(WVUE) - Two games into the preseason, and Drew Brees still hasn't got on the field. Instead, the most airtime Brees got was with the family before kickoff.
Without No. 9 in the lineup, the Saints offense turned the ball over four times in the first half. The Cardinals capitalized on the mistakes, and beat the Saints, 20-15.
Second-year Saint Taysom Hill started in place of Brees. Hill had the offense humming on the first drive of the game, but Cameron Meredith couldn't handle Taysom's pass, and Haason Reddick picked it off for the Cardinals.
The Saints second offensive possession, not much better. Hill bobbled the snap before the handoff, and lost the ball to the Cardinals defense.
Things didn't get any better for Hill. He was charged with another turnover, after throwing his second interception of the contest.
Hill's stat line after four drives was flat-out ugly: 3-of-7 passing, 8 yards, two interceptions, lost fumble.
Hill finally redeemed himself in the first half, running for 43 yards into Cardinals territory. It would set up a Wil Lutz field goal.
The Saints held the Cardinals without points the first two drives, but finally relented on Arizona's third drive. David Johnson's 9-yard touchdown run gave the Cards a 7-0 advantage.
Josh Rosen to Christian Kirk, 13-yard touchdown, extended the Cardinals lead to 14-0.
J.T. Barrett scored on a 12-yard touchdown run late in the contest, cutting the lead Cards lead to 20-15.