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The dynamic Saints running back duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara agree that the word "savage" best describes New Orleans' offense.Certainly [url=http://www.officialsaintslockerroom.com/elite-ken-crawley-jersey]Ken Crawley Jersey[/url] , the Saints are scoring so often, and in so many ways, it's enough to bruise defenders' egos."I'm glad we don't have to play them," Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone said Monday, a day after New Orleans broke the 50-point mark in a victory over Cincinnati.Even by the lofty standards offensive-minded coach Sean Payton and record-setting quarterback Drew Brees have set since joining forces in 2006, New Orleans is putting points on the board with exceptional proficiency.The Saints have never averaged better than 34.2 points per game for an entire season. That mark was set by New Orleans' 2011 squad that featured Brees and four skill players that each gained more than 950 yards from scrimmage: tight end Jimmy Graham, receiver Marques Colston, and running backs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.The 2018 Saints, who host defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia on Sunday, currently lead the NFL with an average 36.7 points through nine games. Maintaining that pace for the rest of the regular season would put them third all-time in scoring behind the 2013 Denver Broncos (37.9 points per game) and the 2007 New England Patriots (36.8). And the way the Saints are playing, their current scoring average could very well increase before the season is out. They've scored at least 40 points in five of nine games so far.They've also added yet another potential receiving target, signing veteran Brandon Marshall on Monday."He's got good length and size. He's another big target," Payton said of the 34-year-old Marshall [url=http://www.officialsaintslockerroom.com/elite-a.j.-klein-jersey]A.J. Klein Jersey Salute to Service[/url] , who became a free agent when he was released by Seattle on Oct. 30. "I thought size was important but (also) experience and someone that we felt had strong hands."Eleven different Saints have gotten in the end zone this season, including Brees, who dove over the pile at the line of scrimmage for his third rushing TD this season during Sunday's 51-14 triumph at Cincinnati. The 39-year-old QB also is having one of his most efficient seasons, completing 77.3 percent of his passes for 21 TDs and only one interception.Brees' completion rate arguably has been aided by his decision to often throw shorter passes, particularly to Kamara, who has 55 receptions for 473 yards and three TDs. But Brees asserts that Saints' offensive production has stemmed in no small part from their ability to methodically sustain drives with high-percentage plays."It pays dividends as the game goes on," Brees said. "You wear a defense down. ... We say, 'Don't get bored with the (short) completions, the four-yard runs. They result in big plays if we keep it up."A case in point is Brees' 72-yard game-breaking touchdown pass to receiver Michael Thomas in the final minutes of a Week 9 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, whose defenders crashed down to swarm Kamara on the play.During the Payton-Brees era, the Saints have more often than not been a pass-heavy team. But not this season. New Orleans ranks eighth in yards rushing and seventh in yards passing."We're hoping to have balance," Payton said. "Our offensive line has played well. We've been consistent rushing the football. I feel like Drew's playing at high level. ... Having that ability to rush or pass is something that can help."And while Brees is in the twilight of his career, New Orleans is enjoying major production from two of its younger skill players.The 23-year-old Kamara has 1 [url=http://www.officialsaintslockerroom.com/elite-marshon-lattimore-jersey]Authentic Marshon Lattimore Jersey[/url] ,109 yards and 14 TDs from scrimmage on mix of runs and receptions. Thomas, 25, has caught 78 passes for 950 yards and seven TDs.Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk is in only his second NFL season, but said even he can see the Saints' offense is "definitely special.""The cohesiveness up front really helps us out. And then guys like Mark and Alvin and Drew, Michael 鈥?all those guys around us 鈥?are special athletes," Ramzcyk said. "When we come together, we can make a lot of great things happen."And that takes a lot of pressure off the Saints' defense, which yielded 48 points in a season-opening loss, but since has been good enough to help New Orleans win eight straight. Next up are the Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)."We don't have to be super heroes," Anzalone said. "Things aren't going to always go our way, but we just have to give our offense a chance, and we've been able to do that these past eight games." Alex Smith is not exactly playing like the perfect solution at quarterback for the Washington Redskins. The secondary is a mess. The team hardly seemed ready coming off a bye week and now faces the challenge of a short week.So what if they're leading the NFC East?Things are not looking great for the Redskins (2-2) as they prepare to host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (3-1) on Sunday."We have a cloud looming over our head," Washington coach Jay Gruden said [url=http://www.officialsaintslockerroom.com/elite-marcus-williams-jersey]Limited Marcus Williams Jersey[/url] , "with a lot of issues we need to clean up. I have faith that this veteran team will clean it up."He decided not to hold a full practice on Wednesday, instead opting to simply put his players through a walkthrough.The Redskins did not return to the area until about 5 a.m. on Tuesday after its 43-19 shellacking against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.The problems that need correcting are everywhere.Smith threw an inexplicable interception on a fourth-and-2 play. Brees picked apart the defense, to the point that Gruden decided to bench cornerback Josh Norman coming out of halftime."As a unit," Norman said Wednesday, "we did not do our best."There were third-down penalties in the early going called against defensive backs Norman, Monte Nicholson and Quinton Dunbar.Asked specifically about his QB, Gruden responded: "A lot of things happened to a lot of people in that game that weren't very good. He's one of them, I was one of them, we all were."Smith acknowledged, "There's a lot that I could do better," but he also said that coming off such a lopsided defeat, it's important not to dismiss it as a one-time deal."You don't want to be naive. You want to be real with yourself," said Smith [url=http://www.officialsaintslockerroom.com/elite-alvin-kamara-jersey]Alvin Kamara Jersey Salute to Service[/url] , whose rating of 92.9 is tied for 19th in the NFL among players who have thrown at least 80 passes this season. 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