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Drew Brees passed for 363 yards as the Saints handed the Eagles a devastating 48-7 loss.

1:01 | November 18, 2018 | Football, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles

Game Information
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 73,042

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Drew Brees grinned, paused as if searching for the right words, and even let out the beginnings of a laugh.

The Saints have made 40-point outings look routine lately, and the record-setting quarterback is trying to enjoy it without showing a hint of complacency.

"It's a lot of points, but we have a high standard for ourselves," Brees said. "You're still not satisfied because you know you could have done a little bit better - but the end result is good."

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.

In fact, it was the worst loss by a reigning Super Bowl champion.

"I haven't gotten my (butt) kicked like that in a long time," Eagles defensive end Chris Long said.

Brees completed 22 of 30 passes and did not turn over the ball, giving him 25 TD passes and only one interception this season. Brees' fourth touchdown seemed to encapsulate New Orleans' audacious approach to the game. He hit running back Alvin Kamara in stride down the right sideline for a 37 yards on a fourth-and-7 play that gave the Saints (9-1) a 45-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

"It's hard to stop us," Kamara said.

Receiver Michael Thomas said the Eagles were "just in the way, next team up. We just had to do what we had to do, regardless."

Brees' other touchdown passes went for 3 yards to Austin Carr, 15 yards to rookie Tre'Quan Smith and 23 yards to Thomas. Smith finished with 10 catches for 157 yards, while Thomas' four catches for 92 yards made him the first receiver in Saints history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first three seasons.

Mark Ingram rushed 16 times for 103 yards, including touchdowns of 14 yards and 1 yard. Kamara added 71 yards to help New Orleans finish with 546 total yards and score at least 40 for the sixth time this season.

Meanwhile, New Orleans' defense produced a second straight dominant showing after largely stifling Cincinnati the previous week.

The Saints now have outscored their past two opponents 99-21 combined, is not easy to do in a league known for competitive balance.

"It blows my mind, too, trust me," said Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who had one of three sacks on Carson Wentz. "That just speaks volumes not only to the type of talent we have on this team but how locked in everybody is. I think everybody knows how special we can be and everyone knows the end goal. If everybody here isn't thinking Super Bowl then they're in the wrong locker room."

DESCENDING EAGLES

Wentz was intercepted three times - once by Marshon Lattimore and twice by Chris Banjo - and finished with 156 yards on 19-of-33 passing.

Time will tell if the lopsided loss marked the beginning of the end of the Eagles' title defense. Philadelphia (4-6) remained two games behind Washington (6-4) for first place in the NFC East, but more injuries befell its already depleted lineup. The Eagles offered virtually no resistance to New Orleans and looked thoroughly outclassed by the surging Saints.

Rookie running back Josh Adams rushed for a 28-yard TD that pulled the Eagles within 17-7 in the second quarter, but the Saints responded with a Smith's TD on which the receiver held onto a hard throw over the middle while being sandwiched by two defenders. That made it 24-7 at halftime and the game was not competitive after that.

"The product we're putting out there is not up to our standards," Wentz said. "I'm not playing up to my standards, but we know the talent we have."

ANOTHER RECORD

Twice this season, Brees has thrown for four TDs in a game without an interception, giving him an NFL-record 23 such performances in his career. His latest put him one ahead of New England's Tom Brady.

INJURIES

Eagles: Center Jason Kelce hurt his left elbow in the first quarter and was replaced by Stefen Wisniewski. Safety Avonte Maddox left with a knee injury on New Orleans' second possession. Defensive back Rasul Douglas had to be helped off the field with a left leg injury in the third quarter. Long snapper Rick Lovato was taken from the game to be evaluated for a concussion.

Saints: Right guard Larry Warford left to be evaluated for a concussion in the third quarter and was replaced by Cameron Tom.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Host the New York Giants on Sunday.

