Even Drew Brees’ ‘return’ couldn’t spark enough life in the Saints to avoid an embarrassing 31-6 loss to the Bills – The Athletic

Many fans had long turned off their TVs in disgust or headed for the Caesars Superdome exits by the time the fourth quarter of the New Orleans Saints’ 31-6 loss to the Bills rolled around.

But long after the game had ended, a few die-hard fans remained, chanting “one more year,” as former quarterback Drew Brees, now an NBC analyst, chatted and took pictures with them. Brees’ kids ran around the field, as they used to do after almost every game when Brees was the signal-caller.

For a second, it was as if no time had passed.

The actual game told a different tale.

It was clear just how much things have changed in the eight months since Brees announced his retirement. Brees was honored at halftime, and the crowd saved its biggest cheers for him as highlights of his career played on a video screen.

They reserved their boos for those left on a patchwork active roster, making sure to show their disgust regarding one of the worst offensive performances in the Sean Payton era.

“That’s definitely new,” center Erik McCoy said of the boos. “It’s not fun, but we’ve got to pick it up.”

Even on Brees’ worst days, few of his performances ever came close to the offensive ineptitude that the 2021 Saints displayed in the blowout loss. The Saints, who once thrived in prime-time performances, looked like a shell of themselves en route to their fourth straight loss. They managed only 44 rushing yards (1.8 yards a carry) and 190 total yards, which was reminiscent of their Week 2 blowout loss to the

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