WHAT WE LEARNED

These kinds of games are why Saints fans are so frustrated.

The Saints’ Clark Kent-Superman charade with their season is maddening.

After looking like Clark Kent in a one-point loss at Detroit last week, the Saints looked like Superman in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.

A PERSON WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND A TEAM IN NFL HISTORY THAT PLAYED WITH THE KIND OF HOME-ROAD DISPARITY THE SAINTS HAVE THIS SEASON, MUCH LESS A PLAYOFF TEAM.

THIS TEAM COULD BE ONE OF THE RARE 8-8 DIVISION CHAMPIONS THE WAY THE TEAMS IN THE NFC SOUTH HAVE STRUGGLED.

ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was on pace to have 812 yards passing after throwing for 203 yards in the first quarter.

The problems with the Saints secondary go deeper than safety Jairus Byrd being out for the season, because the team struggled when he played.

UNTIL THE GROUP LEARNS HOW TO COVER, THE SAINTS SECONDARY WILL BE AN OPPOSING QUARTERBACK'S DREAM.

A PAINFUL TRUTH

One of the things the Saints defense pinned its hopes on was Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan each repeating their great seasons from last year.

BUT THE MORE THEY PLAY, THE MORE IT BECOMES OBVIOUS THAT THEY HAD CAREER YEARS THAT MAY NEVER BE DUPLICATED.

THEIR INABILITY TO RUSH THE PASSER THIS SEASON LIKE LAST YEAR HAS HURT THE TEAM’S SECONDARY TOO MANY TIMES.

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

Green Bay stopped back-to-back Saints runs on third and fourth down to force a turnover on downs in the third quarter.

As much as people like to point out how much better the Saints run offense is, this is not a team that does a great job of blowing opponents off the line in short-yardage plays.

UP NEXT: The Saints play at the Carolina Panthers on Thursday at 7:25 p.m.

Pierce W. Huff