NEW ORLEANS, OCT. 14 -- Steve Walsh passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints' 25-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns, then said "my receivers made me look good."
He added: "I don't think I threw one right on the numbers. It just so happened that we called four or five passes in a row, and I completed them. It is so important to build a quarterback's confidence and build the confidence of the team in the quarterbacks. That's the biggest thing a quarterback can have."
Acquired in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys 20 days earlier, he entered the game with 10:49 left in the second quarter. He completed his first eight passes after the Browns (2-4) had tied at 3.
John Fourcade started for the Saints (2-3) and completed three of five passes for 23 yards and ran once for five yards. He got the hook when the Saints gained just six yards and had to settle for Morten Andersen's 52-yard field goal after getting field position at the Cleveland 41 on a shanked punt.
"You haven't seen the last of John Fourcade," he said. "It's a long season. I guess I'm back in the position of being one play away from being the starting quarterback."
He said he wasn't told until he stepped onto the field for pregame warmups that Walsh would play. Offensive coordinator Carl Smith said it had been determined during the week that Walsh would go into the game on the third offensive series.
Walsh led the Saints 79 yards on 14 plays on his first series, ending it with a four-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Hilliard. The conversion kick failed because of a bobbled snap.
The drive took 9:41, the Saints' longest possession this season. They took a field goal off the scoreboard and went for the touchdown when an offside penalty gave them fourth and 1 at the Browns 4.
Walsh hit Floyd Turner with a 45-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and Eric Martin with a 13-yarder in the last quarter.
Walsh said the big difference between his new teammates and his former ones is experience. "They kept me out of trouble," he said. "I would call one thing, and they would adjust to another."
He said he also liked the protection he got from his offensive line.
"The only time I was on the ground was when I dove to recover a fumble," he said. "On that touchdown to Eric Martin, I sat back there, had a couple of Cokes and a hot dog and just waited for him to get open."
Cornerback Robert Massey blocked a punt, which bounded out of the end zone, giving the Saints two points on a safety.
Smith said he liked what he saw of Walsh in action.
"I feel real good about him," Smith said. "He made lots of plays, went to the secondary receivers, stuck some in some tight places. He was very accurate."
Neither he nor Coach Jim Mora would say which quarterback will start next week.
The Browns scored on two field goals by Jerry Kauric, both in the second quarter, one from 37 yards and one from 39 yards, and got two touchdowns in the last five minutes.
Browns Coach Bud Carson said he expected to see Walsh.
"After they changed quarterbacks, they moved the ball much better on us," Carson said.
"We had prepared a controlled pass rush for John Fourcade, because we knew that he would want to run the ball more than Steve Walsh," he said. "When you do that, you slow your pass rush down, and we were never able to speed it up once the other guy came in."