When New Orleans Saints head coach Joe Vitt stepped to the podium following their 52-27 loss to the New York Giants, he struggled to compose himself for a few seconds before finally giving a blunt assessment.
Through a seething tone Vitt quickly said,
That was an embarrassment today.
Vitt also used the word “pounded” to describe how the Giants basically gave it to the Saints on all three phases of the game. The Saints on the other hand just simply seemed to give up.
One game that came to mind while watching early in the third quarter was when the Saints had faced the Denver Broncos earlier this season. The team seemed to have no answer for anything the Manning brothers lead teams dished out and went through the motions late in the game.
Wide receiver Marques Colston’s fumble on the first possession was erased by an interception for a touchdown by cornerback Elbert Mack and it appeared that the Saints could swing the momentum to their side.
But a subsequent fumble by fullback Jed Collins, two interceptions by quarterback Drew Brees, and lack of execution by special teams gave it all right back.
While the defense did have its moments with Mack’s pick six as well as another interception by safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, they too had lapses in concentration and discipline allowing running back David Wilson and quarterback Eli Manning to rip them to shreds with 394 yards of offense.
While that may not seem much since the Saints had 487 total yards, the reason is the excellent field position that Wilson allowed them to have on kickoff returns. He took the air out of Mack’s interception for Saints fans as he ran back the following kickoff for a touchdown and evened the score.