Just one week removed from their victory over the Buffalo Bills in which head coach Sean Payton criticized their sloppy play, the New Orleans Saints played yet another sloppy game. This time, however, the Saints ended up losing to the New York Jets, fell to 6-2 on the season and are now a game behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC following their overtime victory.
It was a painful game to watch in Week 9 if you were a New Orleans fan. The Saints were penalized nine times for for 59 yards, Drew Brees threw two interceptions, several receivers missed catches they should have had and former Saints running back Chris Ivory tore up New Orleans’ run defense for 139 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, the Saints gave up 198 yards of rushing.
All in all, it was not a very good day. I had some hopes that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have been able to pull off an upset victory over Seattle as I casually checked the score throughout the late afternoon, but those were dashed just moments ago. Instead of being neck and neck with the Seahawks, the Saints must now start a fight from behind if they hope to secure home-field advantage come playoff time.
I was especially disappointed that receiver Nick Toon had a couple of dropped passes early in the game. He was filling in for veteran Marques Colston, who was inactive for the day’s game, and had a golden opportunity to play a crucial role. Kicker Garrett Hartley also missed a 43-yard field goal early in the game that would have definitely helped the Saints late in the fourth quarter.
New Orleans will return to the Mercedes Benz Superdome for a Sunday night game against the Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully Payton will use the week to figure out a way to improve the sloppy play and inconsistencies in all areas of the game.