National Football League

                    === Saints handle struggling Eagles ===
 New  Orleans, LA (Sports  Network) - Drew Brees threw for 239 yards and a pair
 of  scores on Monday  night, as the New Orleans Saints held off the sputtering
 Philadelphia Eagles, 28-13, at the Superdome.
 Brees  completed  21-of-27  passes and  extended his  NFL-record streak  to 51
 straight games with at least one touchdown pass.
 Jimmy  Graham  hauled in  eight passes for  72 yards and  a score, while Chris
 Ivory  led the  ground attack with 48  yards and a touchdown on 10 carries for
 the Saints (3-5), who have won 12 straight games in the month of November.
 The  win was  also  the first  under  interim  head coach  Joe  Vitt, who  was
 suspended  for the  season's first six games for his involvement in the team's
 bounty case before returning for last Sunday's 34-14 loss to Denver.
 "I  was  proud of our  football team to  be able to  improve on some things we
 really  worked  on and emphasized  this week," Vitt  said. "Make no mistake we
 have a long way to go."
 Michael  Vick  completed 22-of-41 passes for  272 yards with one touchdown and
 one interception,  but was sacked seven times behind a much-maligned offensive
 line,  which  lost starting right tackle  Todd Herremans to an ankle injury in
 the first quarter.
 "We  saw that  they've given up a  lot of sacks," Saints defensive end Cameron
 Jordan said. "I'm glad that the defensive line got together and capitalized on
 LeSean  McCoy carried the ball 19 times for 119 yards and DeSean Jackson added
 three  catches for  100 yards and a  score for the Eagles (3-5), who have lost
 four straight.
 McCoy  moved the Eagles  across midfield with an 8-yard run on the second play
 of  Philadelphia's second  drive before rookie running back Bryce Brown took a
 sweep 40 yards down to the New Orleans 5.
 Two  plays later, Vick's pass tipped off the hand of Brent Celek and landed in
 the  arms of  Patrick Robinson, who scampered 99 yards down the right sideline
 for an interception return touchdown and a 7-0 Saints lead late in the first.
 "We  had so  many opportunities in the  red zone and we just didn't capitalize
 on them," Vick admitted. "When you get down there, you have to score points."
 Facing  a 4th-and-1  from the New Orleans  38 on the Eagles' next touch, McCoy
 took  a handoff  off the right edge and  broke free for 34 yards to the 4-yard
 line,  but the Eagles couldn't pick up another yard, as they settled for a 22-
 yard field goal from Alex Henery to pull within 7-3 early in the second.
 New  Orleans needed just  seven plays to answer, as Marc Ingram kept the drive
 alive  with a  5-yard surge  on  3rd-and-1 before  ripping off  23 yards  into
 Philadelphia territory.
 Back-to-back  passes to  Graham moved the Saints to the Philadelphia 22 and on
 the  next play, Ivory  finished off the 76-yard march with a 22-yard TD run to
 give the Saints a 14-3 edge with 8:33 left until halftime.
 After  a  Philadelphia punt,  New Orleans  again made  its way across midfield
 before Brees hit Graham for 17 yards to the Philadelphia 29.
 Pierre  Thomas  then carried  the ball  twice for a  total of  28 yards to the
 Philadelphia  1 and  Brees capped  the  7-play, 74-yard  trek, as  he faked  a
 handoff,  rolled right and  found Marques Colston all alone in the back of the
 end zone for a 21-3 lead heading into the locker room.
 Brees  moved the Saints deep into Philadelphia territory on the opening series
 of  the second half, as he hit Colston for 21 yards to the Philadelphia 9, but
 Eagles  defensive  end Brandon Graham  stripped Brees  on the next play before
 jumping on the loose ball to end the Saints' drive.
 On  the  second play of the  Eagles' ensuing possession, Vick faked a handoff,
 rolled  left and aired it out for Jackson, who juked past a defender and raced
 into  the end zone  for a 77-yard touchdown to bring the visitors within 21-10
 with 8:42 remaining in the third.
 The  Eagles  looked poised  to pull  within four after  New Orleans return man
 Travaris  Cadet  fumbled the  ensuing  kickoff,  but  a  sack on  second  down
 handcuffed  Philadelphia's ensuing  touch and the Eagles were forced to settle
 for a 37-yard field goal from Henery to make it a 21-13 margin.
 New  Orleans countered  with a back-breaking scoring drive, as Brees and Moore
 hooked up for 23 yards to the Philadelphia 30.
 Ingram  then picked up seven yards on consecutive plays down to the Eagles 16,
 and  three plays  later, Brees rolled right and found Graham, who shrugged off
 Eagles  linebacker Mychal Kendricks and waltzed into the end zone for a 6-yard
 touchdown grab to give the Saints a 28-13 edge with just over a minute left in
 the third.
 The  Eagles  appeared to score  a touchdown on  the ensuing kickoff when Riley
 Cooper  took a cross-field lateral from Brandon Boykin 94 yards down the right
 sideline for a score.
 However,  Boykin's toss  was clearly  a forward  lateral, forcing  the Eagles'
 possession to start from their own 3-yard line.
 After  the teams exchanged punts early in the fourth, Vick led the Eagles deep
 into  New Orleans  territory as he scrambled for 15 yards before hitting McCoy
 for 14 more to the New Orleans 29.
 A  pair  of  penalties and  a  sack  forced  the  Eagles into  a  3rd-and-goal
 from  the  22 later in  the drive and  Vick hit Celek  for 14 yards, but Celek
 fumbled the football and New Orleans defensive back Isa Abdul-Quddus jumped on
 the loose ball with just over three minutes remaining.
 The  Eagles  forced a  three-and-out to re-gain  possession, but Vick's fourth
 down pass on the ensuing drive fell incomplete to turn the ball over on downs.
                                   Game Notes
 Celek  (256) is now tied with former Eagles tight end John Spagnola for second
 all-time in receptions by a Philadelphia tight end ... It was Herremans' 100th
 career  start ...  Robinson's interception  return touchdown  tied former  New
 Orleans  safety Darren  Sharper  for  the longest  interception  return for  a
 touchdown  in Saints'  history ...  Former  Saints safety  Steve Gleason,  who
 is  confined to  a wheelchair  because  of ALS,  was taken  by ambulance  from
 the Superdome  to the hospital. He is responsive and alert ... The Saints have
 won their last eight games on Monday Night Football.
 11/06 02:00:15 ET