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2014 Saints Draft
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1 (20)  Brandin Cooks WR
2 (58)  Stan Jean-Baptiste CB
4 (126)  Kahri Fortt ILB
5 (167)  Vinnie Sunseri SS
5 (169)  Ronald Powell DE
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9/21 VIKINGS 12:00
9/28 @Cowboys 7:30
10/5 TAMPA 12:00
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10/19 @Lions 12:00
10/26 PACKERS 7:30
10/30 @Panthers 7:25
11/9 SAN FRAN 12:00
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2013 Schedule
Pre-Season
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Date Opponent Time
8/9 CHIEFS Win
8/16 RAIDERS Win
8/25 @Texans Win
8/29 @Dolphins Loss
Regular Season
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9/8 ATLANTA Win
9/15 @Tampa Win
9/22 ARIZONA Win
9/30 MIAMI Win
10/6 @Chicago Win
10/13 @Patriots Loss
--- BYE ---
10/27 BUFFALO Win
11/3 @Jets Loss
11/10 DALLAS Win
11/17 SAN FRAN Win
11/21 @Atlanta Win
12/2 @Seattle Loss
12/8 CAROLINA Win
12/15 @St.Louis Loss
12/22 @Carolina Loss
12/29 TAMPA Win
Post Season
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Date Opponent Time
1/4 @Eagles Win
1/11 @Seattle Loss
2013 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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No City Is More Devoted To Its Local NFL Team Than New Orleans Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:55 PM


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No city rallies more around its local NFL team than New Orleans with an average of 45.2% of all households in the local television market tuned into Saints games the first two weeks of the season.

Excluding the TV ratings for primetime broadcasts, the Green Bay Packers are the only other team to draw more than 40% of the local households. At the other end, fewer than 10% of local households in the Bay Area have tuned in to watch the Oakland Raiders play so far this season.

Of course, this doesn't reflect the total number of people watching games. Rather it is just a reflection of how much of the local population is into the NFL.

By Cork Gaines / Business Insider

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New Orleans Saints preparing for less explosive Minnesota Vikings offense without Adrian Peterson Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:52 PM


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With Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson officially out of Sunday's contest against the Saints, it's a long drop-off in talent to the next running back.

Peterson is sitting out his second straight game after being placed on the exempt/commissioner's list Wednesday while he is under investigation for a charge of reckless or negligent injury to his child.

On Monday, Peterson was cleared to play against the Saints.

"It's probably better to know that now than to find it out later in the week and try to prepare for all the different scenarios," Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Once lopsided, Saints-Vikings series has been close since 2001 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:49 PM


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The Minnesota Vikings have beaten the New Orleans Saints 20 times in 30 meetings, including three postseason matchups.

But a series that was once punctuated by Vikings' blowouts has been exceedingly close since 2001.

Since the 2001 season, the Saints are 4-4 against the Vikings (not counting a playoff game they lost after the 2000 season) and three of the four losses were by a touchdown or less.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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The New Orleans Saints' Season Is Far From Over Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-16-2014 01:12 PM


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Contrary to popular belief, the New Orleans Saints’ season is not over. However, if you haven’t heard the statistic yet about teams that start 0-2, here it comes:

Since 1990, only 12 percent of NFL teams (23 of 198) have made the playoffs

One might wonder, who are some of these teams? Let’s look at the historic Super Bowl teams that started 0-2 and ended up with some Super Bowl glory that you might have heard about.

1993 Dallas Cowboys, won Super Bowl XXVIII

Game 1 (9/6/93) – Lost 35-16 on road to Washington Redskins
Game 2 (9/12/93) – Lost 13-10 at home to Buffalo Bills
Game 3 (9/19/93) – Won 17-10 on road against Phoenix Cardinals

After starting 0-2, the Cowboys would win seven straight, and finish 12-4. Continued..

By Larry Holder / Bleacher Report

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Patrick Robinson's struggles continue Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-16-2014 07:27 AM


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As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said after Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns, cornerback Patrick Robinson was hardly the only one with "muddy hands."

But no individual player will be more under the microscope going forward than the Saints' No. 2 cornerback, who was demoted to the role of nickel cornerback after two blown coverages in the first quarter Sunday.

