Brees: Every game is important but "none more important than the first one"

A Tuesday edition of Morning Quarterback with Drew Brees

Zach Strief
September 10, 2019 - 8:18 am

The New Orleans Saints pulled out a thrilling, walk-off win over the Houston Texans in Monday Night Football with Wil Lutz's "thundering kick."  The team had gotten off to a slow start in the past five seasons, last winning a season-opener in 2013.  Quarterback Drew Brees was certainly glad to start 1-0.

"I mean, it’s really important.  You look at the first quarter of the season, the first four games against playoff teams, but none more important than the first one,” Brees stressed.  "[It] felt like we approached things a little bit different over the last two weeks, maybe with the amount of rest we’ve been able to get."

Brees and the offense tested the Texans through the air early, passing on their first five plays and on eight of their first ten plays overall.

"We want to be balanced.  We also want to be multiple, as far as the things we’re going to do and the things we want to throw at them,” Brees explained.  "And [we want to] see what their plan is for different personnel groups and different guys on the field and different match-ups, and try to exploit those when we do feel like we have the right opportunities."

One match-up that went well for the Saints was against J.J. Watt.  The talented defensive end had a minimal impact, not recording any defensive stats despite playing on 91% of the Texans’ defensive snaps.  That doesn’t mean Brees had forgotten Watt, however.

"You’re always aware of where those guys are.  In the back of your mind, listen, you know if he’s one-on-one.  You know if we’ve got an additional guy accounting for him or something like that,” Brees admitted.  “You’re always aware of where he is and the fact that you can’t hold on to the ball."

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