New Orleans Passing Attack Not as Healthy as Stats Show, and More NFC South News

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterSeptember 20, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Nakia Hogan of the Times-Picayune thinks nothing is wrong with the New Orleans passing game, at least not on paper.

The Saints rank third in the NFL in passing after a 339- and a 325-yard passing performance in the first two weeks of the season.

But paper doesn't give the entire picture, said Hogan.

While the offense has racked up yards through the air, the unit has suffered from mental lapses, dropped passes and inopportune interceptions.

Lance Moore has two drops on 10 catchable passes through two games, tied for second in the NFL with seven other receivers for most drops. Marques Colston has one drop on eight catchable passes, according to Pro Football Focus ($$).

Jimmy Graham, who dropped a would-be touchdown against Carolina, has two drops on 15 catchable passes.

These dropped passes are not only failures to connect, but drive-stalling and momentum-changing occurrences. Just think at how much more effective the Saints offense would be if those dropped passes were hauled in.

The Times-Picayune piece also looks towards injuries as a reason behind the lag. Colston has a foot injury that's slowing him, and Devery Henderson missed Week 2 with a concussion.

Health returning would be a big thing, as would Drew Brees finding a reliable deep target to throw towards.


Atlanta Falcons

John Manasso of Fox Sports South wrote about the short shelf life of NFL running backs, including Michael Turner.

According to Dunta Robinson, new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is turning Atlanta's defense into into a much more offensive-minded unit. [Atlanta Field Report]

Sam Baker and Tyson Clabo had good showings in Monday night's game, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Carolina Panthers

According to the Charlotte Observer, Jonathan Stewart could miss Thursday night's game.

The Panthers are 10-15 in night games and have lost four of their last five. [Charlotte Observer]


New Orleans Saints

Aaron Kromer feels that the Saints aren't too far from turning the corner and leaving the 0-2 start to the season behind them. [Times-Picayune]

In the first two weeks of the season—both losses for the Saints—New Orleans faced mobile, dual-threat quarterbacks. The team is looking forward to a more traditional offense in Kansas City Sunday. [Times-Picayune]


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even though the Buccaneers gave up 510 yards through the air Sunday in New York, defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said he's not backing off of his aggressive blitz schemes. [Pewter Report]

Greg Schiano seems to have indicated that Demar Dotson is the new Tampa Bay right tackle, according to the Tampa Bay Times.