Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said the Saints simply played their plays better than the Cowboys did, and against Drew Brees, it’s a tough day for anyone.
“I mean, you know, we got to play better than that, that’s for sure,” Ryan said Sunday after the 34-31 overtime loss. “That wasn’t good enough. You know, we made mistakes, and that kills you. When you line up and you play sound, you’re OK. You’ve got a chance.
“But when you’re making some mistakes to go along with as good of a team as they are, it makes for a hell of a long day.”
The Cowboys didn’t get a sack or force a turnover, despite 53 pass attempts from Brees.
The Saints converted their first four third downs and finished 11-for-19.
They gained 562 yards.
“Obviously, we weren’t good enough,” Ryan said. “They executed better than we did. That’s all there is to it.”
The Cowboys were playing short-handed because of more injuries, which cost them inside linebacker Ernie Sims, inside linebacker Alex Albright for part of the game and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware for all but one play of the fourth quarter.
But Brees took care of everything the Cowboys tried.
“I mean, you know, with this guy, he’s either going to take the shot, or if you’re in zone on that, he’s going to hit the underneath and still get 20 yards,” Ryan said. “It was a tough game. It’s a tough matchup for everybody.”
-- Carlos Mendez