Rundown of the New Orleans Saints 2015 season opener against the Arizona Cardinals by Nola.com’s sports writer Larry Holder.
In a nutshell, a relatively young and inexperienced Saints club played adequately enough to remain in the game against a experienced Carson Palmer and good Cardinal team until the final 2 minutes.
But in the end, it was penalties, too many mistakes and field goals instead of touchdowns that led to a 31-19 loss to the Cardinals in Phoenix.
Katherine Terrell, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Katherine Terrell, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
September 13, 2015
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The New Orleans Saints couldn’t quite get the job done on Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Saints (0-1) trailed by eight points and had the ball with less than two minutes remaining, but, needing 97 yards, the offense sputtered and punted back to the Cardinals on fourth down. On the next drive, Cardinals running back David Johnson caught a short pass from Carson Palmer and raced down the sideline for a 55-yard touchdown to seal a 31-19 win for Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Saints have not won a road season opener since 2006 at Cleveland, falling to 1-4 in Week 1 away games under Payton.
The Cardinals (1-0) took advantage of an inconsistent Saints defense, as Palmer, returning from an ACL injury last season, completed 19-of-32 passes for 307 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He wasn’t sacked and was rarely pressured.
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