Brees: Saints have to avoid the penalties


The New Orleans Saints won another thriller on Sunday, this time beating the Carolina Panthers 34-31 on a walk-off field goal.  The victory gives the Saints a commanding four game lead over the Panthers in the NFC South.

A win is a win, but it was not pretty.  New Orleans gave up leads of 14 and 13, and they committed a whopping 12 penalties for 123 yards. Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows they have to clean things up.

Cook has begun to flourish after a slow start, racking up 14 receptions for 206 yards (14.7 yards per catch) and 2 touchdowns.  He tied his season-high with 6 receptions against Carolina and set a season-high with 99 receiving yards.  Brees attributes this to increasing familiarity.

“That’s just time together,” Brees explained.  “Each week I gain more confidence.  I think we’re more and more on the same page, opening up, broadening the playbook, so to speak, as to what we feel like are great areas of strength for him and how that complements everything else that we’re doing.”

The Saints have a quick turnaround now with a Thanksgiving game against the Falcons in Atlanta.  What’s the focus going into the short week?

“Just don’t beat ourselves,” Brees responded.  “Run the ball, throw the ball, be efficient, positive plays, avoid negative plays, and move the chains.  When you get opportunities to make plays, you make them.  At the end of the day, don’t beat yourself.”