The Saints defense was back to being awful on Sunday, allowing nearly 500 yards to a one-win a team, and because of it the Saints lost to Tennessee 34-28 in overtime.
Marcus Mariota and the Titans were too much, as the rookie QB threw for for a personal-best 371 yards and four touchdowns, including a 5-yard scoring pass to Anthony Fasano for the win.
”Obviously, when you lose like that in overtime, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. ”It was a game, despite the imperfections and how we played, we had a chance still at the end and we weren’t able to execute.”
Mariota hit on 28 of 39 passes, and was quick and played a great game for a guy who has missed time.
Drew Brees was 28 of 39 for 387 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a short keeper, but it wasn’t enough for them to keep up their winning ways.
Brees was sacked three times and intercepted on a third-quarter pass to the end zone that was intended for Mark Ingram on a throw that he shouldn’t have made.
Both teams missed go-ahead field goal attempts in the last two minutes of regulation that could have put them ahead.
Ryan Succop for the Titans hit the cross bar on a 55-yard try that would have been a career long. Then Kai Forbath, who a week earlier had kicked a game-winning field goal, had his 46-yard attempt partially blocked by Coty Sensabaugh.
”When you lose the turnover battle, which we did today, when you can’t execute a simple field goal, it’s going to be up and down,” Payton said. ”To get that consistency that we’re looking for, we’re going to have to be better in a lot of areas.”
It’s an awful loss, even more since you were at home and had already overcome an 0-3 start this season.
The Saints play at Washington next week vs the Redskins.