Thomas had eight catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns for the Saints, who gained 509 yards in the win. Alvin Kamara continued to prove himself as a legitimate tailback, scoring twice on the ground, while Mark Ingram led the Saints rushing attack with 104 yards on 13 carries. Ingram also had a receiving touchdown, as the Saints improved to 8-1 after an 0-1 start to their season, extending their division lead to two games over the Carolina Panthers.
Brees' touchdown pass to Thomas was his 509th career score, coming with two seconds left in the first half, as he will now eye Peyton Manning's touchdown record of 539. Meanwhile, the Bengals dropped to 5-4, a full game behind the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North, as they became the first team in the Super Bowl era to allow at least 500 yards in three consecutive games.
The loss for Cincinnati is tied for their most lopsided loss in franchise history, as they also gave up the second-most points in team history, falling just short of the team record of 52 given up against the Panthers in 2002. New Orleans wasted no time to pile on at Paul Brown Stadium, recording 311 yards and 21 first downs on 40 plays in the first half alone.
Andy Dalton was held to just 153 yards and two interceptions in the Bengals' loss, as one interception was returned 78 yards by Marcus Williams to set up Brees' third touchdown. The Bengals have dropped three of their past four games after sitting in first place of the division through six weeks of the regular season.
The Bengals will visit the Baltimore Ravens next week, while the red-hot Saints will play host to the defending Super Bowl Champion, Philadelphia Eagles.