1:00 PM ET, September 10, 2006
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
|It was over when ...|
|Saints safety Josh Bullocks intercepted a pass that deflected off the hands of Browns receiver Braylon Edwards with less than two minutes remaining, sending Cleveland -- which is celebrating its 60th anniverary -- to its seventh season-opening loss since returning to the NFL in '99.||Game ball goes to ...|
|The Saints' defense, which held the Browns to just 56 yards and zero points in the first half. Honorable mention goes to Reggie Bush, who had 61 yards rushing on 14 attempts, caught eight passes for 58 yards and returned three punts for 22 in his pro debut.||Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
Saints head coach Sean Payton did a great job of mixing things up with his play-calling and keeping the Browns off-balance. By using Bush and Deuce McAllister on the field at the same time, the Saints were able to create a lot of matchup problems for the Browns while creating downhill running seams inside the Browns' 3-4 defense. The Saints finished with 150 yards rushing against a supposedly much-improved Browns defense led by Ted Washington and Willie McGinest.
The Browns continue to have problems with their vanilla offensive game plans. They never really got into rhythm on offense until the second half and struggled to adjust to the Saints' attacking, up-field schemes led by Brian Young and Will Smith. The Saints were very disruptive attacking up-field gaps and allowing their linebackers to attack inside/out to Reuben Droughns.
Reggie Bush's total of 119 yards from scrimmage was the highest by a Heisman Trophy winner in his NFL debut since 1982, when Marcus Allen gained 180 yards (116 rushing, 64 receiving).
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Browns wide receiver Joe Jurevicius didn't return to the sideline after hurting his ribs in the first half. ... Frye led the Browns with 44 rushing yards. ... Fullbacks Mike Karney (right calf) and Keith Joseph (right knee) were the notable Saints injuries.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.6||3.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-4||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||9:42||John Carney 35 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 10 plays, 27 yds, 3:14
|FG||14:31||John Carney 17 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yds, 4:25
|FG||8:29||John Carney 13 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 30 yds, 4:29
|TD||9:12||Kellen Winslow, 18 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 67 yds, 5:04
|TD||2:06||Marques Colston, 12 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 4:46
|TD||11:25||Charlie Frye, 1 yd run (Phil Dawson kick is good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 74 yds, 5:40
|FG||5:45||John Carney 12 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 11 plays, 70 yds, 5:38