Saints top Fins 38-17; Brees airs out for 413 yards, 4 TDs
By Brett Martel ,AP
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints turned a clash of unbeaten NFL teams into a lopsided affair, beating the Miami Dolphins 38-17 on Monday.
“I felt like we found our rhythm,” Brees said. “Everytime we touched the ball it felt like we were going to go down and score points.”
Two of Brees' touchdowns went to Jimmy Graham for 27 and 43 yards as the tight end had at least 100 yards receiving for the third straight game.
Brees' other scoring strikes went to Benjamin Watson and Darren Sproles, who also rushed for a touchdown.
“We mix up where we put him alot to try to find him favorable matchups,” Brees said of Sproles. “It goes that way for all our guys.”
Sproles' 5-yard scoring run on the game's opening series gave the Saints a lead they would not relinquish en route to their first 4-0 start since their Super Bowl championship season of 2009. The Saints started last season with four losses.
“We like this a lot better,” Brees said of the 4-0 start. “Everything that could have gone wrong for us went wrong. Fortunately we're having the ball bounce our way this year. We're playing good football.”
Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 249 yards and a touchdown to Charles Clay, but his four turnovers on a fumble and three interceptions hurt the Dolphins (3-1).
The Saints have won their past nine Monday night games, all with Brees at quarterback and often putting on some of his most memorable performances in the process.
Now his 10th 400-yard outing since he joined the Saints in 2006 delivered a sobering blow to a Miami team that came in riding a surprising surprising start.
When Brees was a free agent, he drew the most interest from New Orleans and Miami, but the Dolphins, fearful of the effects of reconstructive surgery on Brees throwing shoulder, did not pursue the quarterback as enthusiastically as then-Saints rookie coach Sean Payton. Since then, Brees has become one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history.
Brees became only the seventh quarterback to pass for more than 47,000 yards, surpassing Fran Tarkenton for sixth most yards passing all-time.
Later, Brees' eighth completion gave him 4,124 in his career, one more than John Elway for fourth all-time in that category.