With some help from ESPN Stats & Information, let’s take a look at some statistical superlatives from the New Orleans Saints’ 38-17 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday:
The Saints have won five of their last six games after starting the season 0-4.
Drew Brees threw for three touchdown passes and extended his NFL record to 53 straight games with a touchdown pass.
Brees now has 50 career games with at least three touchdown passes. That puts him fifth in NFL history. Only Brett Favre (72 games), Peyton Manning (70), Dan Marino (62) and Tom Brady (51) have more games in which they’ve thrown three touchdown passes.
Brees, who used to play twice a year against the Raiders in his days with the Chargers, has 16 touchdown passes without an interception in his last seven games against Oakland. In two games against Oakland since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has completed 46 of 57 passes for 539 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions.
Free safety Malcolm Jenkins had an interception and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. It was Jenkins’ first interception since the 2010 season.
The Saints stuck with Travaris Cadet as their kick returner even though he fumbled two weeks ago against Philadelphia. He rewarded them with a 75-yard return against the Raiders.
The Raiders put up 404 yards of total offense. That might sound like a lot, but that’s the lowest total the New Orleans defense has allowed this season. Throw in Jenkins’ interception and a goal-line stand and you can start to see coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense making some progress.
In the next three weeks, the Saints will play three division leaders – the 49ers, Falcons and Giants. Their next five opponents have a combined record of 32-16-1.