Three Takeaways From The New Orleans Saints Loss To The Cincinnati Bengals

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Three Takeaways From The New Orleans Saints Loss To The Cincinnati Bengals

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Three Takeaways From The New Orleans Saints Loss To The Cincinnati Bengals

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The New Orleans Saints lost a heartbreaker to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals took home a 30-26 win to get to .500, while the Saints now fall to 2-4. Here are three takeaways from the game. 

Pass Rush Comes Up Short

The New Orleans Saints pass rush is terrible. Statistically, they are the worst pass-rushing unit in the NFL. They sacked Joe Burrow three times, but struggled to generate pressure throughout the game. Burrow had time on most dropbacks, especially on third downs. The Bengals torched the Saints on third down, and the lack of pressure from New Orleans contributed to this loss. Even when the Saints did create pressure with a blitz, Burrow managed to escape, as he did on a 19-yard touchdown scramble. The unit looks slow, sluggish, and out of ideas. It will not go unnoticed that former Saint Trey Hendrickson was the best pass rusher in the game. 

The Defensive Backfield Has Another Tough Day

This was the best the Bengals’ pass offense has looked all season. The Saints failed to contain Ja’Marr Chase. Paulson Adebo found it difficult in one-on-one situations against Chase, while the rest of the backfield tackled poorly. Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins totaled 235 receiving yards. Demario Davis looked sluggish in coverage, while Bradley Roby and Tyrann Mathieu looked off the pace. The Saints’ pass defense is not good. 

 

Red Zone Offense Goes Cold

On five red-zone trips, the Saints kicked a field goal four times. That is not a recipe for winning games in the NFL. The red zone play calling felt conservative, as New Orleans often found itself behind the sticks after first down. Taysom Hill hardly had a designed run, while the stretch running game with Alvin Kamara failed to materialize. The Saints were the second-best red zone offense going into this one; they were lifeless against the Bengals.

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