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New Orleans Saints thrashed by Dallas Cowboys, 38-17, after woeful 1st half Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-29-2014 06:16 AM


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The last time the New Orleans Saints were thrashed so soundly in the first half on a national stage, it was last December in Seattle.

That team made the playoffs. This year's struggling squad offers no such assurances.

The Saints lost to the Dallas Cowboys 38-17 on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in front of 91,176 fans and a primetime national television audience. They trailed 24-0 at halftime.

The Saints (1-3) are tied for last place in the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They suffered their sixth consecutive regular-season road defeat and their first loss at Dallas (3-1) since 1991.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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On Saints' ill-fated fake punt, Sean Payton says 'hindsight is 20-20' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-29-2014 06:14 AM


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The New Orleans Saints felt supremely confident in the fake punt that fizzled in the fourth quarter of their 38-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The Cowboys simply didn't bite.

The Saints were facing fourth-and-9 from their own 41 with 7:45 left in the game when Thomas Morstead lined up to punt.

Travaris Cadet went in motion and Morstead faked a handoff that convinced none of the Cowboys defenders, who were playing in a punt "safe" mode.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Even New Orleans Saints players and coaches seem flummoxed by the team's poor play Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-29-2014 06:12 AM


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If you've come here for positive reinforcement or to read some soothing Aaron Rodgers pep talk, you've come to the wrong place.

There is no sugarcoating the 38-17 debacle in Dallas on Sunday night. This was not just some fluky outlier that can be chalked up to bad breaks or the whimsical bounce of the ball. You can't explain away a four-quarter flogging like the Cowboys delivered to the Saints as just one of those nights.

The harsh reality is the Saints are not a very good football team right now. Not in any single phase of the game. What was apparent at times in the Saints' disappointing 1-2 start became painfully obvious throughout Dallas' deconstruction at AT&T Stadium.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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Zach Strief says Saints need to face 'reality' of 1-3 start: 'Right now we're a bad football team' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-29-2014 06:10 AM


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Arlington, Texas -- New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief offered a blunt assessment of team's first four games and said there was no "magic" solution for improvement.

"We have to be realistic: Right now we're not a very good football team," said Strief, who is in ninth year with the team. "We can talk all we want about talent or expectations, but right now we're not a good football team."

Strief said the Saints "didn't do anything right" in their 38-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Big Game in Big D -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 09-27-2014 11:52 PM


Big Game in Big D

By Mike Detillier

For New Orleans Saints fans they really want to win 3 games every season. The “Who Dat Nation” wants to beat the Dirty Birds of Atlanta twice a year and if the Dallas Cowboys are on the schedule they want that win, almost just as bad.

The Louisiana/Texas mix is strange to many folks outside the region, but for many years the Dallas Cowboys were indeed “America’s Team”. It was about Tom Landry and then Jimmy Johnson winning, winning big in “Big Time” games and Cowboy fans let New Orleans Saints fans know about never having a Super Bowl win.

That all changed in 2009, but it really changed in 2006 when the Saints hired Sean Payton away from the Cowboys to be their head coach and Payton led the Saints to a 42-17 thumping of the Dallas Cowboys in Week #14.

The Who Dat Nation was born that night on December 10, 2006.

Then last spring the Saints hired Rob Ryan to become the defensive coordinator after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones decided Ryan was the reason their defense was not very good.

Jerry Jones forgot he was the guy pulling the personnel trigger on draft day and during the free agency period and the same ills the Cowboys had in 2012 they again have today.

But the owner Jerry Jones will never fire the general manager Jerry Jones.

For Cowboy fans to have the Saints looked at, even if it was a short time, as “America’s Team” was blasphemy.

Before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell put his hammer down on Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints in 2012 many people felt that indeed the Saints had stole away that mantle, even for a short period.

And the Cowboys have been 8-8, 8-8 and a middle of the road team for the past few years.

But Saints fans can’t take the Cowboys lightly.

The Cowboys are not a very good defensive club, but they have some serious talent on offense.

I might be in the minority on this, but I like Tony Romo as a starting quarterback and like him even more when he has a running game.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant is not just a good player, but when in the groove he is one of the few great players at wide receiver and tight end Jason Witten is a future NFL Hall of...
Ben Watson's health could impact Saints' offensive formations on Sunday Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-27-2014 09:40 AM


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The New Orleans Saints have used their three tight ends at the same time on 18 different snaps this year.

But that doesn't mean they were all stationed at tight end. Much like Jimmy Graham, the Saints reserve tight ends frequently line up as receivers. But they've also been H-backs or even fullbacks during the 2014 season.

The injury last week to backup tight end Ben Watson could alter the Saints' flexibility, leaving second-year player Josh Hill as the only tight end behind Graham.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Subdued Rob Ryan says New Orleans Saints defense has a lot to prove Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-27-2014 09:39 AM


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The "Rob Ryan faces [insert old team here]" storyline might be getting a little tired by now.

