Saints reflect on ugly win over Browns
In week one, it took the Saints and Buccaneers less than 19 minutes to combine for more than 400 yards of total offense.
In week two, the Saints and Browns didn’t reach that mark until less than 11 minutes remained in the fourth quarter. What a difference a week can make for more reasons than one as New Orleans breaks into the win column for the first time in 2018.
Compared to week one, the Saints week two match-up against the Browns was night and day, starting with a first half that saw 46 fewer points. Some would certainly call it an ugly win, but that resiliency to win a game New Orleans probably shouldn’t have won is one of the positive take-aways heading into week three. Defensive end Cam Jordan said, “We clearly responded well from last week, but at the same time we have a lot to clean up.”
Running back Alvin Kamara said, “We’ve created a winning culture, so with a game like last week where we come in wanting to win and we lose, I mean we were hungry for a win. We couldn’t wait for this game, so I mean no matter how it looked it’s a ‘W’, we feel good, I mean it is what it is, whatever it looked like, it is what it is, we won.”
Quarterback Drew Brees said, “We’re walking away from this happy that we got the win, happy that we got the first win of the season, kind of break the seal. Happy that we came together as a team to get it done at the end, but a huge sense of urgency for our improvement now as we move on to next week.”
Head Coach Sean Payton said, “It’s not an angel with sprinkle dust or anything like that, I think you find it during the week. And so it is what it is, that’s one thing about our game is you can lay it out there for three hours and get a chance to see it all and I said to them, I’m encouraged we won but let’s not kid ourselves.”
Now, it’s worth noting these aren’t you father’s Cleveland Browns, especially on defense where they forced eight turnovers through the first two weeks of the regular season.
It’s safe to assume at some point they will win for the first time since 2016 this year, but it wasn’t against the Saints and it wasn’t in the Superdome on Sunday.