NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
SUNDAY, NOV. 5, 2017 ● MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME
SAINTS POSTGAME NOTES
• With the win, New Orleans moves to 6-2 on the season. It is their first six-game winning streak since an eight-game winning streak to close out the 2011 regular season. The sixgame winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest in franchise history with a six-game run in 2000.
•The Saints take on the Buffalo Bills for a week ten matchup on November 12 at New Era Field in Buffalo, N.Y. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. CST. The game will be aired on FOX (WVUE-FOX 8 in the New Orleans area).
• With the win, the Saints improved their record against the Buccaneers to 32-19 (.627).
• With the win, the Saints improved their all-time record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the regular season to 162-161, upgrading their 2017 home record to 3-1. The win today improved New Orleans' record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the Buccaneers to 18-10.
•The Saints currently have a streak of 248 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.
• Today is the third consecutive contest that the Saints have surrendered 17 points or less, the first time they have done so in three straight games since they did so since the first four games of the 2013 campaign.
• New Orleans outgained Tampa Bay in total net yardage 407-200.
• New Orleans outrushed the Buccaneers 151-87.
• New Orleans outgained Tampa Bay in net passing yardage 256-113.
• Following the win, it marks the fifth time in 2017 that the Saints have surrendered 17 points or less. The last time New Orleans gave up 17 or fewer points in a season in at least four games was the 2013 campaign when they gave up 17 or fewer nine times.
• Head Coach Sean Payton has 106 career victories (regular season and postseason) after today's victory, He moved into sole possession of 41st all-time in career victories, surpassing Tom Flores and Vince Lombardi. Also today's win marks Payton's 100th career regular season win.
• QB Drew Brees appeared in his 241st career contest and completed 22-of-27 passes (81.5%) for 263 yards and a 131.9 passer rating. Brees threw touchdown passes to rookie RB Alvin Kamara and WR Ted Ginn Jr. With 225 career regular season touchdowns thrown in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Brees has the most touchdown passes by a quarterback at a single stadium in NFL history.
• It was Brees' 107th regular season win as starting quarterback of the Saints, tied for the second-most in the NFL with Peyton Manning since 2006.
• RB Mark Ingram led the Saints in rushing with 16 carries for 77 yards with the longest rush of the game for the Saints with a 32-yard run.
• Kamara scored two touchdowns in a game for the first time in his career. A 33-yard touchdown pass from Brees and a six-yard touchdown run. Kamara finished the game with 68 rushing yards on 16 attempts. Kamara also recorded six catches for 84 yards. In addition to total touchdowns, he set career-highs in carries, receiving yardage and total yards from scrimmage (152). The 152 total yards from scrimmage was a season-high for a Saint.
• WR Michael Thomas finished the game with 65 yards on eight catches.
• Ginn reeled in four catches for a total of 59 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass from Brees.
• G/C Senio Kelemete received his second consecutive start at right guard in place of Larry Warford and played in his 50th career game today.
• DE Cameron Jordan played in his 104th consecutive game today and overall, putting him in a tie for 44th place on the club's all-time games played list with DE/LB Renaldo Turnbull. He finished with a team-high seven tackles (five solo), and a club-best 1.5 sacks for a loss of a team-high nine yards. Jordan now has 53.5 career sacks for the Saints putting him in fifth place in club record books past DL Frank Warren.
• DE Alex Okafor played in his 50th career game today. Okafor finished the game with six total tackles (three solo) and a half sack for a loss of three yards.
•DE David Onyemata recorded a half sack, combined with S Vonn Bell, part of a fourtackle day for the second-year defender.
• DE Hau'oli Kikaha recorded his third sack of the year, dropping Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a five-yard loss.
• Rookie DB Justin Hardee blocked Buccaneers P Bryan Anger's punt in the first quarter, returning it seven yards for a touchdown. It was New Orleans' first special teams touchdown of the year and fourth return touchdown overall. It marks the first time the Saints have recorded four return touchdowns in a season since 2012, when they finished with five.
• LB Craig Robertson finished with five tackles (three solo) to lead the linebackers in stops.
• S Vonn Bell forced TE O.J. Howard to fumble on the Buccaneers own 36-yard line, recovered by S Chris Banjo, his first career fumble recovery. Bell finished the game with five total tackles (three solo), a forced fumble and a half sack.
• K Wil Lutz nailed a 40-yard field pushing him past 200 career points and added three extra points for a career total of 204.
• P Thomas Morstead punted twice for 91 yards (45.5 avg.) with a long of 51 yards, with two punts inside the 20. Morstead played in his 134th career game today, putting him in a tie for 21st place on the club's all-time games played list with linebacker QB Archie Manning and TE John Tice.