NFL

Saints deal Rams first loss; Aaron Rodgers faces Tom Brady in Sunday night duel


The Saints dealt the Rams their first loss of the season Sunday, 45-35 , with Michael Thomas setting a New Orleans team record with 211 receiving yards, 72 of which came on a crucial touchdown catch-and-run late in the game.


Paying homage: It wasn’t enough for the Saints’ Michael Thomas to score a long touchdown late in the fourth quarter of his team’s high-profile game against the Rams.


The third-year player then proceeded to pay homage to former New Orleans wide receiver Joe Horn — by pulling a cellphone out from behind the goal post’s padding.


Early-game takeaways: In the early games Sunday, we were presented with further evidence that Nathan Peterman, pressed into duty for the Bills with Derek Anderson out, and Patrick Mahomes are at opposite ends of the quarterback spectrum.


The Chiefs’ Mahomes passed the 300-mark early in the second half against the Browns, joining Andrew Luck as one of only two quarterbacks with at least that number in eight consecutive games in a single season.


Among others on New England’s lengthy list of questionables: offensive tackles Trent Brown (ankle) and Marcus Cannon (concussion), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee), defensive end John Simon (shoulder), running back Sony Michel (knee) and wide receivers Julian Edelman (ankle), Josh Gordon (hamstring) and Cordarrelle Patterson (neck).






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