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Drew Brees throws for four scores as Saints remain unbeaten

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With head coach Sean Payton suspended for all of the 2012 season, it took Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints until mid-November to earn their fourth victory a season ago.

With Payton back at the helm, Brees and the Saints appear to have regained the form that led them to three straight playoff appearances from 2009-2011.

Brees threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints improved to 4-0 with a 38-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, He completed 30 of 39 passes and finished with a 144.5 passer rating on the night.

Brees led the Saints to four touchdowns in five possessions over the course of the second and third quarters to blow open a one score game.  Lamar Miller scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to pull Miami within 14-10 with 3:35 left in the second quarter but a costly interception of Ryan Tannehill by Jabari Greer gave the Saints a chance to score again right before the half. Tannehill was intercepted three times during the game. He completed 22 of 35 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown and the three picks.

Brees connected with Darren Sproles for a 13-yard touchdown to extend the Saints’ lead to 21-10 at the break. Brees added two more scores on touchdown passes to Benjamin Watson and a second touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham to give New Orleans a 35-10 lead.

The Saints will get a tough test the next two weeks with road trips to Chicago and New England but it’s clear that the Saints are back to their pre-Bountygate form.

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31 Responses to “Drew Brees throws for four scores as Saints remain unbeaten”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Sep 30, 2013 11:55 PM

    Tannehill is a disgrace to humanity.

  2. mtrhead269 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:58 PM

    Strong games by Mike Walace and Dion Jordan. Same ole Fns.

  3. robman91 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:58 PM

    I’m going to make an extremely bold prediction and say that the Saints hand Seattle their only home loss of the season. Now before all you Hawks fans get mad, I know it’s highly unlikely. That’s why it’s an extremely bold prediction.

  4. finscanes says: Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM

    Good job Saints. Good thing we don’t have to see this potent of an offense for the rest of the season. Fins will bounce back against Baltimore at home next week and go 4-1 into the bye, then Buffalo. Only loss so far is out of conference, we’ll take that.

  5. nfl4days says: Oct 1, 2013 12:03 AM

    I can’t wait to play the hawks in Seattle. Our O is starting to look like its was in 2011 and the defense is playing even better than expected. We got a four game stretch later on of the falcons, Dallas, Seattle, and SF. Out of all those games nothing sends a bigger message than beating seattle in Seattle. At the very least it should be a great game. Those 4 games is where we can establish ourselves as a threat.

  6. dmface says: Oct 1, 2013 12:06 AM

    whoever picked Miami to win this game have not been watching any football this season!

  7. pancanfinfan says: Oct 1, 2013 12:08 AM

    Miami’s O-line is a problem. Jonathan Martin is a questionable LG and J Jerry is a big tomato can. Clank has not impressed. Only incognito and Pouncy are reliable. No holes for the running game and no protection for the QB. Tannehills issue are exacerbated by the O-lines weak play. Until that’s fixed, Miami will be improved but middle of the.road.

  8. godzillapimpin says: Oct 1, 2013 12:10 AM

    sproles killed miami. dolphins gotta figure some things out. great win for the saints. miami will still have a winning record and make the playoffs just not on the saints level at this time

  9. realfootballfan says: Oct 1, 2013 12:16 AM

    The Saints exposed the other biggest fraud through the first week with the Bears tonight. Tannehill is on track to get sacked 80 times this year, the Dolphins can’t run the ball, and their secondary isn’t particularly good. However, unlike the Bears, they might squeak into the playoffs because the AFC is so weak these days, especially since the Titans might be riding with Ryan Fitzpatrick for a couple of months (good luck with all that).

  10. rjkilla says: Oct 1, 2013 12:23 AM

    am i the only one bored by the new rules allowing games to be blowouts every week? no defense allowed, it’s basically like watching college ball

  11. jonbeck316 says: Oct 1, 2013 12:28 AM

    Goo Cheese is good at accumulating empty stats. But his only Super Bowl ring is encrusted with asterisks.

  12. kimbo71006 says: Oct 1, 2013 12:32 AM

    I hear crickets…told you, the Saints do not lose in the Dome on MNF – they were 8-0, what did you expect? I don’t care who they were playing, they were not going to lose that game–that is why all the odds makers had it going the Saints way.

    Saints only 1 of 5 teams in the NFL that remain unbeaten!

    And on top of that, Brees broke two NFL records tonight (his own).

    GEAUX Saints!!

  13. FinFan68 says: Oct 1, 2013 12:50 AM

    I knew Sproles was going to be a problem. Great game by the Saints and a good learning experience for a young Dolphins team.