Saints: Host Atlanta on Thursday night.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Saints
09:10 Wil Lutz 38 yd FG 0 3
03:12 Austin Carr 3 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 0 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Saints
12:07 Mark Ingram 14 yd run (Wil Lutz kick) 0 17
08:42 Josh Adams 28 yd run (Jake Elliott kick) 7 17
00:39 Tre'Quan Smith 15 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 7 24

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Saints
11:20 Michael Thomas 23 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 7 31
05:34 Mark Ingram 1 yd run (Wil Lutz kick) 7 38

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Saints
13:15 Alvin Kamara 37 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 7 45
06:46 Wil Lutz 19 yd FG 7 48

Team Stats
  Philadelphia New Orleans
1st Downs 13 28
Total Yards 196 546
Passing 138 373
Passing Completions/Attempts 19-33 23-32
Yards/Pass 3.8 11.7
Rushing 58 173
Rushing Attempts 12 37
Yards/Rush 4.8 4.7
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Possession 22:26 37:34

Philadelphia Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Carson Wentz 19 33 156 4.7 0 3

New Orleans Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Drew Brees 22 30 363 12.1 4 0
Taysom Hill 1 2 10 5.0 0 0

Philadelphia Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Josh Adams 7 53 7.6 1 28
Corey Clement 2 11 5.5 0 8
Carson Wentz 1 6 6.0 0 6
Wendell Smallwood 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4
Golden Tate 1 -8 -8.0 0 -8

New Orleans Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Mark Ingram 16 103 6.4 2 38
Alvin Kamara 13 71 5.5 0 16
Taysom Hill 3 4 1.3 0 2
Teddy Bridgewater 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1
Zach Line 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1
Dwayne Washington 3 -3 -1.0 0 0

Philadelphia Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Golden Tate 5 48 9.6 0 15
Jordan Matthews 3 37 12.3 0 19
Alshon Jeffery 4 33 8.2 0 12
Josh Adams 3 19 6.3 0 10
Zach Ertz 2 15 7.5 0 8
Corey Clement 2 4 2.0 0 4
Nelson Agholor 0 0 0.0 0
Dallas Goedert 0 0 0.0 0

New Orleans Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Tre'Quan Smith 10 157 15.7 1 38
Michael Thomas 4 92 23.0 1 30
Alvin Kamara 1 37 37.0 1 37
Keith Kirkwood 3 33 11.0 0 19
Josh Hill 2 26 13.0 0 16
Dan Arnold 2 25 12.5 0 23
Austin Carr 1 3 3.0 1 3
Taysom Hill 0 0 0.0 0

Philadelphia Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Corey Graham 7 2 0 0
Malcolm Jenkins 7 2 0 0
Nigel Bradham 5 0 0 0
Jordan Hicks 5 2 0 0
Chandon Sullivan 4 0 0 0
De'Vante Bausby 3 0 0 0
Rasul Douglas 3 0 0 0
Michael Bennett 2 0 0 0
Fletcher Cox 2 0 0 0
Treyvon Hester 2 1 0 0
Sidney Jones 2 0 0 0
Cre'von LeBlanc 2 0 0 0
Chris Long 2 0 0 0
Avonte Maddox 2 0 0 0
T.Y. McGill 2 1 0 0
Haloti Ngata 2 0 0 0
Brandon Graham 1 0 0 0
Nelson Agholor 0 0 0 0
D.J. Alexander 0 0 0 0
Nathan Gerry 0 1 0 0
Cameron Johnston 0 0 0 0
Josh Sweat 0 0 0 0
Golden Tate 0 0 0 0

New Orleans Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Marshon Lattimore 4 0 0 0
Demario Davis 3 0 0 0
Craig Robertson 2 0 1 5
Alex Okafor 2 0 1 3
Alex Anzalone 2 1 0 0
Eli Apple 2 0 0 0
Vonn Bell 2 1 0 0
Tyeler Davison 2 1 0 0
A.J. Klein 2 0 0 0
P.J. Williams 2 0 0 0
Sheldon Rankins 1 0 1 10
Chris Banjo 1 0 0 0
Kurt Coleman 1 0 0 0
Justin Hardee 1 0 0 0
Trey Hendrickson 1 0 0 0
Cameron Jordan 1 0 0 0
David Onyemata 1 0 0 0
Josh Robinson 1 0 0 0
Marcus Williams 1 0 0 0
Vince Biegel 0 0 0 0
Ken Crawley 0 0 0 0
Taysom Hill 0 0 0 0
Wil Lutz 0 0 0 0

Philadelphia Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New Orleans Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Chris Banjo 2 0 0
Marshon Lattimore 1 0 0

Philadelphia Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Corey Clement 4 114 28.5 0 48

New Orleans Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Philadelphia Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Golden Tate 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

New Orleans Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Alvin Kamara 1 13 13.0 0 13
Taysom Hill 1 0 0.0 0 0

Philadelphia Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

New Orleans Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Wil Lutz 2 2 100.0 38

Philadelphia Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Cameron Johnston 4 159 46

New Orleans Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Thomas Morstead 2 99 50