Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes, extending his NFL record streak to 51 games, and Patrick Robinson returned an interception 99 yards for a score to lead the New Orleans Saints to a much-needed win, 28-13 over Michael Vick and the reeling Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in New Orleans.
The Saints (3-5) bounced back from a dismal 34-14 loss at Denver, also getting a 22-yard touchdown run from Chris Ivory.
"This is the type of momentum we want going into the second half of the season," Brees said.
Philadelphia (3-5) lost its fourth straight, which is sure to keep the heat on Vick and embattled coach Andy Reid. Vick threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson in the third quarter, but that was about the only highlight for the visiting team. Vick was sacked seven times.
"It's very frustrating," Vick said. "These are games that we have the opportunity to win, or get back in the game. At this point, everything has to be dead on. You can't miss, and you almost have to be perfect on every drive."
Philadelphia was far from perfect but had plenty of chances. Four times, the Eagles were staring at first-and-goal but managed only two field goals by Alex Henery.
In fact, they were outscored in those situations, with Robinson going the other way for a touchdown just when it looked as if Philadelphia was on the verge of scoring.
Reid moved quickly to snuff out any talk about replacing Vick, which has become a weekly ritual.
"Michael Vick will be the quarterback," the Eagles coach said.
Payton contract: Dismissing speculation that he might be interested in Sean Payton, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he has "a lot of faith" in coach Jason Garrett and has no idea if the suspended Saints coach might be available next season.
Payton was suspended for the season by the NFL for his role in the bounty scandal. The league has taken issue with a clause in the contract extension he agreed to more than a year ago, which was to have kept him in New Orleans through 2015.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking to reporters before the Cowboys lost to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, said he does not know if Payton might become a coaching free agent after the season.
Chiefs: Head coach Romeo Crennel sacked himself as defensive coordinator and plans to spend more time with the team's inept offense. Also, former Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt was waived and defensive tackle Shaun Smith was signed. Gary Gibbs will take over as defensive coordinator.
The Chiefs fell to 1-7 with Thursday night's 31-13 loss at San Diego, their fifth consecutive defeat.
Colts: Coach Chuck Pagano is winning his battle with leukemia. On Monday, Dr. Larry Cripe, Pagano's physician, told The Associated Press that the illness that has sidelined Indianapolis' head coach for more than a month was in "complete remission." Cripe said a morning exam showed Pagano's white blood cell count and bone marrow tests were normal as he prepares to start a second round of chemotherapy.
The doctor said the second round of chemo is scheduled to start later this week and will last four to six weeks, Cripe said.
Vikings: Wide receiver Percy Harvin was using crutches the day after suffering a badly sprained left ankle, sounding pessimistic about his ability to play Sunday. Coach Leslie Frazier said the Vikings were "hoping to have him" against Detroit but that "it's too early to tell."
Jaguars: Jacksonville will be without running back Maurice Jones-Drew for Thursday night's game against Indianapolis. Coach Mike Mularkey ruled Jones-Drew out Monday, no surprise since he's still wearing a walking boot on the sprained left foot he injured Oct. 21 against the Raiders.
Former Saint hospitalized: Former Saints safety Steve Gleason was taken to a New Orleans hospital after becoming unresponsive at the Superdome while watching Monday night's game. Gleason, 35, suffers from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He underwent treatment in the emergency room at Ochsner Hospital. His wife reported through the Saints that Gleason was alert and "doing well."