Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes in the first half, moving ahead of Brett Favre for second place on the career list, and the New Orleans Saints rolled to their eighth straight victory Sunday, 51-14 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brees led the Saints to touchdowns on all five first-half possessions with a nearly perfect performance — only two incompletions. His 17-yard TD to Michael Thomas with 2 seconds left in the half gave him 509 career touchdown passes, one more than Favre.

Up next: Peyton Manning’s record 539.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Brees had his way with the Bengals’ historically bad defense , even diving over the pile to score a 1-yard touchdown. Cincinnati (5-4) became the first team in the Super Bowl era to give up 500 yards in three consecutive games; New Orleans finished with 509.

The Bengals matched the most lopsided defeat in franchise history and gave up the second-most points in club history. In the first half alone, the Saints piled up 311 yards and had 21 first downs on 40 plays. Brees was 18 of 20 for 214 yards with three touchdowns.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, right, catches a touchdown pass against Cincinnati Bengals corner back William Jackson, left, in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, right, catches a touchdown pass against Cincinnati Bengals corner back William Jackson, left, in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara recognized Dez Bryant by crossing their arms after scoring touchdowns. The former Cowboys receiver signed with the Saints on Wednesday but tore an Achilles tendon in his second practice.

The Saints sent the Rams to their first loss last week, 45-35, and kept the momentum with their highest-scoring game of the season. Ingram had 13 catches for 104 yards and Kamara had 12 for 56. Brees finished 22 of 25 for 265 yards and a passer rating of 150.4.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Another encouraging sign for the Saints: Their struggling defense held in check a Bengals offense missing A.J. Green, out indefinitely with an injured toe on his right foot. Andy Dalton went 12 of 20 for 153 yards with two interceptions, including one that Marcus Williams returned 78 yards to set up Brees’ third touchdown throw.

BAD HISTORY

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara dives in for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara dives in for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

It’s the fourth time the Bengals have lost a game by 37 points in their history. The club record for points allowed was 52 against Carolina in 2002.

INJURIES

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor (57) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor (57) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Saints: LT Terron Armstead suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

Bengals: CB Dre Kirkpatrick suffered a concussion in the second quarter and didn’t return.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton works the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton works the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

UP NEXT

Saints: host the Eagles on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs onto the field with a member of the armed forces before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs onto the field with a member of the armed forces before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Bengals: play at Baltimore on Sunday. The beat the Ravens earlier this year.

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Source: The Associated Press

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