Saints know the final three games will be difficult. The running game is less of concern for New Orleans, chiefly because Mike Bell (knee) is expected back this week after missing the Falcons' game -- and in lieu of trying to pound the ball against the Falcons, the Saints went more to screens and short routes.
That's how Reggie Bush wound up with two touchdown receptions.
"We wanted to slow the rush up," Payton said. "I thought they were getting up the field pretty good, and we caught them on a max blitz on the one to Reggie. He ended up in a lot of space and made a good play. I think we'll continue to look at that to slow down some of the teams that are really trying to change the pocket on Drew."