NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch
This article “NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch” is a look at the divisional playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and The Seattle Seahawks. There are additional links to team sites for those who want to get into the nitty gritty details.
NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch
The New Orleans Saints surprised plenty of people, including the Philadelphia Eagles, with their win in the Wildcard round of the NFL Playoffs. The thing that surprised a lot of people is the way that the New Orleans Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles, with the running game. Most analysts felt that the New Orleans Saints would have to beat the elements to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles with their air attack. So now the question is not only CAN the New Orleans Saints defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle but HOW would they be able to do it?
NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch – Regular Season Rewind
The last time the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks met in a “Monday Night Football” prime time contest it was not much of a contest. The Seattle Seahawks dominated the contest beating the New Orleans Saints 34 – 7 in a way the caused many analysts to call the Seattle Seahawks the best team in the NFC and maybe in the NFL.
So now the question is, can the New Orleans Saints play the way they did against the Philadelphia Eagles and pull the upset or will the season end for the New Orleans Saints? Let’s break this matchup down.
NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch – Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks QB Versus The New Orleans Saints Pass Defense
In the Monday night matchup, Russell Wilson had his way with the New Orleans Saints defensive backs and linebackers playing coverage. Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards, going 22 out of 30 with 3 TDs and ZERO interceptions. The final slap in the face for the New Orleans Saints was that Russel Wilson was the leading rusher by gaining an additional forty-seven yards on the ground.
The New Orleans Saints got some good news today when it was revealed that Keenan Lewis will be on the field for the game against the Seattle Seahawks. Keenan Lewis had a concussion in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles and was not allowed to finish the game. This impacted the New Orleans Saints ability to stop the Philadelphia Eagles passing game. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan attributed the poor performance to mental mistakes that will not be repeated in Saturday’s contest.
While the New Orleans Saints pass defense was ranked 4th in the NFL with forty-nine sacks it will have its’ hands full against Russell Wilson. The New Orleans Saints pass defense was impacted by their lack of ability to pressure Russell Wilson in the last contest. For this reason, until proven otherwise, the plus will go to the Seattle Seahawks. The flow of the game would change of the New Orleans Saints can adjust.
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NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch – Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints QB Versus The Seattle Seahawks Pass Defense
The Seattle Seahawks had probably the best defense in the entire NFL during the regular season. Still the Seattle Seahawks defensive unit faltered against three teams. For Drew Brees to be successful the running game will have to work. We will discuss that later but with a good running game the New Orleans Saints will be able to wear the Seattle Seahawks down and open up the play action pass.
Drew Brees must also avoid turnovers. The Seattle Seahawks have won the turnover battle in their victories including the one against the New Orleans Saints in their first meeting. The New Orleans Saints need to exploit the aggressiveness of the Seattle Seahawks defensive backs. Richard Sherman is the best cornerback on the Seattle Seahawks team but he can be beat. The Indianapolis Colts proved that it could be done.
The New Orleans Saints need to run more complex formations and pass routes. They will also need to take shots downfield at selective times utilizing Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem. This can be done using double moves to take advantage of the aggressiveness of the Seattle Seahawks defensive backs.
The Seattle Seahawks pass defense is their strength but so is the passing game of the New Orleans Saints. This is an area that the New Orleans Saints should improve in and win in this contest.
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NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch – Seattle Seahawks Running Game Versus The New Orleans Saints Run Defense
In the last contest, the New Orleans Saints contained all of the running backs for the Seattle Seahawks but could not stop QB Russell Wilson at key times. The solution is simple, make Russell Wilson run but not allow him to run past the line of scrimmage. Stopping the Seattle Seahawks passing game and containing Russell Wilson will accomplish the goal. The New Orleans Saints will have to watch for times when Russell Wilson would run and make sure someone is spying the Seattle Seahawks QB. Chances are this job will fall to New Orleans middle linebacker Curtis Lofton.
