NEW ORLEANS, LA. – The Saints loss to the previous 0-3 Giants, shocked many. However, when you look back at the tape there were a few areas New Orleans failed to compromise.
First issue was applying pressure on Giants QB Daniel Jones. The quarterback was in the pocket 43 times and was only hit six times by the Saints defense.
At the time it made sense to the Saints because in New York’s previous three games before the Saints, the Giants were missing a starting guard, allowing allowing 6 sacks in all the games combined.
“I thought he played great. Obviously the big plays stand out, but also just the ability to take care of the football. He used his legs when he needed to. Didn’t really take too many chances in coverage I think he managed the game pretty well,” said Saints safety Malcom Jenkins.
“The lesson is when you have those games, you have to close them,” said Saints linebacker Demario Davis. “You have to find a way. That’s what the good teams do. You still have to give them credit. They made the plays when they needed to. It’s going to leave a sour taste in your mouth, but the only way to get rid of it is to get past it and get the next one.”
Even when the saints brought in an extra rusher, Jones adjusted. Getting the ball out of his hands fast. Ultimately neutralizing the Saints rush on defense.
This was actually one of the better games Jameis Winston has had with the Saints. He threw a total of 12 straight completions against the Giants.
The turning point for the Saints, after an 11 point lead against New York, was in the fourth quarter after a third run play (by QB Taysom Hill) with no gain, which led to seven consecutive third down conversions.
“I wish we could have brought them a win man,” Winston. “We don’t like to lose those type of games. That’s what we do. We finish. That’s in our DNA. That one just feels like a blur so that’s why I apologized to them. I was so happy to be here. I was so blessed to have this opportunity to play in front of our fans. It didn’t work out it, and we going get it fixed. Imma get it fixed, and that’s it man.”
New Orleans missed both opportunities in the fourth quarter to finish the game. The only thing to do when you lose like this is learn and move on.