The New Orleans Saints were having a great night on Monday Night Football.
They were dominating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on defense. The offense wasn’t pretty, but they were moving the ball enough. Special teams looked great.
Then, it all crumbled.
The fourth quarter was a nightmare for Dennis Allen’s team once again. Under the pressure, play calling got conservative, and veteran players made big mistakes.
For much of the fourth quarter, the Saints had over a 90% chance to win. At one point, the Bucs had less than a 1% chance of winning the game. Somehow, they did.
Unfortunately for the Saints, this isn’t the first time this season that a debacle like this has happened.
Problem is the Cincinnati game was far too similar. 75% chance of winning and blew it.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) December 6, 2022
These are two wins and couldn’t figure out how to close it. pic.twitter.com/MRjsFzscXs
The Saints’ loss to the Bengals was quite similar to this one.
The game script was a bit different as both offenses found more success throughout the game, but the Saints had a late, sizable lead that they blew. It is simply just a trend for Dennis Allen’s team. It is inexcusable.
Those two wins would have the Saints in first place in the NFC South.
Instead, their postseason chances are now in the toilet. There’s no reason to discuss that possibility anymore.
The Saints need to understand that and realize their mistakes from this prior off-season.
Allen has proven year-after-year in head coaching opportunities that he isn’t built for it. These two blown leads are just the latest red flags on his resumé.