The New Orleans Saints put quite the bow on their season in Week 18 against the Carolina Panthers. They suffered a loss that mimicked many of their losses from this season.
The defense played well. The offense struggled mightily in the second half. The Saints found success through the air and on the ground early in the game.
Their first offensive drive ended in a touchdown catch by Chris Olave on a beautiful play the rookie wide receiver.
After that, it all went downhill for Pete Carmichael Jr.’s unit.
The Saints got into field goal range a couple of times, but Will Lutz missed both attempts. Outside of those, the offense was stuck in the mud. They simply could not pick up third down conversions, and they couldn’t take the top off the defense whatsoever.
That’s unacceptable when you have Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed on your team. Not to mention, the use of Taysom Hill was mild and bland today as well.
Their debacles after their first drive on offense are actually historic for them.
It was the first time since 1978 that the Saints scored a TD on their opening drive and didn’t score again in the game.
For the Saints, it’ll be an interesting off-season for the offense.
New faces could join the offensive line and the receiving core. The future at quarterback is certainly the biggest mystery.
As for the coaching staff, it is possible that they make some moves.
Pete Carmichael Jr.’s unit didn’t perform quite as well as expected. They have too much talent to struggle as often as they did this season, even with some injuries.
Today’s performance was another painful example of that.