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Saints win, but Coach Payton not happy

September 17, 2018 - 6:26 am
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Thanks to four missed kicks by Cleveland's Zane Gonzales the Saints were able to rally in the 2nd half to beat the hapless Cleveland Browns 21-18. 

New Orleans trailed 12-3 in the 4th quarter, but Quarterback Drew Brees finally got it going with two touchdown passes to Michael Thomas. Will Lutz's 44-yard field goal with 21-seconds left was the game winner. But Coach Sean Payton is not happy with how his team is playing.

"I'm glad we won, but as a coach you see enough things that we'll keep you from winning more important games, we gotta a lot of work to do, we  put it on the ground two more times...shoot."
 
The Saints fumbled the ball twice in a sloppy performance through three quarters. 

 “The first half defensively we played well, and offensively made too many mistakes. We missed assignments, which shouldn’t happen, and we missed throws, fumbled the ball.  Everything that keeps the opponent in the game. Second half we managed to move the ball better and I (did not) like (how) we handled the final series defensively and we gave them a chance for a field goal. We found a way to win, but have a long way to go to improve and become a better team.”  
 
The game turned when Marcus Williams intercepted a pass to set up the first of two touchdown passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas. 
 
Brees finished 28 of 35 for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas had 12 catches for 89 yards and the two scores. 
 
Not much of a running game for New Orleans. Alvin Kamara was the leading rusher for the Black and Gold with 13 carries for 46 yards. 
 
Payton says the Saints have a lot of work to do and will need to get better this week before Sunday's contest in Atlanta against the Falcons.  

"I said to the (guys), I’m encouraged we won but let’s not kid ourselves." 

With the victory, Payton has 113 career victories (regular season and postseason), putting him in sole possession of 39th place on the all-time list surpassing John Madden. 

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