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What we learned, what's trending and final thoughts from the Saints' fifth straight loss

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BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer | NOLA.com

Well, that was kind of fun for about three quarters. Then the game went off the rails in a hurry.

The New Orleans Saints lost their fifth straight game. The offensive spark they were hoping to find with Taysom Hill at quarterback looked like it might exist for a little while, until it was emphatically snuffed out in the fourth quarter. Here’s how it happened.

What we learned​

The Saints offense still isn’t very good, but it was at least entertaining with Taysom Hill running the show. Hill was playing with a partially torn plantar fascia, and he spent the majority of the game with his fingers taped up on his throwing hand after he took a shot in the first quarter. He had moments of brilliance, including a spot where he hurdled Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee in the middle of the field. But he also had a rough game as a passer, turning the ball over four times and completing just 46.3% of his passes. ...

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Cowboys at Saints score: Dallas picks off New Orleans, Taysom Hill to snap two-game losing skid

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Hill tossed four interceptions in his first start behind center this season

By Patrik Walker

Things didn't start out on an ideal note for either offense, with both teams stumbling due to a mix of good defense and poor execution en route to the Dallas Cowboys handing the New Orleans Saints a 27-17 loss at Caesars Superdome. It was Dak Prescott and Co. who drew first blood, on a drive in the first quarter that looked a lot like the usually prolific group the NFL has become accustomed to seeing from Dallas -- big plays coming from both Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb (who both returned in Week 13) and capped off by a twisting touchdown catch by Michael Gallup.

Not to be outdone, Taysom Hill went back to work with the goal of making a case for himself as permanent starter for the Saints, and he got help from wideout Lil'Jordan Humphrey on a 24-yard touchdown to open the second quarter. But just when you thought it would become a barnburner, things cooled down offensively once again, and the Cowboys are currently nursing a six-point lead the Saints hope they can prevent from becoming anything more -- especially considering Dallas will have the first offensive possession of the second half.

Hill and the Saints threatened to hit pay dirt for the second time in the first half but rookie sensation Micah Parsons and the Cowboys' defense would have none of it. Parsons dropped back in coverage on second-and-10 from Dallas' 26-yard line to deliver a pass break up that nearly landed harmlessly onto the turf, if not for safety Jayron Kearse diving while simultaneously dragging both feet to secure an eye-popping interception at Dallas' 5-yard line, grabbing a takeaway that served as a gut punch to Hill. ...

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Best and worst Saints PFF player grades from Week 13 vs. Cowboys

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The New Orleans Saints kept it close with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night thanks to big performances from Kwon Alexander and Marshon Lattimore, who were both rated highly in the postgame grading from Pro Football Focus. Here are the best and worst game grades from PFF:
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Blindside block foul called against the Saints was proper application of horrendous rule

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We saw this coming in August 2019. It reared its head again in a big spot on Thursday night, with millions watching the Saints host the Cowboys.

With Dallas leading 13-10 in the third quarter and the Saints facing first and 10 from their own 21, the officials called New Orleans tight end Garrett Griffin for an illegal blindside block, as he crossed the formation to pick up blitzing Cowboys defensive back Jayron Kearse.

The foul wiped out an 11-yard gain and resulted in an 11-yard penalty, a 22-yard swing that put the Saints at first and 21.

Three plays later, the Saints punted. Four...
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Report: Saints QB Taysom Hill will attempt to play through throwing hand injury

  • News source: John Sigler
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed an earlier report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport about New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill’s injured throwing hand, clarifying that while Hill is dealing with what’s called a “mallet finger” issue he plans on trying to play through it.

Hill’s throwing hand struck a Dallas Cowboys defender during a pass in Thursday night’s loss, crumpling his middle finger and tearing a tendon that limited his ability to grip and spin a football. A more serious, similar injury to Seattle Seahawks passer Russell Wilson earlier this year led to surgery and a stint on...
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Report: Taysom Hill to play through finger injury

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Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is reportedly going to keep playing through a right middle finger injury.

Hill hurt his finger against the Cowboys on Thursday night and word on Friday was that he tore a tendon in the finger. That report indicated that Hill may have surgery on the finger, but it looks like that won’t be happening.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that doctors have determined the mallet finger injury does not need to be treated surgically. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did have surgery after suffering the same injury, but the report indicates Hill’s injury is less severe...
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Dalvin Cook officially ruled out for Sunday

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While Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer called Dalvin Cook day-to-day with his shoulder injury, the running back will miss at least one week.

The Vikings have ruled Cook out for Sunday’s game. It doesn’t come as much surprise, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Cook will miss at least two weeks with the shoulder issue.

Cook has rushed for 773 yards with four touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 202 yards in 2021.

The Vikings also ruled out offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (ankle) and safety Camryn Bynum (ankle).

Linebacker Anthony Barr (knee/hamstring), linebacker Eric...
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Report: Taysom Hill feared to have torn middle finger ligament

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Taysom Hill is feared to have suffered a torn tendon in his middle finger that may necessitate surgery at some point, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, with more tests forthcoming.

The injury Hill is feared to have suffered, known as mallet finger, is part of what Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson suffered in Seattle’s Thursday night game against the Rams in Week 5, sending him to a month-long repair, recovery and rehab process.

Hill made the start for New Orleans in Thursday’s 27-17 loss to the Cowboys, suffering the injury in the opening half.
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Taysom Hill believed to have torn a finger tendon on his throwing hand: report

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Add another one to the seemingly never-ending list of significant injuries for this 2021 New Orleans Saints team.

