When New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, nobody knew how it would affect the Saints offense. Two games -- and two defeats -- into the season, the changes are evident, and they're not promising. For the defense, though, it's been business as usual -- which is bad news.
In both a 40-32 defeat to the Washington Redskins in Week 1 and a 35-27 loss at the hands of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Saints fell behind thanks to a sputtering offense and a defense that gave up too many big plays. Both times they staged a furious second-half rally because they still have too much talent to be shut down for an entire game, but both times they came up short. Can New Orleans turn things around? And is there time left to save their season?