The New Orleans Saints suffered their worst loss of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10, and looking back at the numbers only makes it hurt more.
2022 was not supposed to look like this. No solidified franchise quarterback, a questionable head coach, and no first-round draft picks for next season. NOLA has dropped to the bottom of the NFC South, holding a pitiful 3-7 record, and the worst part is: the season can, in fact, get even worse.
Plagued by injuries, the Saints didn't have the depth to overcome Kenny Pickett and a tame Steelers offense, and at this point we're not sure who the Saints can beat.
Here are the most disgusting stats from Week 10's loss.
Andy Dalton....just everything about Andy Dalton
Dalton is not the answer for the Saints at quarterback, now or in the future. He recorded just 174 passing yards in Week 10, his second-lowest total so far this season, and threw one touchdown against two interceptions.
His average yards per pass attempt was 6.4 yards, which was lower than Kenny Pickett's. The Saints' O-line was heavily banged up heading into this matchup so Dalton doesn't deserve all the blame, but it's safe to say that Saints fans are sick of watching Dalton throw the ball. It's Jameis time.
Kamara's 26 rushing yards
The Steelers' defense held Alvin Kamara to eight carries for 26 yards on Sunday, and Kamara averaged a measly 3.3 yards per carry. Anytime Kamara logs fewer than 50 yards, it's generally a bad sign for the Saints offense, and indeed, New Orleans struggled to sustain drives all throughout the game.
Kamara has been able to spearhead a consistent rushing attack in part due to the Saints' injured O-line, and Pittsburgh took full advantage of NOLA's weaknesses in Week 10.
174 total receiving yards
In the modern NFL, some receivers in the league (ahem, Justin Jefferson) are racking up 174 receiving yards in a single game. For the Saints' collective receiver corps to record that total through four quarters? Simply unacceptable.
Tight end Juwan Johnson finished as the team's top pass-catcher, bringing in five of seven targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. While Johnson is enjoying a nice bump in production, it's worrisome that he finished as the team's receiving leader.
Chris Olave and Jarvis Landry each had quiet afternoons, and those two need to find ways to make a bigger impact in the passing game. Both are, of course, limited by Andy Dalton, but they could get more opportunities if Dennis Allen finally makes a quarterback switch.
The Saints have recorded two interceptions through nine games this season. A matchup against the pick-prone rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett gave them their best shot at increasing that total, yet none of the Saints' defenders were able to make a big play in the backfield.
Prior to Week 10, Pickett had thrown eight picks in five games, and the Saints' supposedly elite pass defense couldn't notch a single interception.
So yeah, the Saints are badly missing C.J. Gardner Johnson and Marcus Williams right about now. Tyrann Mathieu looks like a shell of himself, Paulson Adebo hasn't improved much from his rookie year, and the rest of NOLA's secondary just looks...weak.
We're going to stop using words like "bounce back" because it's clear the Saints aren't going anywhere this season. Next up, New Orleans will face a team that has also fallen severely short of expectations: the LA Rams.