Drew Brees passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints turned a clash of unbeaten teams into a lopsided affair, beating the Miami Dolphins 38-17 on Monday night.
Two of Brees’ touchdowns went to Jimmy Graham for 27 and 43 yards as the tight end had at least 100 yards receiving for the third straight game.
Brees’ other scoring strikes went to Benjamin Watson and Darren Sproles, who also rushed for a touchdown.
Sproles’ 5-yard scoring run on the game’s opening series gave the Saints a lead they would not relinquish en route to their first 4-0 start since their Super Bowl championship season of 2009.
Ryan Tannehill passed for 249 yards and a touchdown to Charles Clay, but his four turnovers on a fumble and three interceptions hurt Miami (3-1).
Goldson won’t get ban
Dashon Goldson won’t be suspended for his hit on Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown, but the Tampa Bay safety could be fined.
Merton Hanks, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, said Monday the play that occurred in Sunday’s game is being re-examined for a helmet-to-helmet hit, but it won’t warrant a suspension.
Any fine figures to be hefty after Goldson was docked $100,000 for a hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles earlier this season. Originally, Goldson was suspended for one game, but that suspension was overturned on appeal by hearing officer Matt Birk, a former NFL center.
Goldson, an All-Pro last year, was fined $30,000 for a hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in Week 1 this season. If his suspension without pay for helmet-to-helmet contact on Sproles on Sept. 15 had been upheld, it would have cost him $264,705 in salary.
Kosar pleads not guilty
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has pleaded not guilty to drunken-driving charges in suburban Cleveland.
Bedford Municipal Clerk of Courts Thomas Day says Kosar’s attorney sent the not guilty plea on Kosar’s behalf Monday. A Dec. 9 pretrial hearing was scheduled.
Police in Solon say Kosar was pulled over for speeding early Sunday and officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol. The police statement says Kosar took sobriety tests and was taken to jail.
Kosar didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.
Kosar, 49, has publicly talked about how head injuries sustained during his NFL career have affected his speech, making him sometimes slur his words. He has also been addicted to pain medications, gone through a divorce and had financial troubles.
Freeney has torn quad
San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney has a torn quadriceps muscle that could sideline him for several weeks or even the rest of the season.
Coach Mike McCoy and General Manager Tom Telesco both said Monday that the team doesn’t know the severity of the injury or the time frame for recovery for the 33-year-old pass rusher.
Freeney was hurt in the second quarter of San Diego’s 30-21 victory against Dallas on Sunday. After being tended to for several minutes, he walked off the field without help.
McCoy said the team and Freeney are exploring their options. Freeney could be placed on injured reserve designated, which would allow him to return later in the season.