The streaking Saints enter this pivotal Week 16 showdown between the NFC South’s top two teams on the verge of capturing the division for the second time in the past three years. New Orleans currently leads the Falcons by two games in the standings with two to play, and needs only to win one of its two remaining games to accomplish the feat.
In the previous game, Tennessee wide receiver Nate Washington accused safety Roman Harper of being a dirty player. Harper was also called for a personal foul for a hit on Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. The Falcons seem to believe the Saints aren’t dirty.
On Sunday, CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported that the two sides are still working on a deal, but if they can’t reach one before free agency begins, the Saints will place the franchise tag on Brees, and that Brees will probably not report if/when that happens.
Bush, in his first season with the Miami Dolphins after five with the New Orleans Saints, reached that milestone with an 8-yard run in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against the New England Patriots. That gave him 29 yards for the game and 1,002 for the season, his first as a full-time running back.
They are planning a Mardi Gras inside the Superdome on Monday night when Drew Brees throws for 305 yards against the Falcons and breaks Dan Marino’s single-season record for passing yards (5,084). Brees, on the heels of a five-touchdown torching of the Vikings, has closed the gap on Aaron Rodgers in the MVP conversation as he plays at an even higher level than he did when he led the Saints to the Super Bowl XLIV championship.