The New Orleans Saints exploded offensively last week against Dallas, putting up 49 points, breaking a franchise single-game record with 625 yards and an NFL single-game record with 40 first downs. And one of the most potent skill players in the league played a minuscule role in the success.

Tight end Jimmy Graham hauled in five receptions for only 59 yards against the Cowboys. Instead, players such as Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Marques Colston filled out the stat sheet.

In the long run, Graham thinks his limited role in last week's offensive onslaught will help him in the long run.

"That's what's awesome about this offense, this team and Drew (Brees)," Graham said. "He's going to hit the open man. That just helps me out as far as getting open ... because guys can't triple and double team me.

"There's going to be someone one-on-one on the field, and Drew is going to find that matchup, and he's going to exploit it. So I feel like it's harder for a team to key on me whenever everyone is playing like that. Hopefully, it'll get back there this Sunday."

Graham had his snaps limited against the Cowboys as he only played 33 plays (40 percent of the offensive snaps) while he deals with foot and elbow injuries.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Graham's foot is becoming less problematic this week and an increased role Sunday against San Francisco could be in the works.

"He's been further along, so last week there were almost twice as many (reps) as the first week," Payton said. "That week it was specific, this week I would say the same thing. He is a lot further along. He is receiving all the snaps, doing well.