There is a lot of blame to go around for the New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, a loss that has served as a wake-up call to many Saints fans as well as an undoubtedly humbling experience to the team. But one stat stands above the rest in the 34-24 upset defeat: Time of possession.
The Raiders held the ball for nearly 13 minutes more than the Saints — a total of 36:18 — thanks in large part to the defense’s total ineptitude to stop the Raiders on third down in crucial situations.
As with any stat, context matters. The Raiders converted 10 of their 17...