Posted October 09, 2013 on AP on Fox
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When Drew Brees has handed off to Pierre Thomas or Darren Sproles, it hasn't amounted to much lately. Yet when Brees has targeted either running back with short passes, it has produced first downs, touchdowns, sustained drives and victories for the unbeaten New Orleans Saints. Through five games, Thomas and Sproles have combined for nearly double the yards and three times more touchdowns in the passing game than the running game - despite the fact that they are also the top two rushers on the team. Such statistical trends do not necessarily reflect well on New Orleans' running game, but also demonstrate how dynamic coach Sean Payton's offense can be. ''In a lot of cases, we look to the short passing game as an extension of the run. So when you're efficient with the passing game it can serve that purpose a little bit,'' Brees said. ''Now would we like to be better than we have been rushing the football in certain situations? Yes. ... But I'd say those guys (Sproles and Thomas), j...
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