It was supposed to be a time of rejoice.
The NFL bans of Saints players were lifted. It seemed that luck would be turning for the Saints organization. A new defensive coordinator, a new defensive look. Same high-octane offense. The start of the football season was supposed to be a sort of salvation from all the hoopla surrounding the Saints.
Fans wearing the black and gold colors of the New Orleans Saints all packed into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome filling the air with Who Dat chants, in anticipation of their football team. A football team that stood strong as they withstood all their scandals, and was ready to take the NFL by storm this season.
The odds were good, and the Saints would get off to an excellent start, going against the Redskins and their rookie quarterback. At home, where the Saints went 9-0 last season.
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III changed that mood in New Orleans. He led the Redskins to an impressive victory over the Saints. The Redskins and their quarterback outplayed the Saints in all phases.
Alas, it's only the first game of the season, but the Saints can take in and learn a lot from this loss.
Even with a loss, there were some players who stood out and picked up where they left off last season, and others who weren't too impressive and need to pick it up.
Let's take a look at the Saints' heroes and zeros from today's game against the Washington Redskins.