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Game notes: New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams

Saints on seven-game winning streak

·      With the win, New Orleans improves its record to 7-1 and extends its winning streak to seven games, the longest current winning streak in the NFL after handing the 8-1 Rams with their first loss of the season. It is the Saints' fourth seven-game win streak since Sean Payton was hired as head coach in 2006, and seventh in franchise history. The Saints remain one game ahead of the 6-2 Carolina Panthers for first place in the NFC South. New Orleans returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 11 when it faces the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon CT.

·      The Saints' win improves their all-time record against the Rams to 33-41 and improves their home record against the Rams to 17-19.

·      The last four wins of the Saints' seven-game win streak have come against teams either in sole possession of first place or tied for first place in their division, the only time in franchise history that has happened.

·      The only other seasons New Orleans has finished 7-1 or better at the season's midpoint is 1988 (7-1), 1991 (7-1) and 2009 (8-0).

·      New Orleans scored a season-high 45 points and gained 487 total yards, its second highest total of the season (534 at Atlanta on Sept. 23). The Saints' rushed for 141 yards and gained 346 yards passing. New Orleans possessed the ball for 33:41, which is its highest time of possession in a non-overtime game this season (37:45 at Atlanta on Sept. 23).

·      Defensively, the Saints held Los Angeles to 93 yards rushing, the Rams second lowest total of the season. Coming into the game, the Rams led the NFL in rushing with 150.9 yards per game. The Saints have not surrendered 100 yards rushing to an opponent during the seven-game winning streak.

·      For Coach Sean Payton, the win marks the 119th victory of his career (regular season and post-season), putting him in sole possession of 35th place all-time for wins by an NFL head coach. Rams Coach Sean McVay is now the 59th coach Payton has defeated in his career and 48th head coach he has at least a .500 winning percentage against.

·      WR Michael Thomas finished with 12 receptions for 211 receiving yards, including a fourth quarter career-long 72-yard touchdown catch. His 211 receiving yards sets a Saints record, breaking the previous club record of 205 yards held by Wes Chandler set against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 2, 1979. Thomas recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and eighth of his career. His eight career 100-yard receiving games is tied for ninth in Saints history with WR Lance Moore.

·      QB Drew Brees finished 25 of 36 passing for 346 yards, his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season with four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 137.0 passer rating. It was Brees' first four-touchdown game since Dec.18, 2016 at Arizona. It was the second consecutive week that the Saints offensive line has not given up a sack, surrendering a league-low nine for the season at the midpoint.

·      RB Alvin Kamara finished with 19 carries for 82 yards and four receptions for 34 yards. His 82 rushing yards is his second highest total of the season (134 at the New York Giants on September 30) and he eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage for the fourth time this season.

·      Kamara tied a career-high with three touchdowns and recorded his third three-touchdown performance of the season, finishing with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. He scored his 10th touchdown of the season on an eight-yard first quarter run, and joins Jimmy Graham (2013-14), Mark Ingram (2016-17) and Joe Horn (2003-04) as only the third Saint with back-to-back seasons of 10 touchdowns. Kamara's the only Saint to do so in his first two seasons.

·      LB Alex Anzalone recorded his first career interception with 1:06 remaining in the second quarter, setting up a Saints six-play, 34-yard touchdown drive. The interception was the Saints fourth of the season, and eighth takeaway.

·      RB Mark Ingram finished with nine carries for 33 yards and caught a three-yard pass and eclipsed 7,000 career all-purpose yards on his five-yard run on the Saints first drive. He is the fifth Saint with 7,000 all-purpose yards, joining Marques Colston, Eric Martin, Deuce McAllister and Horn.

·      CB PJ Williams tied a career-high with three pass defenses and finished with six tackles and one tackle-for-loss.

·      LB Demario Davis led the team in tackles, finishing with seven tackles, one tackle-for-loss, and one quarterback hit.

·      LB AJ Klein tallied four tackles and recorded the 250th tackle of his career on his first quarter tackle of Todd Gurley.

·      TE Benjamin Watson finished with a season-high 62 yards on three receptions, and scored his second touchdown of the season on a second quarter 13-yard scoring pass from Brees.

·      WR Tre'Quan Smith recorded two receptions for 23 yards and scored his first touchdown since scoring two against Washington on Oct. 8.

·      The Saints finished two-for-two on fourth down conversions and are second in the NFL in fourth down conversion percentage at 90 percent (9/10).

·      The Saints set an NFL record for of 24 first-half first downs, breaking a record of 22 previously set by New Orleans on Nov. 4, 2017 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

·      New Orleans finished a perfect five-for-five in Red Zone conversions for touchdowns, its first game this season finishing with a 100 percent Red Zone conversion rate. The Saints also went seven-for-12 on third down, earning their best third down conversion percentage (58 percent) of the season.

·      In his second game with New Orleans, CB Eli Apple finished with five tackles and his first pass defense as a Saint.

·      K Wil Lutz converted a season-long 54-yard field goal. With the field goal, Lutz has now converted his last 14 straight attempts.

·      P Thomas Morstead punted twice and became the 13th Saint to play in 150 games for New Orleans.

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