When the Seattle Seahawks could rely on Marshawn Lynch they could control games. This has changed in the month of December causing the Seattle Seahawks to drop to 3 – 2 in the last month of the regular season, including one loss at home. Marshawn Lynch was averaging 5.2 yards per carry in November and that dropped to 3.6 in December. This part of the Seattle Seahawks is moving in the wrong direction for them at this time.
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NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch – New Orleans Saints Running Game Versus Seattle Seahawks Run Defense
Before the last playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the nod would have gone toe Seattle, but now not so fast. Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Darren Sproles of the New Orleans Saints running attack surprised the Philadelphia Eagles along with the rest of the league with their performance in the Wildcard round of the NFC playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints have found a running game that will take the pressure off Drew Brees and the passing game. With the weather that is forecast for the game in Seattle this will make the difference.
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NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch – Homefield
This is a HUGE advantage for the Seattle Seahawks. IF the New Orleans Saints are going to win they will have to take the crowd out of this game. The New Orleans Saints will have to stay disciplined, not give up and big plays or turnovers. The New Orleans Saints can not allow themselves to get more than 14 points behind and really want to keep the lead. This is the only way to eliminate this advantage.
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NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview New Orleans Saints Visit The Seattle Seahawks In Regular Season Rematch – Bottom Line
This game will not end as did the last contest. The weather conditions will actually help the New Orleans Saints with their new found running game. The New Orleans Saints use the passing game in many ways like long hand offs. This will help them manage things to their advantage. The New Orleans Saints will be able to exploit the areas of weakness that have been exposed in the late season losses by the Seattle Seahawks. This will be a close contest but the New Orleans Saints will prevail.
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Hey Y’all! It’s a cool, sunny day here. Our Saints are up in even colder climes but our cheers will keep them warm! Who Dat baby!!
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I just can’t believe how many people are still in the Crescent City. The Quarter is busy, busy, in spite of the colder temps. At least today we have some sunshine and are around that 50 mark. Crazy as it may be we will be tipping 70 tomorrow with some showers. Be prepared for even colder temps for the next week though. According to the weather report for today it should a great day and don’t forget to watch that Saints and Eagles game tonight. Who Dat! See you in NOLA!
This article takes a look at the NFC Wildcard game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 4th 2014. This game will be played in Philadelphia and this article “NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saint At The Philadelphia Eagles” takes a look at key matchups.
NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles
The game between the home Philadelphia Eagles and the visiting New Orleans Saints involves two teams that had to win their final games of the regular season in order to make it into the playoffs. The Philadelphia Eagles won their division by virtue of their 24 – 22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The New Orleans Saints became the sixth seeded wildcard team after their 42 – 17 home win against their division rivals the Tampa Bay Bucs. So now let’s take a look at who has the advantage in several areas in this Wildcard matchup.
NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – Homefield Advantage?
During the regular season the New Orleans Saints were a perfect team at home with a record of 8 – 0 at home but 3 – 5 on the road. The New Orleans Saints have also never won a playoff game on the road and are much better indoors than they are outdoors.
Still Philadelphia is not a lock at home. The Philadelphia Eagles lost their first 4 games at home to start the 2013 – 2014 regular season. The weather while forecast to be in the low 20s at kickoff Saturday night will not have precipitation.
However when you take all of this into consideration, we still have to give the advantage to the Philadelphia Eagles
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – Saints Offensive Line Versus Eagles Defensive Line
Drew Brees has faced pressure this year that is below the standards of past seasons. Drew Brees
Saints quarterback Drew Brees thrives under pressure, but boy has he been hit a lot this season. Drew Brees was sacked thirty-seven times during the regular season and was pressured, which includes hurries, hits along with sacks, one hundred seventy-one times. This prompted Sean Payton to make some changes towards the end of the season. Terron Armstead was given the task of protecting Drew Brees’ blind left side. He will have to face a defense that ranks on the low end of the league in terms of sacks. This should help Armstead and if he can handle the sack leaders in the Philadelphia Eagle linebacker core, led by Trent Cole the New Orleans Saints Offensive line should do fine.
