Original Photo Credit - Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Original Photo Credit - Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints Gameday thread of Live News and Updates on the Cardinals Game in Week 8.

Cardinal vs. Saints begin at 12:00 Noon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.   Televised by CBS Sports.  Announcers Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon.

SAINTS PREGAME HUDDLE

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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints RB Alvin Kamara is INACTIVE

GAME THREAD AND LIVE UPDATES

FIRST QUARTER

15:00 - Brees gets a huge applause.   Who Dat Chant goes around the Superdome.

Saints get the football first.  Cardinals won the coin toss.

15:00 - Brees hands the ball to L. Murray for four yards on his first play back.

Brees misses Arnold on his first pass.

(14:18) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short left to M.Thomas to NO 36 for 7 yards (H.Reddick).

FIRST DOWN SAINTS

(13:09) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to L.Murray to NO 43 for 5 yards (J.Hicks). Pass -4, YAC 9

(12:27) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to A.Carr to ARZ 48 for 9 yards (J.Walker; B.Murphy Jr.).

FIRST DOWN SAINTS

Brees was able to allude Jones' sack

(11:46) W.Clapp reported in as eligible. D.Brees pass short middle to J.Hill to ARZ 39 for 9 yards (J.Hicks). Pass 3, YAC 6

(11:05) Z.Line right guard to ARZ 35 for 4 yards (Cha.Jones).

FIRST DOWN SAINTS

INJURY TIMEOUT - Cardinals Marsh injured on his tackle on Michael Thomas for a 9 yards loss for the Saints.

(9:27) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short left to D.Harris ran ob at ARZ 29 for 8 yards (T.Brock Sr.). Pass -3, YAC 8

WIL LUTZ HAS MISSED A 47 YARD FG ATTEMPT

(9:00) W.Lutz 47 yard field goal is No Good, Wide Left, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

8:54   SCORE:  Saints - 0, Cardinals - 0

(8:35) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass deep left to C.Clay to NO 14 for 47 yards (M.Williams). Pass 31, YAC 16

(7:15) C.Edmonds left end to NO 11 for 3 yards (D.Davis).

(6:32) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass short right to C.Edmonds to NO 13 for -2 yards (C.Gardner-Johnson).

Saints defense force a 4th down and called a timeout.  The Cardinals lined-up to go for the touchdown on 4th.

Timeout #1 by NO at 05:46.

(5:46) Z.Gonzalez 31 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-A.Lee.

SCORING ALERT

Cardinals - 3, Saints - 0

5:41 left in the first quarter.  

DRIVE'S BIG PLAY - Murray's 47 yard toss to the tightend Williams off of a trick lateral.

(5:02) L.Murray left guard to NO 36 for 10 yards (H.Reddick).   FIRST DOWN SAINTS

(4:23) PENALTY on ARZ-C.Peters, Neutral Zone Infraction, 5 yards, enforced at NO 36 - No Play.

(4:05) D.Brees pass short right to L.Murray to ARZ 49 for 10 yards (J.Hicks).

(2:43) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short left to T.Hill pushed ob at ARZ 24 for 22 yards (D.Thompson).

END OF THE FIRST QUARTER SUMMARY

Saints drove the football well under Brees after 6 weeks.  Wil Lutz missed his 3rd field goal in 2 games for 47 yards.  The Cardinals struck first with a big play for 47 yards, a pass from Murray to Williams.  Saints defense stiffened and the Cards kicked a 31 yard field goal.  Cardinals-3, Saints-0.

2nd QUARTER

(15:00) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to M.Thomas to ARZ 12 for 4 yards (J.Thompson). Pass 3, YAC 1

(14:39) (No Huddle, Shotgun) D.Brees pass short left to T.Ginn ran ob at ARZ 5 for 7 yards (P.Peterson). Penalty on ARZ, Defensive Offside, declined. PENALTY on ARZ, Defensive Too Many Men on Field, 5 yards, enforced at ARZ 12 - No Play.

(14:21) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass incomplete short left (J.Hicks).

SCORING ALERT 

W.Lutz 26 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

SAINTS - 3, CARDINALS - 3

(13:39) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass short right to C.Edmonds ran ob at ARZ 32 for 7 yards (C.Gardner-Johnson).

(13:09) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass incomplete deep right to T.Sherfield.

BIG PLAY - Eli Apple defended the pass.  4th Down.  Cardinals punt to the Sains 29 yard line.

(13:04) A.Lee punts 39 yards to NO 29, Center-A.Brewer, fair catch by D.Harris.

(12:58) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short left to M.Thomas to ARZ 43 for 28 yards (B.Baker).

(11:27) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to M.Thomas to ARZ 25 for 16 yards (H.Reddick; B.Murphy Jr.).

(10:09) W.Clapp reported in as eligible. L.Murray right guard to ARZ 8 for 10 yards (B.Murphy Jr.).

Timeout #2 by NO at 09:03.   

L. Murray is averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

(9:03) L.Murray right guard for 8 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

SCORING ALERT

Murray Touchdown for 8 yards and Lutz' extra point 

SAINTS - 10, CARDINALS - 3

 Derick E. Hingle - USA Today Sports

 Derick E. Hingle - USA Today Sports

(8:12) (Shotgun) C.Edmonds left guard to ARZ 42 for 1 yard (A.Klein).

(7:25) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass short right to K.Murray to ARZ 47 for 5 yards (C.Gardner-Johnson).

(6:00) (Shotgun) K.Murray right end to NO 13 for 5 yards (E.Apple).

(5:31) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass incomplete short left to C.Edmonds.

4th DOWN

SCORING ALERT

(5:23) Z.Gonzalez 31 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-A.Lee.

