METAIRIE, La. (BRPROUD) — For two straight weeks, the Saints haven’t been able to find an answer offensively, especially when it comes to scoring touchdowns and sustaining drives. New Orleans is tied for 28th in the league in redzone efficiency and is 26th in the NFL in third-down efficiency. 

The Saints say they believe they’re on the cusp of an offensive breakthrough, however, time is starting to run out. 

“I think the time of figuring things out is over,” said Erik McCoy, Saints center. “We need to be finding the solutions.”

“Situational football, I think, is one thing that has to be… better because I think the last couple of weeks, I feel like… I think we moved the ball at times and yet we stall out in the red zone or were unable to convert third down,” said Saints head coach Dennis Allen. “So, that’s something that we’ve kind of taken a look at and figuring out some things that we can do better in those areas.”

“We’re like a few plays away on some certain things where when we made the corrections… man if we did that, look what it could be,” said Derek Carr, Saints quarterback. “The only way we’re going to get better, and I’ve told you I said it early too, is like you got to play games together. I just continue to see this fight to want to get it right. And so, it’s still early in the season. We’re going to be alright.”

The Saints could get a much-needed boost to their offense, Allen said Monday he expects tight end Juwan Johnson to be available after missing the past four games with a calf injury, an injury he sustained during warm-ups of the week four game against Tampa Bay.