Brees down after Saints defeat

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees could not hide his disappointment after the Saints slumped to a 26-19 home defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

The result left the Saints with two defeats from their opening two games and was their sixth successive loss at home.

Brees told the Times-Picayune: "We've got to get better … I'm just really disappointed … We never got into a rhythm." 

Brees took a huge hit in the first half, which the veteran reluctantly admitted could have affected him on several plays thereafter.

"Maybe on a few throws," he added, saying he wasn't sure if coach Sean Payton had restricted the playbook to help him.

Brees, however, insists the team isn't pressing the panic button just yet: "I wouldn't say there's a big level of concern, mainly just disappointment in knowing that we have put ourselves in a little bit of a hole. We can only win one game at a time, though, and that's next week.

Payton added on the Saints official website: "Obviously, it's a disappointing loss. It’s frustrating in that we were able to get some takeaways defensively and we never were able to take advantage of it, whether it was we turned it over the following possession offensively (or other factors).

"We really struggled in the first half generating any type of momentum, both in the running game (and in the passing game) and our first and second down efficiency in the first half struggled. 

"Give Tampa Bay credit, Lovie (Smith) and those guys, clearly they were the better team today." 

Next up for the Saints is a huge clash with the 2-0 Carolina Panthers.