By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints had already established themselves as one of the NFL's all-time great offenses for a decade under Sean Payton and Drew Brees before receiver Michael Thomas arrived in 2016 and running back Alvin Kamara arrived in 2017.
But with all due respect to Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and other standouts, the Saints have reached a whole new stratosphere with these two guys -- which was never more evident than Sunday's 45-35 home victory against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Saints (7-1) are on pace for a franchise-record 34.88 points per game.
"I don't think there is any question that they are the most difficult skill players to handle that the Saints have had since Sean has been here," said former longtime Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief, who played under Payton from 2006-17 before becoming the team's play-by-play announcer this year. "The only person I would put in there with them is Jimmy. Kamara is especially difficult because it's so easy to get him the ball." ...
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