NOLA Saints winners and losers from week 12 loss to Bills

Kwon Alexander, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Trevor Siemian, New Orleans Saints
Trevor Siemian, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

NOLA Saints Losers

Trevor Siemian

I like Trevor Siemian, I do, but it’s not working out anymore. It’s not his fault considering he’s a backup quarterback and the Saints have given him Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Marquez Callaway to throw to but Siemian doesn’t have the pocket awareness to be a starter in the league.

With calls for Hill to start growing louder, Siemian’s time as the Saints’ starting quarterback is slowly coming to an end. I like the guy and he was viable during his first few starts but teams are figuring him out now.

Run Game

It’s hard to be too upset with this group considering that both Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram were out due to injuries but the point of the article is to highlight winners and losers and well — The run game was a massive loser.

The Saints running backs finished with a measly 44 yards and that’s simply not going to get the job done. They weren’t helped by the team falling behind early on but it was absolutely still feasible to run the ball when the team was down 10-0 and nothing was getting done in that department.

Sean Payton

What exactly was Sean Payton’s game plan going into this one? I know it was a short week but it really felt like he came in unprepared and that played out on the field.

I wasn’t mad about him going for it on fourth down a few times and attempting a fake punt because why not? When the offense isn’t doing anything, the special teams needs to try and shake things up. Unfortunately, the play calls on any of those fourth-down attempts or fake punt were atrocious.

I get that injuries have piled up for this team but Payton’s game plan could have been a heck of a lot better than what it was.