6 takeaways from the Saints’ victory over the Browns

In the first half, the Saints offense showed a level of ineptitude rarely seen in the Sean Payton and Drew Brees era. The group finally started making plays in the fourth quarter as the Saints scored two touchdowns to complete their comeback, but it was still an uncharacteristic game for the offense. 

Three plays in the first half should’ve resulted in touchdowns, but the Saints still entered the break with just 3 points. On one first-quarter drive, the Saints were down to the 2. Tight end Benjamin Watson was wide open in the end zone, but Brees’ pass was off the mark, though it’s possible Watson was in the wrong spot. Then, on third down, Alvin Kamara ran in for a 2-yard touchdown on a well-designed play, but two holding penalties on Tre’Quan Smith and Josh Hill nullified the score, forcing the Saints to eventually settle for a field goal.

In the second quarter, Brees underthrew Ted Ginn for what would’ve been a sure touchdown. On the next play, Ginn caught a short pass and lost a fumble. 

There was a drive in which Brees took a sack on third down and Wil Lutz missed a 44-yard field goal the next play. There was Michael Thomas’ lost fumble, his second already this season. All in all, it was a brutal first half for

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