Saints have lost killer instinct, Imploding in Detroit, and another streak may fall?


Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions free safety Glover Quin (27) celebrates after intercepting a pass during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field. Lions defeated the Saints 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Here are today’s stories:

Mike Triplett | ESPN | Drew Brees, Saints have lost killer instinct

"It was the third time this season New Orleans (2-4) blew a lead in the final minutes.And though the defense certainly played its part in the meltdown, Brees shouldered the brunt of the blame, being about as hard on himself as he has ever been in his nine years with the Saints.“The worst feeling in professional sports is when you feel like you let your team down. And that’s the way I feel right now with that interception,” said Brees, who admitted he keyed in on receiver Marques Colston for a beat too long, allowing Lions safety Glover Quin to step in front of the pass with 3:15 remaining and the Saints leading 23-17."

I’m sure many of us are still reeling, and will continue to sulk about this loss from yesterday. I can’t blame you whatsoever. I hate to be that guy, but I talked about Drew Brees on the road. Many would automatically point to the defense in this situation, and while I can’t deny that Corey White was picked on during the game, there are bigger issues going on with the New Orleans Saints than anyone cares to admit right now.

Larry Holder | Times-Picayune | New Orleans Saints seemed destined for .500 until imploding at Detroit: Four-point Stance

"There were plenty of questionable calls throughout Sunday’s game. The following two were maybe more under the radar than the others:I’m not totally buying the pass interference call on cornerback Brian Dixon late in the first half. It seemed Dixon’s feet got tangled with Tate’s. The Saints’ defense clamped down, though, holding Detroit to a field goal.And I’m definitely not buying the personal foul call on center Tim Lelito early in the fourth quarter. Lelito’s peel-back block on Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy resulted in an unnecessary-roughness penalty on the reverse to Kenny Stills. The call stalled a Saints drive that started at the New Orleans 1. The Saints, however, got a 48-yard field goal from Shayne Graham to extend their lead to 20-10."

Yes, there was plenty of ‘shotty’ officiating out there. I don’t buy any of those calls, to be honest with you. Call it for what it is – if it makes you feel better to say that ‘the refs beat us’, then that’s on you. The fact remains, the Saints are 2-4.

Ramon Antonio Vargas | The Advocate | Saints’ five-game winning streak coming out the bye is done for; their vaunted winning streak at home may be next

"The Saints had gone 5-0 since coach Sean Payton in 2009 grabbed a page from NFL colleague Andy Reid’s book and allowed players to take the full bye week off. Granted, only one of those contests had been on the road, where the Saints are a frightening 1-9 in their last 10 regular-season away games; but many felt it was a good bet New Orleans would find a way to win with extra rest and time to prepare.They didn’t, and Sunday’s 24-23 defeat at Detroit (5-2) brought a quiet end to that oft-cited streak, dropping the Saints’ record this season to 2-4."

The simple fact remaining is this: The Saints’ season is on life support. The team has the luxury of playing their next game at home against the Green Bay Packers, but the Pack have been red-hot, winning four games in a row. Under Sean Payton, the Saints have went 18-0 since the 2011 season, and have been stellar in the Superdome on Sunday Night Football.

The team also has a weak division to work with, and surprisingly, they’re only second to the Panthers (3-3-1) right now. We take it one game at a time, but if there’s ever a time to need a win, it’s going to be against the Packers.

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