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – Drew Brees Versus Eagles Pass Defense
Drew Brees was the 2nd ranked QB in the league while the Philadelphia Eagles were dead last in yards per game passing at two hundred ninety yards per game. The only bright spot for the Philadelphia Eagles in terms of pass defense is that they ranked 14th in passing touchdowns allowed. Still this matchup is not even close. Drew Brees with all of the weapons he has at his disposal will have a field day barring poor weather conditions.
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – New Orleans Saints Running Backs Versus Philadelphia Eagles Front 7
Most of the years that the New Orleans Saints have been successful have involved somewhat of a balanced attack. The New Orleans Saints under Sean Payton have been a passing first team but could run when necessary. This year has not been the case. The New Orleans Saints have only rushed for more than 100 yards in 5 games this year. While the Philadelphia Eagles have only allowed teams to rush for 100 yards five times and only one running back gained more than 100 yards against them.
So while in recent weeks, the New Orleans Saints have had some success this will be an advantage to the Philadelphia Eagles unless the New Orleans Saints make a complete turnaround. The recent news that Pierre Thomas did not practice on Wednesday does not increase the likelihood of an improvement in the running game for the New Orleans Saints.
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – Saints Receiving Corps Versus Eagles Defensive Backs
Baring a change in the weather, the New Orleans Saints will attempt to air the ball out. Only Peyton Manning with 659 attempts and Matt Ryan with 651 attempts, threw the ball more than Drew Brees at 650 attempts. This is because with Sean Payton’s mindset, Drew Brees at QB and the group of receivers, tight ends and running backs the New Orleans Saints possess it is almost a given that the ball is going to fly.
The New Orleans Saints have 4 players who caught 70 passes or more this season!. Jimmy Graham leads the group with 86, Pierre Thomas had 77 then Marques Colston caught 75 and Darren Sproles rounds out the group with 71. Each one in this group creates some matchup issues so let’s take a look at each.
Marques Colston was a surprise to most observers and he will likely go up against Brandon Boykin of the Philadelphia Eagles. Colston is a big body at 6′ 4″ and will line up in the slot and go across the middle without fear. Brandon Boykin is listed at 5′ 10″ so that alone gives the advantage to Colston.
Jimmy Graham is a matchup nightmare for defenses. Too big for a defensive back to cover and too fast for most linebackers to cover he has caught 16 TD passes and racked up 1,215 yards.
Graham, who at tight end will likely draw some coverage from the secondary, can’t be stopped. He led the league with 16 touchdown catches and posted 1,215 yards receiving. While the Philadelphia Eagles can stop Jimmy Graham if they focus on him that opens up opportunities for other players and if you don’t make stopping him a priority well….
The other two on the list usually catch the ball coming out of the backfield as last options or on screen plays, which the New Orleans Saints excel in running. Drew Brees will go through his progressions and has no problem dumping the ball off to one of his running backs. So if the field has been stretched and nothing is there his running backs can catch the ball and gain an easy 5 to 7 yds.
This is not to ignore the remaining receivers. Lance Moore, Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem all can stretch the field and have a big game given the opportunity. All three had a big game against the Tampa Bay Bucs so to ignore them could be costly.
The bottom line is that the New Orleans Saints have far too many weapons for the Philadelphia Eagles to stop. In this area, the weather could have an impact or the New Orleans Saints could stop themselves with penalties or the offensive line could break down but it will be difficult for the Philadelphia Eagles to stop the New Orleans Saints air attack.
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles Offensive Line Versus Saints Front 7
The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line has not been the best but also has not been the worst in terms of protecting their quarterbacks. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks have been pressured a total of 178 times which ranks the Philadelphia Eagles number 16, right in the middle, in the NFL.
A key matchup will be Jason Peters at left tackle against Cam Jordan at defensive end. Jason Peters has only given up 4 sacks during the regular season. Cam Jordan is tied for the lead among defensive ends playing the 3 – 4 with 13 sacks. This should be a key matchup.
Still New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, may have success against the right side of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Philadelphia Eagles right guard Todd Herremans and right tackle Lane Johnson have together given up 14 sacks and allowed the quarterback to be hit eighteen times and hurried seventy-five. This could provide some opportunities for linebacker Junior Galette and defensive end Akiem Hicks.
