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By Brett Martel | AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn't quibble with the notion that New Orleans' normally dynamic offense has looked somewhat out of sync to start the 2020 season.
That was arguably the case even before Michael Thomas was sidelined by an ankle injury in Week 1, and the absence of the two-time All-Pro receiver only seemed to further hamper the Saints' aerial attack during a loss in Las Vegas on Monday night.
''We're not even close to what we are capable of,'' Brees asserted. ''We're just inconsistent right now.''
Inconsistency makes it tough to sustain drives and score points. That mattered less in Week 1, when the Saints' defense came up with a pair of interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in a victory over Tampa Bay.
But when New Orleans' defense struggled against the Raiders, the Saints offense couldn't keep up. An early 10-point lead was gone by halftime after Brees' first interception of the season led to a Raiders field goal. And by the end of the Raiders' 34-24 triumph, Las Vegas had possessed the ball for 12:36 more than New Orleans.
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