Saints' fourth-quarter meltdown tackled in this week's Defensive Film Study (1 Viewer)


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The New Orleans Saints surrendered 22 points and 210 yards of offense to the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter Sunday. I'd say that qualifies as the wheels falling off in the Saints' 35-34 loss after New Orleans only gave up 13 points and 276 yards in the previous three quarters combined.

"Defensively, the first three quarters of that game, there are a lot of things that we did according to plan," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "We limited the explosive plays; we handled a quick, short drive in the beginning when we had the fumble (lost on offense). Once that fourth quarter started, even a part in the third quarter, the keys for us defensively all of a sudden begin to crumble somewhat."

It's fair to say the Raiders' offensive explosion coincided with Derek Carr taking advantage of the absence of Delvin Breaux in the secondary. But then you leave out the Saints' inability (again) to stop the run.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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