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – Eagle Quarterback Nick Foles Versus Saints Defensive Backs
Nick Foles has done a good job for the Philadelphia Eagles over the 13 games that he has played this season. Nick Foles has thrown for 2,891 yards and is ranked 8th with 27 TD passes. Nick Foles will be going up against the 2nd ranked defense in the NFL against the pass. The New Orleans Saints have only allowed 194.1 yards per game passing.
The New Orleans Saints are able to play 5 defensive backs on a regular basis because their defensive line is able to get pressure using only 4 or 5 rushers.
While the loss of Kenny Vaccaro for the season because of injury will hurt this is still a battle that favors the New Orleans Saints.
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles Running Backs versus Saints Front 7
This matchup is similar to the Saints passing game versus the Eagles pass defense. The Philadelphia Eagle running attack led by LeSean McCoy has a big advantage.
LeSean McCoy is one of only 3 running backs in the league who averaged more than 5 yards per carry and carried the ball more than 200 times. LeSean McCoy is the leagues leading rusher with 1,607 yards from scrimmage. Add this to the fact that the New Orleans Saints allowed 111.6 yards per game, 19th in the NFL, and running backs averaged 4.6 yards per carry, 28th in the NFL, and you know where this is going.
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles Receiving Corps Versus Saints Defensive Backs
When you compare the New Orleans Saints passing attack to the passing attack of the Philadelphia Eagles it is limited.
The New Orleans Saints have more weapons but the Philadelphia Eagles have the best single wide receiver on the field in DeSean Jackson. Although only 5′ 10″ DeSean Jackson is a tough matchup. The New Orleans Saints will need to jam him at the line of scrimmage to have a shot at stopping him. The Philadelphia Eagles also have Riley Cooper but he is not the threat that DeSean Jackson is. Riley Cooper does not catch everything thrown in his direction as does DeSean Jackson.
The Philadelphia Eagles have some tight ends who are a threat in the end zone. Zach Ertz and Brent Celek have accounted for over 50% of the Philadelphia Eagles scoring in the month of December.
Still even though the loss of Kenny Vaccaro hurts the New Orleans Saints have enough playmakers to handle the job. If Keenan Lewis and Corey White do their job along with help from the safeties and pressure from the line the New Orleans Saints should handle this battle.
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NFL Wildcard Playoff Preview – New Orleans Saints At The Philadelphia Eagles – The Bottom Line
When you take all things into consideration, The New Orleans Saints should end their road playoff drought. Many factors could impact this, the weather, injuries or turnovers but in the majority of the areas the New Orleans Saint have the advantage. It should be a close game and anything can happen. That is why they actually play the games.
Here is a flashback to what things looked like just over a year ago. Amazing how things can turnaround. Always good to put things in perspective. There are additional resource links at the end of the article. WHO DAT!
The saga of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal continues. On July 23 a conference before Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has been scheduled in an attempt to resolve the New Orleans Saints bounty suspensions.
Jonathan Vilma has filed a case that has been combined with the case filed on behalf of Saints defensive end Will Smith, Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove, and Browns linebacker Scott Fujita who were also suspended.
The problem is there is little middle ground for negotiations. The NFL is not likely to dismiss the suspensions completely. The players on the other hand believe there is no ground for any suspensions.
The deadline for contract negotiations with Drew Brees are getting closer. July 16th is the day when Drew Brees will have to accept the franchise tender of $16.371 million. This would on the surface be a hard deadline however it is not.
Brees has options even after than date. Brees can hold out which he has said he will not do. He could also simply show up continue to negotiate and put pressure on the New Orleans Saints to come to some agreement before the season begins. Both Brees and owner Tom Benson have said a deal will get done. Time will tell
The second week of the 2013 – 2014 NFL season is in the books and the New Orleans Saints are 2 – 0. This post “Who Dat Do Dat – New Orleans Saints Update – Saints Beat The Bucs 16 – 14″ looks at the details of the New Orleans Saints win over the Tampa Bay Bucs.