SAINTS - 10, CARDINALS - 6

*** play under review ***

Brees' pass ruled a fumble.  His arm was coming forward and the pass was in complete.

(3:29) W.Clapp reported in as eligible. D.Brees sacked at NO 35 for -3 yards (H.Reddick). FUMBLES (H.Reddick), RECOVERED by ARZ-J.Hicks at NO 35. J.Hicks for 35 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the fumble ruling, and the play was REVERSED. W.Clapp and W.Clapp reported in as eligible. D.Brees pass incomplete short left to L.Murray [H.Reddick].

(2:59) PENALTY on NO-J.Hardee, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at NO 46 - No Play.

Saints Punt for 38 yards.

(2:40) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass short right to C.Kirk to ARZ 28 for 7 yards (E.Apple). Pass 6, YAC 1

Cardinals to punt after the 2 minute warning.

(1:50) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass deep left to D.Arnold to NO 39 for 19 yards (D.Thompson).

Brees is the first player to throw for over 75,000 yards.


Terron Armstead's holding call prevented a Drew Brees touchdown to TE Dan Arnold.

HALFTIME SCORE:  SAINTS - 10 , CARDINALS - 3 

SAINTS-CARDINALS STATS IN FIRST HALF

SAINTS-CARDINALS STATS IN FIRST HALF

SAINTS OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION IN THE FIRST HALF

SAINTS OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION IN THE FIRST HALF

3RD QUARTER

(14:05) K.Murray pass incomplete. PENALTY on ARZ-K.Murray, Intentional Grounding, 10 yards, enforced at ARZ 37.

Intentional Grounding by Murray

Saints Football

(12:24) (Shotgun) PENALTY on ARZ-T.Suggs, Neutral Zone Infraction, 5 yards, enforced at NO 21 - No Play.

(9:51) D.Brees pass short right to Z.Line to ARZ 46 for 11 yards (B.Baker).

INTERCEPTION ALERT

(9:05) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass deep left intended for Z.Line INTERCEPTED by P.Peterson [C.Peters] at ARZ 21. P.Peterson ran ob at ARZ 21 for no gain.

Patrick Peterson picks-off Brees after a pass was overthrown to Zach Line.

Brees was leading Saints down the field when Peterson caught the INT.

8:59   Cam Jordan sacks Kyler Murray.  1st sack of the day by the Saints.

(7:36)  SAINTS DEFENSE STOP THE 4th DOWN RUSH.  Saints have the football on the Cardinals 30 yard line.  

(6:51) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to D.Harris to ARZ 18 for 9 yards (J.Hicks).

Harris picked up the 1st down for the Saints.

TOUCHDOWN SAINTS!!!!

Drew Brees to Murray for 15 yards.

(5:33) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to L.Murray for 15 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Pass 3, YAC 12

W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.

SAINTS-17, CARDINALS-6

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(5:00) C.Edmonds left end to ARZ 33 for 1 yard (M.Williams).

EDMONDS INJURED

(1:54) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass incomplete deep right to C.Kirk (C.Gardner-Johnson).

SCORING ALERT

(1:47) Z.Gonzalez 50 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-A.Lee.

SAINTS-17, CARDINALS-9

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(:57) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass deep middle to T.Ginn to ARZ 46 for 28 yards (J.Thompson).

END OF 3RD QUARTER

After the Saints defense stop the Cardinals on 4th down, the Saints score a touchdown with Brees to Murray.  Kyler Murray and the Cards respond with a drive, but fall short of a first down.  Gonzalez kicks a 50 yard field goal.  At the end of the 3rd Quarter, Saints lead 17 to 9 over the Cardinals.

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(15:00) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short right to L.Murray to ARZ 37 for 7 yards (B.Murphy Jr.; B.Baker).

(14:16) D.Brees pass short right to J.Hill to ARZ 8 for 29 yards (B.Baker; J.Thompson). Pass 10, YAC 19

SCORING ALERT - TOUCHDOWN SAINTS

Brees to Taysom Hill!!!

(12:52) (Shotgun) D.Brees pass short left to T.Hill for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Pass 5, YAC 0

SAINTS-24, CARDINALS-9

Scoring Plays 24-9
Saints RB Latavius Murray - Photo Credit:  Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY SPORTS

Saints RB Latavius Murray - Photo Credit:  Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY SPORTS

(11:29) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass incomplete short right to T. Sherfield.  4th Down.  Cards to Punt.

Murray incomplete pass and misses Fitzgerald.   Saints get the football on downs.

(6:45) (Shotgun) K.Murray pass incomplete short right to L.Fitzgerald.

SCORING ALERT:  BREES TO THOMAS FOR 9 YARDS TOUCHDOWN!!!

Saints Fans breakout with WHO DAT CHANT!!!

(5:23) D.Brees pass short left to M.Thomas for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Pass 5, YAC 4

Will Lutz adds the extra point.

Saints-31, Cardinals-9

Kyler Murray is out of the game.  

(3:59) (Shotgun) B.Hundley pass incomplete deep left to D.Byrd.

TEDDY! TEDDY!  TEDDY!!!

SAINTS WIN 31-9 over the Cardinals

Derick Hingle - USA Today Sports

Derick Hingle - USA Today Sports

Drew Brees is effective in his return to the Saints starting line-up.  He threw 34/43 passes for 373 yards, 3 TD's and 1 INT.  His QBR was 116.4.  Brees did not miss connecting with WR Michael Thomas.  Thomas caught all of his 11 targets for 112 yards.  Latavius Murray added 2 touchdowns, one on the ground and one by air.  He had 102 yards on 21 rushes and 9 catches for 55 yards.

Saints Final Offensive Stats in Cardinals Game

Saints Final Offensive Stats in Cardinals Game