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8/9 CHIEFS Win
8/16 RAIDERS Win
8/25 @Texans Win
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11/21 @Atlanta Win
12/2 @Seattle Loss
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2013 Saints Draft
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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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New Orleans Saints defense admittedly needs more than Vikings win to regain prowess Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 12:21 PM

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Safety Jairus Byrd knows a thing or two or 20 about long weeks leading up to Sunday. He lived several long seasons with the Buffalo Bills before signing up with the New Orleans Saints this offseason.

It says something for Byrd to express just how long of a week it had been for the Saints defense leading up to Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings after coming off two down-in-the-dumps performances through the first two weeks of the season.

"This week, we couldn't wait for the game to come," Byrd said. "It couldn't come fast enough. We honestly we felt like the week was really slow. Guys were just having to hear what the problems were and what we're going to have to fix."

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints win, but still haven't found what they're looking for Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 12:19 PM

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One of the best things Bill Parcells said in his Hall of Fame career was, "You are what your record says you are."

In the NFL, you don't look in the mirror for a reality check. You look at the standings. And the fact is the New Orleans Saints are 1-2 after their workmanlike 20-9 victory against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. They are so far from where they want to be as a football team they need a GPS to find it.

The optimist will say the Saints are one or two plays away from being 3-0. The pessimist will contend they also might be one ill-timed, ill-advised wrestling move away from being winless.

By Jeff Duncan / Times Picayune

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'Shortstop' Brees comfortable with Lelito Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 12:14 PM

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Tim Lelito’s first NFL snap as a center was one he’d like to forget.

The New Orleans Saints’ second-year backup came in to replace injured starter Jonathan Goodwin during the third quarter of Sunday’s 20-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. And on his first play, a third-and-9, Lelito misfired a shotgun snap that went past quarterback Drew Brees and turned into an 18-yard loss.

Lelito settled in after that, though. And Brees insisted later that he trusts the second-year pro, who spent most of the offseason working as New Orleans’ first-string center before Goodwin ultimately beat him out for the job.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Sean Payton: “It was good to get a win." Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-21-2014 05:06 PM

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“It was good to get a win. It wasn't perfect, but I thought we played hard. I thought we corrected some of the things we really spent much of the week working on from an emphasis standpoint. I thought we tackled better. I thought offensively in the second half we got a little slow, a little sloppy and we had some minus plays. These are things we are obviously going to have to clean up. Third down numbers offensively seemed good; defensively, we still want to work on improving that. All in all, it was good to get that first win.

(on the defense today) "I think the thing that was encouraging is the red-zone defense, the opportunities of forcing them to settle for field goals. That's huge. That's one thing we did when we were playing well last year and we did it today."

(on sack/personal foul on Vikings late in third quarter) "Obviously, when you go from a sack where you're going to be punting to a personal foul and now we have first down that can be a significant momentum shift any time that happens. Certainly, it was. I think it was the right call and fortunately we were able to take advantage of it.”

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New Orleans Saints get first win with 20-9 victory against Minnesota Vikings Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-21-2014 03:49 PM

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Going home might have been the cure for the struggling New Orleans Saints. It just took about three quarters to get to that point.

The Saints (1-2) snapped their two-game losing skid by beating up on the Minnesota Vikings (1-2), 20-9 on Sunday.

The Vikings were without star running back Adrian Peterson, who is on the exempt list while he's under investigation on child abuse charges.

New Orleans was heavily favored over the hapless Vikings, who were blown out by the New England Patriots last week. But the Vikings stubbornly stuck around into the second half.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Game balls in the Saints' 20-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-21-2014 03:46 PM

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Brandin Cooks, wide receiver, Saints

The rookie wide receiver is as good as advertised, leading all receivers in the game with 8 catches for 74 yards. Cooks shows poise well beyond his years, coming back to his quarterback when protection breaks down, setting up his downfield blockers well, and using his speed to gain the edge. Brees targeted him 10 times, more than any other receiver. And with Marques Colston struggling, Cooks' maturity has been a real asset this season.

By James O'Byrne / Times-Picayune

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A win is a win for New Orleans Saints as they topple Minnesota: Four-Point Stance Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-21-2014 03:41 PM

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1. A win is a win?

The Saints looked dominant at the outset, then sputtered around, and finally put the game away to push their record to 1-2. Does it matter that the win wasn't some dominating blowout? I guess there could be a couple of ways to look at it.

You could look at it as the Saints finally won a game and they can build momentum off this win regardless of the fashion. Or you could view it as the Saints were lucky to win a game where they bumbled and stumbled in the Dome, where they typically dominate, against a team without Adrian Peterson and without its starting quarterback Matt Cassel for most of the game.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints take step in right direction but must improve: Jeff Duncan's rapid reaction Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-21-2014 03:37 PM

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Jeff Duncan's rapid reaction from the New Orleans Saints' 20-9 win against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

*The Saints took a step in the right direction but this was far from a masterpiece. There's plenty of room for improvement and they'll need to make it before next week's game in Dallas, which is a surprising 2-1 after its come-from-behind win in St. Louis. Rob Ryan said it best this week: The hardest win is the first win. After the disappointing 0-2 start, the Saints happily will take a win any way they can get it. Ugly or not.

