NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - What's wrong with the New Orleans Saints?
That's a question everyone is asking following another loss by the men in black & gold. Baltimore stuffed the Saints 34-27 on Monday night, a few days before Thanksgiving.
That's three consecutive losses inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, dropping New Orleans to 4 and 7. The Saints were once invincible when playing inside the Superdome, but that's no longer the case.
Quarterback Drew Brees continues to pile up impressive offensive statistics. On Monday night the veteran quarterback passed for 420 yards and three touchdowns. On the negative side, Brees threw a crucial game changing interception snagged by Will Hill and returned for a 44-yard touchdown.
From what I've seen, Brees isn't getting the pass protection in the pocket. He's getting rushed, forcing him to throw untimely passes resulting in overthrows, passes in the turf and interceptions. Baltimore sacked Brees four times.
Despite the loss to the Ravens, the Saints are tied with Atlanta (4-7) atop the NFC South Division standings. The Falcons hold the tiebreaker after beating New Orleans in their first match-up of the season.
Brees said, "We've got to accept what's happened but remain undeterred towards our direction for this team and this program. We just need to win, we just need to win. Winning cures a lot of things."
The Saints defense can't stop the opposition when the game is on the line. Ravens running back Justin Forsett galloped through the Saints defense like gravy over rice. He ran right through the defensive front line for 182 yards and two touchdowns. He netted 8.3 yards per carry. That's not going to cut the mustard if a team wants to be a contender in the NFL.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro said, "Each player has got to look in the mirror, do your job. We'll see on the tape, I haven't seen the tape, but I'm looking forward to Pittsburgh."
Saints fans may have a different feeling when it comes to New Orleans facing the Steelers in PiPittsburghIt's another road game and that normally spells trouble for the Saints.
Luckily for New Orleans, they play in the NFC South Division. While the Saints and Falcons lead the pack at 4-7, Carolina has a 3-7-1 record and Tampa Bay is 2-9.