Weekly Rewind: New Orleans Saints solidify offensive line, Jordan makes the defense elite

A few important odds and ends were tied up this week, so let’s take a look at the week that was for the New Orleans Saints: New Orelans Saints - The Saints made another big move to solidify their offensive line. (READ) - MAILBAG: Travis Dauro looks at the Saints weaknesses on both sides of the ball. (READ) - Will Osgood explains why Cameron Jordan will make the Saints defense...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

As Cam Jordan comes into his own, the New Orleans Saints become elite

Cameron Jordan’s third NFL season saw him earn his first Pro Bowl bid in what many analysts thought was a good enough year-long effort to earn at least a few Defensive Player of the Year votes. He was the hands down defensive leader for the New Orleans Saints. His second season in 2012 was a great improvement over his rookie campaign when he rarely ever found his way anywhere near...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Saints Position Breakdowns: Defensive Line

This has been on the backburner recently with the flurry of activity, but needs for the roster still exist so let's get back to it. The defensive line is probably in better shape than almost any other position on the roster. Hard to believe after it was so poor in2012 that it's become one of the biggest strengths on the team. That said, depth and young talent is always something...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Do the Saints Finally Have their Defensive Playmaker?

The last three straight years I have entered March with a blog post about how the Saints' defense is desperate for a playmaker of any kind. The yearly post, in short, laments that the Saints haven't had a guy that can consistently make plays on that side of the ball, be it in the form of sacks, interceptions or big hits since he who will not be named. For the first time in...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Way Too Early 2014 Previews: At New Orleans

As the only team that was unable to win a road game in 2013, the Minnesota Vikings will need to make big improvements away from TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 should they want to play January football following the conclusion of the regular season.The good news for the Vikings is that they have the ninth-easiest road schedule this upcoming season (based on last season's results), with...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pro Football Focus Ranking Recap for Saints' Defense

2013 was a special year for the Saints defense and the principal person to thank for this has to be Rob Ryan. The addition of him at defensive coordinator goes down as one of the more brilliant moves in the Sean Payton era, and for the time being I might even put it ahead of Gregg Williams based on fit. Obviously the 2012 version of the Saints vs. the 2013 one underwent such a transformation...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pro Bowl Draft: Browns, Bengals teammates to face off as Sanders and Rice pick squads

You could soon see Browns cornerback Joe Haden chasing tight end Jordan Cameron or Bengals linebacker Vontze Burfict trying to tackle receiver AJ Green. Thanks to the Pro Bowl's new "unconferenced" format, teammates no longer will be on the same side in the annual game of stars in Hawaii. Instead, teams were drafted by former NFL superstars Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation's 2013 Player Awards

  Below you'll find the annual Saints Nation player awards for 2013. The awards are all chosen by me, largely influenced by the player grades, and I've included the 2012 winners for comparison's sake. The Saints Nation rule: if you are chosen as the MVP, you cannot be chosen as the player of the year for your unit, and you cannot win more than one award. The...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cameron's emergence big for Browns

Browns beat reporter Fred Greetham will break down the Browns roster on a position-by-position basis, with the fourth part looking at the tight end position. Tight Ends -- (Jordan Cameron, Gary Barnidge, MarQueis Gray, Keavon Milton, Andre Smith) Cameron --- (6-5, 245, 25) -- In his third NFL season, Cameron had a breakout season with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Podcast: Seahawks Post Mortem

Ralph, Andrew, Kevin and Dave recap the Saints loss in Seattle. Ralph wonders if the Saints were just unlucky in 2013. Andrew doesn't want to do an hour of sadness so he starts talking 2014 salary cap. What is the Saints # 1 off season need?  Biggest memories from 2013. Kevin is fascinated with Scott Fujita. Dave wonders who to root for the rest of the playoffs.The boys...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2011 first-rounders can finally get paid

A window quietly opened upon the conclusion of the 2013 regular season. Eventually, that open window will be creating plenty of racket. Once each team completed its Week 17 game, any players drafted in 2011 became instantly eligible for new contracts. The list includes players like Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (first overall), Bengals receiver A.J. Green (fourth overall), Cardinals...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Bucs

You'd see the Saints give up under 20 points yet again (they've done that in 11 of 16 games) and assume they were great in this one, but honestly it was up and down. The second half was much better, but they didn't get the pass rush we're used to seeing and Mike Glennon kind of hung in there against them. That said, there was no way Tampa was going to keep up with...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades @ Panthers