The New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Bucs in a nail biter this past Sunday September 15th. In the words of an avid New Orleans Saints fan, “an ugly win is better than an ugly loss”. Still the New Orleans Saints have some work to do if they plan to contend for a berth in the Big Game Feb. 2nd, 2014 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in Rutherford, NJ.
Who Dat Do Dat – New Orleans Saints Update – Saints Beat The Bucs 16 – 14 – A Look At The Offense
The offense could only muster 16 points and it took a last second field goal by placekicker Garrett Hartley to win the game. The offensive line gave up 4 sacks, Drew Brees was knocked on his butt several other times and his stats for the day were 26/46, 322 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT and one of the interceptions was returned for a TD. Not very impressive except for the yardage. That puts Brees at 3 TDs, 3 Ints, 679 yds and a passer rating of 87.4 for the year. Some of this can be blamed on the lack of protection and the weather but Brees and the New Orleans Saints hope this is not a trend. Still Brees and the rest of the offense were able to shake all of the off to engineer a last minute drive to put Hartley in position to kick the winning field goal. Colston, Graham and Sproles made key catches to make it happen. So no matter how you say it Drew Brees and company find a way to win.
Another area of concern for the offense is a lack of running game. After game two the New Orleans Saints have just over 150 yards TOTAL in the two games. The New Orleans Saints currently rank 24th overall in the NFL. That is not a stat that will help the New Orleans Saints make it all the way in the 2013 – 2014 season. An example of what is lacking was the 4th and inches stop by the Tampa Bay Bucs on Mark Ingram. When you can’t rush the ball and gain less than a yard it is hard to have confidence in your running game. The New Orleans Saints have to step up and make the running game at least a viable option if they want to make it to and go pass the first round in the playoffs.
Time of Possession 32:36
Total net yards 371
Net yards rushing 75
Average yards per rush 3.8
Rushing TDs 0
Net yards passing 296
Average yards per pass 5.9
Passing TDs 1
Sacked-yards lost 4-26
Had intercepted 2
CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 26/46 322 1 2
ATT YDS AVG TD
P. Thomas 5 29 5.8 0
REC YDS AVG TD
J. Graham 10 179 17.9 1
Who Dat Do Dat – New Orleans Saints Update – Saints Beat The Bucs 16 – 14 – A Look At The Defense
While there are some stats that will not make Sean Payton or Rob Ryan happy they can’t say that the defense has not improved and was the better unit team wise this week.
The New Orleans Saints defense has played well in both of the first two games. The New Orleans Saints held the Atlanta Falcons to 17 points and the Tampa Bay Bucs to 1 TD which is a stark improvement from last year. Rob Ryan has made adjustments during the game in both games to take advantage of things that the offenses of the Falcons and the Bucs were doing. The New Orleans Saints have recorded 4 sacks but have not had to rely on the blitz to do so. The New Orleans Saints defense is ranked 10th overall, 8th against the pass, 27th against the run and 13th in takeaways. Our difficulty against the run and our lack of a running game on offense could hurt us down the road. Still the defense stepped up and made stops when they had to.
Still the New Orleans Saints did not come out without injuries to an already thing defensive unit. There were two players on the New Orleans Saints defensive side of the ball that were hurt. Tom Johnson and Patrick Robinson both went out with leg injuries. DE Tom Johnson had a right leg injury during the first half. This added to the injuries of Glenn Foster and Tyrunn Walker last week make a bad situation worse on the defensive line.
Patrick Robinson had to have an air cast put on his leg and was carted off the field probably for the last time in 2013. This meant that the New Orleans Saints had to shuffle around defensive backs during the game. The New Orleans Saints will probably look to make some moves this week to shore up both the defensive line and the defensive back positions.
