis’s hands over the goal line and out of bounds, a touchback that gave Carolina the ball with a chance to win or tie in the closing minutes.

New Orleans’s high-flying offensive attack was once again grounded. It was held under 400 yards of total offense for the fourth consecutive game after topping that mark in six of its first nine contests. “We’ve got to get it figured out,” Kamara said. “With the playoffs, the Saints are left trying to determine what their moneymaker is.”

We’ve been starting slow. Vi tar ansvaret, vi har nettopp fått til å spille og gjøre det vi har å gjøre for å få den offense rullende. Whether it’s me, Mark (Ingram), Mike (Thomas), somebody’s got to step up and create a spark early. “

Tommylee Lewis on late fumble:” Just a dumb play by me. “

Penalties are one of the most effective killers of offensive rhythm. Monday (Dec. 17) against the Panthers, those penalties often took big plays off the board.

“All we had to do was stop shooting ourselves in the foot,” said right guard Larry Warford. “Det var kind of the story of the day for us: Too many penalties, too many mental mistakes. Just simple things, fundamentals. We’re a great offense, and we know that. “

New Orleans had nine penalties assessed against it Monday. Seven of those were called against the offense. Drie van die straffen wiped out vangsten door Michael Thomas, allemaal die zouden zijn gegaan voor de eerste downs. One unnecessary roughness pushed the Saints from midfield to their own 33. A pair of false starts led to difficult third down conversion attempts.

It’s things like these that make the players believe the wrong thing is fixable. [19659002] “Negative plays,” Ingram said. “Those are things that you can not have. It stalls an offense, it prevents an offense from having momentum. “

Big plays have also been difficult to come by.”

Big plays have also been difficult to come by. New Orleans had two pass plays cover 20 or more yards Monday, giving them five such plays in the last three weeks. In the first 11 games, the Saints had 49 pass plays of 20 or more yards, a average of 4.5 per game.

Drew Brees finished the game completing 23 of his 35 passes for 203 yards. He did not throw a touchdown and had one of his passes deflected and intercepted.

But, in the field just a little while ago, felt like there were tons of opportunities out there, “Brees said. The same breath, Brees echoed Kamara’s sentiments.

There were missed opportunities and negative plays, there were only 12 points on the scoreboard and more turnovers (2) than touchdowns (1).

“Results driven business, right?” Brees said.

The offense has to be better, Brees said, “no question.”

“There are some details, things we need to get cleaned up, and I’m confident we’re going to do that,” Brees said. “I feel like we know what they are, so I look forward to getting back to work on it. “

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