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Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs off the field following a win against the New York Giants in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Giants 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


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What did we learn this weekend? Well, the New Orleans Saints can’t play defense. We knew that part already. Oh, and Drew Brees still has it. I’ve been critical of Brees myself this season about how he has thrown for a lot of yards but not many touchdowns.

Well, he got seven on Sunday. It’s not often a road team scores six offensive touchdowns and one defensive score, puts up 49 points and loses. But that’s what happened to the Giants courtesy of Brees, who tied an NFL record for single-game touchdown passes.

While this victory is memorable and should be enjoyed by Saints fans, there are some serious concerns from this. First, the defense. They weren’t playing Aaron Rodgers in that game. It was the Giants. Brees won’t be throwing for seven touchdowns each week, so the defense is going to need to improve a lot to make a serious run at the NFC South title.

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