Saints notebook: Drew Brees moves up to 6th in career passing

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) responds to the crowd as he walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The Saints won 38-17. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) Show caption
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) responds to the crowd as he walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The Saints won 38-17. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Saints QB has 9th straight 300-yard game

With his third completion in Monday night’s 38-17 win against the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees moved into sixth place on the NFL’s career passing yardage list.

Brees, who went in with 46,940 yards, became only the seventh player to reach the 47,000-yard mark when he connected with wide receiver Kenny Stills on an 18-yard pass on the game’s opening drive.

With that completion, Brees had 47,010 yards to jump ahead of Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (47,003) on the career list.

Brees finished the night with 47,353 yards and now trails only Brett Favre (71,838), Dan Marino (61,361), Peyton Manning (60,957), John Elway (51,475) and Warren Moon (49,325).

Brees also moved into fourth place on the all-time completion list in the first half and pushed his career total to 4,146 — passing Elway (4,123).

More Brees

Brees tied his own NFL record with a ninth consecutive 300-yard passing game when he threw for 413 yards against the Dolphins.

Brees originally set the record in a nine-game stretch that spanned the end of the 2011 season to the beginning of the 2012 campaign. His current streak began on Nov. 29, 2012, against the Atlanta Falcons.

Brees also connected on 30 passes, giving him 20 or more completions in 56 games in a row — which extended his NFL-record streak.

Four in a row

After opening the 2012 season with four consecutive losses, the Saints are 4-0 after getting past the Falcons, Tampa Bay Bucs, Arizona Cardinals and the Dolphins.

It’s only the fourth 4-0 start in the 47-year history of the organization. They started 7-0 in 1991, 5-0 in 1993 and 13-0 in 2009 when they went on to win Super Bowl XLIV.

Payton reaches 100

Monday night’s game was the 100th regular-season game for Saints coach Sean Payton since he took over 2006.

Payton is 66-34 in the regular season and has an overall mark of 71-37, counting a 5-3 record in the postseason.

Feasting on the AFC

With Monday night’s win against the Dolphins, Payton has a 16-9 record against AFC teams.

After starting 2-7 against the AFC, he is 14-2 with the only losses to the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens in 2010.

Inactives

Saints wide receiver Lance Moore, who suffered a hand injury in last week’s win against the Cardinals, was inactive after being listed as questionable for the game.

The Saints other inactives were strong safety Roman Harper (knee), running back Mark Ingram (toe), nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (calf), defensive end Tom Johnson (hamstring), tackle Terron Armstead and cornerback Rod Sweeting.

Dolphins hurting

Two inactives of note for the Dolphins were cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) and defensive end Cameron Wake (knee). Patterson and Wake lead the Dolphins in interceptions and sacks, respectively.

Also inactive was tackle Dallas Thomas, a third-round draft pick this spring out of Tennessee. Thomas is a Baton Rouge native and Scotlandville High graduate.

Injuries

For the Saints, cornerback Keenan Lewis briefly left the game in the third quarter with a muscle strain but returned later in the period.

Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik left in the third quarter with a rib injury and did not return.

Coming back

Dolphins second-year coach Joe Philbin started his coaching career in New Orleans on the Tulane staff. Philbin coached under Wally English in 1984 and Mack Brown in ’85.

Lagniappe

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught four passes for 100 yards, giving him three 100-yard games in a row. … Brees threw four touchdowns against the Dolphins, giving him 102 multiple-touchdown games in his career — breaking a tie with Tarkenton for fifth place. … Wide receiver Nick Toon came up with the first catch of his NFL career on an 18-yard reception from Brees in the first quarter. Toon is now 516 catches behind his father, Al, who played with the New York Jets from 1985-92. … The Dolphins played their 79th game on Monday night, the most of any franchise in the 44-year history of “Monday Night Football.” The Dallas Cowboys are next with 74 appearances. ... Dolphins rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis nailed a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter and is 7-for-7 this season.