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Sean Payton says Saints need to clean up a lot on a short week

Steve Geller
September 09, 2019 - 11:27 pm

If game one of the Saints 2019 season was any indication of what we are in store for this year, we all may need paper bags to breathe into to prevent from hyperventilating.

“Obviously an exciting game,” said head Coach Sean Payton following a 30-28 last second victory over the Houston Texans. “One of the challenges early for us after this first game is just a short week and yet there is so much we need to clean up on from that tape. So, being able to get our players in and clean some of those mistakes up before we go on and trying to do that in a quick period of time will be something we’ll have to do. But they fought, they hung in there and we ended up obviously with a huge kick at the end by Wil and a good win.” 

Lutz’s walk-off 58 yard field goal snapped the Black & Gold’s 5 year winless streak in season openers. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.  The Saints defense got gashed on the ground, allowing 7.8 yards per rush and allowed Texas wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to make 8 catches for 11 yards and two TDs.

“We didn’t play really smart when we got the lead,” explained Payton. “We gave up the big play to their top receiver; that’s bad football and we can’t allow that to happen. He made to many plays tonight for one of our goals to eliminates or don’t let him beat you, and we tried to. So, that kind of thing we need to clean up as players and as coaches.”

A massive positive though from Monday night’s contest was the play of the Saints offensive line.  Drew Brees was sacked once and held elite pass rusher JJ Watt to not a single stat.  No sacks, no QB hits or tackle for loss; not even an assisted tackle. Huge props to Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk who was an All-Pro last season in just his 2nd year in the league. 

“I thought he played pretty well,” said Payton about Ramczyk. “I though he played pretty well. I didn’t hear a lot of Watt’s name.”

The Saints are on the road for there next two contests. First up is Los Angeles to take on the hated Rams on Sunday.  LA also won their week 1 contest beating the Panthers 30-27 in Carolina.  


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