POSTED: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 2:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 5:53pm
NEW ORLEANS (WVLA) - What a difference a year makes. After leading the NFL in scoring just one year ago, the New Orleans Saints are starting to wonder where their offensive firepower has gone. Yesterday, the heavily favored Saints fell to the Cleveland Browns by a score of 30-17.
Despite passing for over 350 yards, quarterback Drew Brees and the offense only managed to find the endzone twice. Brees was interceped four times, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Cleveland defensive lineman, David Bowens. The four interceptions thrown by Brees ties his career high.
Just a week before Halloween, the Browns brought their bag of trick plays to the Superdome on Sunday. First it was a lateral pass on a punt return where Eric Wright ran 62 yards deep into Saints territory seting up a Cleveland field goal. In the 2nd quarter, Browns punter Reggie Hodges faked a punt and ran 68 yards that later resulted in another Cleveland field goal. The 68 yard run by Hodges totaled more rushing yards than the entire Saints offense. Midway through the 4th quarter, on a critical 3rd down, it was a halfback pass by Peyton Hillis to quarterback Colt McCoy that allowed the Cleveland offense to stay on the field. Eventually the Browns would kick yet another field goal to go up 23-10.
With the loss, the Saint record drops to 4-3. The Browns are now 2-5 on the year.
The Saints next contest is a nationally televised Sunday night Halloween game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The game is set for 7:20pm on NBC.