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Saints aim to correct fundamental errors

2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago September 08, 2014 Sep 8, 2014 Monday, September 08 2014 September 08, 2014 4:50 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

METAIRIE - Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he and his teammates have to get back to the lessons they learned in Pop Warner football.

The Saints say poor fundamentals, mainly in the area of tackling, were costly in their 37-34 overtime loss at Atlanta to open the regular season.

Before the Saints play in Cleveland this coming Sunday, they'll be working to shore up a defense that gave up 568 total yards to Atlanta while allowing Matt Ryan to pass for a Falcons franchise record 448 yards.

While the Saints' offense gained 472 yards with a balanced combination of running and passing, coach Sean Payton says that unit's inability to avoid turnovers hurt. Drew Brees was intercepted, while receiver Marques Colston's fumble in overtime set up Atlanta's winning field goal.

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