Detillier: Football gods smiled on the Saints

Mike Detillier
October 22, 2018 - 10:06 am

The New Orleans Saints rallied from a 17-7 fourth quarter deficit, scoring 17 points in the final period to eke out a 24-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.  Baltimore came close to tying things up with under a minute left, but usually reliable kicker Justin Tucker missed the extra point.

WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier liked how the Saints played but pointed out that’s not always enough.

“You can be good; but, as I told a couple people yesterday, when you win the Powerball or the lottery, you’re not good at picking numbers.  You’re lucky.  And sometimes you’d rather be lucky than good.  Yesterday, you were a good team; but you also had a little bit of luck.”

Coming into the game, the Ravens had the NFL’s #1 defense; and they made it tough for the Saints, at least early on.

“It was sort of a sluggish start offensively for the Saints.  But this is the Ravens, who had not given up a second half touchdown all season long.  They gave up 17 points in the fourth quarter…it was amazing to watch.”

Detillier identified one big area of concern for New Orleans.

“They picked on the Saints secondary.  At times, Flacco was in the groove; and you didn’t put any pressure on him.  He’s one of those guys who can pick you apart.”

Flacco went 23-39 (60%) for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns.  After the Saints extended their lead to 7 with 2:07 left in the game, Flacco marched Balitmore down the field for 81 yards, capping the drive off with a 14 yard touchdown toss to wide receiver John Brown.

“This is why there is no doubt that the rumors of the Saints trying to acquire a cornerback before the trade deadline are accurate, especially when you see how the Ravens attacked the Saints secondary.”

The Saints run defense was #1 in the league heading into the game, but the pass defense was ranked just #28.  They have former first rounder Marshon Lattimore locking down one spot, but both Ken Crawley and P.J. Williams have struggled at times opposite Lattimore.

It was a close game, and the Ravens were in a position to force overtime at the end.  However, as Detillier pointed out, the Saints got a lucky break with Tucker's missed PAT.

“Sometimes the football gods smile at you.”

Check out Mike Detillier's entire interview with WWL's Tommy Tucker.

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