NFL quick hits
- Since Drew Brees went to the Saints in 2006, he has been the league's most dominant quarterback, leading the NFL with 35,005 yards and 254 touchdown passes. Peyton Manning has 27,768 yards and 208 TDs and Tom Brady has 27,785 yards and 218 TDs.
- Jimmy Graham is having a career year so far, and just at the right time. In the final year of his rookie deal, the Saints' Pro Bowl tight end has six touchdowns so far, including at least one TD in all four games. The Saints are likely to use the franchise tag on him to make sure he doesn't get away next year as an unrestricted free agent.
- Rob Ryan is getting it done as the Saints' first-year defensive coordinator. The Saints were dreadful last year, but Ryan has switched to a 3-4 and has revived the pass rush in a big way. He faces a huge test Sunday against the Bears, though. If Jay Cutler can solve the blitz, it could be a tough day for Ryan’s unit.
- Call him a poor man's Wes Welker. Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is picking up the slack after Welker left for Denver. Edelman is tied for first in the NFL with 34 catches and has at least seven receptions in each of his first four games.
- Big Lions-Packers game on Sunday at Lambeau, and if history has any say, the Packers will prevail. Lions coach Jim Schwartz is 1-7 for his career against the Packers.
- The Seahawks have won nine straight, outscoring opponents by a combined 302-107. They're at the Colts on Sunday.
- Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning, on his former quarterback: "They are not nearly as good right now as they will be in November. These receivers are still learning him and are going to be even better in a month."