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Saints Drop to 0-2 Following 31-14 Loss to Buccaneers

Drew Brees Sacked in Loss to Buccaneers
It didn’t seem possible, but the New Orleans Saints looked even worse in their second game of the year than they did in the opening loss to the Colts. The Saints lost 31 to 10 and have now been outscored 72 to 24 so far this season. The Buccaneers dominated all phases of the football game from the first snap. The Saints had established a decent running game in the first half but had to abandon it in the second because they had to put the ball in the air because they were trailing by so much.

Reggie Bush was basically non-existent while QB Drew Brees didn’t look too bad but he couldn’t come up with the big play when it was needed. He finished 26 of 44 for 260 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. Bush gained only 27 yards on 10 carries and 43 yards on 6 receptions. Deuce McAllister had 49 yards on 10 carries. Marques Colston led the New Orleans WR’s with 8 receptions for 70 yards and 1 TD.

For the second week in a row the secondary got torched. This time it was worse because it wasn’t against one of the best passing offenses in football, it was against an offense led by QB Jeff Garcia. Tampa Bay WR Joey Galloway led the way for Bucs and added insult to injury by holding the football in one hand taunting the defense as he trotted to one of his 2 TD’s on 4 catches for 135 yards. The Saints defense gave up way too many big plays and that is evident in Garcia’s passing stats: 10 of 16 for 243 yards and 2 TD’s.

QB Drew Brees told the media after the game, “I’m very surprised. We really need to take a deep look at ourselves, identify the problems and figure out how to fix it.”

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