NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Saints now have seven turnovers in their first two preseason games. It's no wonder that they're off to an 0-2 start. In Houston Saturday night, the Black and Gold gave the ball away three times, which led to 10 Houston points, en route to their 16-to-9 defeat.
Quarterback Drew Brees got a little more work in game two than he did in game one. But, his performance left a lot to be desired. Just five completions in eight throws for 29-yards and one interception.
The Saints offense as a whole left a lot to be desired. Just 260-yards on 70-plays. And as bad as the passing game was, their running game, for the second consecutive game, has been non-existent. Just 86-yards on 26-carries. The teams top rusher was quarterback Luke McCown.
If there was a positive from last night's loss, it came from the defense which continues to show it's improvement over a year ago.
A number of players were credited for pass break ups and PJ Williams came up with the teams first turnover of the preseason. An end zone pick of Texans starter Brock Osweiler.
The Saints defense limited the Texans to just one score and that was on a shortened field following a fumbled punt return by Marcus Murphy. And they got after Texans quarterbacks, sacking them four times All in all, that unit, continues to impress.
But, as a whole, Sean Payton's players have a lot to be concerned about. First and foremost, they've got an offensive line that can't protect the quarterback 'or' open running lanes for Mark Ingram.
So, as they turn the page to coming home for the rest of preseason, this team has a lot to get right because their 'next' game is right around the corner as the Pittsburgh Steelers come to the Dome Friday night.