Darren Waller has reportedly made strides toward returning to the field, but Waller remains on injured reserve and the New York Giants were on a bye in Week 13 anyway. So, we’ll continue to focus our weekly check-ins on former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, and Sunday certainly was a tough outing for Carr for a couple of reasons.
- Stats: 17/22, 226 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 fumble
- Game result: 33-28, Saints lose
Carr really struggled to begin the game, going 0-3 with an interception on his first three throws. While the pick was a result of a drop from tight end Juwuan Johnson, as many people pointed out on Twitter/X, the quarterback had a receiver wide open down the field but opted to check it down instead. That was something many fans got frustrated with during the end of his tenure with the Silver and Black.
The interception was also part of the reason why the Saints faced a 21-0 deficit in the first quarter. That led to a roar of boos from the home crowd when Carr was in the game instead of Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston. However, Carr did manage to bring the team back to within three points until a big shot from former teammate Bruce Irvin knocked the quarterback out of the game.
Hill and Winston ended up combining for two completions on seven attempts and 41 yards and, obviously, the early deficit was too much for the team to overcome.
NFC South Standings:
- Atlanta 6-6
- New Orleans 5-7 (1 GB)
- Tampa Bay 5-7 (1 GB)
- Carolina 1-11 (5 GB)
With the Falcons winning, the Saints weren’t going to be able to take the division lead this week even with a win. But they did dig themselves into a deeper hole and are now on a three-game skid. New Orleans does have a chance to right the ship next week against Carolina, but they need to figure out what they’re going to do under center, even if Carr is healthy enough to play, to be a legitimate playoff contender.