Saints Report: Saints lose first game since September 27th
For the New Orleans Saints, Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles marks the end of what was previously a nine-game winning streak.
The Black and Gold also lost another streak in week 14 and they did so in two different ways.
The Saints had gone 56 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, more than three seasons worth of games and yet somehow, they allowed two in one game on Sunday.
Rookie Jalen Hurts went for 109 yards in his first career start under center while Miles Sanders burned New Orleans for 115 thanks in large part to his 82-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Saints are still ranked second in the NFL in total defense, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from falling into the second seed in the NFC. Saints Safety Malcolm Jenkins said, “Yeah, I mean I think it’s obvious that his ability to run and not only put stress on us as a defense in the run game but also in the pass game, his ability to scramble just adds another element into the run fits. You need all 11 to be able to stop the run, so they did a good job giving him opportunistic looks, good runs, good passes to be able to take care of the football and not put him in any harm’s way and they executed. So, hats off to them.”
It only gets more difficult for the Saints who return home for the first time in four weeks to host the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.