The London crowd finally saw its first touchdown during an 11-play, 77-yard series which ended in Saints quarterback Drew Brees rolling out to his right and connecting with Michael Thomas for a three-yard touchdown. Many players and coaches had their arms interlocked or their hands on shoulders. For the players, perhaps the biggest challenge of playing in London is adjusting to the time change, with England being five hours ahead of the Eastern time zone.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 24.3 points and 378.3 total yards (281.7 in passing and 96.7 in rushing) per game. Everything coming out of Dolphins camp this offseason said the Parker was in for a career year - that he was finally developing into that true No.1 receiver that the Dolphins have lacked for years. "I would have loved to have had a great game for my family and to be able to come back here".
Heading into the fourth week, this is normally the time for teams to settle into a routine.
In the process, the 2-2 Saints have completely rebooted their season heading into the Week 5 bye. Mark Ingram led the way with 14 carries for 56 yards. Ajayi once again missed practice leading up to this game.
Saints coach Sean Payton said there was no influence from Saints ownership on the players' decision.
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Each team had the ball just once in the first quarter. Sure, there were Saints and Dolphins fans, some of the latter dressed as teal and orange Star Wars stormtroopers, but there were tons of fans of other teams up and down Regent Street as well.
New Orleans' defense followed up its surprising 34-13 rout at the Carolina Panthers last week with an even more emphatic performance, holding Miami to zero points and just 186 yards. "That's the only platform that's going to get attention".
Jay Cutler has been at the center of Miami's offensive struggles, going 46-for-72 for 384 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions over the last two games. However, Landry does have 19 receptions in two games. Kenny Stills is a deep-threat specialist, averaging over 17 yards a reception and bringing in nine touchdowns last season. The suspension was then reduced to three games following a successful appeal.
The stat that really puts it into perspective how poor the Dolphins defense has been against the pass, though, is this one: The Dolphins are allowing an incredible 79 precent completion ratee on the season.