Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn’t doing much to shake the doubts about his ability to play his best game in the great outdoors.
Brees threw his second pick of the first half in the second quarter on a pass that might as well have been handed directly to Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who returned the kick into New Orleans territory. A 22-yard pass to Riley Cooper and a seven-yard LeSean McCoy scamper set the Eagles up on the 10 and they cashed in when Cooper caught a 10-yard touchdown from Foles. That made the score 7-3 and the Eagles hold a 7-6 lead at the half after the Saints drove for a field goal just before the half.
Foles and the Eagles have found it tough going on offense to this point in the game and they squandered a great chance to score earlier in the second quarter, but can take solace in the fact that they still lead the game. McCoy hasn’t really gotten going with 32 yards on 10 carries, although Foles has been able to find success when they’ve used play action in the passing game.
Brees was also intercepted earlier in the half when he overthrew Kenny Stills on a deep ball that cornerback Bradley Fletcher reeled in. The Eagles couldn’t turn that takeaway into points, but the second time proved to be the charm.
Brees was 10-of-18 for 97 yards in the first 30 minutes and also underthrew running back Darren Sproles on what could have been a big play early in the game. The Saints have run well — 94 yards on 16 carries, including a pair of Brees sneaks for first downs — which has helped them gain an advantage in both yards and time of possession.
The turnovers have stopped them from turning those advantages into a lead, however, and they’ll need to be much sharper when they return to the field to move back on top on the scoreboard.