Drew Brees and Deuce McAllister gave New Orleans Saints fans what they longed to see after 43 days away from the Superdome.
Brees threw for four scores, McAllister set a Saints record with his 54th career touchdown and New Orleans rolled to a 51-29 victory over the Green Bay Packers last night.
Brees dismantled a Packers secondary that came in ranked third in the NFL with 176.3 yards passing allowed per game. He was 20-for-26 for 323 yards as New Orleans tied a club record for points scored in a game.
"He was on fire coming into the game and we didn't cool him off any," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
The Saints quarterback remained on pace to break Dan Marino's 1984 record of 5,084 passing yards in a season. He has 3,574 yards with five games remaining. He also has the Saints (6-5) feeling better about their hopes of rallying for a playoff spot now that they've won two games in a row for the first time all season.
The Packers (5-6) dropped a game behind the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears in the race for first in the NFC North.
Aaron Rodgers' attempt to keep up with Brees' torrid passing resulted in three interceptions, two by Jason David and one by Kevin Kaesviharn. David returned his first pick to the 3, setting up McAllister's scoring run, which broke Dalton Hilliard's club record set in 1993.
Off the field
Eagles: : Donovan McNabb will start when Philadelphia hosts the Cardinals on Thursday night. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback was benched for the first time in his career at halftime of the 36-7 loss to the Ravens on Sunday at M&T; Bank Stadium. Second-year pro Kevin Kolb played poorly against the Ravens, and Eagles coach Andy Reid said yesterday that he's going back to McNabb. The Eagles (5-5-1) are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third time in four years after losing the 2005 Super Bowl.
Cowboys: : Suspended cornerback Adam Jones was back at work with the team, going to meetings and a practice even though he can't suit up until Dec. 7 against the Steelers. Jones is working his way back from his latest suspension, a six-game penalty for violating the league's player conduct policy. He was suspended for the entire 2007 season.
Browns: : Coach Romeo Crennel said quarterback Brady Quinn has not lost his starting job after being pulled Sunday in favor of Derek Anderson. The Browns lost that game to the Texans, 16-6.
Dolphins: : Wide receiver Greg Camarillo will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury he suffered Sunday, coach Tony Sparano said.