Quarterback Taysom Hill, who started his first game of the season Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys, is believed to have torn a tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand, according to an NFL Network report.

Hill sustained that injury in the first quarter of Thursday's loss. He did not miss a play, but underwent an extensive evaluation in the medical tent on the Saints sideline and played the final three quarters with a splint on his middle finger.

After the...
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Saints' Taysom Hill Suffers Torn Tendon in Loss to Cowboys

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Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Friday that New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill is feared to have torn a tendon in his middle finger of his throwing hand. The injury was suffered in the first half of Thursday night's 27-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Hill was making his first start of the year at quarterback. It was just the fifth start at the position in his five-year career. He completed 19 of 41 attempts for 264 yards with 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in the loss. Hill was 7 for 20 with three of those interceptions in the second half, after he sustained the injury...
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Saints snap counts: A look at usages on offense, for defensive ends in loss to Cowboys

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Injuries have become the name of the game for the New Orleans Saints this season, needing to make adjustments in several spots in terms of usage for this week's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

A look at the one player returning from injury, the running backs position, the receivers, the defensive ends position, the weekly rookie tracker and the lagniappe.

Running back Mark Ingram was the only player returning from injury this week, seeing time on 30 plays for 43% of the offensive snaps. He had 10 carries fo 28 yards with a long rush of 9 yards. He did have a 25-yard run, but it was...
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Jeff Duncan breaks down Saints-Cowboys; Uncle Big Nick makes '5-Star Picks' on ‘Dattitude,’ Ep. 30

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It was a fifth straight loss for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday – the first time in the Sean Payton era the team has had such a dubious streak. Was is all the quarterback’s fault? Again?

Jim asked for Taysom Hill and got him, but did it make a difference? Jeff Duncan joins Dattitude to share his thoughts and break down the 27-17 loss, and in Derry’s Dime, Jim says no one can deny at least the game was more fun to watch.

We wrap up “5-Star Friday” with Uncle Big Nick’s best bets of the weekend.

NOTE: Dattitude is taking this Monday off, and we will resume Wednesday, Dec. 8.

If...
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Report: Saints fear 'mallet finger' injury for Taysom Hill, may require surgery

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Here are some details on the injury Taysom Hill sustained to the middle finger of his throwing hand in Thursday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that initial tests have diagnosed Hill with a “Mallet Finger” injury that could require surgery, though he couched that by suggesting a procedure could come “at some point.” Hill is undergoing more tests before reaching a decision.

Hill addressed his injury immediately after the game, saying: “It’s not broken. I don’t know exactly what it is. We’ll assess it tomorrow.”

The torn tendon issue may sound...
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Report: Taysom Hill may have torn tendon in finger, need surgery

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NEW ORLEANS — The hits just keep coming for the New Orleans Saints. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that Quarterback Taysom Hill is feared to have suffered a torn tendon in his middle finger of his throwing hand and could need surgery at some point.

Hill injured the hand when throwing a pass in the first half against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night. His hand slammed against the hand of a Cowboys rusher on a pass play.

Hill went into the injury tent and backup Trevor Siemian began throwing the ball on the sidelines, but Hill returned with a splint on the finger though he had...
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Taysom Hill believed to have torn tendon in middle finger

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Saints quarterback Taysom Hill remained in Thursday night’s loss to the Cowboys after injuring the middle finger on his right hand, but he’s reportedly not a sure thing to be back in the lineup in the weeks to come.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Hill is believed to have a torn tendon in the finger. More tests are being done on the injury and he may need to have surgery to correct the issue.

The injury, which is known as mallet finger, is one of the injuries that caused Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to miss time earlier this season.

There’s no word on when the Saints will...
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Amari Cooper on the rules against playing with COVID: Michael Jordan played with the flu

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper missed a pair of key games after testing positive for COVID. He returned on Thursday night in the Dallas win over the Saints.

After the game, Cooper made it clear that he believes he could have played with COVID.

“It was tough,” Cooper told reporters. “[Michael] Jordan played with the flu. That’s how I looked at it. It was a restriction of not being able to play with what I had. It was tough, knowing that I could physically gone out there and played, but the restrictions didn’t allow me to do so.”

The restrictions didn’t allow him to do so because the...
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Spiraling Saints are closer to a top-10 draft pick than a playoff seed

  • News source: John Sigler
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A five-game losing skid will do a lot to change the complexion of your season. But that’s where the New Orleans Saints stand after Thursday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, which dropped them to a 5-7 record.

It’s somewhere they’ve been before. The Saints have had a 5-7 record by Week 13 four times in the Sean Payton era, finishing each season with a mediocre 7-9 record. But this sustained series of losses is new and reversing course will be really difficult. They aren’t going to improve overnight and rip off five wins to close the season.

Right now the Saints are projected to receive...
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Ezekiel Elliott won’t blame knee for low production, but “it’ll be good to get a break” before Week 14

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has resisted any suggestion that he take some time off to rest his ailing knee, but Thursday night’s game was another reminder of why others have suggested it.

Elliott ran 13 times for 45 yards, which marked his fourth straight game of less than 50 rushing yards while being held under four yards per carry. Elliott remained steadfast when it came to finding other reasons to explain his low production.

Elliott said “it was a little tough” going against the Saints because they “have a good front” and the team did have a hard time getting going on the...
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