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The most surprising part of the NFC South so far is the Saints offense

It’s not good.

New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

What’s the most surprising part of the NFL season so far, and for Bucs fans specifically? The easy answer would be seeing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first game cancelled due to hurricane Irma, but that’s a bit lazy and uninteresting.

So instead, mine is the New Orleans Saints offense being terrible—at least in their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. We know their defense is going to be trash, though making Sam Bradford look really good is a bit more than I expected, but that they don’t even have their offense together now is a bit confusing.

Drew Brees was solid as always, though he couldn’t really find the end zone, but the rest of the Saints offense was terrible. The running backs rushed for just 2.9 yards per carry and did not look good doing so, and that includes Adrian Peterson. No player went over 60 receiving yards, and the offensive line couldn’t open up any holes.

That’s surprising because the Saints, while mediocre for years on end, always at least kept a potent offense on the field—and always invested in their team, even if the results were terrible on defense. That last part hasn’t changed, at least, but if this one game is something to go off of, the Bucs don’t need to worry about the Saints walking off with the division crown.

Of course, the same is not true for the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. While neither team looked great on Sunday, they did both win their first games and didn’t look bad doing so.