From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 7 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy admitted his team should have had more balance: "I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot," Nagy told reporters. "I never go into a game saying, 'I want to throw the ball 54 times.' I'd love to go into a game saying, 'I'd like to run the ball 54 times,' but that hasn't happened."

— New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple on Teddy Bridgewater's performance this season: "He's a real great quarterback. To me, he was making all the right passes and all the right decisions. He's our leader out there, and he was picking them apart. I'm just really proud of him, his story and where he came from."

— Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott when asked if he thinks the Bills are running the ball enough: "Well, we're going to do whatever it takes to win by game plan. I know when we've run it, we’ve had some good runs and I like some of the things we're doing."

— Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did not care for the Philadelphia Eagles' comments last week: "Honestly, we don't give a f-*** what Doug Pederson says," Elliott told reporters, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

— The Eagles slumped to back-to-back losses with a dismal showing against the Cowboys, to the embarrassment of quarterback Carson Wentz: "Frustrated, a little embarrassed, they beat the crap out of us, we didn't show up and we've got to be better but I'm confident in this group," he told reporters.

— Despite getting a win on Sunday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still has mixed feelings about coach Jason Garrett's hot-and-cold season: "I am looking for reasons. I'm looking for reasons to keep him," Jones said, via ProFootballTalk. "It's merited here. It's hard to get an effective coach."

— New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold set the Internet on fire with his off-the-cuff comment during "Monday Night Football" against the New England Patriots: "Seeing ghosts."

— Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined more than $14,000 for violating the NFL's uniform policy, and he was not happy about it: "$14k for some pants that are NOT gonna protect me from anything … this s*** is ridiculous," Beckham wrote via Instagram.

— Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was disappointed by his performance in Week 7: "Obviously, didn't play great myself. I've got to be better, I will be better. Everyone has bad games. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and showing my true colours. I think everybody knows that last game wasn't my true colours."

— Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis issued a statement on the passing of Hall of Famer Willie Brown: "It's a very sad day for the Raider Nation as a whole. … and for my family in particular. … Willie Brown was one of the greatest to ever play the game … but it was off the field and how he treated my mom for which I will forever be indebted to him … it was Willie who was her best friend … we loved and will miss you Willie…"

The Dallas Cowboys lost for the first time this NFL season as the New Orleans Saints triumphed 12-10.

It was probably a little too close for the Saints (3-1), who completed the upset over the Cowboys despite not scoring a touchdown.

Sunday's win is the second with Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater starting under center and it seems New Orleans are holding on with star Drew Brees sidelined.

"It all feels normal now," Bridgewater said after the game.

The Cowboys fell to 3-1 after quarterback Dak Prescott could not complete the comeback in the final seconds.

Here are three takeaways from the Saints' nail-biting victory over Cowboys.

 

How well can Bridgewater play at home?

The back-up-turned-starter has some big shoes to fill as Brees recovers from thumb surgery. Bridgewater impressed in his starting debut with the Saints last week on the road. In the 33-27 win in Seattle, New Orleans adjusted their offensive approach to help combat the Seahawks' huge home-field advantage.

Bridgewater was excited to return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and eager to get back to his own cadence. However, that was not so easy against Dallas' defense. He was unable to make it into the end zone but was still able to set up the team's four scoring drives.

The Cowboys controlled much of the first quarter after picking off Bridgewater on his opening drive. Bridgewater recovered well and led scoring drives three of the next four times the offense took the field.

He finished 23-of-30 passing for 193 yards and one interception but he was sacked five times.

 

Saints' defense have struggled against the pass, but not this time

There are just a few teams that have allowed more yards passing per game than the 301.7 given up by the Saints heading into Sunday's game.

New Orleans' pass defense seemed to be one of the biggest mismatches against Dallas, who had not scored less than 31 points in their first three wins. The Cowboys had a pretty balanced offense in all of those wins as Prescott passed for a whopping 405 yards in the first week of the season and then followed it up with more balanced attacks in 269-yard and 246-yard performances.

However, against Dallas, New Orleans were able to contain Prescott for the most part – especially when it counted.

Prescott finished 22-of-33 passing for 223 yards and one interception, which came on the final Hail Mary play.

 

A positive for the Cowboys? Robert Quinn

Defensive end Robert Quinn finished Week 3 with a sack and a career-high seven quarterback pressures against his former team the Miami Dolphins. He again came up big when the Cowboys travelled to New Orleans to face the Saints. 

He had two sacks, including a big stop on a crucial third down near the midway point of the fourth quarter where Bridgewater and company were approaching Cowboys territory.

He has even become one of the team's biggest cheerleaders.

Quinn gleefully celebrated Jaylon Smith's sack that pushed New Orleans well out of field-goal range under the two-minute mark.

Drew Brees should be back on the field by mid-November after the New Orleans Saints quarterback required thumb surgery.

Saints coach Sean Payton said he does not plan to place the Brees on injured reserve, an indication the team is hopeful he can return within eight weeks after being given an initial six-week recovery timeline.

Payton confirmed Brees is set to have a thumb operation on Wednesday but did not give a definitive date for his return. 

Brees later shared a photo of himself and his wife, Brittany, before heading to his procedure.

Payton revealed he will not announce the starting quarterback before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Instead, he will approach Week 3 with both Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill as options under center.

Bridgewater had filled in for Brees after he was sidelined early on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, finishing 17-for-30 for 165 yards with no touchdowns.

Brees said after the game he originally hurt his thumb on a pass attempt to Jared Cook before later hitting it on Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. It was later confirmed he sustained a torn ligament after seeing two specialists in Los Angeles and Houston.

The 40-year-old is expected to miss matchups against the Seahawks, the Dallas Cowboys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals but could return against the Atlanta Falcons following the team's Week 9 bye.

Drew Brees is set to miss a game through injury for just the second time in his New Orleans career after hurting his thumb against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Saints quarterback was forced to leave the field in the first quarter of the Week 2 game after making contact with Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Brees had his hand taped as a precaution as he watched on from the sideline as back-up Teddy Bridgewater took over for the remainder of a 27-9 loss.

According to reports by NFL Media and ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the 40-year-old has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and will require surgery, potentially ruling him out for up to six weeks.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will see a specialist after suffering a thumb injury.

Brees was sidelined after two series as the Saints suffered a 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL on Sunday.

After the game, Brees confirmed he was going to see a hand specialist in LA.

"Hit my thumb on [Rams defensive tackle] Aaron Donald so we'll see," he told a news conference.

"I got X-rays but I'm meeting with a specialist here very soon and we'll see what he says."

Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters after the game that the team would have an update on Tuesday.

Should something happen to Teddy Bridgewater, who substituted to play just his seventh game over the past three seasons, New Orleans also have quarterback Taysom Hill on the roster.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald were both sidelined with injuries during Sunday's game.

Brees appeared to suffer a thumb injury when he took a blow to his throwing hand in contact with Donald during the first quarter.

He had his hand taped and watched on from the sidelines as Teddy Bridgewater took over against the Rams, although the Saints were yet to issue an official update on Brees.

Rams star Donald, having been involved in that incident, later disappeared down the tunnel with a back complaint.

The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year was then listed as questionable to return by Los Angeles.

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