The New Orleans Saints lost yet another heartbreaking game in Week 4. This time, they fell to the Minnesota Vikings after Will Lutz missed a 61-yard field goal to tie the game in the closing seconds. The Saints shot themselves in the foot way too many times once again.
There were questionable calls, especially in the second half, but the Saints also just made too many mistakes on their own. It was very ugly at times between penalties and turnovers.
That is becoming a bit of a habit for the Saints, and they have to fix that immediately.
Saints’ head coach Dennis Allen had some thoughts about the officiating.
Saints coach Dennis Allen starts another postgame press conference talking about how the team has to stop hurting itself.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 2, 2022
“I wasn’t a fan of some of the calls, but it hurt us in the game,” Allen said of the penalties
Many fans felt those same emotions about the referees throughout the game. New Orleans was penalized ten times for 102 yards. The Vikings had five penalties for 35 yards.
The Vikings received 5 first downs via penalty today. The Saints didn't get a single one— John Sigler (@john_siglerr) October 2, 2022
In a couple of pivotal moments, there were two questionable calls on the Saints. The first was a phantom face mask call on Tyrann Mathieu. That extended a drive for the Vikings.
The other was a pass interference call on Marshon Lattimore where Vikings’ WR Adam Thielen actually pulled Lattimore’s facemark. There was contact by both players on each other with the ball in the air.
The best choice was probably to call offsetting penalties. Instead, the Vikings got the ball inside the Saints’ 10-yard line.
Going forward, the Saints cannot put trust in officials to call a completely clean game.
They have to be sharper. That’s the only way that the Saints can crawl out of the hole that they hav put themselves in just a month into the season.