Saints winners and losers from disheartening week 13 loss to Cowboys

Tre'Quan Smith, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
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Loser: Taysom Hill

See, I told you we’d get to the bad version of Hill. For the first time, I’ve listed someone in both the winners and losers category and you’d agree that Hill was both, right?

I detailed why Hill was a winner on the previous slide so now let’s discuss why he belongs in the loser category. The easiest is obviously the four interceptions, though one of them wasn’t really Hill’s fault. The other three, however, came at the worst time, as the Saints were still in the game when all three of those picks took place.

Hill proved that he can put on a show as a runner but the guy isn’t a good passer at all. The Saints can’t realistically have him be their quarterback in 2022 and beyond. They just can’t.

Loser: Mark Ingram

It’s hard to run the ball consistently when the team falls behind but this week, the Saints weren’t trailing by more than two possessions until the fourth quarter. Mark Ingram could have gotten more carries but the Saints obviously liked what they saw from Hill running the ball.

Ingram finished with 10 carries for 28 yards and had one reception for -2 yards. It wasn’t his best outing and the Saints could have used a big game from Ingram.

Loser: Kenny Stills

The first interception that Hill threw came on a play that would have set the Saints up at 1st and Goal had Kenny Stills come up with the ball. It was a catchable ball but Stills couldn’t reel it in and instead, it was picked off. A key opportunity for the NOLA offense to come away with points and it was squandered by Stills’ inability to catch the football.

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While the Saints lost this game, it clearly wasn’t all bad, as the winners outweighed the losers. This game was winnable for New Orleans but they failed to capitalize and made poor mistakes in key moments. That led to them losing their fifth-straight game.