The New Orleans Saints fell to yet another team with a winning record Thursday night, and the manner in which the Saints lost is reflective on a huge problem.
The New Orleans Saints fell to the Los Angeles Rams in SoFi Stadium on Thursday Night Football, dropping their record to 7-8. Any hope for a playoff game will all but certainly come from an NFC South title, but considering the Saints track record this year against winning teams, it's hard to blame anyone who would feel like the juice isn't worth the squeeze.
Sure, once you get into the tournament all bets are off, but looking at how the Saints have fared against teams above .500 this season, AKA playoff caliber teams, we have a pretty good idea on what would happen.
Within the Saints 7-8 record, they are 6-2 against teams with losing records. When it comes to teams with winning or .500 records, the Saints are 1-6, and make no mistake about it, it's an ugly 1-6.
Jus how ugly? Well, in the Saints losses to the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and finally Thursday night against the Rams, the Saints never held a lead. Not even for a second. That's bad.
A lot of it has to do with coaching, especially when you look at the players that make up the Saints roster. When it comes to the quarterback position, Derek Carr has to wear a lot of this too. Still, we don't know how he would look with an offensive-minded coach as opposed to the defensive-minded Dennis Allen.
There have been teams under a microscope for the dichotomy of how they play against teams with winning record vs. losing ones. The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins are prime examples of this, but the difference between them and the Saints is, they are seen as contenders, and have the records to prove it. The Saints certainly do not have that.
At the end of the day, this season for the New Orleans Saints has had its share of peaks and valleys, even if the peaks haven't even been that high. When you have a track record like this against winning teams, there is a defined ceiling, and it doesn't even look like anyone is in danger of bumping their head on it.