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    Saints' defense is suddenly starting to look like the one everyone expected after last year's success

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Sheldon Rankins and Tyeler Davison are expecting another critical meeting when they watch this week’s film with New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen. The Saints allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to wear...
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    Saints' red zone defense still a concern for Sean Payton

    By Rod Walker Despite his team having the NFL's longest winning streak and a splendid 7-1 start to the first half of the season, Saints coach Sean Payton says there is still room for improvement. One area in particular, the team's red zone defense, remains a glaring weakness to Payton. He...
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    ‘They’re going to get theirs’: Saints defense puts focus on Todd Gurley in win against Rams

    (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) By Christopher Dabe - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A primary concern for the New Orleans Saints defense was not so much to figure out how to stop Todd Gurley, the league’s leader in combined rushing and receiving yards, but rather...
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    Facing an NFL 'epidemic': How Saints plan to combat those pesky pick plays

    By Nick Underhill | The Advocate An offense might not score an easier touchdown against the Saints this season. It's Week 3, and Atlanta pushed down to the 5-yard line. They lined up with Muhammad Sanu in the slot to the right. Wide receiver Justin Hardy flanked him to the outside. P.J...
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    Did the Saints defense find its mojo in New York? 'We got our swagger back'

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune There was a key member of the New Orleans Saints defense who dared to use that key word in the aftermath of an impressive 33-18 road win against the New York Giants. "We came out here and we were playing for each other today," defensive back...
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    Saints defense bounces back in win over Giants

    By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Orleans Saints have yet to provide reasons to think they can become a great unit, but through four games, it appears they've figured out how to make week-to-week adjustments. In a 33-18 win over the New York...
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    Don’t celebrate those Saints victories yet. The defense still has work to do.

    By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald NEW ORLEANS Forgive please if I don’t gush over those three earthly Saints who wear the Black and Gold helmeted halos — Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas — but New Orleans has major problems on defense that need immediate attention. Is...
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    Back to their old ways, Saints struggle to stop big plays

    By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer METAIRIE, La. -- Here we go again. The New Orleans Saints, who have both gained more yards and allowed more yards than any team in the NFL since coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees arrived in 2006, are back to their old ways: Lighting up...
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    Underhill: Saints know they have 'room to grow' defensively after struggles in win over Falcons

    By Nick Underhill | The Advocate ATLANTA – Terron Armstead wouldn't agree with the premise of the question. It has become trendy in recent years for people to call September an extension of the NFL's preseason. With the rules limiting what teams can and can’t do during training camp, the play...
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    Lattimore: Saints must turn around 'embarrassing' D

    By Herbie Teope - Around the NFL Writer | NFL.com NEW ORLEANS -- Two games into the 2018 regular season and it's almost deja vu for the Saints from a defensive statistical point of view. In the same span last year, the Saints' defense ranked last in the league against the pass (388.5 yards...
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    Saints expect run defense to rebound after poor performance against Chargers

    By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Ryan Nielsen has a saying he likes to share with his players. “Stop the run so you can have some fun.” The Saints defensive line coach knows his players want to rush the passer. Those are the fun moments, the ones where the pass rushers can go straight after...
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    Saints' defense looks for incremental growth in preseason

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The chosen euphemism for the New Orleans Saints defense this preseason: Build the house brick-by-brick. The name of this game is not victory, but progress. Each successive week is a chance to construct a unit that will be ready when the games...
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    Third down defense a 'point of emphasis' for 2018 Saints after recent struggles

    By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune It is not a good thing when efficiency, or lack thereof, is measured by the time allotted for concessions consumption. Yet here is New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton describing the Jacksonville Jaguars' opening drive against his first-team...
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    Saints defense disappointed after 'unacceptable' first half

    By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints won their preseason opener on Thursday night, but coach Sean Payton was not pleased with the team's performance, particularly when the starters were in the game in the first half. "I thought it was...
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    This Saints defense won't settle for turnovers; this defense wants to score

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate Three times in the past two days, a New Orleans Saints defender has picked off Drew Brees and taken off for the opposite end zone with the rest of the defense in tow. And not just the other 10 men on the field. For the past two days, the entire Saints...


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