Saints 2015 Schedule Released

 

 

For those of you who haven’t seen this yet, the 2015 schedule is out! It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about schedules and the start of the season, but here we are.  This is how the schedule should pan out barring anything unforeseen.  Best of luck to our guys.  Who Dat!

DATE OPPONENT TIME

PRESEASON

Week 1 Thur. Aug. 13 at Baltimore Ravens 6:30 PM
Week 2 Sat. Aug. 22 New England Patriots TBD
Week 3 Sun. Aug. 30 Houston Texans 3:00 PM
Week 4 Thur. Sept. 3 at Green Bay Packers 6:00 PM

REGULAR SEASON

Week 1 Sun. Sept. 13 at Arizona Cardinals 3:05 PM
Week 2 Sun. Sept. 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00 PM
Week 3 Sun. Sept. 27 at Carolina Panthers 12:00 PM
Week 4* Sun. Oct. 4 Dallas Cowboys 7:30 PM
Week 5 Sun. Oct. 11 at Philadelphia Eagles 12:00 PM
Week 6* Thur. Oct. 15 Atlanta Falcons 7:25 PM
Week 7 Sun. Oct. 25 at Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM
Week 8 Sun. Nov. 1 New York Giants 12:00 PM
Week 9 Sun. Nov. 8 Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM
Week 10 Sun. Nov. 15 at Washington Redskins 12:00 PM
Week 11 BYE WEEK
Week 12 Sun. Nov. 29 at Houston Texans 12:00 PM
Week 13 Sun. Dec. 6 Carolina Panthers 12:00 PM
Week 14 Sun. Dec. 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00 PM
Week 15* Mon. Dec. 21 Detroit Lions 7:30 PM
Week 16 Sun. Dec. 27 Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM
Week 17 Sun. Jan. 3 at Atlanta Falcons 12:00 PM

Home games in bold print.

Asterisks (*) represent games to be played in prime time.

Will Brandon Browner Be the Answer To Saints Struggling D?

Brandon Browner Against the LionsAfter all the shaking up in the Saints organization over the past few months, it feels good just to settle down a bit, catch our breath, and get ready for the upcoming draft. Sure, we lost many of our favorites on offense (it’s still a bit tender for me). But strides were made to toughen up and solidify the defense, which struggled mightily in 2014. Certainly the addition of Brandon Browner doesn’t hurt, but will it be enough?

Browner does bring a somewhat impressive resume with him, though, having tallied 142 combined tackles, 45 passes defended, 11 interceptions, three forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns during his career. However, on the flip side of that, he has also been frequently flagged for pass interference amongst a host of other defensive infractions. Perhaps that’s just the unfortunate consequence of being a player who possesses an aggressive and fearless style of play. Or maybe it’s something far more disheartening.

Still and all, his veteran presence should be a boost to the younger players, who by the way were virtually stripped of most of their veteran leadership before the start of last season. I think that had a lot to do with the lack of production on the field; it just didn’t allow them time to develop a chemistry (but that’s a whole other story).

I don’t doubt that Browner opposite Keenan Lewis will make the secondary better than the way it was; it sure couldn’t get much worse. Lewis is as solid a player as they come and Browner is not going to back down. If nothing else, at least both sides of the field will have a physical presence to be reckoned with. Let’s pray that it will be enough to help bring the defense back to its top 5 form of 2013 (providing they can improve on stopping the run too). Perhaps then Rob Ryan’s job will be secure once more.

Sean Payton: ‘No truth’ to Drew Brees trade rumors

Pro Bowl

Following the shocking deal that sent Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks, the rumor that seems to have taken over the NFL landscape is that the New Orleans Saints are going to find a way to deal their franchise quarterback, Drew Brees. Let’s find out what the Saints’ NFL odds look like at Mybookie.ag.

Brees is the leader of the Saints, and it was his decision to come to the Rams in the 2010 season that eventually got New Orleans to their first Super Bowl to play and even defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 for their first and to date only Super Bowl championship.

Now with their best receiver gone, will the team actually get rid of their franchise quarterback?

Don’t count on it. The latest rumor that the Saints are tearing down is that are plotting a way to swing a deal for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the draft, a new quarterback to take over for Brees, who they would then look to deal.

Again, don’t bet on it.

“Won’t happen,” Payton said, putting the Mariota rumors to bed. Payton isn’t the only one stomping on the rumors of a deal to send away Brees – GM Mickey Loomis also is totally on board to keep Bress.

Loomis told USA TODAY Sports that Brees isn’t going anywhere. “I saw where we were going to trade him to the Jets, from a New York writer,” Payton said. “So you just wad that up, and throw it in the garbage.”

The team is trying to get help for Brees now that Graham is gone, as the team went out and inked free agent running back C.J. Spiller, the former Buffalo Bills running back who has great speed and can open up the field for the Saints, a player they haven’t had since Reggie Bush was in his prime.

