Saints' win by the numbers

Since the New Orleans Saints were the only NFC South team to win Sunday, they are the only team who will get a list of statistical highlights this week. We might throw out some lowlights on the Falcons, Buccaneers and Panthers later on.

For now, though, let’s turn to ESPN Stats & Information for some nuggets on the Saints.

  • New Orleans is off to a 4-1 start. They’ve been 4-1 or better through five games three times since coach Sean Payton arrived in 2006.

  • Drew Brees threw for 359 yards. That’s his 23rd 350-yard passing game since joining the Saints in 2006 – the most in the NFL in that span.

  • Brees extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 32. That’s the third-longest streak in history. The next target for Brees is Brett Favre, who is second at 36 consecutive games. The record (47 games) is held by Johnny Unitas.

  • Since 2001, Brees’ first NFL season, he now is tied for fourth with 17 fourth-quarter comeback victories. The only quarterbacks ahead of Brees are Peyton Manning (24), Tom Brady (19) and Jake Delhomme (18).