NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) -
The once-mighty New Orleans Saints, a team that in the past, decimated the opposition inside the Superdome no longer resemble a Super Bowl caliber team.
The Saints have dropped four straight home games with the opposition having piled up 129 points to the Saints 71.
It's ironic that despite the lack of professionalism on the turf, the 5 and 8 Saints can still crack the playoffs by winning the NFC South Division, the weakest division in the NFL and some might say a step below the SEC West Division in college football.
Atlanta dropped a 43-37 decision to the Packers in Green Bay Monday night. The loss has the Falcons and Saints tied atop the NFC South Division standings at 5 and 8.
Sunday's game was a mismatch. Cam Newton and his Panthers dominated New Orleans from the opening whistle until the final second ticked off the clock.
Sean Payton said, "You pick an area, you pick a phase, it was awful. We can't kid ourselves that was as poor as it gets. Bad football."
Saints fans love their team, but that passion has turned ugly mainly because it appears the New Orleans players have lost their passion to play the game.
Drew Brees said, "A performance like that is embarrassing. I think we obviously still have a lot of maturing to do."
Offensive lineman Zach Strief added, "The leadership, that's on the players. That is a reflection of people not being professional."
The Saints travel to the Windy City Monday night facing another descending team, the Chicago Bears (5-8).