NEW ORLEANS -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the New Orleans Saints' 20-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings:
Thanks for the penalty: After he had an hour to cool off, Drew Brees was laughing about the unnecessary roughness penalty that changed the course of Sunday’s game. Brees called the hit by Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn a "straight Hulk Hogan 1985 WrestleMania suplex."
But when it first happened, the Saints quarterback was red-hot. He got up and charged after the wrong player at first -- safety Robert Blanton -- before later chatting with Munnerlyn, who was flagged for driving him too hard into the ground after a sack.
Brees again chatted after the game with Munnerlyn, a former member of the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers. And Brees insisted there was "no offense taken."
"He said that wasn't a penalty. I said, 'Of course it was, you suplexed me,'" Brees said. "'But listen, I like you, I think you're a good football player. I appreciate the 15 yards, thank you.'"
Not satisfied yet: Linebacker Junior Galette said the Saints' first win of the season "feels great." But he said he's hardly satisfied with just one win -- especially at home, where the Saints have now won nine straight games.
"When you're 1-2, how good does it feel?" Galette asked. "It feels good to get that monkey off your back, but we have to beat Dallas [on the road next week] and at least get to .500. ... But it feels better than losing."
Goodwin injury: Saints center Jonathan Goodwin was in a walking boot after leaving Sunday's game early with an unspecified injury to his left foot/leg area. Goodwin didn't offer specific details on the injury, but he said it wasn't as bad as he originally thought.