When the Saints play complementary football, the end result is usually a "W." Drew Brees did his part, throwing for 257 yards and five touchdowns to five different receivers with zero interceptions.
"He was outstanding," head coach Sean Payton said. "His intermediate throws down the field, we had some big plays which were important, some of them came on third down. I thought he did a great job with our tempo, and shoot against a good defense."
The running game was also a factor, with the Saints gaining 143 yards on 26 carries, a solid 5.5 yards per attempt.
"When we're most balanced and we run the ball effectively, I think it gives those guys on the outside a chance to make explosive plays, and that's what happened today," running back Mark Ingram said.
Payton added, "Up front we did a really good job of handling some of the stunts and movements. We ran into a handful of run blitzes that basically Troy (Polamalu) does a real good job with anticipating snap counts and finds himself in really challenging positions sometimes offensively. I thought we handled that pretty well, Mark (Ingram) obviously, Pierre (Thomas) those guys involved. I thought Ben Watson did a really good job blocking the D-gap. You need to have a tight end that can do that when you are running the ball against that kind of front."
Meanwhile, the embattled Saints defense was good enough. They did give up more than 500 total yards and 32 points, but they produced a pair of takeaways, two interceptions, both of which leading to Saints touchdowns.
"We needed that play bad, told you during the week," linebacker Junior Galette said in reference to Cam Jordan's pick. "Pro Bowl caliber player, those type of plays are gonna come for him, he balled out today."
Safety Kenny Vaccaro added, "I just made a play man, about time. I couldn't even get excited, because that's what I expect from myself every game. I really just went on to the next play, I was glad I got a turnover for Drew."
"I thought they played well yesterday," Payton said. "That is a really good offensive football team. You guys said it all week.If you just statistically say how are they running the ball, you would say pretty good. The back's (Le'Veon Bell) a real good player. Ben (Roethlisberger) has been having a real good season. I think the skill there of the receivers, tight ends and so that was a really well-played game."
The Saints (5-7) play host to the Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) on Sunday at noon.