Taysom Hill started at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints for the first time this season on Thursday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys, taking over for a struggling Trevor […]
Taysom Hill started at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints for the first time this season on Thursday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys, taking over for a struggling Trevor Siemian, but the results were a mixed bag. Hill threw four interceptions as the Saints fell to the Cowboys 27-17 to lose their fifth straight game.
New Orleans trailed 13-7 at halftime and 20-10 heading in to the fourth quarter, sticking in the game, but three of Hill’s four picks came in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six by Cowboys defensive tackle Carlos Watkins to make the score 27-10, squashing any potential comeback attempt.
Hill completed 19-of-41 passes for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions, earning a low 44.2 passer rating. Hill was able to do damage on the ground in his first start of the season at quarterback, tallying 101 yards on 11 carries to easily lead New Orleans rushing attack. Hill also took two sacks resulting in a loss of 12 yards.
The Saints were without Alvin Kamara this week, as well as wide receiver Michael Thomas as usual. Basically at this point in the season, New Orleans is playing without their RB1, their WR1, and their QB1, Jameis Winston.
Hill wasn’t able to establish much rhythm in the passing game with under 50% of his passes being completed, but found Deonte Harris four times for 96 yards and a score. Hill completed both of his pass attempts to Lil’Jordan Humphrey, resulting in 49 yards and a touchdown. Nick Vannett caught three passes for 48 yards and Juwan Johnson hauled in a long 27-yard reception, but besides that, it was dink-and-dunk for the Saints passing game. Hill averaged 6.4 yards per attempt.
Astoundingly, you can’t even count the Saints completely out of the NFC Wildcard race, as they sit just half a game behind Washington Football Team for the conference’s final playoff seed even after their fifth straight loss. Besides a Week 15 matchup with the Buccaneers, there’s some theoretically winnable games on the schedule against the Jets, Dolphins, Panthers, and Falcons. If Hill can become a more efficient passer and most importantly, take care of the football, the Saints could steal a few games down the stretch. But one game after making a quarterback change, the Saints are still stuck in the same mode they’ve been in since losing Winston for the season: losing.
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