"He's an easy target. I'm sure there's a ton of stuff he'll want to clean up. But there's a lot of muddy hands just to be singling out one player," Payton said. "He's gonna work to improve, and we've gotta look overall at how we're helping not just him, but the rest of those guys."

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Rob Ryan: We’re killing the team right now Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-16-2014 07:21 AM


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Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan pointed the blame for the New Orleans Saints' 0-2 start squarely toward himself and the defense during an interview on the WWL Radio coaches' show on Monday night.

Like Sean Payton did earlier in the day, Ryan pointed to the defense's inability to finish and to assignment errors that have plagued the team in certain situations.

"Every two-minute situation we've had this year, we've blown," Ryan said, pointing to the end of both halves in Week 1 at Atlanta and the final drive in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. "We want to be a great defense, and great defenses always finish. And that's something you just have to point the finger at us, and we have to get corrected."

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Saints' Mark Ingram keeps running hot Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-15-2014 08:05 PM


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CLEVELAND -- Whatever had New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram so upset on the sideline last week, he seems to have sprinted past it.

Ingram had another terrific performance Sunday as he's off to the best start yet in his four-year career. He ran the ball 11 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 21 yards in the Saints' 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Afterward, Ingram spoke with the media for the first time in more than a week. And though he didn't offer any specific details about what had him throwing his helmet and stalking away from coaches and teammates on the sideline the previous week in Atlanta, Ingram generally explained that it was an example of his competitive nature.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Mickey Loomis breaks down Saints draft picks, undrafted rookies on 53-man roster Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-15-2014 06:07 PM


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New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis spoke to the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club on Monday afternoon and took time to break down each of the Saints 2014 draft picks and the two undrafted rookies that made the team's 53-man roster.

Here's what Loomis had to say about each of them:

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks

"You've been able to see in the first two weeks that he's had an impact on our team. This guy is a very unique talent. He has a great combination of speed. He's very fast. He's got very good quickness and elusiveness. He's got great toughness.

By Andrew Lopez / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis: 'There's no way to sugarcoat being 0-2' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-15-2014 06:04 PM


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Even New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis acknowledges there isn't anything pretty about losing the first two games of the 2014 regular season.

"There's no way to sugarcoat being 0-2," Loomis said as he addressed the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club on Monday afternoon.

Loomis was speaking one day after the Saints' 26-24 defeat to Cleveland that dropped New Orleans to 0-2 on the season.

He also pointed out that no one in the organization was placing the losses solely on the defense.

By Andrew Lopez / Times-Picayune

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Saints' Mark Ingram has broken hand, no timetable on return, source says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-15-2014 06:02 PM


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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram broke his hand in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns, according to a league source.

There is no timetable for his return, according to the source. ESPN reported earlier Monday that Ingram could miss a month with a hand injury.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis declined to discuss Ingram's status while at a speaking engagement for the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club on Monday.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints will sorely miss injured running back Mark Ingram: Larry Holder Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-15-2014 06:00 PM


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Mark Ingram has been the only consistently good aspect of the New Orleans Saints throughout the preseason and two games into the regular season. And in another consistent pattern for the running back, an injury will hamper him once again.

This time, though, Ingram will be sorely missed after sustaining a broken hand during Sunday's 26-24 loss to Cleveland, a source confirmed Monday afternoon. Ingram, who continued to play despite the injury, will certainly miss game time.

Ingram was essentially a non-factor a year ago when a toe injury sidelined him after Week 2. It also spurred rumors of Ingram wanting out of town.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' Keenan Lewis defends struggling cornerback Patrick Robinson Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-15-2014 05:58 PM


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New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis has heard enough of the negative talk about teammate Patrick Robinson, who has been assigned much of the blame by fans for Sunday's stunning loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Robinson gave up a touchdown and committed two critical penalties that helped the Browns to 10 first-quarter points in the narrow 26-24 loss that moved the Saints to 0-2. But Lewis on Monday came to the defense of the young cornerback who starts opposite him.

"A lot of people will sit there and say a bad day but only thing he gave up was 40 yards one time," Lewis said. "You see guys giving up three or four touchdowns a game. It's a part of football.

