The New Orleans Saints couldn't overcome their mistakes and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-19 on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints had three turnovers - and two other fumbles that they managed to recover - 10 penalties, a missed field-goal attempt and a blocked extra point as they dropped to 0-2. It was Tampa's first victory of the season and ended a seven-game losing streak to the Saints. New Orleans will play at division rival Carolina next Sunday.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 24 of 37 for 255 yards with one touchdown and one interception but he was sacked four times and hit numerous others. Defensive end Jacquies Smith had three of the sacks; Gerald McCoy had the other.
Receiver Willie Snead, who caught a 16-yard TD pass from Brees, also lost a fumble and running back Mark Ingram fumbled late in the fourth quarter after catching a short pass.
The Saints' defense forced two late Tampa fumbles but Zach Hocker missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt after New Orleans took over on the Tampa 25-yard line. After Snead's TD reception Hocker had his extra-point attempt blocked.
Ingram had 16 carries for 53 yards and the Saints' first touchdown, an 11-yard scamper in the second quarter. Khiry Robinson had five carries for 48 yards. C.J. Spiller saw his first action of the season and caught one pass for 19 yards.
Brandin Cooks had five catches for 62 yards while Snead had four catches for 44 yards and veteran Marques Colston added four catches for 69 yards and
Jamies Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, was 14 of 21 for 207 yards with one touchdown pass (15 yards to Vincent Jackson). Winston also scrambled six times for 23 yards.
The Saints were penalized 10 times for 115 yards.
Photos from the New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)