Drew Brees rebounds as New Orleans Saints down Arizona Cardinals

Drew Brees rebounds as New Orleans Saints down Arizona Cardinals

Drew Brees snapped out of a two-game funk to throw for 389 yards and four touchdowns, leading the New Orleans Saints past the Arizona Cardinals 48-41 Sunday in the highest-scoring game of the National Football League season. The Browns dropped to 0-14, matching the second-worst start to a season set by the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 1980 New Orleans Saints.

Cooks, frustrated less than a month ago after getting no targets against the Los Angeles Rams, torched an Arizona secondary that has been one of the NFL's best for several years.

Carson Palmer connected with John Brown for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 2:19 left to play to pull Arizona within seven points, but the Cardinals couldn't get the ball back and Brees' six-yard first-down completion to tight end Coby Fleener with 1:45 left to play allowed New Orleans to run out the clock. But after Wil Lutz kicked a 37-yard field goal for New Orleans, Paul Kruger stripped Larry Fitzgerald of the ball after a short completion and Craig Robertson recovered. And while some fans might be upset that Sean Payton won't be traded to another team next year, it is a game like this where we can see just want Sean Payton (and his chemistry with QB Drew Brees) can bring to the NFL.

"We didn't execute certain defenses and (Brees) just took complete advantage of it", Minter said, shaking his head.

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It was also a big game for running back Tim Hightower, who returned to the franchise that drafted him in 2008.

If they fail to make the playoffs, something they're unlikely to do, it would mark the fourth time in the last five years that would be the case. His two touchdowns were a thing of beauty.

Another man on a mission was receiver Brandin Cooks. Campbell, who also had two first-half sacks, rambled 53 yards for a touchdown. Monday, we let you know what they're saying in Louisiana following the game. This would be especially odd and hard after Payton signed a five-year extension to stay in New Orleans this past offseason.

I'm not saying it's the right call. The Saints scored a total of 24 points in those two games, a number they matched in the first half Sunday. The Cardinals were called for a blow to Brees' head.

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