Drew Brees passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns in his first game in more than five weeks since thumb surgery, and the New Orleans Saints won their sixth straight with a 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Brees practiced all week, albeit in a limited capacity, following a swift recovery from thumb surgery. He originally hinted at his return Sunday, calling it a "goal" of his, per ESPN's Mike Triplett, a sentiment head coach Sean Payton echoed.
Brees, who did not appear to have any limitations on what he was able to do during the portions of practice that were open to the media this week, said on Wednesday that he just wanted to make sure that he was as comfortable, confident and accurate as he needs to be.
"I need some competition", Brees said.
The Jets doubted the severity of the injury and team physicians cleared Osemele, who has not played since Week 3.
"It's just like being in training camp, you know, when you step off and the next group jumps in and you're watching the defense, you're going through the mechanics of what you would do and how you would be thinking in your progression", Brees explained.
On Sunday, Brees became the first quarterback in National Football League history to throw for 75,000 yards.
With fellow running back Alvin Kamara hobbled with injury over the past two weeks, Latavius Murray has taken the helm of the backfield duties for the New Orleans Saints and ran with it. Murray is coming off of a monster Week 7 performance in which he put up 32 fantasy points.
The Cardinals are 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games and have covered in six of their last eight games overall.
He now sits atop the all-time list with a total of 75,218 yards through the air.
"I've watched our team get better and better and that's been the most gratifying thing", Brees said. "We'll see. Both those guys got a lot of work this week".
Two Idaho natives with the last name Hill were instrumental in New Orleans' last two touchdowns.