The team also went out and snagged cornerback Brandon Browner in free agency, a move that should help out the offense considering they had the 31st ranked defense a season ago.

The team did get a player that should help out when they dealt Graham, that being center Max Unger. He’s going to be a benefit on the offensive line, a line that let too many defenders touch Brees a season ago.

“We talk about the spot 2 yards behind center as the most important piece of property in football,” Payton said about Unger. “If we can occupy that spot, we’re going to win. If that interior pocket gets muddied, it’s tough (for Brees) to play that position.”

So don’t get rid of those Brees jerseys just yet Saints fans – it looks like #9 isn’t going anywhere.

Falcons vs Saints NFL Week 16 Inactives

Falcons: G Jon Asamoah, QB Sean Renfree, S Charles Godfrey, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Tyler Starr, DE Stansly Maponga, LB James Anderson.

Saints
: WR Seantavius Jones, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, S Jamarca Sanford, RB Travaris Cadet, ILB Moises Fokou, NT Lawrence Virgil, OT Terron Armstead.

Falcons at Saints NFL Week 16 Capsule

FALCONS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 47-43
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 4-9 Payton: 12-3
LAST WEEK L 27-20 vs. Steelers W 31-15 at Bears
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Saints 34 at Falcons 37 (OT). Atlanta K Matt Bryant kicks game-winning 52-yard field goal in overtime. Falcons QB Matt Ryan passes for 448 yards & 3 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Saints 23, Falcons 17. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 357 yards & 2 TDs. Saints WR Marques Colston catches 5 passes for 68 yards & TD.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 108 (NO). XM: 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 356-541-4112 (2C)-27-12-96.0 Brees: 402-574-4358 (1C)-31 (2C)-12-101.4 (3C)
RUSHING
  1. Jackson: 186-698-3.8-6
Ingram: 199-869-4.4-7
RECEIVING
  1. Jones: 93 (1C)-1428 (1C)-15.4-6
  2. Graham (TE): 73-782-10.7-9
OFFENSE 382.9 422.6 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE +4 -7
DEFENSE 409.9 390.1
SACKS Biermann: 3.5 Galette: 9
INTs Ishmael: 4 (T2C) 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Bosher: 45.5 Morstead: 45.8
KICKING Bryant: 112 (37/37 PAT; 25/28 FG)
  1. Graham: 98 (41/42 PAT; 19/22 FG)

NOTES

FALCONS: In Week 1 win vs. NO, QB MATT RYAN completed 31 of 43 (72.1 pct.) for 448 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 128.8 rating. Named NFC Off. Player of Week. Has 4,112 pass yards, 4th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Has 4 of 5 4,000-yard seasons in team history…RB STEVEN JACKSON has 7 TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 100+ yards or TD in 5 of past 7. RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had TD in Week 1…WR JULIO JONES had 7 catches for 116 yards in last meeting. In his past 2, has 21 catches for 448 yards (224 per game) & 2 TDs. WR RODDY WHITE had TD catch in last game vs. NO. WR-PR DEVIN HESTER has 64-yard PR-TD & 55-yard rec. TD in career vs. NO. WR HARRY DOUGLAS aims for 4th in row with 100+ yards or TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT leads team with 14 PD. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 127 tackles. In past 2 vs. NO, has 24 tackles. CB ROBERT MC CLAIN had INT in last meeting. S KEMAL ISHMAEL leads team with 4 INTs…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has won 7 of 8 starts at home vs. Atl. with 103.8 rating. Last week, completed 29 of 36 (80.6 pct.) for 375 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 137.8 rating. Has 4,358 yards, his NFL-record 9th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 43,091 yards & 314 TDs…RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 2 TDs in Week 1. Has 869 rush yards and needs 131 for 1st career 1,000-yard season. RB PIERRE THOMAS had 5 catches for 83 yards last week. RB KHIRY ROBINSON had rush TD in last meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 7 TDs in past 8 meetings. Has 4 TDs in past 3 vs. Atl. at home. Has 16 TDs in past 16 at home. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 343 catches, 4,289 yards & 45 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON aims for 4th in row at home vs. Atl. with TD. Had 5 catches for 110 yards in Week 1. TE JOSH HILL had 2 TDs last week. WR KENNY STILLS is 2nd on team with 781 rec. yards (Graham, 782)…LB JUNIOR GALETTE has 15 sacks in past 18, incl. 2 sacks & FF last week. Has 13 sacks in past 15 at home. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 11 sacks in past 14 at home. S PIERRE WARREN had 2 INTs last week.

Falcons vs Saints Wednesday Injury Report

ATLANTA FALCONS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jon Asamoah (back), WR Harry Douglas (foot), WR Julio Jones (hip), S William Moore (foot), WR Roddy White (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Josh Wilson (hand)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
(New Orleans conducted a walk-through on Wednesday. The Wednesday practice report is an estimation.)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Terron Armstead (neck), DE Akiem Hicks (ankle), S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring)

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