Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 9/12/12

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Drew Brees #9 (R) and Mark Brunell #11 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate after their 31-28 overtime win against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Last week: 6 (-1)

Record: 0-1

It’s not quite time to hit the panic button in New Orleans. They’ll get better as the season goes on. After the offseason they had, it’s understandable if they struggle out of the gate and if anyone can get through this, it’s a Drew Brees led team. However, they need to win the division to go anywhere in the playoffs because I don’t trust them to win a road playoff game and Atlanta looks like the better team right now. Those two divisional matchups with the Falcons could decide their season. Up next is a young Carolina team in Carolina. They can’t afford to go 0-2 so they’ll have to get over their road woes.

Studs

TE Jimmy Graham: 6 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown on 9 targets on 47 pass plays, 3.5 YAC per catch

LE Cameron Jordan: 1 quarterback hit and 1 quarterback pressure on 31 pass rush snaps, 9 solo tackles, 3 assists, 9 stops on 45 run snaps

DT Brodrick Bunkley: 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 4 stops on 29 run snaps, 1 sack on 21 pass rush snaps

P Thomas Morestead: 6 kickoffs, 4 touchbacks, 72.7 average yards per kickoff, 19.2 average starting distance, 5 punts for 278 yards, 4 returns allowed for 34 yards, 48.8 net yards per punt

Duds

WR Joe Morgan: 0 catches on 2 targets on 31 pass plays

WR Marques Colston: 4 catches for 71 yards on 10 targets on 54 pass plays, 2.5 YAC per catch, 2 dropped passes, 1 interception when thrown to

SS Roman Harper: Allowed 3 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown on 4 targets, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 missed tackles on 45 run snaps, 1 quarterback pressure on 3 blitzes

ROLB David Hawthorne: 5 solo tackles, 1 missed tackle, 3 stops on 41 run snaps, allowed 4 catches for 50 yards on 4 attempts

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