Continuing to hold their own as Drew Brees recovers from a thumb injury, the New Orleans Saints look for a fourth straight victory Sunday when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars. New Orleans has won the last three games between the teams.
How to watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 13
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
The Saints (4-1) maintained their spot atop the NFC South with a 31-24 victory over Tampa Bay last Sunday. After the defense took center stage in a 12-10 victory over Dallas, Teddy Bridgewater and Michael Thomas grabbed the spotlight for the offense against the Buccaneers.
Bridgewater had his first 300-yard game since 2015, finishing with 314, and matched a career-high with four touchdown passes. Two of them went to Michael Thomas, who finished with 11 receptions and 182 yards to continue his blazing start.
Thomas, who signed a 5-year, $100 million extension in the preseason, already has 45 catches for 543 yards -- leading the league in both categories -- and three TD catches. All-purpose back Alvin Kamara contributed 117 total yards, including a 13-yard completion to extend a fourth-quarter drive that ended with a touchdown.
New Orleans finished with 457 yards, its highest total since opening the season with 510 in its, 30-28, win over Houston, which was also its eighth straight victory against AFC teams. The Saints have averaged 31.9 points and 405.5 yards in those games, all with Brees under center.
Defensively, cornerback Marshon Lattimore will likely draw D.J. Chark Jr. as his primary assignment. The second-year receiver has emerged as rookie Gardner Minshew’s favorite target since replacing the injured Nick Foles at quarterback, and his 27 catches, 485 yards and five TDs are all career-highs. Chark had his best game as a pro in Jacksonville’s, 34-27, loss at Carolina, finishing with eight catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Minshew also put together his best performance, completing 26 of 44 for 374 yards and those two scores. Looking nothing like a fifth-round pick, Minshew has recorded four multiple touchdown passing games, while racking up 1,279 yards and nine TD tosses for the Jaguars (2-3).
Running back Leonard Fournette has also found his stride with back-to-back 100-yard games after rushing for 108 and a touchdown vs. Panthers.