Saints can make NFL history with turnover-free game

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In a move that almost certainly will kick a Saints turnover into karmic existence Sunday, it’s worth noting the New Orleans are one turnover-free game away from setting an NFL record.

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In fairness to ESPN reporter Mike Triplett, he acknowledges the high jinx potential here. Regardless, the statistic via Elias Sports Bureau (and confirmed by NFL Research) is interesting.

No team has gone through its first five games without a turnover, and the Saints (2-2) have the Lions standing in their way Sunday.

“Listen, it’s a big emphasis,” told ESPN. “We talk about it every game. It’s the No. 1 key to victory every time we go into a game — if you can take care of the football and end up on the plus side of the turnover ratio, you give yourself a much better chance to win.”

Brees has been a big part of the sturdy start. Despite two losses, he’s played quietly sensible football, with completion percentages above 70 in three of his four starts. Brees has only taken one sack per game as well, lessening the potential for a strip sack or fumble.

Peterson, who has just 27 carries for 81 yards over his first four games with Sean Payton and Drew Brees, will now get a chance to play the featured role he always saw himself best suited for. Down David Johnson, the Arizona Cardinals are desperate for a spark on the ground.

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“We are always on the lookout for opportunities to improve our team Drew Brees limited jersey and we look at this as one of those opportunities,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement provided by the team. “What Adrian has accomplished in this league is well-established. Our need for a spark in our running game right now is also obvious and we are excited to give him the chance to provide that.”

The move joins the 32-year-old with the NFL’s oldest roster. Carson Palmer (38) and Larry Fitzgerald (34) are among the team’s most dependable weapons at the moment. The Cardinals were heavily mentioned as a potential destination for Peterson when it was obvious the running back’s tenure was coming to an end in Minnesota.

Running back Chris Johnson has been released following the trade, the team announced.

It was clear from the Saints’ first game that Peterson was not going to fit with Payton’s versatile, high-flying offense. Rookie Alvin Kamara is far closer to the Darren Sproles hybrid that makes the most sense in the pass-heavy scheme.

Peterson, typically best with the quarterback under center in an I-formation or traditional single-back, might have found his match with the old school Bruce Arians.

The move frees the seven-time Pro Bowler but puts him behind an offensive line that has struggled to date. No Cardinals back is averaging more than four yards per carry. At least one analytic grading service — Pro Football Focus — rated all five of Arizona’s current starters in their lowest category.

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Surprisingly, it’s the defense that has led the way with Cameron Jordan playing at an All-Pro level and rookie corner Marshon Lattimore locking down receivers on the outside. Since Week 3, the New Orleans’ defense ranks second in the NFL in passer rating allowed, second in yards per play, fourth in yards per Alvin Kamara elite jersey game allowed (273.7), sixth in points per game allowed (17.0) and seventh in passing yards per cheap Saints jerseys game allowed (188.3).

Despite the accolades his team is receiving during the winning streak, coach Sean Payton pumped the breaks, rattling off his list of areas the Saints need to improve heading into Sunday’s game versus the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

“We’ll have no chance if we can’t clean up some of these areas,” Payton said. “Our third-down numbers offensively … our communication defensively and eliminating some of the big plays that we’ve given up, even in the last game. I think our field-goal protection has struggled — it’s going to cost us in a game. Our penalties on special teams are going to cost us in a game.”

Not facing Aaron Rodgers is a boon for New Orleans, but no road win comes easy, especially outdoors in Green Bay.

“Obviously, we have some momentum. We like the direction that we’re going. We understand the things that have happened [over] these last three wins that have allowed us to win,” Brees said. “And I think when you taste those Saints jerseys cheap success, the light bulb comes on a little bit and you are able to realize when we do this, it gives us a great chance to win. When we do this, this hinders our chances of winning. So we’re just becoming a smarter team.”