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Saints push past Jaguars in defensive slug fest

New Orleans Saints’ Jared Cook

JACKSONVILLE – The New Orleans Saints pushed their winning streak to four games Sunday at TIAA Bank Field with a gritty 13-6 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tight end Jared Cook made the biggest catch of his brief Saints career when he hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with 11:45 to play for the winning points.

The Saints improved to 5-1 and kept their one-game lead over the Carolina Panthers (4-2) in the NFC South even with franchise quarterback Drew Brees missing his fourth consecutive game while recovering from thumb surgery.

With the offense struggling, the defense won the game, as end Cameron Jordan had two big sacks and cornerback Marshon Lattimore intercepted Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew. Jacksonville (3-3) star running back Leonard Fournette finished with 72 yards rushing.

The Saints will travel to Chicago to take on the Bears (3-2) at Soldier Field next Sunday, Oct. 20. The Bears will be coming off of a bye week.