New Orleans bye week: Where do the Saints stand?

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 30: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 30, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, LA. – In the simplest terms, defense is doing well, offense is doing ok, and special teams is struggling.

All phases contributing to a winning record of 3-2, but let’s break it down.

The Saints defense enters week 6 ranked 4th in scoring defense with 18.2 points per game. The defense as a whole is an asset for New Orleans. Marshson Lattimore is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL right now.

“Marshon’s got great length,” said head coach Sean Payton. “He certainly is up for any challenge. So it is targets, but it’s also stature and then where we see that receiver aligning.”

Offense is still figuring itself out.

It is unfair to compare quarterback Jameis Winston to former starter Drew Brees. Brees admitted it will “take time” for Winston to settle into Sean Payton’s offense. A reminder to fans, the game against Seattle on October 25 will be his sixth start for the Saints. The most important thing is Winston, Payton and play caller Pete Carmichael are all on the same page.

“He (Payton) didn’t just handover the keys to Drew. This is a relationship that needs to be built and obviously as we find more of an identity offensively. we’re going to have different things that he trusts me more in in this situation rather than that situation, that’s just how football works,” said quarterback Jamies Winston.

Special-teams is the biggest issue for New Orleans.

Try to follow along.. The Saints They let go of Rosas, brought in Parkey, then put Parkey on injured reserve, and now bring in rookie Brian Johnson. Johnson comes from the Chicago Bears practice squad and will fill in until Will Lutz recovers from his injury.

Overall, the Saints have all elements to be playoff contenders. Especially once they figure out the kicking unit.

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