The Saints backup quarterback Andy Dalton got the start in London, leading the New Orleans Saints to 28-25 loss against the Minnesota Vikings.
Dalton completed 20-28 for 236 yards and 1TD and zero interceptions. Dalton’s performance in London brings the Saints record to 3-1 in international play and 1-3 on the year.
As the Saints make their way back to the Crescent City, coach Dennis Allen and his staff have to figure who is the better fit for the Saints offense.
Winston Could Lose His Starting Job
It’s no secret that Jameis Winston has not preformed great in the 2022 season. Last year Saints hopefuls saw Winston throw 14 Touchdown passes with just three interceptions in seven starts. Last years performance had people and players wondering if Winston had changed his tendencies. Those previous thoughts are short lived.
In the 2022 season Winston has already thrown five interceptions to just four touchdown passes. These are similar numbers to how he preformed in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers starting quarterback.
Numbers like these in week three have people wondering, is the wild inaccurate passing ways of Winston returning?
Winston has been sacked as many times in three games as he was all of last season, he has also been playing through injuries.
Many Saints fans were calling for a change following his performance against the Carolina Panthers, where he 25-41, for 353 yards, and one touchdown pass with two interceptions.
The majority of Winstons yards through the air against the Panthers came late in the game. They were on 50/50 balls thrown down field.
Those types of passes lead to higher interception and in accurate throws.
Dalton Doing What He Does Best
Andy Dalton’s performance was no surprise. Unlike Winston, Dalton does not look to burn teams deep,. Rather he checkdowns to the running backs and throws to underneath receivers. This game play allowed the Saints to keep the ball moving.
The Saints did play without RB Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas.
Despite missing two key contributors on offense, a missed field goal is what kept the Saints from playing in overtime against the Vikings.
Who Will Start in Week 5
Coach Dennis Allen and the Saints are back in New Orleans, preparing to take on the Seattle Seahawks.
On Monday, Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that Dalton was “pretty good” in that start while saying no call for this week will be made until they have more of an idea of how Winston is feeling.- Josh Alpher
If Winston’s injuries keep him out another week, his job as the starter maybe in jeporday.
Overall Dalton provides stability as the quarterback.
The lack of big plays are countered by long steady drives. These long drives eat up a lot of time and allow the defense time to rest and prepare for their next series.
Lastly this type of stability in long drives and ball control maybe what the Saints need to get back on track.
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