Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/20/14
“Last season, while suspended in connection with the NFL's bounty probe, Payton watched helplessly from afar as the Saints fielded one of the worst defenses ever, yielding a single-season record 7,042 yards,” according to the game summary by ESPN.com. “One of his first moves upon reinstatement was to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.”It seemed to have worked.The Saints went out on defense first and set the tone against division rival Atlanta, which resulted in a 21-17 win over the Falcons in the Superdome.The win not only helped Payton ease his way back to his position of leader, the Saints proved they were complete with their captain roaming the sidelines.When two teams with high octane offenses like these two play (twice a year in the NFC South), you hate seeing a team fall. But, someone has to win and someone has to lose.And here is what we learned from this first game of the year.Vintage BreesHe just went out and did what he does best.Drew Brees threw for 357 yards and two...
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