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One thing that could not go without notice against Tennessee was the Saints' overall lack of focus.
The Saints were called for 11 penalties for 95 yards.
Yes, you read that right.
The Saints accumulated 95 penalty yards. This is normally not a problem with the Saints, but they have to get that area fixed before the playoffs come.
Some of the penalties called were arguable, but regardless, the Saints should not be in any position to let that happen. They had an 82-yard punt return touchdown by Sproles called back because of a holding penalty. The Saints also had numerous drives stall out because of unnecessary penalties.
However, the Saints showed that it is not just penalties that messed up their focus. The defense nearly gave the game away at the end, despite the Titans having no timeouts, a rookie quarterback and just more than a minute to drive down the field.
The Saints have a knack for playing at the level of their opponents, and it certainly looked like that was the case in Week 14. The Saints did not score a touchdown in the first half, even though they had two trips inside the Titans' 30-yardline.
The most aggravating thing about the Saints is they can play badly and still win games. The defense bent a lot in this game, but again did not break. The offense still managed to put up 437 yards and 22 points.
This Saints team played a game in which they were not completely focused, but still won.