Two teams with the same record. Two teams heading in strikingly different directions.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints appear to be on the rise again.
Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles are down, and nearly out.
Brees threw two touchdown passes, extending his NFL record streak to 51 games in a row, while Vick was sacked seven times and took an awful beating as the Saints romped to a 28-13 victory over the Eagles on Monday night.
Not that Philadelphia didn't have its chances. But four first-and-goals resulted in two measly field goals, a tipped pass led to Patrick Robinson's 99-yard interception return for a New Orleans touchdown, and the Eagles messed up a trick play when they had the home team totally fooled, costing them a score.
''As coaches and as players, we obviously have to do a better job,'' embattled coach Andy Reid said of the Eagles (3-5), who are mired in a four-game losing streak. ''That starts with me.''
The Saints (3-5) revolve around Brees, of course...