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The last unbeaten team in the NFL this season went down to defeat on Sunday Trey Hendrickson Jersey , when the New Orleans Saints outlasted the previously undefeated Los Angeles Rams 45-35 in an entertaining battle. As many expected, offense dominated the day, as the two teams combined for 54 first downs and 970 total yards. The Saints looked as if they might blow away the Rams midway through the game, hitting on all cylinders offensively and scoring 21 unanswered points at one point for a 35-17 halftime lead. Los Angeles showed why they are one of the NFL's top contenders early in the second half when they roared from behind to tie the game at 35 in the fourth quarter. The Saints would spring back to life late in the fourth, scoring the game's final ten points and picking up two defensive stops to come away with the win. These two talented teams may very well meet again later this year with even more at stake. For now though, the Saints have taken over the top spot in the NFC, and established themselves as one of the unquestioned midseason favorites for a Super Bowl championship. Here are some of the biggest performers from this big shootout victory. DREW BREES Chuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsBrees, the 39-yr. old gunslinger, outdueled his young gun counterpart, 24-yr. old Jared Goff of the Rams. Goff actually threw for more yards than the NFL's all-time passing yardage leader, 391-346, but Brees threw for more touchdowns (4-3), and was deadly accurate when it counted the most. The quarterback was more aggressive down the field than he had been in weeks, and all but ended the game with a perfectly placed 72 yard scoring strike to Michael Thomas late in the 4th quarter on a vital 3rd down play. The 18-yr. veteran even scrambled for key yardage twice to maintain possession. Brees incredibly has never won a league M.V P. award, but may be in the driver's seat for his first, as he continues to play as well as he ever has in his legendary career. ALVIN KAMARA Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesKamara had been held somewhat in check by opponents in recent weeks, but re-established his dominance on Sunday against a Rams defense determined to contain him. He scored 3 touchdowns in the first half (2 rushing, 1 receiving), and finished as the game's leading rusher with 82 yards on 19 carries. Kamara's 116 yards from scrimmage included 34 in the passing game Josh Hill Color Rush Jersey , but he continues to show that he can handle the responsibilities of a featured back, perhaps the most multi-dimensional threat in the league. BEN WATSON Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesWatson caught 3 passes in the game, finishing with 63 yards and a score, all in the first half. He made an incredible catch on a big second quarter touchdown drive that gave his team momentum, then later caught a Brees touchdown pass that widened their second quarter lead. Watson and rookie wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith have been the most consistent compliments to Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Mark Ingram in a Saints offense that will be even more dangerous with their increased contributions. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesWatson's touchdown celebration also revealed that he and wife Kirsten are expecting twins, their 6th and 7th children. Congratulations Kirsten, Ben, and the Watson family!MICHAEL THOMAS Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThomas dominated his match up with Pro Bowl Ram cornerback Marcus Peters and the rest of the Los Angeles secondary. He caught 12 passes for 211 yards, which broke a franchise record that had stood for 39 years and is the highest receiving total in the NFL so far this season. Thomas frustrated the Los Angeles defense by not only making tough catches in traffic, but by fighting for extra yards and key first downs on several occasions. He even showcased his underrated elusiveness as well, showing why he is one of the premier receivers in the National Football League. Thomas also endeared himself to Saints fans further when he pulled a cell phone out from under the goal post after his long score, imitating the celebration made famous by New Orleans great Joe Horn fifteen years earlier. Thomas' feats on the field have already placed him with Horn and other New Orleans greats in just his third professional season, and very soon he could be in a class all by himself. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesThe New Orleans defense, who had played well over the last month, had its hands full all evening with a Rams offense that finished 483 total yards. They made some big plays in key situations though. Alex Anzalone had an acrobatic first half interception that led to a score. He and Demario Davis led a defensive effort that limited the Rams Todd Gurley to just 89 total yards. Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins had solid outings that didn't show up on the stat sheet, despite being often and blatantly mugged all evening by the Los Angeles offensive line. Cornerback P.J. Williams came up big down the stretch, breaking up key passes to former Saint wideout Brandin Cooks to preserve the win. The victory is the Saints seventh in a row , and positions them as the top seed in the powerful NFC. They still have a tough schedule down the stretch, but now have key tiebreaker wins against fellow conference contenders Los Angeles, Minnesota, Washington, and division rival Atlanta. What may be most frightening for the rest of the NFL is the fact that the Saints showed yet again that they are capable of defeating even a top caliber opponent in a variety of ways. If you’re a daily fantasy player, before each game I will look at three/four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results). Obviously, Saints QB Drew Brees is a safe QB for daily fantasy leagues, but spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster. So here are two Saints and two Rams that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from Fanduel.)QB Drew Brees (NO) - $8,300After trading for Marcus Peters, much was expected out of the Rams secondary. Much like the Saints secondary, the Rams defensive backs have been largely unimpressive so far this season. In what is expected to be a high scoring affair, Drew Brees is still an incredible value play at $1,100 cheaper than the most expensive QB available in daily fantasy this week.RB Alvin Kamara (NO) - $8,000Alvin Kamara comes a whopping $3,200 cheaper than the most expensive running back available this week, he’s likely to be one of the beneficiaries of the Drew Brees passing attack. Sean Payton and the Saints game plan will likely be to get Kamara lined up against a linebacker. In daily fantasy leagues that count points per reception, Kamara could have a huge game on Sunday.WR Brandin Cooks (NO) - $7,500We’ve talked about the struggles in the Saints secondary already, and while Cooks will likely be lined up against Marshon Lattimore all game Cameron Meredith Jersey , he’s still likely to get his stats this week. The Saints have consistently struggled against deep passes all year, and Cooks with his 4.4 speed will be the Rams primary deep threat against the Saints. Look for the Rams to force the ball his way against his former team. At $1,400 cheaper than the most expensive WR available, he’s a solid bet to put up big numbers.WR Cooper Kupp (NO) - $6,500The other things the Saints secondary has struggled with consistently this season is guarding against opposing slot receivers. Kupp is likely to be the one lined up against PJ Williams, and we saw the Vikings use Adam Thielen in that role all game last week. Kupp, because he’s coming off an injury, comes even cheaper at $2,400 cheaper than the most expensive WR this week.My full daily fantasy lineup this week: QB: Drew Brees (NO) - $8,400RB: Alvin Kamara (NO) - $8,000RB: Aaron Jones (GB) - $5,800WR: Brandin Cooks (LAR) - $7,500WR: Cooper Kupp (LAR) - $6,500WR: Stefon Diggs (MIN) - $7,300TE: Jared Cook (OAK) - $5,900FLEX: RB Jordan Howard (CHI) - $6,200DST: Vikings (vs Lions) - $4,100
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