NEW ORLEANS – Saints fans had their choice Monday night.
Gripe about the defense, which couldn’t reign in the Baltimore Ravens running game?
Or welp about an offense that never clicked, managing only two field goals until the game’s final minutes?
The correct response: all of the above.
The Saints sank to 3-6, and missed a chance to be one of three NFC South teams at 4-5, by being pounded by Baltimore, 27-13, at the Caesars Superdome.
The Ravens (6-3) had 38 minutes of possession time as the Saints defense could not come up with stops. Baltimore led 14-3 at halftime after New Orleans quarterback Andy Dalton overthrew a wide-open receiver in the end zone in the final minute of the second period and couldn’t find anyone on the next two downs, forcing a field goal.
The Saints never got closer. Their only TD came on a 41-yard Dalton to Juwan Jackson pass with 4:13 left.