The New Orleans Saints improved to 12-3 with a 38-28 win on the road against the Tennessee Titans. It was not pretty at times, especially early on. WWL Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister keyed in on one thing in particular.
“The biggest thing that hurt us yesterday was tackling,” McAllister said. “Early on, we just missed way too many tackles. They were able to turn those missed tackles into explosive plays.
“You did enough, though,” McAllister said. “If you can clean up some of those mistakes and make teams have to drive the distance and not give them 30 or 40 or 50 yard plays, then you're a tough team to beat. Another thing was the penalties, which is something we've had a problem with all year. We can't live in that 8, 9, 10 penalties a game world.”
The Saints offense also had its fair share of injuries. Two starters, Andrus Peat and Larry Warford, on the offensive line were out as well.
“Nick Easton has done an outstanding job filling in for Andrus Peat,” McAllister said. “Will Clapp filled in for Larry Warford. Those guys have done a really, really nice job. Now, the Titans were able to get some pressure on Drew; but, at the end of the day, they did enough where you could run the football and were still able to throw the football.”
The Saints wrap up the regular season on Sunday with a road trip to the Carolina Panthers.