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December 03, 2013

Saints' short week vs. Panthers even shorter with plane trouble

Update (3:00 p.m.): The Saints are in the air and are due home in an hour, according to the New Orleans Advocate. A team official had no details on how the Saints' scheduling for the Sunday night game against Carolina would be affected.

According to the Advocate, the cause for the delay was a cracked windshield. The plane left Seattle at 9 a.m. Pacific time.


Late into Monday night’s 34-7 loss to Seattle, ESPN’s Jon Gruden said it'd be a long 5-hour flight home to New Orleans for the Saints.

He couldn't have known just how right he’d be.

According to ESPN.com, the Saints’ team plane broke down late Monday night and the team was forced to stay in Seattle. According to NFL Network, they even had trouble finding a hotel. It was unclear when the team would arrive home Tuesday.

New Orleans is Carolina’s next opponent, and the delay could give the Panthers an even greater advantage with rest in a week in which both teams are looking for whatever edge they can get heading into the NFC South showdown at the Superdome on Sunday.

The Saints were already dealing with a shorter week since they played on Monday night. Carolina’s 27-6 win against Tampa Bay ended at 3:54 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. New Orleans’ loss to the Seahawks ended at 8:50 p.m. Pacific on Monday. Then there’s the matter of flying home cross-country for the Saints.


How this affects the Saints’ plans for preparing for the Panthers is unclear. When the Panthers face a short week, the coaching staff usually delegates lower-ranking assistants to begin looking at tape of the future opponent. 

We will speak to New Orleans coach Sean Payton by teleconference Wednesday afternoon.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 3, 2013 at 09:24 AM | Permalink


I hear riverboat ron is taking a paddlewheeler down to NO.

Posted by: big gulps | Dec 3, 2013 10:06:09 AM

I was not asleep during Cam's dive into the end zone. I was reading.

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Dec 3, 2013 10:33:14 AM

Winning this game will give the Panthers a much greater chance of reaching the SB.. so they need to bring it and strike while the team is reeling from this beat down. It will be hard for the Saints to recover from too big losses in a row.

Posted by: bill | Dec 3, 2013 10:37:43 AM

Hmmm, somebody in the Carolinas maybe responsible for the mechanical failure of that plane. Haha. Just sayin'...

Posted by: PantherD | Dec 3, 2013 11:28:49 AM

We need that #2 spot desperately and this team has got to play in desperation mode. Going to Seattle anytime before the NFC Championship game is not something anybody wants to do. Go Cats!

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 3, 2013 11:29:37 AM

Maybe the Saints players can run drills inside the plane?

Posted by: PantherD | Dec 3, 2013 11:29:47 AM

All of us can write the storyline if we win Sunday night. Enter excuse here .
This is all that will be talked about or maybe another flag picked up. What comes around goes around.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Dec 3, 2013 11:39:55 AM

oh! and how amazing of a win it was if Saints win. Smh.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Dec 3, 2013 11:43:48 AM

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