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Game notes: New Orleans Saints at Cincinnati Bengals

Saints on eight-game winning streak

  • The Saints defeated the Bengals 51-14, improving to 8-1 on the season. The only better starts for the club would be their 9-1 start in 1991 and their 13-0 start in 2000.
  • The Saints 51-14 win ties the biggest point differential on the road in franchise history. The last time New Orleans won by 37 points on the road was Nov. 12, 2017 at Buffalo.
  • The Saints win today gives them their six consecutive interconference win. The last time the Saints had six straight interconference wins was when they had a seven-game winning streak against AFC West and AFC East opponents between 2008 and 2009.
  • The Saints victory over the Bengals today gives them an eight-game winning streak. This is the sixth eight-game winning streak in franchise history (1987, 1990-91, 2009, 2011, 2017). It is also the first time they have eight-game win streaks in back-to-back seasons.
  • With the Saints win, they improve to a 5-0 road record. This guarantees them their first winning road mark since they went 5-3 in 2011. It gives them their best road start since they started 7-0 in 2009.
  • With the win, New Orleans' improves their all-time record against the Bengals to 7-7, making the Bengals the 12th franchise the Saints have at least a .500 record against. It also gives New Orleans a 2-1 record at Paul Brown Stadium and a 5-3 all-time mark at Cincinnati.
  • With the Saints win, Head Coach Sean Payton makes Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis the 49th head coach to have at least a .500 record against.
  • The Saints currently have a streak of 266 regular season games without having been shut out, dating back to a 26-20 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 6, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium, the longest running streak in the National Football League and the fifth-longest all-time.
  • New Orleans notched their third 15-play scoring drive of the season on the opening possession of the contest.
  • The Saints converted their first seven third down attempts today.
  • New Orleans scored a touchdown on every offensive possession in the first half for the first time since Dec. 21, 2008 at Detroit.
  • For the second straight week, New Orleans has scored 35 points in the first half. The last team to do that was the Chiefs in 2013 (Dec. 8-15).
  • The Saints scored 45 points in back-to-back games for the third time in franchise history. The last time they accomplished this feat was Jan. 1, 2012.
  • QB Drew Brees completed 22-of-25 passes for 265 yards and four total touchdowns, including one rushing touchdown. Brees has 509 career touchdown passes, surpassing Brett Favre for sole possession of second place all-time in NFL record books. Brees has an NFL-best 73,046 career passing yards, becoming the first player to surpass 73,000 in a career. Brees recorded his 150th career win as a starter. Brees and WR Michael Thomas have connected on 21 touchdowns, surpassing WR Brandin Cooks for sixth all-time.
  • QB Taysom Hill carried the ball four times for 24 yards (6.0 avg.).
  • RB Alvin Kamara finished with 12 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns to go along with four catches for 46 yards.
  • RB Mark Ingram finished with 13 carries for 104 yards, recording his 14th career 100-yard rushing game. Ingram also tallied three receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown. Ingram scored his 51st career touchdown, surpassing Joe Horn for fifth in club record books. He is now tied with Jimmy Graham for fourth all-time.
  • WR Michael Thomas recorded eight catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas (274), surpassed Odell Beckham, Jr. (266) for the most receptions by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history. With eight receptions today, Thomas joined the franchise's top 10 for grabs, taking over sole possession of ninth place.
  • WR Keith Kirkwood notched his first career catch, finishing with two receptions for 45 yards in his NFL debut.
  • TE Dan Arnold recorded two catches for 25 yards with a long of 23 yards.
  • DE Cameron Jordan played in his 121st consecutive game today and overall, the second-longest games played streak for defensive ends behind Carolina's Julius Peppers. Jordan started his 106th consecutive game today as well, first among NFL defensive ends. With one sack today, Bengals signal-caller Andy Dalton became the 28th player he has had quarterback takedown against.
  • DE Alex Okafor recorded three tackles including 0.5 sacks.
  • LB Alex Anzalone led the Saints defense in tackles with five tackles (four solo), including one TFL.
  • CB Eli Apple recorded three solo tackles and one interception returned 29 yards.
  • S Marcus Williams tallied four tackles (three solo) and one interception returned 78 yards, helping set up a Saints touchdown with two seconds remaining before the half.
  • K Wil Lutz converted three-for-three field goal attempts with a long of 42 yards. Lutz finished six-for-six on extra points.
  • P Thomas Morstead played in his 151st career game today, putting him in a tie for 12th place on the club's all-time games played list with Jim Dombrowski. Morstead did not punt in today's contest.

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