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The New Orleans Saints Need Accountability For Mistakes

By Editorial Staff
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It’s that time of the year again for the Saints to pack their lunch and get ready for the stretch run for the playoffs and eventually the Super Bowl, which is the ultimate goal.

The Saints are coming off a game against the Cincinnati Bengals where they won on a last second touchdown catch by wide receiver Marques Colston with 31 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

This game ended up with a close score due to mistakes made and a poor showing from the special teams unit that you normally don’t see who at times looked like they had forgot how to tackle and block letting the Bengals stick around with huge punt and kick returns.

Bernard Scott was allowed  kick returns of 47, 41  and 29 yards for an average of 33 yards on 6 total returns.

The Saints were only averaging 5 penalties for 47.6 yards per game going into Cincinnati but managed a season high 11 penalties for 100 yards against the Bengals.

One of the most costly penalties came when they were called for having 12 players on the field in the 4th quarter that allowed the Bengals to continue their drive for an eventual game tying touchdown.

Sean Payton said after the game that the Saints were fortunate to come out of Cincinnati with a win.

The Saints offense put together a great offensive showing accumulating 436 yards from scrimmage but had trouble converting 3rd downs in the second half to sustain drives, completing only 1 of 8 third downs in the game.

The defense held it’s own only allowing 6 points in the first half and was defending a short feild  for most of the day due to sloppy play from the special teams unit’s.  I expect the the special teams unit to correct their mistakes from the Bengals game and come back strong.

Big games are still ahead for the Saints as they attempt to keep pace with the Atlanta Falcons and cement a possible NFC South Championship or wild car playoff spot. To be successful however they need to get the penalties and special teams play cleaned up to stand any real chance.

Who Dat believes in them Saints WE DO. GEAUX SAINTS!

Check out Keith Null’s weekly article about the Saints on NFL.com by clicking here.

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