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3-2, 2nd in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Delvin Breaux said he's feeling great in his recovery from a broken fibula and feels ready to begin practicing this week now that he is eligible under IR rules. He said he also thinks he should be healthy enough to play when eligible after Week 8. But he does not yet know what the team plans for his timeline to return to action. "I'm just glad they gave me time to heal," said Breaux, who had surgery late in the preseason.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said there was a ‘triangular effect of misunderstanding' when many fans booed Saints players during a pregame moment of silence Sunday. The players kneeled in unison before they all stood for the national anthem – just as they had before their previous game. And fans began booing when they kneeled (then cheered when they stood). The timing of the moment of silence for slain police officer Marcus McNeil was an unfortunate coincidence.

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1dDavid Purdum

Rodgers injury moves point spread 10 points

The Packers were 6.5-point favorites over the Saints last week in an early line available at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. When the Westgate reposted the line Sunday night, after Aaron Rodgers' injury, New Orleans was a 3.5-point favorite.

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The Saints had 3 defensive touchdowns in a game for the first time in franchise history.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Ingram scored his first two TDs of the season Sunday, but admitted, “I'm not happy with my dance, my first one, because it wasn't how I had practiced. I was really good at home in the mirror, but I wasn't TV-ready yet.” Ingram said the dance was inspired by a little kid he saw doing it when he was on vacation in the Bahamas. Ingram's second dance was inspired by undrafted rookie RB Darius Victor, who was with the Saints in the preseason.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints had more rushing yards (193) than passing yards (186) for the first time since 2009. The last time was actually Week 17 of that year, when Mark Brunell started in place of Drew Brees, who was resting up for the playoffs. But it also happened earlier that year when Pierre Thomas went nuts in a Week 3 win at Buffalo.

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What got into the Saints' defense?

New Orleans racked up more takeaways on Sunday (five) than they had the rest of the season combined, and as many defensive TDs (three) as they had in their last 74 games. Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford's nine batted passes on Sunday were more than any QB in the NFL had this season entering Week 6 and the most by a QB in a game since ESPN Stats & Info began tracking the stat in 2009. Two resulted in interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' 16 passes defensed is the most by a team since at least 2006, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Ten different Saints had at least one led by three each by Kenny Vaccaro and Cam Jordan.

Jordan: 'Did I enjoy every minute? For sure' (0:22)
Saints' defense scores three touchdowns in victory over Lions (1:03)
Saints hold off Lions for 52-38 win (1:07)

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Mark Ingram said, with Adrian Peterson gone, he and Alvin Kamara "wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and prove we can carry this offense. But I'm glad to hear what Adrian's doing in Arizona. I've been telling you he's still got the juice."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

“Obviously a crazy game,” Saints coach Sean Payton said with barely any voice left after New Orleans' 52-38 win over Detroit. Payton compared it to when he was an assistant coach with the New York Giants when they nearly came back from a 24-point deficit in a playoff game at San Francisco following the 2002 season. “Credit our defense for creating points. That's significant," Payton said after New Orleans scored three defensive TDs for the first time in franchise history.

Jordan intercepts pass in end zone for TD (0:29)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

The last D/ST to score three or more touchdowns in a game was the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 Week 13. The Saints currently have three.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A crazy game just went even more bonkers as Saints DE Cameron Jordan tipped a pass and intercepted it in the end zone -- the third Saints defensive touchdown of the day -- for a "comfortable" 52-38 lead over the Lions, who had rattled off 28 unanswered points.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Wow -- the Saints are in dire danger of blowing a 35-point lead against the Detroit Lions, who just intercepted Drew Brees in the shadow of his own end zone and returned it to close within 45-38 with 6:41 remaining in the Superdome. The Saints have been blowing it on offense, defense and special teams (allowing a punt return TD) after leading 45-10 early in the third quarter.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.4
Rushing Yards113.8
Points For29.04th
Points Against23.221st

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