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“It Just Wasn’t Enough”- Drew Brees Bemoans Below-Par Display Against the Raiders

“It Just Wasn’t Enough”- Drew Brees Bemoans Below-Par Display Against the Raiders

It was a night to forget for the New Orleans Saints and their massive fan base. After a bright start to the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week One, Sean Payton’s side fell to a 34-24 loss at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders at the Allegiant Stadium.

41-year-old quarterback Drew Brees, in particular, suffered a disappointing outing after putting in a below-par display in this Week Two clash.

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Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints suffer major upset against Las Vegas Raiders

The former Super Bowl winner threw for 312 yards and had one passing TD against on interception. His longest throw completion on the night was a 29-yard effort to third-year WR Tre’Quan Smith.

When asked about last night’s performance, here’s what Brees replied.

“Are we totally in sync right now? No, we’re not. We’re not even close to what we are capable of. Not even close. We did some good things tonight early on but it just wasn’t enough for the few opportunities we had.

“We needed to take better advantage of that,” Brees admitted after the game.

Coach Sean Payton wants his players to step up after Monday’s wake up call

“We’ve got to be precise with what we’re doing in the passing game, route-wise. … The last two weeks, I think it’s been average at best offensively and that starts with us, that starts with me and we gotta be better.

“I thought we ran the ball a little bit better tonight, we’re still not protecting the way we’re supposed to. We’re not functioning well enough and taking advantage of some of the opportunities we’ve had so we’ll look at that,” Coach Payton said after last night’s defeat.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sep 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Saints have no time to sulk after last night’s loss as they go up against the high-flying Green Bay Packers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week Three. The Packers are on a two-game winning streak and are one of the top-performing teams in the league at the moment.

Coach Payton will hope that his star players show up in that game. Top WR Michael Thomas could return to the starting line-up for the next game. Following that, the Saints will play NFC North’s Detroit Lions in Week Four.

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