By Jelani Scott | NFL.com Digital Content Producer
For an offense known for its explosiveness, the Saints were anything but on Monday night.
Two touchdowns and a field goal over the course of its first four drives gave the impression that New Orleans was in rhythm, even with a major piece missing in the form of reigning AP Offensive Player of the Year Michael Thomas.
But by the end of the game, it was clear that something was off about the Saints, who blew an early 10-point lead and were outscored by 20 points en route to a 34-24 loss to a motivated Raiders team making its home debut. Drew Brees noted postgame that he feels the team is still in its evolving stages.
"Are we totally in sync right now? No, we're not. We're not even close to what we are capable of. Not even close," Brees told reporters. "We did some good things tonight early on but it just wasn't enough for the few opportunities we had. We needed to take better advantage of that." ...
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