After getting their five-game preseason schedule off to a successful start, a 17-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night, the Saints will have a quick turnaround for their second game.
The good news is the Saints flew directly from Canton, Ohio, to Foxborough, Mass., where they will have a light practice Monday before working against the New England Patriots on Tuesday and Wednesday before the two teams meet Thursday night in Gillette Stadium.
The Saints got out of the gate quickly against the Cardinals as they opened the game with Drew Brees directing a crisp 10-play, 77-yard drive that resulted in Mark Ingram’s 1-yard touchdown run.
After the Cardinals tied the game in the second quarter, the Saints got a 22-yard field goal from John Kasay and a 4-yard touchdown pass from Chase Daniel to rookie running back Travaris Cadet with 27 seconds to play in the first half to extend their lead.
The Saints’ touchdown drive covered 94 yards in just seven plays with Daniel, who completed 15 of 20 passes for 203 yards after taking over for Brees, taking his team on a Brees-like drive.
Daniel hit on all six of his passes for 91 yards on the lengthy drive, teaming up with Cadet for completions of 18 and 24 yards and wide receiver Andy Tanner for gains of 17 and 21 yards.
The Saints’ new-look defense came up with two interceptions with free safety Malcolm Jenkins getting the first one off Kevin Kolb on the Cardinals’ first possession.
Saints’ reserve linebacker Lawrence Wilson sealed the win with 1:40 to play with an interception in the end zone off rookie Ryan Lindley — the fourth quarterback of the night for the Cardinals.