*I liked the Saints' defensive effort. It was much improved. Granted, the cause was aided by the injury to Vikings quarterback Matt Cassell, which thrust rookie Teddy Bridgewater into action before he probably was ready.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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Sean Payton: Vikings won't abandon the run with Adrian Peterson out Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-20-2014 11:09 AM

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Norv Turner was the first offensive coordinator Drew Brees ever had in the NFL.

Brees spent his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers in 2001 as a backup to Doug Flutie.

By the time he won the job in 2002, Turner had moved on to the Miami Dolphins.

By the time Turner returned to the Chargers as head coach in 2007, Brees had moved on to the New Orleans Saints.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Rob Ryan: 'On me' to fix Saints' defense Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-20-2014 11:06 AM

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Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan reiterated Friday that the New Orleans Saints' early struggles are "on us" as a defense -- and "on me" in particular.

"Hey, those are the facts," Ryan said during his weekly visit with the media. "You don’t like to admit ‘em standing up here, but it’s the damn truth. ...

"We want to be great on defense, we want to be a little tiny part of our success. And we’ve been a big part of our failure right now. It’s not how we’re going to roll."

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Bengals Devon Still touched by Saints Sean Payton's gesture Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-19-2014 01:52 PM

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Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals has had a roller coaster of a ride for the past few weeks, but his overwhelmed life has been touched by the generosity of humankind. That is especially true of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton who purchased 100 of his jerseys to help pediatric cancer research. For the first time, Still got to actually speak with Payton and show his appreciation.

The sales of Still's jerseys have now gone over $500,000. He has no idea how to thank everyone, and he got to talk to Coach Payton on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

"I just wanted to thank you for really stepping up to help support this cause," Still told Payton. "I'm pretty sure you know how many families and how many children you're helping out with this. And it's just showing the world how it's not all about how competitive you can be on the field, it's about what you can do to help out humanity. And I really appreciate you doing what you did."

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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Drew Brees says not all NFL players are 'brutes' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-19-2014 01:48 PM

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The NFL is currently dealing with a lot of bad situations including child abuse, domestic abuse, and others. NFL analyst Jay Glazer recently talked about how all the fun has been taken out of football in the first two weeks. Now, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has spoken out and wants the world to know that not all professional football players are bad guys.

Stereotypes are running wild at this time, and the scandals aren't helping much of anything or anyone. Brees knows that people go through some tough times and do things that are wrong, but he doesn't feel as if the NFL should be looked at in an overly bad light.

"What I hope doesn't happen as a result of this is that the perception of NFL players is that we're a bunch of brutes and that we're beating our wives and abusing our children. And that's not [the case]," said Brees, a former longtime NFL Players Association leader.

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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With Mark Ingram out, Khiry Robinson 'fired up' to show growth from rookie year to now Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-19-2014 12:11 PM

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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram somehow managed to play an entire half with a broken bone in his hand last Sunday, then patiently fielded post-game questions in the locker room without betraying the slightest bit of pain.

"I did not know (he was injured)," said teammate Pierre Thomas. "I don't know if he knew."

There's a fine line in the NFL between being hurt and being injured, and Ingram might not have known he was in the latter category until an X-ray confirmed the fracture.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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The Saints know opening 0-2 differs from a simple two-game slide Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-19-2014 12:01 PM

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Two-game losing streaks happen to the best of the best in the NFL. Yes, Super Bowl champions have lost two consecutive games at some point during a season.

The 2012 Baltimore Ravens lost four of their last five regular season games with a three-game skid beginning the landslide. The 2011 New York Giants went 1-5 at one point late in the season with a four-game skid packed in there.

Closer to home, the New Orleans Saints lost their last three regular season contests in 2009 en route to winning Super Bowl XLIV.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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First and 10: New Orleans Saints continue to lack takeaways at an alarming pace Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-19-2014 12:00 PM

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I'm looking for New Orleans Saints takeaways. Has anyone seen them? Anyone? Anyone?

They almost don't exist.

Since Week 9 last season, the Saints have just five takeaways in 13 games including the postseason and have created only one turnover this season. It's a turnover margin of minus-12 as the Saints and the offense/special teams units have given the ball back to opponents 17 times in the same span.

The Saints' overall record since the disappearing act at last season's midpoint has been slightly less than average as New Orleans is only 6-7 in that timeframe.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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No City Is More Devoted To Its Local NFL Team Than New Orleans Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 09-18-2014 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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Original Stories
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...
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.

In 2013, the Saints defense gave up 304 points — the third fewest amount in...

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