Under Coach Sean Payton Saints are always ready for prime time
By AJ Giardina| October 28, 2014 at 1:02 AM CDT - Updated July 11 at 5:46 PM
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX)
Running back Mark Ingram had a career-high 172 yards rushing and one touchdown as the New Orleans Saints excelled running and passing the ball in the lopsided win over Green Bay. Last season Ingram had 145 yards rushing in a win over Dallas.
The Saints offensive line gave Drew Brees enough time in the pocket to find open receivers and what a difference that made in slicing up the Packers defense. He completed 27 of 32 attempts for 311 yards and three touchdowns. Brees gave credit not only to his offensive line, but to the entire offense.
Brees said,"I think our guys have done great all season long. There's a lot of good defensive tackles in this league, good defensive ends. This is a good pass rush team. They handled Peppers and Matthews on the outside. Pass protection involves everybody, not just the five guys up front. It's tight ends, it's running backs, and it's me getting the ball out on time and avoiding those sacks whenever possible."
The Saints improved to 3-4 overall to move percentage points behind the first place Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) in the NFC South. The Saints and Panthers meet for the first time this year Thursday night in Charlotte with the winner taking sole possession of first.
Breen has thrown multiple touchdown passes in 116 games, fifth most in NFL history. He has 61 games with three or more touchdown passes and that ranks fourth-most in league history.
Tight end Jimmy Graham competed in Sunday's game and his third-quarter touchdown gives the veteran tight end 45 career TD catches from quarterback Drew Brees. That ranks third in NFL history for quarterback/tight end combinations.
The Saints have scored a touchdown in 136 consecutive regular-season games tying New Orleans for the third-longest streak in NFL history with Indianapolis (2003-2011).
Carolina has been tabbed a 2 1/2 point favorite over the Saints in Thursday's NFC South Division showdown.