Injured Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley walked into the Philadelphia locker room and first went to defensive backs Sheldon Brown and Quintin Mikell.

Bradley, who is sitting out the season on injured reserve with a knee injury, patted Brown on the back and the dejected three talked quietly for a few minutes, Mikell occasionally making hand motions trying to explain how the Eagles' defense was rendered helpless by Drew Brees and the Saints.

"They executed," Brown said to reporters later. "When you play that team, you have to create turnovers. And you can't have any. That's it."

Sounds simple until Brees is thrashing the secondary for 311 yards and three touchdowns, leading what looked like effortless drives down the field and taking full advantage of every mistake made by the Eagles in a 48-22 rout by the Saints.

In two games this season, Brees has completed 75 percent of his attempts for nine touchdowns and two interceptions. The Saints are the first team since the 2001 Colts to start the season with back-to-back 40-point games.

The Eagles defenders said Brees didn't do anything unexpected. It just couldn't be stopped. Brees completed passes to nine different receivers, including eight catches by Marques Colston, who scored two touchdowns.

"I think with our group, each game you never know whose day it's going to be," Brees said. "Did we know it was going to be (Colston's) day? No. We get into the heat of it and, all of a sudden, he's got the hot hand so we're feeding him."

Most emblematic of the Saints' ability to capitalize quickly was when Brees lead three successful scoring drives from the end of the second quarter through the early stages of the third, taking just a combined 3:06 off the clock. That scoring flurry turned what was a tie game into an 18-point New Orleans lead.

On the first possession of the game, Brees was 5-for-5 on an eight-play, 74-yard drive ended with a 15-yard TD pass to a wide-open Colston in the corner of the endzone.

It set the tone for a day that Brees would dominate.

"It is very important for this offense every game that we get off to a quick start," Saints running back Mike Bell said. "We want to start quick and that way it will set the tempo for the game."

Part of what makes Brees and the Saints offense so good is the speed at which both operate. Last week, the Eagles forced five turnovers against Carolina starter Jake Delhomme, but Brees' quickness didn't allow for the same amount of pressure in the backfield. Brees was sacked only twice - once by Juqua Parker which resulted in a fumble recovered by Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey for a loss of 14 yards.

"He gets the ball off quick," Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson said. "It seemed like we were a step behind. He knows where he wants to go with the ball.

"Drew Brees is an animal. He's one of the best."