Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Statistical superlatives on the Saints
By Pat Yasinskas
Let’s turn to ESPN Stats & Information for some statistical superlatives on the New Orleans Saints after their 28-13 victory against Philadelphia on Monday night.
- The Saints extended their winning streak on “Monday Night Football’’ to eight consecutive games. That’s the longest active streak and the third longest in history.
- The Saints won for the 12th consecutive time in games played in the month of November.
- Drew Brees extended his league record to 51 consecutive games in which he has had a touchdown pass.
- Brees completed 21 of 27 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. It was Brees’ 93rd career game with two or more touchdown passes. That ranks him third among active players.
- After starting the season 0-4, the Saints have won three of their last four games. Since 1990, seven teams have started 3-5 or worse, but made the playoffs.
- Patrick Robinson’s 99-yard interception return for a touchdown tied him for the longest interception return in franchise history. Darren Sharper had a 99-yard return against the Jets in 2009.
- For the first time since Week 6 of the 2002 season, the Saints had a game in which they recorded seven sacks and produced two turnovers.
- The seven sacks against Michael Vick matched the most times he’s ever been sacked in one game.
- The Saints got their running game going by mixing in Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory. That had a big impact on Brees, who had struggled with play-action passing early in the season. But, against the Eagles, Brees completed 10 of 12 play-action passes (83.3 percent) and threw for two touchdowns. Brees has completed 78.1 percent of his play-action passes in the last three games, after completing just 42.1 percent in the first five games.
- The Eagles had four first-and-goal situations on Monday and failed to come away with a touchdown on any of them. The New Orleans defense produced two turnovers and forced two field goals in those situations.