Saints Report: Saints sliding out of playoff contention
The AFC North hasn’t been kind to the New Orleans Saints who fall 0-3 against their out-of-conference division.
Even more problematic, the black and gold now just 3-7 overall.
The Saints put themselves in position to win their week ten road match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, tying the game at 10-all late in the first half on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Juwan Johnson.
But there wasn’t much else to write home about in this one, failing to score in the second half of Sunday’s 20-10 loss.
New Orleans lost the time of possession battle by more than 15 minutes for the second week in a row in part to a non-existent ground attack that produced just one first down all game.
The most head-scratching part of this current two-game losing streak is the coaching staff’s under use of Taysom Hill, who only has two passing attempts, four rushes, and no receptions during that stretch.
The Saints are now in the midst of their worst ten game start to a season since their Hurricane Katrina campaign all the way back in 2005. Head Coach Dennis Allen said, “When you get in situations like these, you have to fight your way out of it. There’s no other way to get out of it other than fight your way out of it, and this is where you have to lean on the leadership of the group, and they have to pull us through.”
Defensive end Cam Jordan said, “To be honest, we have to find our way, or this is going to be the result every game. We show a lot of fight. We show a lot of heart. We don’t get the job done. This is – for me – this is unprecedented territory because as far as I can recall, this is probably the max I’ve ever lost in being part of the Saints team. At this point, officially 3-7, this is a disgusting feeling.”
Despite Jameis Winston being less than 100 percent, the Saints reportedly considering a quarterback change for their week 11 home game against the Los Angeles Rams, set to kick off at noon Sunday from the Caesars Superdome.