The New Orleans Saints racked up 507 total yards on Sunday during their season opener against the Oakland Raiders . Drew Brees was electric in completing 28 of 42 passes for 423 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receivers Willie Snead , Brandin Cooks , and Michael Thomas all caught six-plus passes, while Snead (172) and Cooks (143) both easily topped 100 receiving yards. Mark Ingram averaged 4.8 yards per carry, gaining 58 yards on his 12 totes of the rock.
And the Saints still lost.
The defense could not maintain a two-touchdown lead in the second half, allowing Derek Carr to throw for 319 yards and a touchdown while also yielding touchdowns to three different Raider running backs ( Latavius Murray , Jalen Richard , and Jamize Olawale ). This was, amazingly, the NINTH time in Saints history they lost a game while gaining more than 500 total yards. The loss extended the NFL record for most losses with 500 yards of offense, which the Saints already had sole possession of.
|Rank||Team||500+ Yard Losses|
|1||New Orleans Saints||9|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs||6|
|5||San Diego Chargers||6|
Prior to Sunday, the most recent such loss had come in 2014, to the Baltimore Ravens . The Saints actually have an amazing SIX losses when gaining 500-plus yards during the Drew Brees era (since 2006), which is more than all but three teams have all time. They even had two in one season back in 2008. Here’s the full list of all nine losses, which includes their 1979 season-opener as well.
|1979||Atlanta Falcons||1||L 34-40||512|
|1986||Miami Dolphins||14||L 27-31||526|
|2006||Pittsburgh Steelers||10||L 31-38||513|
|2006||Cincinnati Bengals||11||L 16-31||595|
It’s an ignominious record for the Saints, who have accounted for nine of the 101 losses in NFL history by a team that gained 500-plus yards. Only four teams don’t have any such losses: the Cleveland Browns , Ravens, Houston Texans , and Falcons.
Source: CBS Sports / Saints lose while gaining 500 yards for a record-extending ninth time