The Saints defensive coordinator is now on his fourth stint with a new team. He was with the Oakland Raiders in the same position from 2004-2008 and the Cleveland Browns from 2009-10.

His last stop? The Dallas Cowboys, who the Saints will face on Sunday night.

Turnover in the NFL is more of the rule than the exception. At this point, Ryan has faced his old teams four times. He has a 3-1 record in those starts, with wins against the Raiders, Browns and Cowboys.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Saints' road woes may not be all that woeful, as home-field advantage is enduring factor in NFL Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-27-2014 09:34 AM


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Told that the New Orleans Saints had been better than the NFL average in road games over the last five years, offensive lineman Jahri Evans considered the information for a moment and then perked up.

"That's good," he said. "Because it doesn't seem that way."

The Saints have done nothing this season to shake the perception that they are an unusually bad road team, losing the opener at Atlanta and then being stunned at Cleveland in Week 2.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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John DeShazier: Tim Lelito ready if called upon Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-27-2014 09:32 AM


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Tim Lelito actually does have game experience as a starting center.

“I’m pretty sure I was center back in, like, eighth grade,” he said, with a smile. “That’s the last time the good old four-point, two hands on the ball so you don’t slip. I think that’s the last time I played center.”

Kidding aside, the Saints (1-2) feel they’re in good hands if the second-year offensive lineman makes his first NFL start at center Sunday night at AT&T Stadium, when New Orleans plays Dallas (2-1) in a nationally-televised game.

First, he’s not exactly foreign to his line mates, having started two games at right guard last season as a rookie. And, two, he’s not totally foreign to the position as a pro.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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John DeShazier: Closing drive against Vikings just what Saints wanted Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-27-2014 09:28 AM


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If New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said once during the offseason that he wanted his team to improve its four-minute offense, he said he a few hundred times.

But it might have sounded a tad ambitious to have asked for something like this: After taking over possession against Minnesota on Sunday with a 20-9 lead and 6:58 remaining, the Saints never gave the ball back to the Vikings.

Fourteen plays, excluding one defensive penalty.

Seventy yards.

Three third-down conversions (one on third-and-10 and another, on third-and-11).

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints for now earn benefit of not doubting they can rebound this season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-26-2014 01:41 PM


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I felt kind of foolish asking New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief about if anyone pays attention to the landscape of the NFC at this point. I knew the answer. He knew I knew the answer.

Seemingly every season teams start out hot and one or two tend to teeter off into what we assumed they would be before the season. Your judgment of a successful team in September can take a 180 by the end of November.

Philadelphia and Arizona are the lone undefeated NFC teams. Are they for real? Probably. The Eagles offense and the Cardinals defense have been the driving forces for those teams. It's hard for me to ponder either unit faltering too much this season.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints await next round with Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-26-2014 09:01 AM


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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was a bit surprised the New Orleans Saints put two defenders on him during a game last season.

Of course that surprise, be it bashfulness or the truth, shouldn't have been a surprise at all. Not after his breakout 2012 season, when Bryant had the best game of his career against the Saints, catching nine passes for two touchdowns and 224 yards in the Cowboys 34-31 loss.

That was a different team and a different defensive coordinator. Current Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan knows Bryant well from his two-year stint in Dallas. That was obvious last season.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Sean Payton says years in Dallas were 'important and rewarding,' but this week no different than others Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-26-2014 08:53 AM


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Sean Payton spent three years as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys, making his name as one of the NFL's top offensive teachers before being hired as the New Orleans Saints head coach in 2006.

He'll be facing his old team for the fifth time in six years Sunday night when the Saints (1-2) play the Cowboys (2-1) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

"Listen, there are a lot of people I'm close with there," he said this week when asked about his ties to Dallas. "I've said this before, my three years there are really important and rewarding. I learned a lot."

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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First and 10: Stanley Jean-Baptiste doesn't look to be in New Orleans Saints' plan any time soon Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-26-2014 08:51 AM


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Typically an NFL team anticipates and expects a second-round pick to at least contribute right away in his rookie season, and even become an immediate starter in some cases. The New Orleans Saints immediately shifted former second rounders Roman Harper and Tracy Porter into starting roles in their rookie seasons.

Five 2014 second-round picks have started every game for their team this season: Browns tackle Joel Bitonio, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, Giants offensive lineman Weston Richburg, Colts tackle Jack Mewhort and Seahawks tackle Justin Britt.

The expectations for the Saints' 2014 second-round pick probably weren't quite that high as cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste entered what appeared to be a crowded position oozing with depth. You figured he could at least contribute to special teams and fill in at cornerback in a pinch.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Saints and Cowboys both missing key names on second day of week four practice Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-26-2014 08:47 AM


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The New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys always end up putting on a good game when they face one another, but that relies on the key players being healthy and out on the field. The two teams are facing off in week four of the 2014 NFL season, and on Sept. 25, 2014, the second day of practice saw a handful of players from both teams dealing with injuries.

