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Detillier: The Saints got thrown off their horse by the Cowboys

November 30, 2018 - 11:26 am
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By: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints narrowly lost to the Dallas Cowboys 13-10 in one of the worst offensive performances under head coach Sean Payton.  The Saints managed only 176 yards (the lowest under Payton) and 10 points (only the 10th time in 188 games). 

WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier said that’s exactly the type of game the Cowboys wanted.

“The Cowboys played in their lane of traffic last night, and they got the Saints to play in their lane.”  Detillier continued, “When you look back at the weeks the Saints have won, this offense put points on the board early; and they’ve shown great balance.  It’s not all about Drew [Brees]; it’s about running the football too.”

The Saints were not able to strike that balance.  They had just 65 rushing yards, and Brees threw for 127 yards (with 16 yards lost on sacks).  The offense was a mere 3-14 (27%) on third downs.

 “Give the Cowboys credit,” said Detillier, echoing Drew Brees.  “They were physical; they were fast.  You got nothing going in the first half offensively.  Zero!  They got you in their type of game.  They got you in a low-scoring game, and that’s what they want to do.”

New Orleans went in to Dallas on a 10 game winning streak and in first place in the NFC.  Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said they would hit the Saints right in the mouth, and they certainly did.

“The Saints finally got thrown off their horse,” Detillier pointed out.  “The Cowboys came to play.  You really couldn’t ask the Saints defense to play much better than they did.  What failed the Saints was the offense.  You just couldn’t move the football at all.”

Detillier explained how Dallas was able to throw off the normally-potent Saints offense.

“They made Drew Brees uncomfortable for the first time we’ve seen in quite some time.  A lot of that had to do with interior pressure.  That had been the strength of the Saints, but it wasn’t last night.  It was one of those games where seemingly everything worked in the Cowboys favor.”

It wasn’t all negative for Detillier, however.  He praised the Saints defense, which forced two turnovers and held the Cowboys to 13 points.

“The Saints got after Dak Prescott.  What a game for [defensive tackle] David Onyamata.  He had 2 career sacks; he had 3 last night in one game.  Again, Cam Jordan played terrific.”

In the end, the solid defensive performance just wasn’t enough.

Check out Mike Detillier’s whole interview with WWL’s Tommy Tucker below.


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