The New Orleans Saints were trounced in a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, losing 38-17, and dropping to 1-3 on the season. Much of the team's struggles revolved around an inability to stop the running game of the Cowboys, led by DeMarco Murray.
With just one turnover forced through the first four games and the fourth-most yards allowed, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has drawn some heat and admitted that it was deserved on Sunday night:
"Right now, man, nobody's doing worse than the Ryan brothers. We might say we are two of the best coaches, and I believe that, and I know that. We're doing everything we can to do it, but we have to do more."
Rob Ryan's brother, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, has had similar struggles as the Jets have managed to force just two turnovers and rank in the bottom half of the league in points allowed, although they've given up the fourth-fewest yards of total offense.
The issues for the Saints appear to run deeper, as Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons managed to thrash the New Orleans for 445 passing yards and 123 rushing yards in Week 1. While the team had a shaky performance against the Cleveland Browns and a strong one against the Minnesota Vikings in the subsequent weeks, the Saints struggled in all aspects again on Sunday night.
Next up for the Saints are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that has scored the fourth-fewest points, but had its best offensive performance of the year in Week 4, as the Mike Glennon-led team accumulated 350 yards of offense in a 27-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.