Saints Report: Saints still marching the wrong way after loss to Cowboys
For the fifth week in a row, the New Orleans Saints are marching the wrong direction in the NFC South standings following Thursday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Mississippi State alum Dak Prescott and company came to town and left with a 27-17 win over the Saints.
Coming off their first four-game losing streak since 2015, the Saints needed a shot of caffeine in their second straight Thursday night game and they got one from quarterback Taysom Hill, who threw for more yards than Trevor Siemian in three of his four starts and led the team in rushing with over 100 yards, including a signature run in which he leaped over a defender and spun out of a tackle.
Unfortunately for the Saints, that translated to only 17 points of offense and that four-game skid is now a five-game skid for the first time in the Sean Payton era, which can be largely attributed to missed opportunities. Coach Payton said, “Whether it was running back runs or quarterback runs, our yards per carry – that – we felt like that had to be better than a week ago. But you’ve got to take advantage of it in the red zone, and I don’t think we did a good enough job there.”
Quarterback Taysom Hill said, “The drive at the end of the first half was disappointing having the turnover there and not getting any points out of that drive. And then later, taking a sack and not getting any points out of that drive. And then some of those other things were just kind of freak things. But it’s very frustrating. It’s unfamiliar territory for us. This is my fifth year, and I haven’t experienced anything like this since I’ve been a Saint.”
Cornerback Marshon Lattimore said, “We’ve got to just regroup, come back on Monday and do what we’ve got to do. Come back and keep our heads down and just work hard, keep fighting. We’re still in it. We can go 10-7, so we’ve just got to believe that and go out there and do it.”
Cornerback P.J. Williams said, “I don’t think anyone on our team has that loser mindset. We’ve always been the winning program. We look to win every single game. And the players that we’ve got here are not used to losing, so we’re going to go into next week looking to win, the week after that and we’re going to keep fighting.”
Normally, one of the best dome field advantages in the league and yet the Saints have only won one game on this field this season and the last two coming in primetime which the Saints are normally good in recent years.
Now, the good thing about this Thursday night game, somewhat of a second bye week for the Saints, and there may not be another team in the league that needs extra rest more than the Saints as they attempt to get players back like Alvin Kamara for a potential late-season push towards an NFC Wildcard berth.
Next up for the Saints is the first of two straight road games against the New York Jets at noon, Sunday December 12th. They head into week 14 with an overall record of 5-7.