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New Orleans Saints vs Miami Dolphins: Notebook

Posted Sep 30, 2013

The Saints are 4-0 for the fourth time in franchise history

*The Saints open up at 4-0 for the fourth time in franchise history, joining the 1991, 1993 and 2009 campaigns. It is the second time the Saints have opened 4-0 under Sean Payton with Jim Mora doing it twice also.
*The win evens New Orleans’ all-time record on Monday Night Football at 17-17, giving them a .500 mark for the first time. The Saints are riding a current NFL-best nine game winning streak on Monday nights. Since 2006, the Saints have a 11-2 record on Monday Night Football.
*The Saints, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks are the only five NFL teams remaining without a loss.
*New Orleans will be looking for its fourth 5-0 start ever next Sunday at the Chicago Bears to join the 1991 (7-0), 1993 (5-0) and 2009 (13-0) clubs.
*The 21-point margin of victory was the Saints’ largest ever against the Dolphins.
*Monday’s game was the 100th regular season game for Sean Payton as Saints head coach. His career record is 66-34.
*The Saints gained 465 net yards, their highest total of the season. The Saints also converted five-of-10 third down attempts (50.0 percent).
*TE Jimmy Graham had a second quarter 27-yard touchdown reception to put the Saints up 13-3 and later had a 43-yard scoring grab. Dating back to the 2012 regular season finale, it marks the fifth consecutive game that Graham has posted a receiving touchdown. Next week at Chicago, Graham will try to tie the club mark of six straight games with a TD catch, which he already holds (Dec. 18, 2011-Sept. 23, 2012). Overall, Graham finished with four receptions for 100 yards, his third consecutive contest with 100 yards receiving.
*WR Marques Colston had seven catches for 96 yards, all after halftime, as he appeared in the 106th game of his NFL career tonight, tying him for 36th in club record books with G Jake Kupp and DE Joe Johnson. Colston now has 7,692 career receiving yards as he surpassed WR Joe Horn to move into second place on the club’s all-time list.
*WR Nick Toon started his first career NFL game and recorded his first career NFL catch, a first quarter 18-yard grab on third down.
*TE Benjamin Watson had his first touchdown as a Saint on a third quarter, 4-yard grab.
Sproles had 222 all-purpose yards. Sproles had seven receptions for 114 yards, including a 48-yard catch on the game’s first possession (his longest as a Saint), a 20-yard grab on third-and-20 in the second quarter and a 13-yard touchdown reception on third-and-11 late in the second quarter. He also had four rushes for 28 yards and 80 yards in returns.
*Sproles surpassed 3,000 career receiving yards tonight. He now has 3,054 career yards on receptions.
*RB Khiry Robinson led the Saints in rushing with 12 carries for 37 yards.
*After missing the first game of his career, Jahri Evans returned to his customary spot at right guard, appearing in and starting his 115th career regular season contests.
*The Saints have held each of their first four opponents below 20 points, the first time a Saints defense has done so in four consecutive games since October 7-28, 2007.
*ILB Curtis Lofton recorded six tackles and also forced Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to fumble in the second quarter.
*OLB Junior Galette, DE Cameron Jordan and OLB Martez Wilson and DE Tyrunn Walker each recorded sacks.
*S Rafael Bush got the start as a fifth defensive back and recovered the Tannehill fumble in the second quarter.
*In his most extensive action on defense to date as a Saint, CB Chris Carr had a fourth quarter interception on an acrobatic play deflected by Bush to Carr, his first pick since the 2010 season as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
*CB Jabari Greer recorded his first interception of the season in the second quarter.
*NT John Jenkins had two solo tackles, but his biggest stop occurred in the red zone, when on a third-and-inches situation, he stopped Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas for a two-yard loss.

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