The New Orleans Saints Must Learn to Finish

By NFLSportChannel
for NFLSportChannel.com

Published: April 17, 2009

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... 24:27 (NIV)

It may seem odd to start a sports column with a verse from the Bible, but the team I am writing about is the Saints. And frankly, I think the team needs to get back to its roots a little more.

I had a little extra time last night, so I put on the recorded NFL Replay broadcast of the Saints home loss on Monday night to the Vikings from October 6. This single game was a painful reminder of just why the Saints struggled to an 8-8 record a season ago, despite being one of the most talented teams in the entire league.

They didn't finish.

Not only did they not finish games, they didn't finish drives (or enough of them), heck they didn't even finish plays.

In the Vikings game, Robert Meachem ran a perfect fade route on a third down, Brees threw a perfect pass, and Meachem dropped the football.

The Saints had to attempt a long field goal which was blocked and returned for a touchdown.  

There were countl...

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