By Terrance Harris / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints fall to 0-2 after losing at Browns, 26-24, on late field goal Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-14-2014 09:47 PM


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Cleveland -- The Cleveland Browns mounted a furious 85-yard drive to stun the New Orleans Saints 26-24 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns (1-2) broke an eight-game losing streak in home openers, while the Saints (0-2) lost their first two game for the first time since the 2012 "bounty" season in which coach Sean Payton was suspended.

The Saints forced the Browns to start their last drive from their own 4-yard line with less than three minutes to play, but quarterback Brian Hoyer led a 14-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a 29-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff.

The start of the drive was aided by a Saints offsides penalty. Junior Galette recorded a sack, the Saints' first of the game, forcing a fourth-and-6 that Hoyer converted.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints have issues but are talented enough to right the ship: Jeff Duncan Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-14-2014 09:46 PM


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We've learned a lot during the first two weeks of the NFL season, including one very inconvenient truth:

This clearly isn't the most talented team in New Orleans Saints history.
Far from it.

Such pie-in-the-sky talk was optimistic from the outset. Now, after the Saints have lost their first two games, it looks downright foolish.

That said, this Saints team is talented enough to right itself and dig out of its 0-2 hole. The Saints have issues, to be sure. They will need to improve in several areas, starting with next Sunday's home game against the Minnesota Vikings in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But there's more than enough time to recover and plenty of reason to believe they can.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees confounded by Cleveland Browns' multiple defenses Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-14-2014 09:44 PM


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Cleveland - The New Orleans Saints do not have what you would call a conventional offense. They like to play a tight end split wide more often than not. They will throw in two halfbacks at times, mix it up with three tight ends or four wideouts. They like to keep opposing defenses off balance.

On Sunday, the Browns matched the Saints with just as many unconventional defensive sets, countered crazy with crazy, and wound up with the advantage while unsettling the visitors just enough to keep them on their heels early in the Browns' 26-24 victory at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Most unique? The Browns occasionally threw out seven defensive backs in a look that confounded QB Drew Brees early in the contest, and resulted in the Saints being shut out in the first quarter.

By Jodie Valade / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints dig deeper hole after falling to 0-2 in Cleveland: Larry Holder Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-14-2014 09:42 PM


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Cleveland -- Twenty three. Sounds like a large number. It's how many teams since 1990 have advanced to the NFL playoffs after starting the season 0-2.

It's not impossible for the New Orleans Saints to rebound from another kick to the groin after losing to the Cleveland Browns, 26-24, in the waning seconds Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Saints, on paper, have all the tools to make it 24 teams. A superstar quarterback. A solid offensive line and running game. An All-Pro tight end. Two budding pass rushers. An All-Pro safety.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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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.

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Looking for the moment -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 09-06-2014


Looking for the moment

By Mike Detillier

The course of history changed for two franchises in the regular season opening game of the 2013 NFL season.

In the season-opener, the New Orleans Saints were coming off a 7-9 campaign and with the return of Sean Payton as head coach.

They went up against the Atlanta Falcons, who had lost in the final minutes to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFC Championship game.

It was the typical Saints versus Falcons game, coming down to the final drive and a final play. Seven out of the final eight games between New Orleans and Atlanta have been decided by six points or less.

The Saints defense made some big plays late and the Falcons helped too.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hit halfback Steven Jackson right at the goal line with a perfect strike and the future NFL Hall of Fame running back dropped the football.

Everyone in the stands and on the sidelines knew who would get the ball next. Ryan tried to hit future NFL Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez with a touchdown pass, but the ball was batted up in the air by safety Kenny Vaccaro and intercepted by Roman Harper.

Had the Saints won this game on offense, it would have been expected, but instead it was Rob Ryan’s defensive calling card with the Black and Gold and a strategic football turning point for a defense that needed something good to happen.

The 2012 New Orleans Saints defense gave up more yardage than any other team in NFL history. But in a critical moment, a few Saints defenders made a play.

And it helped send the Falcons in a tailspin.

The same group of players that were just an inch away from playing on Super Bowl Sunday faltered due to injuries, no rushing game, not being a very physical team on both sides of the ball and they did not play with the same defensive confidence they played with in 2012.

The Falcons finished the season 4-12.

One game, a couple of missed opportunities and a huge play by the Saints defense was the story.

That 23-17 season opening loss to New Orleans looked as though it took the air out of Mike Smith’s football team and put that same air of confidence into a Saints defense that was hoping to make a big play and finally did.

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