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New Orleans Saints Face Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football

Posted Nov 2, 2012

New Orleans is looking for its third win in four games in a primetime home contest against Philadelphia



The New Orleans Saints (2-5) are looking for their third win in four games when they host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday Night Football.

Monday marks the second-straight primetime contest and third this season for the Saints. The Saints will have at least one more primetime showdown when they battle the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football (November 29). The Saints are coming off a 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  

“I’ve got to do a better job of getting our football team ready physically, mentally and emotionally to play in a game like this,” Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt said after the Broncos game. “There’s a lot of football left to be played. I’m going to work hard to prepare our football team, and our football players are going to work hard.”  

QB Drew Brees completed 22 of 42 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in Denver. He extended his NFL record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 50. Those two scoring strikes pushed Brees’ career total to 301, moving him past Hall of Famer and former Broncos QB John Elway for sixth place on the NFL’s all-time list.

“I don’t know what 2-5 means, other than we just have to win a lot of games down the stretch – but one at a time,” Brees said after the Broncos game. “We’re going back home to face Philadelphia on Monday night and this has got to be our time to bounce back.”  

The Eagles are coming off their third-straight loss after falling to the Atlanta Falcons, 30-17, at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday. QB Michael Vick completed 21 of 35 passes for 191 yards and a score in the contest. Vick also contributed in the running game with seven carries for 42 yards.  

The Eagles own a 15-10 advantage in the all-time series against the Saints. The last time the two squads faced off, the Saints earned a 48-22 win at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 20, 2009. Brees led the Saints in the victory by completing 25 of 34 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns.  The Saints and Eagles last squared off in New Orleans during the 2007 regular season in a 38-23 Philadelphia win. RB Aaron Stecker highlighted the Saints performance with 53 rushing yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.  

WR Marques Colston leads the Saints in receiving this season with 40 receptions for 580 yards and five touchdowns. Colston has 53 career touchdowns, tying him with former Saints RB Dalton Hilliard for second most in team history. Saints Hall of Famer Deuce McAllster holds the franchise record with 55.  First-year Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton leads the team in tackles this season with 78 (51 solo). Additionally, Lofton has three pass deflections, a fumble recovery and a sack (12-yard loss).  

On special teams, Thomas Morstead owns the NFL’s best net punting average at 45.2. The four-year veteran has booted 33 kicks for 1,694 yards this season, including 11 punts inside the 20-yard line.   

New Orleans has won seven straight Monday Night Football contests, including two dominating home performances last season against the New York Giants (49-24) and the Atlanta Falcons (45-16). The Saints are 9-2 on Monday night since 2006.

The Saints have won 11 straight November contests. The last time the Saints lost a game in the month of November was a 23-20 road defeat against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 30, 2008.  Following tonight’s contest, the Saints will get back into NFC South play when they host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Nov. 11.

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