Detillier: Saints are finding different ways to win without Drew Brees

WWL Newsroom
September 30, 2019 - 3:52 pm

By: Jordan Fiegel

The New Orleans Saints squeaked out a 12-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night to improve to 3-1 and 2-0 without Drew Brees. It was the first time New Orleans won without scoring a touchdown since 1998.

“It’s unconventional, WWL Saints analyst Mike Detillier said with a chuckle. “You don’t see a lot of games where you scores four field goals, no touchdowns, and you end up winning. They’re finding a different way to win without Drew [Brees].”

The Saints leaned heavily on their defense, limiting an explosive Cowboys offense to just 10 points and 257 yards, while forcing three turnovers.

“The defense just played great,” Detillier enthused. “You couldn’t ask them to do anything more than what they did last night against one of the best teams in the NFL. They shut [Cowboys running back] Zeke Elliot down. They did the job.”

The defense was bolstered by the return of defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who missed the first three games while recovering from an Achilles injury suffered against Philadelphia in the playoffs last season.

“I thought Rankins did a real solid job. He can push the pocket.” Detillier didn’t stop with Rankins, though. “I thought [defensive tackle] David Onyemata had a tremendous game. That may have been his best football game as a Saint. [Defensive end] Marcus Davenport had another strong game, and I can’t say enough about [defensive end] Cam Jordan, each week. He’s tremendous.”

Ezekiel Elliot is one of the best backs in the NFL, and the Saints defensive front held him to a mere 35 yards on 18 carries (1.9 yards per carry). Those 35 yards were the third-lowest total of his career.

The victory has the Saints sitting at 3-1 and atop the NFC South heading into this week’s game against Tampa Bay, their first match-up against a divisional opponent.

“That was a huge win. This is a great coaching job by Sean Payton,” Detillier said. “The Saints are figuring out new ways to win. Whatever it takes, just find a way to win. And they have so far.”

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