The Saints didn't add any names to the injury report from Wednesday, but there were a few improvements here and there. Most notably, tight end Benjamin Watson took part in practice on a limited basis, but that's better than Wednesday when he sat out completely.

Linebacker Curtis Lofton was still limited with a shoulder injury that he has dealt with for a couple of weeks now. It doesn't seem to be bothering him too much, but the coaching staff is hoping it's getting better.

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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New Orleans Saints lacking in long-ball game so far this season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-26-2014 08:45 AM


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After getting their first victory of the season in week three, the New Orleans Saints began to look a little bit more like themselves. There are still a few things missing such as the strength of last year's defense and the high scores seen over the past few years, but they should come. One other thing noticeably absent is that the Saints haven't really relied on the long-ball yet this season.

Often known as a big-play team, quarterback Drew Brees isn't oblivious to the fact that the Saints haven't had a lot of deep passes this season. Both he and coach Sean Payton aren't worried about it just yet, but they know the chance will come for the big play to happen.

Brees has just two completed passes that have traveled at least 20 yards downfield in the air. On deep throws, Brees has just 66 yards on two out of six completions and one touchdown.

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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Big Game in Big D -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 09-27-2014


Big Game in Big D

By Mike Detillier

For New Orleans Saints fans they really want to win 3 games every season. The “Who Dat Nation” wants to beat the Dirty Birds of Atlanta twice a year and if the Dallas Cowboys are on the schedule they want that win, almost just as bad.

The Louisiana/Texas mix is strange to many folks outside the region, but for many years the Dallas Cowboys were indeed “America’s Team”. It was about Tom Landry and then Jimmy Johnson winning, winning big in “Big Time” games and Cowboy fans let New Orleans Saints fans know about never having a Super Bowl win.

That all changed in 2009, but it really changed in 2006 when the Saints hired Sean Payton away from the Cowboys to be their head coach and Payton led the Saints to a 42-17 thumping of the Dallas Cowboys in Week #14.

The Who Dat Nation was born that night on December 10, 2006.

Then last spring the Saints hired Rob Ryan to become the defensive coordinator after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones decided Ryan was the reason their defense was not very good.

Jerry Jones forgot he was the guy pulling the personnel trigger on draft day and during the free agency period and the same ills the Cowboys had in 2012 they again have today.

But the owner Jerry Jones will never fire the general manager Jerry Jones.

For Cowboy fans to have the Saints looked at, even if it was a short time, as “America’s Team” was blasphemy.

Before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell put his hammer down on Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints in 2012 many people felt that indeed the Saints had stole away that mantle, even for a short period.

And the Cowboys have been 8-8, 8-8 and a middle of the road team for the past few years.

But Saints fans can’t take the Cowboys lightly.

The Cowboys are not a very good defensive club, but they have some serious talent on offense.

I might be in the minority on this, but I like Tony Romo as a starting quarterback and like him even more when he has a running game.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant is not just a good player, but when in the groove he is one of the few great players at wide receiver and tight end Jason Witten is a future NFL Hall of...
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Saints defense must show up -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 09-14-2014


Saints defense must show up

By Mike Detillier

I must admit due to the high expectations from virtually everyone locally and nationally, the 37-34 loss by the New Orleans Saints to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime last week has to be the most disappointing season-opener in the Sean Payton era.

When you score 34 points in an NFL game you are expected to win. Yes, the Saints settled for two field goals instead of touchdowns in the first half and quarterback Drew Brees missed by a hair on a couple of deep throws, but time after time against the Falcons the Saints defense just could not get off the field.

I give Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan full credit. He played the best football game I have ever seen him play at the NFL level, but he got outstanding blocking up front from a makeshift offensive line and has four very good wide receivers.

It was shocking to see the Falcons roll up 568 yards of total offense, the second most given up in Saints history.

It was a track-meet game and the team with the ball last won.

But the Saints helped with poor tackling, little to not much of a pass rush and miscommunication issues from the linebacker and secondary units.

The Saints on paper had 23 missed tackles. This was an area the Saints had really improved upon under the tutelage of Rob Ryan in 2013.

That was not the case in Week 1 of 2014.

But poor or not good tackling was not something surprising in the opening game, it was the lack of a pass rush and the communication issues that really stood out.

With Falcons left tackle Sam Baker out with a knee injury and his replacement Jake Matthews injured during the game you would think the Saints would have had a field day rushing the quarterback.

But the only sack the Saints got came from the inside not the outside.

When much is given, much is expected. What happened to Cam Jordan, Akiem Hicks and Junior Galette against Atlanta?

Teams will pick on cornerback Patrick Robinson, but Atlanta, with a gold chip wide receiver in Julio Jones, a still very effective player in Roddy White, a very good third wideout in Harry Douglass and the “X” factor in Devin Hester, also picked on Saints top cornerback Keenan Lewis.

Lewis is the most valuable player on the Saints defense due to the position he...
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