2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
9-1, 1st in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked if he's playing better now than 2009 or 2011, Drew Brees didn't make a direct comparison — but he didn't totally reject the idea either. "There's a lot to be said for experience," the 39-year-old QB said with a smile in this lengthy answer. "When I step on the field, I feel like I can see it before it happens."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees is so locked in that he wasn't phased by the Eagles deciding to take away his top two targets, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. "Right after the first drive, where they doubled Mike like three plays in a row and they doubled Alvin like three plays in a row, I went over to the sideline and I said, ‘Mike be patient, your opportunities will come. And you young guys: you guys are the matchups, the ball's coming to you. So get ready. We're gonna have a big day,'" Brees said. He was right. Rookies and second-year players like Tre'Quan Smith, Austin Carr, Keith Kirkwood and Dan Arnold feasted instead.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints are the new favorites to win the Super Bowl at 2-1, according to Westgate Las Vegas Sportsbook. This is the first time they have been solo favorites to win the Super Bowl since Week 15 of the 2009 season, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

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5hHallie Grossman

What's behind the fire that fuels Michael Thomas?

What's the origin of Michael Thomas' competitive streak, the likes of which Drew Brees says he has never seen? A never-ending need to make himself feel undervalued -- and prove his haters, real or self-made, wrong.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith missed practice Tuesday with a foot injury after his breakout 10-catch game on Sunday — leaving his status in doubt for Thursday's game against Atlanta on a short week. Wednesday's practice report should be telling in his case. Saints LT Terron Armstead was the only other player to miss practice with his pectoral injury. On a positive note, DE Marcus Davenport returned to practice on a limited basis as he recovers from his toe injury, but it's unclear if he has a chance to play Thursday.

Where Michael Thomas ranks among NFL's top WRs (1:28)
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1dFrancis Okupa

NFL Africa Zone: The 'Strength of Samson' edition

The Kansas City Chiefs v Los Angeles Rams matchup was the premier game of week 11, and much like some of the African talent on display, it did not disappoint.

Doug Kezirian ESPN 

Chiefs are 8-2 ATS this year. That's tied with Saints for best record against the spread. NO has covered 8 straight, which is the longest streak this season.


Barnwell Show: Elite Teams with Sando

Bill and Mike Sando discuss which teams at this point should be considered Super Bowl contenders, including the Saints (1:22), Bears (10:27) and Rams (15:38). Plus, how will the NFC East finish after the Redskins lost Alex Smith to injury (37:40)?

Stephen A.: 'Saints are the best team in football' (1:42)

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

The Saints are averaging an astounding 4.4 offensive touchdowns per game. Perspective: The record-setting 2007 Patriots averaged 4.0 per game.

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3dTim McManus

Eagles' Jenkins flips off his former coach Payton

With the Saints leading the Eagles by 31 early in the fourth quarter, cameras caught a frustrated Malcolm Jenkins giving his former coach Sean Payton the finger after New Orleans went for it on fourth-and-6.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton addressed the idea of whether he considered taking his foot off the gas when the Saints threw a 37-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara on fourth-and-6 with 13:15 remaining and the Saints leading the Eagles by 31: “It was gonna be a long field goal, longer than we wanted, with a potential block. We still weren't at that point in the game. You know, you just have to play in one game where you're up 31 in the fourth quarter and you lose … and that's an explosive offense. But it's an empty at-the-line call and Drew (Brees) did a good job of making the throw. You know, we're playing. And it's hard to have thoughts about what you want to do when you're still 15 minutes remaining in the game."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton with some unsolicited praise for Eagles/former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins after Sunday's game: "I think the world of him. He's a tremendous player. I hate that he got out of here. That was probably as big a mistake as we've made here in 13 years. He's made up of all the right things, and he's a tremendous competitor."


Brees, Saints singe sinking Eagles, 48-7

Drew Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints won their ninth straight with a 48-7 demolition of Philadelphia on Sunday that marked the Eagles' worst loss by far since they won last season's Super Bowl.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

By stuffing Dwayne Washington for minus-3 yards on the Saints' next-to-last possession, the Eagles D/ST avoided the misfortune of the worst possible fantasy score (minus-12), finishing with minus-11. D/STs facing the Saints have scored minus-11 points in back-to-back weeks.

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.7
Rushing Yards131.4
Points For37.81st
Points Against23.9

2018 Draft Picks

1(14)Marcus DavenportDEUTSA
3(27)Tre'Quan SmithWRUCF
4(27)Rick LeonardOTFlorida State
5(27)Natrell JamersonSWisconsin
6(15)Kamrin MooreCBBoston College
6(27)Boston ScottRBLouisiana Tech
7(27)Will ClappOGLSU