Old man Brees outduels young buck Goff in Bayou shootout

In a battle of NFC powers, future Hall of Famer Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints got the best of young Jared Goff in a 45-35 shootout Saints win over the Rams.

Brees, the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader, threw for 346 more, four touchdowns, was not intercepted or sacked as New Orleans improved to an NFC South best 7-1 while handing Los Angeles its first loss. The team surrendered more points in the first half than it had in its first three entire games of the season.

Brees, who turns 40 in January, will make the Hall as soon as he becomes eligible, while Goff, who threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns could join Brees in Canton one day and did all he could to keep the Rams perfect in a tough road environment.

Just one minute into the second quarter, when the Rams squared the game, both teams had already scored two touchdowns each. However, the Saints turned it on from there, thrilling the Superdome crowd by scoring three more second quarter touchdowns to take full control into the break. A fake field goal failure by Los Angeles and a long missed field goal helped the Saints.

The fireworks finally slowed in the third, with Los Angeles scoring the only 10 points of the frame and a 41-yard strike from Goff to Cooper Kupp tied the game again with 9:48 remaining after the first two New Orleans punts of the game.

Brees only needed to complete one pass – an 18-yarder on third and 10 – to set up what would be the winning field goal. After the Saints defence forced a three-and-out from the visiting offence, Brees found Michael Thomas for a 72-yard-score to finish the Rams off.

“Just a big-time player who is always ready to make big-time plays,” Brees said afterward of Thomas.

“Two good teams going back and forth … credit those guys, they fought back and really came back in the game,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton, giving credit to a potential playoff opponent.

New Orleans is now 9-for-10 on fourth downs this season after going 2-for-2 against the usually solid Rams defence.

Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball during the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

SMITH LOSES SUPPORT

Already without left tackle Trent Williams due to an injury suffered last week, Washington lost left guard Shawn Lauvao on its first play on Sunday. To make matters worse, right tackle Morgan Moses had to leave in the first quarter as well due to a knee injury, though he later returned. Amazingly, right guard Brandon Scherff exited in the third quarter due to a shoulder injury.

Despite all of that, Atlanta only got to Alex Smith three times for sacks, even though Smith attempted 46 passes.

At the other end, Matt Ryan was only sacked once and had his way with the Washington defence in an easy Falcons win.

AND ELSEWHERE

Don’t look now but Houston has gone from 0-3 to 6-3, thanks to Sunday’s 19-17 win over Denver made possible by a last-second Broncos field goal miss from 37 yards out.

Houston only managed three points in the second half, but it was enough as reeling Denver lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Meanwhile, Philip Rivers and the Chargers looked quite strong in beating Seattle 25-17, in a game that was only really close late. Los Angeles is now 6-2 with a solid offence and decent enough defence.

Meanwhile, have to appreciate the honesty from young New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who said: “There’s no excuse for how I played out there,” after throwing four interceptions against Miami. One of those picks got returned all the way back.

“I’ve just got to be sharper. I have to have a better plan once I get to the line of scrimmage,” Darnold told reporters.

Darnold and the Jets were a nice early story with a 3-3 record to begin the year, but three losses have followed, with the offence only averaging 11 points a game.

QUICK HITS

Star Atlanta receiver Julio Jones finally notched his first touchdown reception of the season on Sunday, against Washington. It took Jones 60 receptions before he scored a touchdown … Sam Bradford has made $127.5 million during his injury-plagued, 10-year NFL career. That includes nearly $16 million for three games of work with Arizona. Not too shabby … Star Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green might need surgery on his right foot, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport reported later Sunday that Baltimore coach John Harbaugh might be fired by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. “I feel really good about the way this team has been coached for the past 11 years,” Harbaugh told reporters. “No regrets.” … Detroit got defensive end Ezekiel Ansah in the lineup for the first time since Week 1, but the big man only managed one tackle, though it was the team’s lone sack of the day in a 24-9 loss to Minnesota … New York Giants great Lawrence Taylor told the Athletic this week that Eli Smith is not his type of quarterback because he doesn’t show enough exuberance on the field. “He has been a very good quarterback throughout the league … I know he wants to win. I know he wants to perform. But hey, a guy that plays with no passion, is to me, is a waste of my time,” Taylor said.

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