The first quarter of the Saints season is almost over, and we are nowhere near where we thought we would be or should be. Sitting at 1-2 may not mean a lot in a 17-game season but what has happened over the past three games is more than concerning. On paper, this Saints team is one of the most talented in the league but that has failed to transpire on to the field. Mounting injuries, penalties, poor play calling, and slow starts are digging the Saints into a hole they may not be able to crawl out of. According to this week's injury reports, QB Jameis Winston has not been practicing. Both Andy Dalton and Taysom Hill are getting snaps at quarterback. It looks like Dennis Allen has a big decision to make and soon. But the team's issues are far deeper than the injuries at quarterback. As Allen said after the game on Sunday, "We're beating ourselves. We're beating ourselves with penalties. We're beating ourselves turning the football over and that's got to stop."
After 3 games, this is starting to sound like a broken record. But unfortunately, it is make or break time for the Saints. To lose 2 of their first 3 games to divisional opponents is tough but having to a play an international game early Sunday morning against a bipolar Vikings team could be even more dangerous. These are games that could have playoff implications later in the season. So, Sunday is a must win. Not just for the players but for fans too. It is hard to continue defending a team when they will not defend themselves. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Let's hope that some real changes are made and that the Saints are not continuing on this crazy path.