Winless Saints optimistic about chances despite slow start

Saints players on loss to Giants

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - For the second straight week, the New Orleans Saints game came down to a field goal kick as time expired. The Saints came up on the wrong end of the result.

For the third year in a row the Saints started the season 0-2 after falling to the Giants 16-13. This is also the fifth time in the Sean Payton- Drew Brees era they've started 0-2.

These two losses were not blowouts, only lost by a combined four points to the Raiders and Giants. With both contests being so close, optimism reigns on Airline Drive that the team can turn around their misfortunes.

It seems like every year in the NFL every game gets closer and closer to the point now where we've gone down to the wire two straight games and have unfortunately come out on the losing end. So hopefully we can kind of not get discouraged and realize that we're one or two plays away and make those two plays in the next game and turn that around," tight end Colby Fleener said.

However, the four previous times in the regime the team started 0-2 the Black and Gold didn't make the playoffs.

"At the end of the day, you've just got to win the games that come along. If we can stack up games, then these games really don't matter early, that is the one benefit to it but at the end of the day, you only play 16 so you only have 16 opportunities to win as many games as you can and we've got to go out there and handle our business," safety Roman Harper said. "Be the best team every week and we're just hoping that these games don't come back to bite us. Luckily only one NFC opponent so far, that helps us a little bit. But at the end of the day, we've got to win our division and if we do that and handle our business within the division."

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