Saints learning how opposing defenses must've felt

METAIRIE (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are learning how opposing defenses must've felt the past few years.

Picked apart.

Run over.

Beaten down.

The Saints' defense is on pace for a truly

historic season, and that's not a good thing. They have already become

the first

team since at least 1950 — maybe ever — to give up more than 400

yards in seven straight games. On average, they've surrendered

50 yards more per game than the NFL's next-worst team. If this

keeps up, the Saints will obliterate the record for most yards

allowed in a season.

Not surprisingly, the defending NFC South

champions are off to a miserable start, going into Monday night's game

against Philadelphia

with a 2-5 record. But interim coach Joe Vitt says not major

changes are planned.