TKL ASST SCK FF
R. Harper 6 0 0 0
C. Lofton 5 2 0 0
K. Vaccaro 5 0 0 0
J. Greer 5 0 0 0
C. Jordan 3 2 1 1.0
J. Jenkins 3 0 0 0
J. Galette 3 0 0 0
Who Dat Do Dat – New Orleans Saints Update – Saints Beat The Bucs 16 – 14 – A Look At The Special Teams
The New Orleans Saints Special Teams played a solid game and stepped up for the winning score. Garrett Hartley and Thomas Morstead both earned their money in the game against the Bucs. Hartley was 3 -4 including the winning field goal at the end of the game. Morstead booted 3 of the 4 kickoffs for touchbacks even in less than perfect weather conditions. On the punting side Morstead had 4 punts and had an average of 43.8 yards. The total combined return yards on those 4 punts was 0 yards. Add this to the fact that all the punts were inside the 20 and 2 were even inside the 6 and that speaks for itself.
Next up for the New Orleans Saints are the Arizona Cardinals on Sept 22 in the Super Dome. The Arizona Cardinals are 1 – 1
The New Orleans Saints start the 2013 regular season with a win against the Atlanta Falcons. Can the New Orleans Saints make it two in a row to get to 2 – 0? This article looks at that. There are additional links to resources to learn more about the New Orleans Saints below.
The New Orleans Saints started the season at home against their division rivals the Atlanta Falcons. The New Orleans Saints gave Sean Payton a win to welcome him back to the Mercedes Benz Dome to put the New Orleans Saints on top of the NFC South Division.
This week the New Orleans Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. The Bucs started the season with a loss to the New York Jets and are in a three way tie for last in the NFC South. The Saints and the Bucs kickoff at 3:05 CT on Sunday 09 15 2013. The New Orleans Saint have a chance to start the regular season 2 – 0 for the first time since they did so in 2010.
In this division rivalry, the New Orleans Saints lead the series 25 – 17. Last season the New Orleans Saints swept the Bucs with a 41 – 0 win at home and a 35 – 28 win in Tampa Bay.
The New Orleans Saints looked good on offense and improved on defense. The offense was able to overcome being down 17 – 13 in the 3rd quarter and the defense made a goal line stand to give the ball back to the offense with an interception in the end zone in Atlanta’s final drive of the game.
The New Orleans Saints offense looked like the offense of old with Drew as field general and Sean Payton calling the shots from the sidelines in his 7th season. Drew was an impressive 26 for 35 for 357 yards along with 2 TDs and 0 Ints to give Brees a passer rating of 113.6. Marques Colston quietly moved into first place as the New Orleans Saints all-time leading receiver and Darren Sproles had 140 all purpose yards. Here are the receiving stats for the New Orleans Saints:
New Orleans Receiving – D. Sproles – 6 rec 88 yds 14.7 avg 0 TDs, K. Stills – 2 rec 86 yds 43.0 avg 0 TDs, M. Colston - 5 rec 68 yds 13.6 avg 1 TD, J. Graham – 4 rec 45 yds 11.3 avg 1 TDs, B. Watson 3 rec 31 yds 10.3 avg 0 TDs, L. Moore 2 rec 23 yds 11.5 avg 0 TDs, P. Thomas 4 rec 16 yds 4.0 avg 0 TDS
New Orleans Rushing – P. Thomas 9 car 43 yds 4.8 avg 0 TDs, D. Sproles 8 car 22 yds 2.8 avg 0 TDS, M. Ingram 9 car 11 yds 1.2 avg 0 TDS, D. Brees 3 car 2 yds 0.7 avg 0 TDs
A couple of things jump out in those stats. The New Orleans Saints only rushed for 78 rushing yards and Mark Ingram struggled. While the passing game of the New Orleans Saints is their bread and butter, they have a greater degree of success when they rush for over 100 yards in a game. Time will tell if this gets better or will impact the success of the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 campaign.
