Season not lost for Saints; it just feels that way

Special to the Sun Herald

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will look to guide his team to a road win against the New York Giants on Sunday.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will look to guide his team to a road win against the New York Giants on Sunday. Associated Press

Repeat after me.

One game does not make a season.

Again. Only this time, say it with feeling.

One game does not make a season.

Fans of the New Orleans Saints must look at the bright side. Fifteen games remain, AND quarterback Drew Brees is under contract through next season with a manageable cap figure.

So all is not lost, though it may feel that way in the wake of an improbable, horrific, stupefying, incredulous, shocking, epic home loss to begin the season.

Sorry. But how else does one explain that final, frenetic minute in Sunday's 35-34 loss to the serendipitous Oakland Raiders, who scored a touchdown and go-ahead two-point conversion with 47 seconds left to cap a furious fourth-quarter comeback.

It defies logic.

But life goes on.

The NFL schedule marches on.

At noon Sunday, the Saints will tackle the New York Giants (1-0) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The G-Men outlasted Dallas on the road in Week 1, winning 20-19 when a Cowboys receiver inexplicably stayed in bounds and allowed the clock to expire with his team in field-goal range.

Because of Terrance Williams' momentary lapse in judgment, Dallas never got an opportunity to steal a victory. At least the Saints had a chance to win when undrafted rookie Will Lutz lined up to attempt a 61-yard field goal.

Yes, Lutz' boot slid wide left at the end.

But wasn't it better to have kicked and missed than never to have kicked at all! My sincere apologies to poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson but I couldn't help myself.

And now the Saints are faced with a monumental challenge on the road, especially on defense which currently ranks near the bottom of the NFL rankings in many important statistical categories. Additionally, the defense will be without starting cornerback Delvin Breaux, who's expected to miss a minimum of six weeks after suffering a broken leg against Oakland.

The Giants feature quarterback Eli Manning (Ole Miss) and wide receiver Odell Beckham (LSU), both products of Isadore Newman School in New Orleans. Throw in veteran Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz and the task becomes more difficult.

These two teams played an offensive game for the ages last season, won by the Saints 52-49 on a 50-yard field goal as time expired. They produced 13 touchdown passes (seven by Brees, six by Manning), an INT returned for a TD by the Giants and 1,024 total yards.

A reminder to Who Dat Nation: Fifteen games remain and Brees is under center through next season.

One game does not make a season.

Game plan

Who: New Orleans Saints at New York Giants

When: Noon, Saturday

Where: East Rutherford, N.J.