Saints vs. Browns
In a battle of two NFL teams looking to record their first win of the season, the New Orleans Saints played host to the Cleveland Browns at the Mercedes Benz Superdome Sunday.
But this one turned into a real nail-biter that came down to the final play of the game as the Saints Drew Brees throws for 243 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Saints to their first win of the season.
The Saints sure like to keep things interesting, don’t they? At one point, down 12-3, everything that could go wrong did go wrong through the first three quarters, but then when the fourth quarter rolled around, the Browns were still the Browns with Zane Gonzalez missing two field goals and an extra point in crunch time, allowing the Saints to take a collective sigh of relief after the 21-18 victory. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore said, “We won. That’s the biggest takeaway for me, that we won.”
Kicker Wil Lutz said, “Huge relief, huge relief. That was a big win and this team works really hard, so for us not to come away with a win there would have been tough. So I think we’re all happy with it, but I think we showed that when we’re not at our best we can find ways to win.”
Quarterback Drew Brees said, “These are the wins that help build that confidence and that identity and like man, as poorly as we played in the first half of that game and all the missed opportunities man, we found a way. As a team, we found a way. Everyone making plays.”
Running back Alvin Kamara said, “Me personally, and I know you could ask everybody else in this locker room, there’s no quit or no worry in this team. If we’re down or we’re up we’re playing like – we’re just playing to put points on the board. We’re not even looking at the other team’s score. We’re just playing and knowing what we have in our bag is going to work when we execute the right way.”
Defensive end Cam Jordan said, “We got the win, so it allows us to breathe a little bit. Breathe. It’s a long season, its 16 games. We’re going to enjoy this for 24 hours and keep it rolling up until this next week.”
Albeit far from perfect, the Saints do avoid their fifth consecutive 0-2 start as a result of Sunday’s win.
It was also the Saints first victory over the Browns since 2006, the game Drew Brees threw his first touchdown pass as a member of the Black and Gold.
The Saints will hit the road for the first time in 2018 in week three for a noon game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.