Saints lose to Vikings


Detillier: Saints were outplayed and out-coached

"Sunday, the Vikings were better than the Saints."

WWL Newsroom
January 06, 2020 - 11:28 am

By: Jordan Fiegel

“The NFL is abrupt,” WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier told WWL's Tommy Tucker. “When it ends, it's over. When you lose, you go home. Sometimes it's stunning how you get hit with it.”

And abrupt and stunning it was. The New Orleans Saints 2019 season is done after a 26-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in overtime. The Saints went 13-3 and won the NFC South for the second straight year, but it's over much sooner than many were expecting.

“Sean Payton has raised the bar on what your expectations are for the Saints,” Detillier said. “Three straight years ending the season like this? The expectations for this football team was to get to the Super Bowl, and that didn't happen.

“You can blame everybody else, but you can really blame the guy in the mirror,” Detillier went on. “You lost this football game. You were outplayed, out-coached; and this is not the best of 5 or best of 7. It's one game. And Sunday, the Vikings were better than the Saints.”

Detillier identified one of the biggest match-ups that was a problem for New Orleans.

“The Vikings came in with a gameplan, and what surprised me was how well they handled the Saints up front,” Detillier said. “It was strength against strength with the Vikings defensive line going against the Saints offensive line. The Vikings won that.”

Minnesota sacked Drew Brees twice, one of which led to a fumble recovered by the Vikings, and recorded another seven QB hits. They also shut down the Saints running backs. Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray combined for just 42 yards on 12 carries (3.5 yards per carry).

For the third season in a row, the Saints are out of the playoffs before reaching their ultimate goal.

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