It's really sad to grade this game because the Saints held the Panthers to 10 points on the road before that final drive. The one run by DeAngelo Williams of 43 yards was costly, though. The Saints came incredibly close to pitching a perfect game defensively... and unfortunately for them anything short of perfect was going to be a loss with this amateur hour offense. On to the...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fix: Championship Start 'Em and Sit Ems

Cue up “No Easy Way Out” from one of those Rocky movies or any other cheesy musical montage meant to inspire, it’s Fantasy Championship time. By the time the weekend is complete, you will be raising that fake football trophy high above your head, basking in fantasy glory as confetti rains down upon you and the neighbors wonder why you’re in the driveway without any pants...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL News & Rumors: Friday 12/20

We’ll have more news and rumors added throughout the day. Bills QB E.J. Manuel is out for Week 16. WR Stevie Johnson is out for Week 16. S Aaron Williams is out for Week 16. Broncos WR Wes Welker is expected to sit out until the Broncos playoff game. (NFLTR) Browns TE Jordan Cameron did not practice on Friday. (Scott Petrak) CB Joe Haden returned to practice on Friday...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints look to shed road image against Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are set to entertain the visiting New Orleans Saints this weekend in a very pivotal NFC South division battle, a game which undoubtedly will hold a tremendous weight in determining the playoff picture for the two respective teams. The matchup features two teams very familiar with one another, given that the two tangled just two weeks ago in a collision at the...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams: Three Bold Predictions

RAM TOUGH?Not so fast. The Saints SHOULD NOT lose this one. Granted, New Orleans is 8-12 against the Rams (5-8) since the move from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995, this will be a different Saints (10-3) team playing Sunday.New Orleans has been able to score big in each of its 10 wins this season, but in its 31-21 loss to the Rams in 2011, the Saints were not able to score until...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Panthers

As much as the offense rebounding from a slump to light up the vaunted Panthers' defense stole the story, the Saints' defense was again dominant. They didn't shut down the run, but they slowed DeAngelo Williams enough to force passing, then they covered well and harassed Cam Newton all night long. The Galette/Jordan pass rushing tandem is quickly become one of the most...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Week 14 Recap

104 touchdowns scored this week. 104! A lot went on this weekend and the snow didn’t seem to limit many of the stars playing. The Fantasy Football playoffs are in full swing, and with that in mind it’s time to shift focus a bit. Less focus on what I got right, less focus on what I got wrong, and more emphasis on what you all should do going forward to win your league’s fantasy...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Fend Off The Falcons, 17-13: Five Things We Learned

The Falcons are now just playing for pride while the Saints are playing to stay alive …It’s hard to expect the Falcons to “rise up” after Thursday’s 17-13 loss against the Saints. Not even Samuel L. Jackson, one of the team’s most prolific fans, could prevent New Orleans from delivering the Falcons their first losing season in the Mike Smith era."I felt like the...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em – Week 12

Start ‘Em: Ben Tate – Tate squares off against Jacksonville this weekend, who ranks 30th in the NFL against the run allowing an average of 140 rush yards per game. The Jaguars are allowing opposing RB’s to score an average of 19.1 fantasy points per game. If Houston gets up early, look for the Texans [...]
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Defense leads Saints past Falcons, 17-13

Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes, Jimmy Graham had 100 yards receiving and Pierre Thomas compiled 130 total yards. Still, the defense stole the show for another New Orleans Saints win. Defensive ends Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks combined for four sacks and New Orleans' defense made a final fourth-quarter stand as the Saints held on to beat the Atlanta Falcons 17-13 on...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Down the Seam: Top Five Fantasy Football TE’s for Week 12

Thanks for coming back again! Last week we killed it, our top five guys proved their worth on our list, and even our honorable mentions balled out for a solid start. Let’s hope we can continue that streak this week. Here we go!   5. Jordan Cameron vs. Steelers (AP Photo) Cameron hasn’t been the go-to guy of Jason Campbell as he’s focused more on Flash Gordon, but he’s still...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

How Atlanta Can Stay Competitive vs. New Orleans

When it comes to talking about the Atlanta Falcons these days, the phrase people have been using is “for the first time since 2007”. All fans remember that year was Michael Vick going to jail, Bobby Petrino turning out to be a complete disaster, and the team shuffling through quarterbacks on a monthly basis. It’s a dark year that always brings chills down all Atlanta fans...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: 2013 Week 11 NFL Power Rankings (#3)

Last week: 3 (+0) Record: 7-2 After the Saints’ absolute trouncing of the Cowboys, in which they won by 32, despite muffing a punt, missing a field goal, and not recovering an opponent’s onside kick, they now lead the NFL in rate of moving the chains differential. They are moving the chains at an 82% rate, as opposed to 70% for opponents. This makes sense, as the Saints not only...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

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