  14. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 1, 2013 12:54 AM

    Tannehill is the most overrated quarterback in the league.

    Tannehill and Ireland for Matt Flynn.

  15. mattyork1972 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:13 AM

    Taken a page from Happy Gilmore.
    “ought oh somebody learned how to play defense”

    Main stream media probably won’t recognize but I’m pretty sure the rest of our opponents definitely do.

    Great Win Tonight. Looked pretty good not perfect but 4-0

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 1, 2013 1:22 AM

    The Brees / Graham conbo is a living legend.
    Appreciate it.

  17. downsouth49er says: Oct 1, 2013 1:53 AM

    The media is ready to crown the Saints…just remember this date Aints fans…November 17th!!

  18. nolajoe says: Oct 1, 2013 2:06 AM

    Not hitting on all cylinders yet, but still looking pretty good so far. Who Dat!

  19. captaineagles says: Oct 1, 2013 2:12 AM

    This win puts the Saints as the #1 team in the NFC for me, and #2 in the entire NFL. Drew Brees is playing great football, and the Saints have seemingly unstoppable weapons.

    Sean Peyton is back in business, who I believe is the best coach in the NFL. And no, not a Saints fan here.

    Please football Gods, make it a Broncos-Saints Super Bowl.

  20. kujo37daggs says: Oct 1, 2013 2:28 AM

    WHODAT!
    I propose a trade: Ingram for Freeman?

    We could let him walk at season’s end for cap room or, if coach SP deems him worthy, he could stay for vet minimum next season and compete with Griffin for backup QB. That’s still a young man with a very strong arm!

  21. cometkazie says: Oct 1, 2013 7:04 AM

    If Detroit can handle Chicago so well, why can’t the Saints?

  22. boyshole25 says: Oct 1, 2013 7:07 AM

    Not a saints fan but it makes you wonder what could have been last year

  23. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 1, 2013 7:30 AM

    The good news is that Heat training camp starts today

  24. gmsingh says: Oct 1, 2013 7:43 AM

    The Bears are so screwed next week.

  25. chi01town says: Oct 1, 2013 8:24 AM

    Chicago will need to bring the’re A game. to get bye Brees. Trestman has to coach them up good and Cutler cant make mistakes. The Bears will need Hester to show up. the defense should be pissed after giving up 40 points. and the O-line has to give Cutler his time. keep Brees on the bench. TAKE AWAYS will put Brees on the sidelines. Go Bears Go

  26. orndorf2 says: Oct 1, 2013 8:38 AM

    Uh, not too many Rob Ryan jokes, huh? The Saints have not allowed more than 17 points this season. Ok, so it took more than 5 minutes for him to find a job…LOL.

  27. twferg1973 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:28 AM

    From a Niners fan the Saints looking a whole lot better than the Seahawks…Don’t get me wrong Seahawks are good but they still are beatable on the road if you don’t make mistakes..Saints have a better looking offense but I doubt Saints beat Seahawks at C-link..Of course anything can happen..right now Seattle And Saints two best teams in the NFC

  28. athwartships says: Oct 1, 2013 9:49 AM

    Personally, I thought Miami did a lot of things really well….finishing drives and getting points on the board unfortunatly was not one of them. That won’t stop the sociopathic fans from crying for Tannehill’s benching. Oh no, they lost a game….fire everyone!

  29. skippynj says: Oct 1, 2013 10:03 AM

    We still need to run the ball better. O line is getting better but still not there. They did a better job of protecting the franchise.

  30. akasaintsbaby says: Oct 1, 2013 3:10 PM

    downsouth49er says: Oct 1, 2013 1:53 AM

    The media is ready to crown the Saints…just remember this date Aints fans…November 17th!!
    ====================================

    You need to worry about your own division before taking on the Saints at home, lol.

  31. FinFan68 says: Oct 1, 2013 7:09 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Oct 1, 2013 12:16 AM
    The Saints exposed the other biggest fraud through the first week with the Bears tonight. Tannehill is on track to get sacked 80 times this year, the Dolphins can’t run the ball, and their secondary isn’t particularly good.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The Dolphins can run the ball just fine. They just don’t do it as often as they should. The Brees chewed up the defense and forced the Dolphins to throw way too much and that let the defense tee off. Slowing down the Saints with better ball control runs could have made that game closer. You do realize they had over 6 yards per rushing attempt in the game, right? It was almost 7 1/2 before letting Thomas run the ball 4 times for 5 yards.

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