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Saints coach Sean Payton says reviewing the film of Sunday's loss was tough to watch

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) -

When quarterback Drew Brees doesn't throw a touchdown pass, you just know, the New Orleans Saints failed to secure a "W".

On Sunday...led by defensive end J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans aggressively attacked Brees and for the first-time after 45 consecutive games, Brees failed to throw a touchdown pass.

It was the first-time since 2005 New Orleans didn't score a touchdown.

Led by defensive end J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans aggressively attacked Drew Brees and for the first time after 45 consecutive games, Brees failed to throw a touchdown pass.  It was the first time since 2005 New Orleans didn't score a touchdown.

The main problem... as we have been saying all-year long... the offensive line is failing to provide enough pass protection and that's what led to a decisive Texans victory.

How bad was it after watching a replay of the game?

"Tough film to watch, "stated head coach Sean Payton.  "It starts with me and us getting to play together and being able to operate and play a complimentary game. We've got to get ourselves off the mat and prepare for a really good football team coming in here.  but, November is a month where often times division races, playoff ramifications, all those things get a little more clearer and we didn't play as well as we would have liked to have played in that month."

The Saints entertain undefeated Carolina and quarterback Cam Newton Sunday at 3:25 p.m. in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.  There are tickets still available for the NFC South Division showdown.

Coach Payton says the Panthers are clicking thanks to a great coaching job by Ron Rivera.

“They’re doing all of the things that great teams do, "said Payton.  "If you said, do they rush the ball well – yes, is the quarterback (Cam Newton) playing at a high level – yes, are they good in the red zone - yes. Defensively, they’re taking the ball away. Obviously, last week they had two touchdowns defensively. You start playing with that type of momentum and you see that competitiveness on both areas (as well) as in the kicking game. They have a ton of guys on defense that are playing really well. You can start looking at their Mike linebacker (Luke Kuechly), (Thomas) Davis, the weakside linebacker and Norman. You are going through the roster and you are going to see a lot of these guys playing in the Pro Bowl."

Suppose the Saints have to play games where playoffs aren’t at stake, does Payton have to evaluate who really wants to be here next year and who’s not?

Payton said, “I think, right now, that is an easy evaluation for our staff. Our guys are playing hard and are doing their preparation. That would be the case though if you are in week 12, down the stretch, with the number one seed. You’d still be evaluating. I think we’ve got a pretty close group. That hasn’t been something that has been an issue at all.”

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