Saints could be, should be but bottom line they’re 1-2!

DENVER – Another week of not being able to run the ball in short yardage situations plagued the New Orleans Saints as the Black and Gold failed to convert on two occasions which in turn led to no points and cost the Saints in their 34-32 loss to the Denver Broncos.

The Saints dug themselves an early 21-3 hole but were able to come back and made a game of it before halftime. After a Reggie Bush fumble that led to a Denver Touchdown and a 21-3 second quarter lead the Saints came to life and got back into the contest.

The Saints began their comeback bid by embarking on a 10 play 80-yard drive that lasted 4:55 and ended when Pierre Thomas scored on a ten-yard run and with the PAT the Saints cut the Broncos lead to 21-10 with 9:16 left to play in the first half.

After being dominated early in the game the Saints did some dominating of their own by outgaining the Broncos 260 plus yards to 58 in the second quarter alone. The Saints finished the game with 505-yards of total offense to just 369-yards for Denver.

The Saints would pull even closer to the Broncos later in the quarter when Reggie Bush scored on a 23-yard run and with the PAT the Saints were down just 21-17 with 6:51 left in the first half.

Denver would add to their lead with a field goal to make the score 24-17 and the Saints then had a chance to tie the game but failed to score on a fourth and goal from the one-yard line late in the first half.

The Saints Defense then came up with two-points when Charles Grant and Sedrick Ellis tackled Denver’s Running Back in the End Zone to cut the lead to 24-19. The Saints got the ball back and had a shot a 51-yard field goal but Martin Gramatica’s kick was no good and the Broncos led by five at halftime.

The two teams went back and forth in the second half with the Saints having one final shot at victory trailing 34-32 late in the game. The Saints faced a third down and one situation at the Denver 27-yard line but New Orleans once again came up empty handed and was forced to try a forty-two yard field goal.

But Gramatica, who had been perfect on field goals with the Saints missed two against Denver and the Broncos held on for a 34-32 win over the Saints. That now makes two weeks in a row in which the Saints failed to convert on short yardage situations and they left the door open for their opponents and they lost both games.

The Saints could be and maybe should be 3-0 but reality is that they are 1-2 leaving many to ask where’s Deuce?

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