Saints tumble to 0-2 with 26-24 detriment to Browns

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CLEVELAND — They started slowly, finished sloppily and finished too many mistakes in between.

The New Orleans Saints were finished in by their possess sins.

Two games into a season, they’re winless and have no one to censure though themselves.

New Orleans couldn’t get a stop down a widen as Brian Hoyer gathering a Browns 85 yards in a final 3 mins to set adult Billy Cundiff’s 29-yard margin idea with 3 seconds left, giving Cleveland a 26-24 win on Sunday in a home opener.

The Saints (0-2) have been beaten dual true weeks by last-second margin goals.

“It’s frustrating given we design to win,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. “You can indicate to one play in any of these games. We’re one play in any diversion from being 2-0 instead of 0-2. That hurts.”

Brees threw dual touchdown passes to parsimonious finish Jimmy Graham and changed past Hall of Famer John Elway into fourth place on a NFL’s career flitting list. But a Saints couldn’t overcome a terrible start.

They fell behind 16-3 during a initial half when they were forced to bake dual timeouts, committed stupid penalties and generally looked out of sync. Brees scarcely had a second snap of a diversion cruise over his head, and a high-powered offense never discharged on all cylinders.

“There’s a excellent line between winning and losing,” Brees said. “Last year during this time, we had dual unequivocally tighten games Week 1 and Week 2. We finished that play and we started off 2-0. Unfortunately, a flip side of that is this year.”

Despite their issues, a Saints were in position to win when they pinned Hoyer and Cleveland’s offense behind during a 4 with 2:46 left. But notwithstanding blank dangling far-reaching receiver Josh Gordon and though harmed Pro Bowl parsimonious finish Jordan Cameron and using behind Ben Tate, Hoyer marched a Browns down a margin to their initial win in a home opener given 2004.

Hoyer finished dual passes on third down and kept a expostulate alive by banishment a 10-yard strike over a center to parsimonious finish Gary Barnidge on fourth down. With 15 seconds remaining, receiver Andrew Hawkins somehow got behind New Orleans invulnerability and Hoyer lobbed him a round down to a 11.

“We were in male coverage and they sent a suit male over,” Saints manager Sean Payton said. “We finished adult with a holding call on a play that they declined. But again, it’s small things like that that are troubling.”

Brees went 27 of 40 for 237 yards, though was picked off by reserve Tashaun Gipson and had it returned 62 yards for a touchdown.

In a second quarter, Brees connected on a 6-yard pass to Graham to transcend Elway on a career yardage list. Brees has thrown for 51,378 yards, trailing usually Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.

Graham had 10 catches for 118 yards. He’d gladly trade them all for a win.

“The NFL is a tough joining to get a win in,” Graham said. “It doesn’t matter who we play or where we play them, you’ve got to be means to finish games. We’ve always been means to finish, though unfortunately these final dual weeks, we haven’t finished that.”

Following their overtime detriment in Atlanta final week, a Saints’ offense wasn’t crisp, a invulnerability gave adult too many large plays, and Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had a exhilarated contention on a sideline in a fourth quarter.

Payton discharged his sell with Ryan, observant it happens “every game.”

Brees finally found his stroke — and Graham — late in a initial half. Brees bending adult with his favorite 6-foot-7 aim to pass Elway, and a span connected moments after for a 9-yard TD to lift a Saints within 16-10.

Brees was underneath compulsion via a initial half as Cleveland’s defensive front tormented him into creation discerning throws and forcing others. On a pick, Paul Kruger strike Brees only as he expelled a ball, sailing it over Graham’s outstretched hands and right to Gipson, who picked adult some blockers and scored untouched.

It was one of those days for a Saints. Just like final week.

“We are going to rebound back,” Payton promised.

NOTES: The Saints final started 0-2 in 2012, when Payton was dangling for a annuity scandal. … WR Marques Colston did not have a accepting after carrying 5 catches for 110 yards final week. … LB David Hawthorne harmed his left leg in a second half and did not return. Payton did not yield an damage update. … New Orleans hosts Minnesota subsequent week.


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