Deuce: Saints defensive tackles dominated the Cowboys

WWL Newsroom
September 30, 2019 - 11:58 am
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By: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys in a 12-10 thriller, relying largely on a suffocating defense.  The Cowboys managed just 257 yards and only 45 yards on the ground.  Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 35 yards, the third-lowest output of his career, and averaged 1.9 yards per carry, the second-lowest of his career.

WWL Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister came away impressed with the defensive line’s role in shutting down Dallas.

“Our defensive tackles dominated their center and guard,” McAllister said.  “You talk about David Onyemata, Sheldon Rankins, Malcom Brown, the rookie Shy Tuttle, I thought those guys really controlled the line, not only from a pass rush standpoint. but also from a run defense standpoint as well.”

McAllister singled out Sheldon Rankins, who played for the first time this season.

“Sheldon definitely got push,” McAllister said.  “They probably had him on a snap count, but Sheldon definitely got push.  It’s going to be good to have him get back into the fray and just get back into the groove of things.”

While McAllister praised the defense, he had one big issue with the offense.

“There were at least four times the Saints ended up in 1st and 20, hurting themselves with early penalties,” McAllister pointed out.  “That’s something they’re going to have to clean up.  That’s probably the biggest, glaring thing that is really holding you back.”

The Saints had 9 penalties for 80 yards, and 6 of them were committed by the offense.  Four of the five starting offensive linemen were called for holding; right tackle Ryan Ramczyk was the only one who did not draw a flag.

The bottom line, however, for McAllister?

“One of the biggest concerns going into the year was what the record would be after those first four games because this has traditionally been a slow-starting team.  To be where the Saints are with all the circumstances, we’ll definitely take it.”

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