Wrapping up Cleveland's 30-17 win against New Orleans.
What it means: I’d like to say there’s no shame in losing to the Cleveland Browns, but I can’t. There’s no way the defending Super Bowl champions should lose to a team like Cleveland in the Superdome. The Saints fell behind, 20-3, with Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy making his second career start and throwing for a whopping 35 yards. When you have Drew Brees at quarterback and a roster like the Saints do, you should win this game simply by showing up. Apparently, that’s exactly what the Saints thought.
What’s next: I don’t want to overemphasize the significance of one loss, but this one puts the Saints in a very tough spot. They’ve got a very good Pittsburgh team coming to town next Sunday night. With the Atlanta Falcons suddenly looking very good, back-to-back losses could really put the Saints in a spin they might not be able to break.
Irony of the week: The Saints, who won a Super Bowl with an onside kick, got burned by a fake punt by Cleveland that turned into a 68-yard gain.