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Saints vs. Chiefs: Behind the stats and game tidbits

Here’s some things you might not have seen from the Saints loss on Sunday.

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NFL: New Orleans Saints at Kansas City Chiefs Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a few interesting New Orleans Saints stat lines and tidbits from Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

We’ll start with Pro Football Focus grades, as we look at the top five players.

Offense: Mark Ingram (76.9), Max Unger (75.0), Willie Snead (75.9), Drew Brees (75.5), Zach Strief (74.7)

Defense: Tyeler Davison (79.3), Vonn Bell (77.3), Craig Robertson (77.1), Nick Fairley (75.8), Darryl Tapp (71.2)

Here’s some of the team’s stats:

  • Rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas had his first career 100-yard receiving game and finished with 10 receptions for 130 yards on 13 targets. Hopefully, it’s the first of many in his career.
  • The Saints went 9-for-14 on third downs in the game, and outgained the Chiefs 463-326. They also won the time of possession battle 32:38-27:22.
  • Nathan Stupar led the team with eight combined tackles (seven solo).

Team Tidbits

  • Drew Brees had his 100th career 300-yard game, which is an NFL record. The Saints quarterback also had his 54th career game of throwing for 30 completions or better, which is also a league record.
  • The Saints scored a touchdown on their first possession again, which marked their fourth consecutive game in doing so. It’s a franchise record.
  • Another record that was set on the day that ended against the Chiefs was that the team had scored in 14 consecutive quarters.
  • The opening third quarter scoring drive lasted 8:05, which was the longest Saints scoring drive in over a year (Carolina - 9/27/15).
  • Michael Thomas became just the third Saints rookie in franchise history to total 10 catches and 130 yards, joining Marques Colston and Danny Abramowicz.