Playing complementary football, Saints 2-0 without Brees

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints are 2-0 without future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. That alone made Sunday night’s 12-10 victory against Dallas beautiful for coach Sean Payton despite some ugly offensive moments.
“It’s just about the feeling of winning,” Payton said Monday.
Two weeks after a thumb injury sidelined Brees for an estimated six games, New Orleans (3-1) has moved up rather than down in the standings, leading the NFC South while relying heavily on special teams and defense.

The Saints returned a fumble and a punt for touchdowns at Seattle, setting a Payton-era low for yards in a victory with 265.
Against the Cowboys, they won without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1998 — eight years before Payton’s hiring. Four field goals from Wil Lutz and a dominant defensive performance fueled the win.
New Orleans held the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot to 35 yards on 18 attempts, the second-lowest average per carry of his four-year career. Aside from a 32-yard pass to tight end Blake Jarwin on Dallas’ lone touchdown drive, quarterback Dak Prescott did not have a

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