That can't be taken away from this team, but it's hard to believe this can last.
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The problems in New Orleans begin and end with the defense, which is a messy outfit but one that finally applied some pressure Sunday, sacking Philip Rivers five times, including defensive end Martez Wilson's game-sealing drop of the Chargers quarterback, which came at the expense of visibly hobbled left tackle Jared Gaither.
A bright spot, but New Orleans came into the game allowing an NFL-worst 463.2 yards per game. Another 427 were surrendered to San Diego. The personnel hasn't clicked in Steve Spagnuolo's system. We saw funky coverage on Rivers' second scoring strike to Robert Meachem just before halftime. Safety Malcolm Jenkins appeared to bite on play-action and never recovered. There's too much confusion on this side of the ball.
In the past, the Saints' offense was overpowering enough to mask the imbalance. That's not happening this season, and 1-4 is no myth. This football team is wandering.