2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
9-1, 1st in NFC South
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2hHallie Grossman

What's behind the fire that fuels Michael Thomas?

What's the origin of Michael Thomas' competitive streak, the likes of which Drew Brees says he has never seen? A never-ending need to make himself feel undervalued -- and prove his haters, real or self-made, wrong.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith missed practice Tuesday with a foot injury after his breakout 10-catch game on Sunday — leaving his status in doubt for Thursday's game against Atlanta on a short week. Wednesday's practice report should be telling in his case. Saints LT Terron Armstead was the only other player to miss practice with his pectoral injury. On a positive note, DE Marcus Davenport returned to practice on a limited basis as he recovers from his toe injury, but it's unclear if he has a chance to play Thursday.

Where Michael Thomas ranks among NFL's top WRs (1:28)
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23hFrancis Okupa

NFL Africa Zone: The 'Strength of Samson' edition

The Kansas City Chiefs v Los Angeles Rams matchup was the premier game of week 11, and much like some of the African talent on display, it did not disappoint.

Doug Kezirian ESPN 

Chiefs are 8-2 ATS this year. That's tied with Saints for best record against the spread. NO has covered 8 straight, which is the longest streak this season.

2d

Barnwell Show: Elite Teams with Sando

Bill and Mike Sando discuss which teams at this point should be considered Super Bowl contenders, including the Saints (1:22), Bears (10:27) and Rams (15:38). Plus, how will the NFC East finish after the Redskins lost Alex Smith to injury (37:40)?

Stephen A.: 'Saints are the best team in football' (1:42)

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

The Saints are averaging an astounding 4.4 offensive touchdowns per game. Perspective: The record-setting 2007 Patriots averaged 4.0 per game.

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3dTim McManus

Eagles' Jenkins flips off his former coach Payton

With the Saints leading the Eagles by 31 early in the fourth quarter, cameras caught a frustrated Malcolm Jenkins giving his former coach Sean Payton the finger after New Orleans went for it on fourth-and-6.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton addressed the idea of whether he considered taking his foot off the gas when the Saints threw a 37-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara on fourth-and-6 with 13:15 remaining and the Saints leading the Eagles by 31: “It was gonna be a long field goal, longer than we wanted, with a potential block. We still weren't at that point in the game. You know, you just have to play in one game where you're up 31 in the fourth quarter and you lose … and that's an explosive offense. But it's an empty at-the-line call and Drew (Brees) did a good job of making the throw. You know, we're playing. And it's hard to have thoughts about what you want to do when you're still 15 minutes remaining in the game."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton with some unsolicited praise for Eagles/former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins after Sunday's game: "I think the world of him. He's a tremendous player. I hate that he got out of here. That was probably as big a mistake as we've made here in 13 years. He's made up of all the right things, and he's a tremendous competitor."

3d

Brees, Saints singe sinking Eagles, 48-7

Drew Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints won their ninth straight with a 48-7 demolition of Philadelphia on Sunday that marked the Eagles' worst loss by far since they won last season's Super Bowl.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

By stuffing Dwayne Washington for minus-3 yards on the Saints' next-to-last possession, the Eagles D/ST avoided the misfortune of the worst possible fantasy score (minus-12), finishing with minus-11. D/STs facing the Saints have scored minus-11 points in back-to-back weeks.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Drew Brees' day ended only after he reached the 30-point plateau in fantasy, as he finished with 30.5. That's the 24th such game in his career, extending his all-time record among quarterbacks. Tom Brady is second on that list, with 19.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Drew Brees' 30.5 fantasy points pushed his career total to 4,690.2, moving him past Peyton Manning (4,683.1) for second-most in fantasy football history. Only Jerry Rice (5,141.8) had more, using PPR scoring. Brees' 4,682.2 using non-PPR scoring is most by any player all-time.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints simply won't take their foot off the gas pedal -- in this game or this season. Drew Brees just completed a 38-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara on fourth-and-7 for a 45-7 lead over the Eagles early in the fourth quarter. They have now scored 141 points over the past three weeks, and we will likely see backup QB Teddy Bridgewater for the second straight week.

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.7
Rushing Yards131.4
Points For37.81st
Points Against23.9