Game facts: Broncos at Saints

Next Gen Stat:  WR Michael Thomas is tied for the lead league with Julio Jones for most TD catches (4) when lined up left wide. 

Best third-down passer in NFL:  Drew Brees ranks 1st in the NFL in completion percentage (72.1), pass TDs (8) and passer rating (124.8) on third down this season.

Brees vs. elite defenses:  In 26 career games against top-5 defenses, Drew Brees has a 7-19 record and a 77.1 passer rating. The Broncos have the NFL's fourth-best total defense and the No. 1 pass defense. 

Struggling against Denver:  In nine career starts against the Broncos, Brees has a 2-7 record and a 73.2 passer rating (his 2nd-worst against a single opponent). 

Defensive weakness:  The Saints defense allows 8.3 pass yards per attempt (T-29th in NFL) and 300.0 pass yards per game (32nd). 

No pass rush:  The Saints defense has just 11 sacks this season (T-fewest in NFL with Giants and Steelers). 

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