The New Orleans Saints picked up right where they left off in last week's blowout victory and raced to a 24-7 halftime lead over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints, who are trying to win their ninth consecutive game, dominated the defending Super Bowl champions from the jump, scoring on their first three possessions (Wil Lutz field goal, 3-yard reception by Austin Carr and 14-yard TD run by Mark Ingram), while the defense forced two three-and-outs and a Carson Wentz interception by Marshon Lattimore.
In the first quarter the Saints outgained the Eagles 190 yards to 15 and nine first downs to Philadelphia's one.
The Eagles finally scored on a 28-yard run by Josh Adams with 8:42 left in the half. Thomas Morstead punted once for the Saints after not punting once in last week's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Saints scored their final points of the half on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to rookie Tre'Quan Smith with 39 seconds left in the half.
Saints receiver Michael Thomas had two receptions for 60 yards to move over the 1,000-yard mark for the third consecutive season. Thomas is the first player in team history to achieve that in his first three seasons.
Key Saints stat leaders
Drew Brees, 15 of 22 for 206 yards with two TDs
Mark Ingram, five carries for 66 yards and a TD
Alvin Kamara, eight carries for 46 yards
Michael Thomas, two catches for 60 yards