MINNEAPOLIS — The New Orleans Saints started a new season on Monday night, but the most problematic aspect of the past three years made the game look quite familiar in a 29-19 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Saints ranked last in the NFL in pass defense in 2016, and even with seven new starters in Week 1, the group was woefully inconsistent. None of the defensive backs had a pass defensed as New Orleans batted just two passes, one by linebacker Alex Anzalone and one by defensive end Cameron Jordan. The front seven barely created any pressure either as Jordan’s two quarterback hits and one sack were the only marks in either category.
Vikings 29 Saints 19