By Jeff Palermo
Another Saints season is off to a rough start, as the Black and Gold lost to Minnesota 29-19 on Monday night. New Orleans had trouble scoring touchdowns after getting into the redzone and Vikings Quarterback Sam Bradford picked apart the Saints defense for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
"We went in with the idea that we wanted to be smart with the field position, weren't going to turn it over in this type of environment, but unfortunately we settled for field goals and defensively we hit a stretch there we had trouble stopping whatever they did," said head coach Sean Payton.
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 291 yards and one touchdown, but the Black and Gold could not establish a ground game.
They rushed for just 60 yards. Adrian Peterson had 18 yards on six carries in his Saints debut and the cameras caught A-P yelling at Payton and staring his coach down. But Payton denies there was a heated exchange with the future Hall of Famer.
"I'd tell you if we were in a heated exchange, so why don't you ask him, but I think he was into it, we were all into it, but there was none that I can recall and I'm being honest."
So for the fifth time in the last six years, the Saints start the season with a loss. They host the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Sunday, but Payton says the mistakes made on Monday night need to be corrected first.
"We're in a sprint now to improve, we have a short week and yet there's some glaring things that need to be seen. So before we just turn the page to New England, we got to look at some things on tape in this game and we have a short period of time to do it."