The New Orleans Saints defense came off a record season that they would like to forget. The New Orleans Saints under Steve Spagnuolo had the worst season that any defense has had in the history of the NFL. The New Orleans Saints replaced Spagnuolo with former Dallas Cowboy defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, to switch to the 3-4 scheme. The New Orleans Saints had a much improved game even though they had a slow start. The Saints forced 2 turnovers, one of which led to 6 points and another which clinched the winning score. Roman Harper was the leader for the defense against Atlanta. Harper had an interception and a fumble recovery in the season opener. The New Orleans Saints defense held the Falcons 3 of 11 on 3rd down conversions. The goal line stand ending in a tipped ball by Kenny Vaccaro that was intercepted by Roman Harper won the game for the New Orleans Saints. Here is a summary of the defensive stats:
M. Jenkins 6 total tackles 4 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, K. Vaccaro 5 total tackles 5 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 1 passes defended 0 QB Hits, C. Lofton 5 total tackles 3 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, D. Hawthorne 4 total tackles 2 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 1 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, P. Haralson 4 total tackles 1 Solo Tackles 1 sacks 1 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 1 QB Hits, A. Hicks 3 total tackles 3 Solo Tackles 1 sacks 1 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 1 QB Hits, R. Harper 3 total tackles 2 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 1 passes defended 0 QB Hits, J. Greer 3 total tackles 2 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, C. Jordan 3 total tackles 0 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 1 QB Hits, C. White 2 total tackles 2 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, K. Lewis 2 total tackles 2 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, R. Bush 2 1 total tackles 0 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, P. Robinson 2 total tackles 1 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, J. Jenkins 2 total tackles 1 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, J. Galette 1 total tackles 1 Solo Tackles 1 sacks 1 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 1 QB hits, W. Herring 1 total tackles 1 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, K. Reddick 1 total tackles 1 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, M. Colston 1 total tackles 1 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 0 QB Hits, T. Johnson 1 total tackles 0 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 1 QB Hits, R. Humber 0 total tackles 0 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 1 passes defended 0 QB Hits, T. Walker 0 total tackles 0 Solo Tackles 0 sacks 0 tackle for loss 0 passes defended 1 QB Hits
The special teams play did not hurt the New Orleans Saints. Kicker Garrett Hartley was good on three out of three field goal attempts. Punter Thomas Morstead averaged 49.3 yards with 3 punts, and all of his six kickoffs went into the end zone for touchbacks.
The Buccaneers started the season losing to the New York Jets by a score of 18 to 17. The Bucs only gave up 304 total net yards. Josh Freeman was 15 out of 31 passes for 210 yards, 1 TD and 1 Int. Running back Doug Martin rushed for 65 yards and wide receiver Vincent Jackson had 7 receptions for 154 yards.
This is a game that the New Orleans Saints should win if they play the way they played in the season opener. The wildcard is Darrelle Revis who, when he is at full speed, limits where the New Orleans Saints will be able throw the ball. The New Orleans defense should be able to handle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense.
This is an update on the latest news for the New Orleans Saints at the start of free agency on 03 12 2013.
The free agency season for the New Orleans Saints started with some surprises. Some New Orleans Saint players stayed with the team by restructuring their contracts.
All Pro Bushrod goes to the Bears for more than most felt he was worth.
New Orleans Saint Backup QB Chase Daniels goes to KC to battle for a starting job. This could open the door for Luke McCown to return as the backup to Drew Brees.
It is still early in the free agency process. Some targets that have been mentioned for the New Orleans Saints are:
1. OLB VICTOR BUTLER, Dallas Cowboys
2. DL RICKY JEAN-FRANCOIS, San Francisco 49ers
3. OLB CONNOR BARWIN, Houston Texans
4. CB CARY WILLIAMS, Baltimore Ravens
5. CB MIKE JENKINS, Dallas Cowboys
6. OT Sam Baker, Atlanta Falcons
7. OLB Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys
This is a story about of the many things that Coach Sean Payton has done for the people of the New Orleans area off the field. There are other resource links at the end of this article.
This great story was passed to me via e-mail. I wanted to share it with you. All the ”Bless you Boys!” have been answered. The New Orleans Saints and us Saints fans have a coach to be proud of . What a great guy!
