It wasn’t pretty but the New Orleans Saints survived committing 22 penalties to defeat the Tennessee Titans 31-24 on Friday night in their preseason home opener at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"It was painful to watch," Coach Sean Payton said. "It was painful for a fan to sit through that."
The penalties cost the Saints 184 yards but they were slightly negated by the five turnovers the Saints’ defense forced – four fumble recoveries and one interception (rookie
"It's the first sign of a team that has no discipline," Payton said about the penalties. "… I'm very upset."
While starting quarterback
Graham was responsible for two of the penalties for his goal-post dunk celebrations, which were made illegal by the NFL in the offseason.
The Titans (1-1) weren’t immune to the penalty bug as they were flagged 10 times for 11 yards.
Ingram led the Saints in rushing with 19 yards on five carries. Graham finished with five catches for 48 yards and the two TDs (6 and 19 yards). Receiver Joe Morgan had a nice outing with three receptions for 108 yards.
The Saints will have an open practice Sunday at the team’s Metairie training facility at 4 p.m. It will be the Saints’ first training camp in Metairie after working for the first three weeks at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
The Saints will play in a nationally televised preseason game next Saturday at the Indianapolis Colts.