ARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Brees didn’t have a completion till the ultimate play of the primary quarter. His closing go, one he was making an attempt to throw away, obtained intercepted.
The New Orleans Saints’ 10-game profitable streak led to a 13-10 loss on the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday evening.
“We didn’t really find a rhythm pretty much the whole game,” Brees mentioned. “We may have had one decent drive, but for the most part felt like we just didn’t really find a great rhythm with what we were doing.”
He completed 18 of 28 for 127 yards passing, together with a 30-yard landing to Keith Kirkwood within the third quarter when two Cowboys penalties prolonged the drive — a defensive holding name on third down and a roughing the punter close to midfield.
Brees was held to beneath 200 yards for the third time this season, and second week in a row. The Saints (10-2) had their season low with solely 176 whole yards, and their fewest factors in three years — since a 24-6 loss to Houston in Week 12 of the 2015 season.
“I’m not worried about it. We’ll be just fine,” working again Mark Ingram mentioned. “We’ve still got the same playmakers.”
“We’re good. We’ve just got to fix it. We didn’t do enough today. We’re going to make sure this never happens again.”
New Orleans additionally transformed solely three-of-11 third downs, and obtained stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1 within the second quarter after a Cowboys fumble.
“We weren’t really good on the early downs. We didn’t have the balance that we’ve had in prior games,” Coach Sean Payton mentioned. “We struggled working the ball with any consistency, and we didn’t need to get right into a one-dimensional recreation.
“Some video games you play the place you don’t have plenty of third downs since you’re working effectively, however that was the case definitely on this recreation,” he mentioned.
New Orleans missed an opportunity to match Dallas from two years in the past, when then-rookie sensations Elliott and Dak Prescott received 11 straight after dropping the opener.
The Cowboys (7-5) received their fourth consecutive recreation and guaranteed they may at the very least stay tied for the N.F.C. East lead.
Alvin Kamari had 72 whole yards — 36 yards speeding on 11 carries and 36 yards on eight catches. His took a helmet-to-helmet blow from Jaylon Smith on a brief go when he was stopped in need of a primary down with about 10 minutes left.
Kamari mentioned afterward, “I’m good.”
There was no penalty on the play.
“What do you think?” Brees mentioned when requested concerning the non-call. “Let the league deal with that.”
The Saints then punted, and the Cowboys ran practically seven minutes off the clock attending to the New Orleans 6 earlier than Prescott was sacked and fumbled.
“All things considered to still have a chance to go down and tie or win the game,” Brees mentioned. “So it’s unfortunate because we had an opportunity.”
Two performs later, with Brees beneath strain and making an attempt to eliminate the ball, Jourdan Lewis made a diving interception — a play that was upheld on a replay evaluate.
Said Brees, “I was trying to throw it at his feet and kept it a little too high.”
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