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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Saints spent the week thinking this might be a week when Michael Thomas was going to have to have to put up numbers for the offense to be successful.

Last year, when New Orleans played Arizona, the Cardinals spent the game trying to erase Brandin Cooks from the offense by dropping former LSU star Patrick Peterson, one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, on him throughout the game. Arizona was successful in that task and ended up winning the game by limiting the Saints passing attack.

“Honestly, the concern I had was going to be if he’s going to travel to Cooks the whole game, then Mike is going to have some good numbers,” coach Sean Payton said. “That wasn’t a concern, but that was part of the plan.”

It turns out that Cooks was still the one who had the big day for the Saints, catching seven passes for 186 yards with a pair of touchdowns, in helping New Orleans claim a 48-41 victory over what was the NFL’s top-rated defense entering action.

But this time Cooks wasn’t tasked with trying to fight Peterson for four straight quarters. The Cardinals instead kept him locked to one side of the field for much of the first half, and then in the second half had him travel some to match up against Thomas. Cooks still matched up against Peterson about 15 times, while Thomas was up against him on about 12 passing plays.

By Nick Underhill

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