Saints vs Vikings: Penalties and other stats from Week 4 that are not okay

Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Za'Darius Smith (55) sacks New
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Za'Darius Smith (55) sacks New / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints lost a winnable game to the Minnesota Vikings and it dropped them to 1-3. The offense, while not as inept as they had been in the first three games, didn't do enough to propel the black and gold to victory and the defense played okay but the field goals from Minnesota were enough to seal the deal.

With Week 4 in the rearview mirror, let's check out a few stats from the Saints loss that were just downright embarrassing.

2 lost fumbles

It's hard to win a game when you lose the turnover battle and that's a big reason why the Saints are 1-3. They're a bad team, that much is true, but the turnovers haven't helped them at all.

Katherine Terrell noted that before the game against the Vikings, New Orleans was last in the league in net takeaways. She continues that while the team forced turnovers on Sunday, they still have 11 total turnovers and just four takeaways.

It's going to be hard to win games if the Saints continue to cough up the football, point blank, period. Andy Dalton tried to do too much on that lost fumble and Deonte Harty fumbled right when things felt like they were trending positively for NOLA. Those things cannot continue to happen.

Landry 7 yards

Jarvis Landry was dynamite in his first game with the Saints but hasn't been quite the same weapon since then. He did get banged up last week but suited up for this one and didn't get involved much at all, catching just two passes for seven yards on two targets.

The injury could have prevented Landry from being more involved in the offense but he still played 63% of the offensive snaps so he was out there, he just wasn't getting the ball thrown his way. Chris Olave had a great game and Marquez Callaway was out there for some big plays but Landry was brought in to be one of the main weapons in the offense and he wasn't that in Week 4.

147 yards for Jefferson

The Saints secondary has been pretty good this season but they got straight-up torched by Justin Jefferson, who finished the day with 10 catches for 147 yards. Marshon Lattimore is a great cornerback but putting him one-on-one with Jefferson, especially when it was clear that he was going to have a big day, probably wasn't the smartest idea.

10 penalties

Okay, look, I hear ya -- There were most definitely some questionable calls on the Saints defense late in the game that helped gift Minnesota a touchdown but even if you take those away, the Saints still finished with eight penalties, which isn't going to help them win games.

In total, New Orleans finished with 10 flags thrown their way for over 100 yards. That comes down to coaching right there.

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Next up for the Saints is Seattle and let's hope that they get better when it comes to limiting penalties, slowing down receivers, getting Landry more involved, and limiting turnovers.