Brees, Ingram, help Saints rout Rams, 49-21

The New Orleans Saints pulled one off in Sunday's blowout over the Los Angeles Rams.

After two of Brees' touchdown passes, Payton pounded his fist as though he were throwing down a bottle rocket, stared across the field at Williams and shouted some interesting taunts.

"Listen, I'm not going to completely avoid the fact that Gregg Williams is their defensive coordinator and there's a history there", Brees said. The touchdown pass came after a Saints turnover forced by defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who stripped the ball from quarterback Drew Brees on a sack inside the 10-yard line. A few months later, both wound up suspended for 2012 in connection with the NFL's bounty probe.

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback didn't even suit up for the season opener, and watched Case Keenum throw 11 interceptions and just nine touchdowns through the team's first nine games. "He is going to have those guys ready to play — and we'll be ready to play, too". "We practiced it all week, and I was 3 for 3, and we got out here and (Payton) had the confidence in me to make the throw".

"Everything they did was clicking", Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson said of the Saints' offense.

Rams left tackle Greg Robinson walks the sideline during Sunday in New Orleans after he was declared inactive for the game by head coach Jeff Fisher.

Brees and his nitro-fueled offense had to overcome defensive bumbling from one of the league's worst units. "We've got to do a better job coaching".

College Football Playoff projections after Week 11
The top four teams qualify for the two semifinal games, which will be held at the Fiesta and Peach bowls on December 31. So Ohio State moved up three spots after scoring 62 points for a second consecutive week in a win at Maryland.

The Rams, who've lost five of six, made a major change last week when they chose to start rookie QB Jared Goff, drafted first overall in the spring.

However, Brees was masterful in carving up the Rams' suffocating defense on the first half despite being hit repeatedly after the throw. His 24-yard connection with Tavon Austin made it 7-0 Rams. In receiving, Kenny Britt had 43 yards in five receptions while Lance Kendricks had 38 yards in four receptions. The Rams finished with 247 yards. The Rams' defense also allowed a season-high 555 yards. The former Auburn standout was one of the seven players designated as inactive for the Rams' game against the New Orleans Saints.

He did the latter as the Saints trounced the Rams soundly, winning 49-21.

Payton's offense led by quarterback Drew Brees (4 TD passes, no INTs, 139.6 passer rating) and running back Mark Ingram (167 yards from scrimmage, 2 TDs) obliterated those numbers and crushed Williams' ego in the process. "We know they're aggressive".

Asked on Friday how he thinks New Orleans fans might receive him this weekend, the 58-year-old said: "It's not about that". Let's hope the Saints take care of their own, and then we'll worry about the rest.

The veteran tight end came back with a solid performance against the Saints, catching four passes for 51 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown.


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