A week after a deflating home loss to the 49ers, the Saints were outmatched, outcoached and most importantly, outplayed as they were beaten soundly at home by the AFC North Cincinnati Bengals 27-10.
The loss puts the Saints at 4-6 on the season, but somehow in the worst division in football that’s good enough to be tied for first with the Falcons, who won over the Panthers on the road.
The Saints secondary, which has been awful this season for the most part, allowed Andy Dalton, who had a QB rating of 2.0 in his last game, threw for three touchdowns and 220 yards and carried a QB rating of 143.9 following the win.
Drew Brees and the Saints offense was held in check for most of the day by the Bengals. Brees passed for 255 yards and one TD to Kenny Stills, but by then the Saints were already in major catchup mode down 20-3.
Up 3-0, Dalton found tight end Jermaine Gresham for a 12-yard score to make it 7-3 late in the first quarter in favor of the Bengals.
Cincy went up 13-3 at the half on two Mike Nugent field goals, and then 20-3 after a two-yard TD to Gresham in the third quarter.
The Saints closed it to 20-10, but then Dalton hit favorite wide out A.J. Green for a 24-yard score to close out the scoring at 27-10.
It’s a stinging loss for a Saints team that had won 14 in a row at home until their OT loss last week to the 49ers.
They will play their third straight at home on November 24th as they play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night football.