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1-1, 2nd in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees pinned the Saints' offensive struggles in Week 2 on himself after they scored just three points in the first three quarters before rallying to beat Cleveland 21-18. “Well, I missed Ben Watson on an easy touchdown. I missed Ted Ginn on another one. So you add those up and we probably should've had 20 points going in to halftime, and then it would be a totally different conversation. So every play counts, every opportunity counts.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints placed WR/KR Tommylee Lewis on injured reserve with an unspecified knee injury that he suffered in Week 2. It's unclear if Lewis has a chance of returning later this season. Lewis had already been replaced as the Saints' primary kickoff returner last week when the Saints decided to use third-string quarterback Taysom Hill in the role instead. It's unclear who will return punts now. RB Alvin Kamara and WR Ted Ginn Jr. are among the candidates, but the Saints don't want to overwork Kamara. ... The Saints re-signed veteran DT Jay Bromley to fill Lewis' roster spot. They could potentially need Bromley this week at Atlanta while starting nose tackle Tyeler Davison continues to recover from a foot injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Marcus Williams on coming up with the Saints' first takeaway of the season in a big moment – an interception against the Browns during a fourth-quarter rally Sunday: “A situation like that, you just gotta make plays. And we always preach turning the ball over. So when the ball came, I just took advantage of the opportunity.”

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'Bama family': Kiffin lets Ingram train at FAU

Former Alabama Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram, who is currently suspended, worked out at Florida Atlantic on Tuesday with Lane Kiffin and other members of the FAU coaching staff.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton was still perturbed by the offense's performance after reviewing the tape of Sunday's 21-18 win over the Browns. “Too many troubling things on offense. We've gotta improve in a lot of areas,” Payton said. “The communication. The backside cutoffs on some of the runs. Some of the looks to begin with – the short-yardage call is poor by me. … And we have to be better at the tight end position, that's for sure.” Payton also remained hard on WR Michael Thomas for losing a fumble in each of the first two games, despite Thomas' NFL-record 28 catches through two weeks.

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3dMike Triplett

Thomas sets catch mark, has 2 TDs in Saints' win

Saints receiver Michael Thomas set another NFL mark with 28 catches through the first two weeks of the season -- including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Sunday's come-from-behind win over the Browns.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Most FPTS by a WR in Weeks 1-2 (since 1950): Andre Rison, 1994 ATL, 81.6 Jimmy Smith, 2000 JAX, 79.3 Charley Hennigan, 1962 HOU, 76.7 Henry Ellard, 1989 LAN, 73.9 Rod Smith, 2001 DEN, 71.1 James Lofton, 1983 GB, 70.5 Tim Brown, 1997 OAK, 70.2 Michael Thomas, 2018 NO, 68.9

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Saints narrowly prolong Browns winless streak 21-18

Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal for New Orleans with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final seconds, and the Saints held on for a 21-18 victory that extended the...

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Redemption for Saints kicker Wil Lutz, who nails a 44-yard field goal after missing one from the exact same distance earlier. Saints now lead 21-18 with 21 seconds remaining.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when it looked like the Saints' defense was going to be a great redemption story this week, they allowed WR Antonio Callaway to break wide open for a 47-yard TD on fourth-and-5. Callaway got wide open behind CB Ken Crawley. Luckily for New Orleans, the game is still tied 18-18 with 1:16 remaining after the Browns' second missed extra point of the day.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints take an 18-12 lead as WR Michael Thomas snags his second touchdown of the day in impressive fashion (he won a hand-fighting battle with cornerback Denzel Ward before going up high to snag the 5-yard pass). Thomas now has 12 catches for 89 yards and two TDs on the day. And his 28 catches set a new NFL record for the most catches through the first two weeks of a season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' first takeaway of the season is a huge one -- an interception by safety Marcus Williams (the victim of last year's "Minnesota Miracle") with five minutes remaining. Williams returned the pick to Cleveland's 18-yard line, giving the Saints a chance to take their first lead of the day as the Browns lead 12-10.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints offense finally waked up with a TD drive in the fourth quarter to keep this game alive. Brees threw a 2-yard TD pass to Michael Thomas, who has another 11 receptions today -- giving him a whopping 27 for the season. The Saints trail the Browns 12-10 with 8:41 -- thanks to their defense keeping them in it for so long. What a change from last week.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints fans boo after another three-and-out by the offense ends with RB Mike Gillislee getting stuffed on third-and-1. The Saints' run game has gone nowhere today, with a total of 22 yards on 13 carries.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' defense has been much, much better in Week 2 after a dreadful Week 1 performance. But now the Saints' offense can't get anything going as they trail the Browns 6-3 at halftime. Lost fumbles by WRs Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. have been costly -- as well as Drew Brees missing Ginn deep for a potential TD pass and Wil Lutz missing a 44-yard field goal attempt. The Saints are 2-of-7 on third downs.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Easily the biggest defensive play of the Saints' season so far -- a big-time run stuff when the Browns decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from New Orleans' 37-yard line in the second quarter. Browns RB Duke Johnson Jr. had nowhere to go up the middle and appeared to stumble a bit as he tried to kick the run outside. And Saints CB Ken Crawley stonewalled him with a great open-field stick.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have lost two more fumbles in the first half in Week 2 after losing two of them in Week 1. This time it was Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. after a short catch on third down. Worse yet, the Saints missed a golden opportunity on the previous play when QB Drew Brees underthrew a wide-open Ginn for what could have been a deep TD pass.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

You don't see this every day – a QB returning kickoffs. Saints third-string QB and special teams coverage ace Taysom Hill returned the first kickoff of his career in the first quarter Sunday against the Browns (taking a knee in the end zone for a touchback). The Saints love the athleticism of the 6-foot-2, 221-pounder, who led the team with 161 rushing yards in the preseason. And they keep finding new ways to get him on the field.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas lost a fumble for the second time this season on New Orleans' opening drive. Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell stripped the ball away from Thomas while he was trying to fight forward for extra yards. Thomas, who set a franchise record with 16 catches last week, had only lost two fumbles in his first two seasons -- both against Denver during his rookie year.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Michael Thomas was a monster in Week 1 with a franchise-record 16 catches. Intrigued to watch Browns rookie CB (and former Ohio State teammate) Denzel Ward match up against him in the Superdome today. Ward had a breakout debut with two interceptions last week.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Cameron Meredith is inactive again in Week 2. He has been healthy, but Sean Payton explained he is still "getting up to speed" with timing, etc., after missing some time in camp. Also inactive for the Saints: DT Tyeler Davison (previously ruled out with a foot injury), DE Trey Hendrickson, CB Arthur Maulet, G/C Cameron Tom, G/C Will Clapp, TE Dan Arnold.

Team Stats

Passing Yards322.54th
Rushing Yards52.532nd
Points For30.56th
Points Against33.030th

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(14)Marcus DavenportDEUTSA
3(27)Tre'Quan SmithWRUCF
4(27)Rick LeonardOTFlorida State
5(27)Natrell JamersonSWisconsin
6(15)Kamrin MooreCBBoston College
6(27)Boston ScottRBLouisiana Tech
7(27)Will ClappOGLSU