Brees, Saints take Stafford’s Lions to school
If he can do better than this, look out.
Brees tied a
“I had a lot of opportunities out there. A lot of guys made some big plays in this game. Unfortunately you always think about the ones that got away,” said Brees, who shares a franchise mark set by Billy Kilmer in 1969. “There was probably one or two more that we left out there. That’s what keeps you coming back.”
Two of Brees’ touchdown passes went to
“It’s good to get that asterisk off my name that I haven’t ever scored a touchdown” with the
“It was tough. Playing from behind is never easy,” Stafford said. “Some of those balls I was throwing, I was just trying to get rid of it and not take a sack. … I’m fine. I’ve thrown three picks in a game before. Obviously, I don’t like to lose. I wish I could play better, but I’ve got to learn from it.”
Stafford led two touchdown drives, capping one with his first NFL score on a short keeper.
At times, however, they also made mistakes symptomatic of a team with a long losing streak. A few plays after
Soon after, Brees’ pass to
Stafford’s longest completion went to
That was nothing compared to the passing exhibition put on by Brees, who last season became only the second quarterback in NFL history to surpass 5,000 yards passing.
Brees completed his first three passes for 49 yards, including a 26-yarder to
New Detroit coach Jim Schwartz didn’t let his defense escape blame, however.
“Good gracious. What wouldn’t disappoint me? Points allowed, third-down defense, red zone defense, rushing,” he said. “There’s no silver lining in that performance.”
Bush returned for the
NOTES: Sharper has 56 career regular season interceptions. …