October 11th, 2010
GLENDALE, ARIZ. — Quarterback Drew Brees said last week the New Orleans Saints had played “B, B-minus” football for the first quarter of the season and optimistically asked, “What happens if we start putting forth our A-plus performance?”
As is turned out, the better question would have been, what happens if they start playing worse?
The Saints’ offense failed miserably inside University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, losing a nasty 30-20 decision to the Arizona Cardinals.
They blew a 10-0 lead in the first quarter — their largest lead of the season — by imploding with three interceptions, a fumble, a missed 29-yard field-goal attempt, a 25 percent touchdown percentage in the red zone and a handful of untimely penalties.
The Saints (3-2) actually outgained Arizona, 358 yards to 194, but repeatedly handed over the ball — and ultimately the victory — like it was an early Christmas gift.
“It was terrible. You know, it was terrible. It’s going to get you beat every time,” said a clearly frustrated Brees, who seemed to take this loss harder than any in at least two years, based on his postgame body language.