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Game notes: New Orleans Saints-Tampa Bay Buccaneers

• The New Orleans Saints extended their streak to 282 regular season games without having been shut out, dating to a 26-20 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 6, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium, the longest running streak in the National Football League and fourth overall.

• Kicker Wil Lutz  made two-of-two field goals from 44 and 26 yards respectively. Lutz was also four-of-four on extra points.

• Playing in his 170th career game, punter Thomas Morstead punted three times for 126 yards (42.0 avg.) and two inside the 20-yard line.

• Cornerback P.J. Williams  tallied three tackles and intercepted his first pass of the season, the fourth of his career.

• Defensive end Cameron Jordan  played in his 138th career game, moving into a tie with center Josh Hill for 20th on the club’s all-time games played list. Jordan finished with three tackles and 1.5 sacks, moving his career total to 81 sacks.

• With his next 1.5 sacks, Jordan will move into past Wayne Martin for second on the club’s all-time sack list.

• Safety Vonn Bell totaled three tackles, 0.5 sacks, one pass defense and added his first career interception on the final play of the first half.

• Safety Marcus Williams recorded his fourth interception of the season and his first career interception return for a touchdown. Williams added three tackles and a pass defense.

• Linebackers Demario Davis and Kiko Alonso led the team in tackles with six each. Davis also recorded his first regular season interception as a member of the Saints and set a career high with four passes defensed.

• New Orleans has not given up 100 rushing yards to an individual player in 36 consecutive regular season and postseason contests.

• New Orleans’ four interceptions of quarterback Jameis Winston are their most in a single game since Dec. 16, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay. The Saints defense also recorded a season high 12 pass defenses as a team.

• The Saints defense held Tampa Bay to 17 points and forced four Buccaneer turnovers.

• Tight end Jared Cook caught two passes for 33 yards including a three-yard touchdown pass from Brees.

• Receiver Ted Ginn Jr.  caught two passes for 14 yards including a six-yard touchdown from Brees. With his two receptions, Ginn has eclipsed 400 receptions mark for his career.

• Running back Alvin Kamara led the team in rushing with 75 yards on 13 carries. Kamara also caught 10 passes for 47 yards. Kamara also added three punt returns for 32 yards including a career long 27-yard punt return. Kamara finished with 154 all purpose yards.

• Thomas and Brees have connected 25 times for touchdowns, making the duo Brees’ fourth-most prolific touchdown combination, surpassing Robert Meachem.

• With his eight receptions, Thomas surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (89 receptions in 2002) and Julio Jones (89 in 2015) for the most receptions by a player through his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

• Thomas now has 4,928 career receiving yards, surpassing Danny Abramowicz for fourth place in club history.

• Michael Thomas led the team in receiving with eight receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown, his sixth 100 yard game this season and 15th of his career. Thomas’ four straight games with over 100 yards receiving ties the club record set by tight end Jimmy Graham in 2011 and 2013.

• Quarterback Drew Brees started and completed 28-of-35 passes for 228 yards, three touchdowns, and a 122.4 quarterback rating. Brees led the Saints on five scoring drives resulting in three touchdowns and two field goals.

• Brees appeared in his 269th career-game, putting him in sole possession of 25th place on the NFL’s all-time list past his former Chargers teammate Junior Seau.

• Brees now has 160 career games with multiple touchdown passes, surpassing Brett Favre for third place all-time.

• New Orleans racked up 328 yards with 228 passing yards and 109 rushing yards on the way to scoring 27 offensive points.

• Coach Sean Payton improved his record against Tampa Bay to 16-10 and improved his road mark against the Buccaneers to 9-5. Payton also improved his record against Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians to 4-1.

• The Saints also extended their streak to 17 wins when leading in the fourth quarter.

• The win gives the franchise their first series sweep against Tampa Bay since 2014 and sixth overall.

• The win improves New Orleans’ all-time record against the Buccaneers to 35-21. It also improves their road record against Tampa Bay to 16-9.

• With the win, the Saints move to 8-2 and have road winning streaks of at least four games in three consecutive seasons for the first time.

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