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Saints Disappoint Again After Suffering Close Loss To Lions

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Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) after the game at Ford Field. Detroit won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

It seemed like the New Orleans Saints had everything under control in Motown, but after a Matthew Stafford connection with Golden Tate for a 73-yard score, it was all down hill for the Black and Gold.

While the running game struggled against a respected Detroit Lions No. 1 overall defense, Drew Brees looked  immaculate until he gave up an interception to safety Glover Quin that resulted in a scoring drive to seal the deal for the Lions.

After allowing just three points in the first half of the contest, the Saints gave up three touchdowns in the second — one in the third, two in the fourth.  It looked like the win was in the bag when Kenny Vaccaro showed up big for that fourth-quarter interception that resulted in a Shayne Graham field goal, but the Lions hung in there and claimed the victory.

New Orleans totaled 408 yards with 335 passing and 73 rushing.  It was tough to get things going on the ground against Ndamukong Suh, DeAndre Levy and the rest of the Lions stout front seven.

Detroit totaled 334 yards with 285 through the air and 59 on the ground.  With that said, the Saints run defense has been playing incredible lately, so that’s something to keep your head up about.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the way the D showed up on the road, but New Orleans just couldn’t hang in there when it came down to crunch time.  Luckily, both the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers fell to their opponents today, so a division title is still not out of the question.

I expected the Saints to make a statement win today, and they almost did, but it’s in the past.  With the Green Bay Packers up to bat and Carolina on deck, the schedule is not getting any easier.  At 2-4, in a struggling division, the team is tightroping it’s way through the season.

Disappointing, but not discouraging, have faith, Who Dat Nation.  Today was a close game that should have been a win.  We’re still in this.

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