NEW ORLEANS, La -- Friday night's preseason home opener was a tough one for the New Orleans Saints offense.
Taysom Hill started at quarterback and committed four turnovers. Tom Savage got the nod to start the second half and promptly was sacked and almost lost a fumble in the end zone. The Saints recovered on that play but couldn't rally in the game as the Arizona Cardinals won 20-15 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Hill, a second-year player out of BYU competing with Savage to be Drew Brees' backup, had two interceptions and two lost fumbles and couldn't get the Saints' offense on track. The first interception bounced off the hands of receiver Cameron Meredith but the second was an overthrown pass intended for Ted Ginn Jr. The first lost fumble came on a mixup in the backfield. The second fumble ended his best drive of the night as Hill had completed five consecutive passes before a strip-sack ended the possession.
Hill did lead the Saints on a drive that ended with a 52-yard Wil Lutz field goal. The key play was a 43-yard scramble by Hill. He was 11 of 15 passing for 68 yards.
Savage was 6 of 7 for 53 yards. He also led the Saints on a drive that ended in a Lutz field goal, this one from 31 yards in the fourth quarter. Rookie J.T. Barrett played the final six minutes and scored the Saints' lone touchdown on a 12-yard scramble with 12 seconds to play. The two-point conversion attempt failed. Barrett also engineered a drive that ended in a Lutz field goal, this one from 37 yards.