New Orleans, La. - The Saints are heading into Week 3 of the NFL season, where they'll host 1-1 Arizona Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints are in with a 2-0 record. By the way, did you know that at least one 2-0 team has gone to the Super Bowl in every season they've played one? Forty-seven in all? That one season was 1987 when the strike shortened the calendar.
But, we are getting way ahead of ourselves here. The business at hand is Arizona. Formidable offense under new head coach Bruce Arians, quarterback Carson Palmer and Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald. A defense that has given up only 58 total rushing yards, third-fewest in the league.
So one of the big numbers the Saints would like to improve in a big way: red zone scoring. Four trips in two games, one touchdown, none last week against the Buccaneers in Tampa.
Quarterback Drew Brees, however, is not sweating it.
"I think it is just execution," he said. "(On) at least two occasions, it has been penalties. We got a couple of penalties that set us back, and the field is already compressed enough at that point, challenging enough to get five yards - much less 15 or 20 when you set yourself back. We have to do a better job with that and I think just overall execution. We certainly had some opportunities and just haven't taken advantage of them yet. Eventually that will bite us if we don't get it fixed, so that is what we are working on."
Kickoff is at noon on Sunday.
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