The Saints opened up the 2010 preseason with a sloppy setback to the Pats, 27-24 in New England. The game was defined with more injuries, the biggest of which was a shoulder injury to punter Thomas Morstead, who had X-rays that were negative.
As far as the game went, the team seemed slower than the Pats in the first half, giving up a couple drives and just not looking as sharp.
“There were too many sloppy things that we’ve got to get corrected, ” coach Sean Payton said. “You know, I know it’s the first week of the preseason, yet there’s still a number of things that are disturbing.”
Among the highlights for the Saints included a 20-play touchdown drive by the first-string offense that ended with tailback Reggie Bush’s 2-yard scoring run in the second quarter, and a 97-yard kickoff return for Larry Beavers.
The Saints first string D gave up 17 points to the Pats, a team that is looking to get back to form after a first-round playoff loss to the Ravens last season.
“You never want to start out as rusty as we did,” cornerback Tracy Porter said. “Watching this film is going to bring us back down to earth and show us that we have a lot of work to do.”
QB Drew Brees finished 9-of-13 for 55 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. RB Pierre Thomas had eight carries for 27 yards, and Bush had five carries for 17 yards including the touchdown.
“We pretty much put the Super Bowl behind us by this point and moved on to the next season, ” Porter said. “You have to start over. This wasn’t what we hoped for, but this is the starting point.”
The Saints will host the Houston Texans on Saturday, August 21st at 8pm at the SuperDome.