New Orleans Saints’ Head Coach Sean Payton and his wife have two
children. The Paytons are members of our parish, Mary, Queen of Peace (MQP)
in Mandeville, LA., and the children attend Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic
Earlier in the year, on the Friday before the Monday Night Game (Nov.
2, 2009) in the Super Dome against the Atlanta Falcons, MQP School held a
fundraiser for our Youth Director’s family. Our Youth Director and her
husband have five children. The youngest, at 8-months, had been diagnosed
with cancer and had been hospitalized for several months. The fundraiser was
a flag football game between the students and faculty. The students had been
practicing and were more organized, having their own coaching staff and
having already played together in several games. The faculty was not as
organized and lacked the know-how of an experienced coaching staff.
Coach Payton, with the Saint’s six-game winning streak on the line and
poised to step onto the national spotlight on Monday night, spent Friday
afternoon at the MQP fundraiser coaching the faculty. When the game ended,
the students had prevailed and Coach Sean Payton’s MQP faculty team had lost
a closely contested gridiron battle, all in the best interest in giving.
Following the game, the faculty and student body at MQP gathered around
Coach Payton and let him know that this was the only game he could lose all
Even more amazing, the second grade children at MQP have a tradition
they practice regarding a statue of Mary, Mother of God. During the school
year, each second grade student has the opportunity to bring this statue
home from school for a week to share with their family.
Prior to leaving for Miami and Super Bowl XLIV, Sean Payton’s son, a
third grade student at MQP, recalling the second grade tradition, requested
permission to take the second grade students’ statue of the Blessed Virgin
Mary with him and his family as they traveled to the Super Bowl. As soon as
he received the permission of the second grade teacher, Coach Payton’s son
obtained the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Coach Payton
placed it the Saints’ locker room at Sun Life Stadium in Miami during the
game, so the Blessed Mother was with them at the Super Bowl.
I hope you enjoyed reading these two stories about the Payton family as
much as I have enjoyed sharing them.
Written by Deacon Eddy Beckendorf of MQP parish with minor editing
*picture from Mary Queen of Peace website
Sharon Denise Talbot
The New Orleans Saints have been the target of an investigation by the National Football League. This article talks about Jonathan Vilma’s decision to sue Roger Goodell.
Just when you thought the season could not get any crazier for the NFL, Roger Goodell and The New Orleans Saints it does. Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans Saints linebacker, has decided to sue Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner. This lawsuit is historic on many fronts.
Jonathan Vilma has what would seem to be a basis for his lawsuit. The punishment that Goodell has handed down to Vilma is based on facts received by third parties. Vilma did not provide any information since he was not interviewed in the investigation. Goodell says there are 50,000 pages of information but this information has not been made public. Goodell alleges that Vilma made an offer to give anyone who knocked Brett Favre out out of the 2010 playoff game $10,000 in cash.
How much Vilma will receive in damages in terms of how his career has been impacted will be difficult to determine. It does not have an impact on Vilma’s ability to perform on the field, if allowed to play whether for the New Orleans Saints or another NFL team. However, the statements made by Commissioner Goodell are very specific which will play in Vilma’s favor.
The most likely responses by the NFL are as follows:
1. It is frivolous suit and should be dismissed.
2. It can not move forward because it falls under the collective bargaining agreement. This means the suit should be dismissed.
3. Vilma is a public figure so actual malice must be proven if the suit goes forward.
4. The truth is not defamation and the statements regarding Vilma are true. The danger with this defense is that it will lead to discovery which the NFL wishes to avoid.
5. The NFL could also claim that it did not release any information to the media thus no real damage.
Vilma’s attorney’s could argue the following:
1. There is no language that allows the NFL or the commissioner to defame any player.
2. Goodell’s statements are so egregious that there would be no need to examine them any further and the court should rule in Vilma’s favor.
3. Vilma could say that the NFL impacted his ability to gain employment by releasing false information to potential employers, the other NFL teams.
This lawsuit is a challenge to a commissioner who has acted with more power than any other in U.S sports history. Goodell has wielded power to control the entire process when there has been any issue or complaint. The results will have a large impact on the sports industry whichever way it goes.