The Saints defense continued to be awful, and because of it, the team has now lost two in a row after looking at one point to be back in the thick of the NFL race.
Sunday in Washington, they allowed Redskins QB Kirk Cousins to put up a perfect QB rating of 158.3 to lead the Redskins past the Saints 47-14.
Cousins did whatever he wanted against the overmatched Saints secondary, throwing for 324 yards, three scores and zero interceptions on 20-for-25 passing.
”When you’re in the zone and things are going really well, you’re just playing and your mind is free and you’re not allowing things to inhibit your play,” Cousins said.
Cousins hit big plays all over the place, hitting for scores of 78 yards to running back Matt Jones, 16 and 8 yards to tight end Jordan Reed, and 11 yards to receiver Jamison Crowder.
Saints QB Drew Brees went 19 for 28 for 201 yards, two first-half TD passes to Brandin Cooks and two fourth-quarter interceptions. Otherwise the Saints defense never gave them a chance for a win.
”There wasn’t a lot, I’m sure, that we (are) going to look at on that tape that we’re not going to be disappointed in,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.
When asked about changes during the bye week for the Saints, Peyton said ”we’re not going to discuss any of those type of changes, certainly not right now.”
Sunday’s numbers brought the totals for New Orleans’ past three opponents to 130 points and more than 1,400 yards; it’s the most points the Saints have allowed in a single-season three-game span in team history, according to STATS.
”We can’t allow this to keep happening,” safety Kenny Vaccaro said.
Sadly the Saints defense needs to do something. They can’t stop the pass against anyone, and when their offense doesn’t score 30 or more points, they just don’t win.
Once the bye is over the Saints will be at Houston on the 29th of November.