Saints improve to 9-0 with win over Rams

Michael Tortorich
WR Marques Colston tries to break a tackle.

ST. LOUIS – The New Orleans Saints started a season 9-0 for the first time and matched the team's longest winning streak with a 28-23 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

The Saints and the Indianapolis Colts are the only two undefeated teams in the NFL.

Saints running back Reggie Bush scored two touchdowns against St. Louis (1-8).

Courtney Roby returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half. The last time the Saints had a kickoff returned for a touchdown was Dec. 26, 2004 when Michael Lewis scored on a 96-yard runback.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees connected with wide receiver Robert Meachem on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Meachem also ran for a career-long 41 yards in the second quarter.

Brees threw for 223 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Tight end Dave Thomas led the Saints with five catches for 45 yards, tying a career-high in receptions.

Wide receiver Devery Henderson hauled in four catches for a team-leading 72 yards.

"I was pleased we got the win," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "It was a closer finish than I would have liked. And the turnovers will come back to bite us. I think it goes without saying that your entire roster has to be ready to play."

New Orleans will travel to face NFC South foe Tampa Bay on Nov. 22 at noon.

DE Will Smith sacks and strips QB Marc Bulger of the football.