NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees completed 25 of 31 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns, rookie Alvin Kamara set a rookie record with 214 yards rushing and another score, and the New Orleans Saints ended a five-game losing streak with a 30-9 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Brees has thrown for more than 40 touchdowns in a season for the 10th straight time, and the Saints (2-2) are off to their best start since 2009, when they began 4-0.
Mark Sanchez completed 20 of 36 passes for 179 yards for the Jets (1-3), who dropped their third straight and have been outscored 74-16 over their last three games.
Both offenses stymied themselves to start, with New Orleans only using a 15-play, 79-yard drive to go ahead in the second quarter. When New York punted, the Saints used another 13 plays to go 65 yards, scoring on Coby Fleener’s 21-yard reception on the eighth play of the drive.
Zach Line’s score on the ensuing possession put New Orleans ahead 14-6 before the Saints put together a 13-play, 95-yard drive that Brees capped with a 7-yard touchdown toss to Michael Thomas to open the second half. Brees led the rest of the way in scoring two more touchdowns to run the lead to 30-6 in the fourth quarter.
Kamara set a rookie record for yards rushing for a running back in his second NFL game. He matched the mark he set in the season opener against Tampa Bay by breaking loose for a 61-yard run in the first quarter. The previous record, held by Adrian Peterson, was 134 yards.
The rookie running back, who also broke a 47-year-old Saints record for yards rushing in a season by a rookie in the opener, added a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan fell one shy of his career high with a 1.5 sacks. His 14.5 sacks through his first 50 games trails only teammates DeMarcus Ware (15) and Junior Galette (16) for the most by a Saints defensive end in the first five years of his career.
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Saints rookie center Max Unger made his first career start, while safety Kenny Vaccaro and cornerback P.J. Williams recovered second-half fumbles by Sanchez. Rookie receiver Robert Meachem also scored a touchdown, on a 6-yard reception.
Jets: Play a home game against the Bears on Thursday night.
Saints: Continue the daunting trip through the NFL’s toughest division with a home game against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.