The Saints looked like a whole different team when they took the field against the Lions on Sunday. Drew Brees had one of his worst performances of the year as he threw three interceptions, one of which clinched the game for Detroit. To add to the dumpster fire that was the Saints’ offense, they failed to generate anything on the ground as Mark Ingram failed to eclipse 50 yards rushing and really only had one positive rush for 22 yards. Brandin Cooks, after voicing his opinion, led the team in receiving and was a small highlight in a game of disappointment.
One highlight for New Orleans, however, was the play of their defense. Dennis Allen brought pressure on key passing plays and relied on a “bend but don’t break” scheme. The Saints held Detroit to five field goals and limited the Lions’ run game for the majority of the four quarters. Cameron Jordan had a quietly nice game as well with a sack and a pass deflection that was nearly picked off. The Saints need a miracle to win their division but with Atlanta’s loss today, Dennis Allen must keep his defense on track headed into key divisional matchups.
Game’s Turning Point
The Saints were within six going into the fourth quarter but Matthew Stafford rose to the occasion and connected to Golden Tate with pressure in his face. The play was a confidence killer as the Saints had finally gotten into a groove on offense. Detroit went up 12 after completing a 66-yard bomb on third down. To make things worse, on the previous play, Cameron Jordan nearly tipped it to himself for an interception deep in Detroit territory.
31/44 326 yards 3 interceptions
7 rush 37 yards
Coby Fleener 5 rec. 86 yards
Brandin Cooks 7 rec. 73 yards
2/2 Long 40
The Saints’ loss today hurt their chance to gain ground on NFC South leader Atlanta. New Orleans has a key stretch of games coming up as they take on Atlanta and the Buccaneers twice. Next week Drew Brees and company will travel to Tampa Bay and hope to replicate their performance from two weeks ago.