Brees, Graham a Potent Combination

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints players know by now that with Drew

Brees at quarterback, one doesn't have to play receiver to rack up

a lot of receptions.

So far in 2011, tight end Jimmy Graham has a team-leading 32

receptions, while running back Darren Sproles is second with 31.

In their victory over Carolina on Sunday, the Saints reminded

future opponents that they are just as likely to throw to running

backs when they need a key first down or a touchdown. Of Brees' two

touchdown passes in the game, the first went to fullback Jed

Collins and the second went to running back Pierre Thomas, who also

happens to rank fifth on the squad in receptions with 14, ahead of

Devery Henderson and Marques Colston.

Brees says that keeps defenses off balance.