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Saints vs Cowboys Wednesday Injury Report

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Marcus Ball (hamstring), C Jonathan Goodwin (ankle), LB David Hawthorne (ankle, knee), RB Mark Ingram (hand), RB Erik Lorig (ankle), TE Benjamin Watson (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Curtis Lofton (shoulder)

DALLAS COWBOYS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

DT Davon Coleman (knee), LB Rolando McClain (groin), DT Terrell McClain (concussion), DT Henry Melton (hamstring), QB Tony Romo (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

WR Dez Bryant (shoulder), DE Anthony Spencer (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Justin Durant (groin), TE Gavin Escobar (knee)

Vikings vs Saints NFL Week 3 Inactives

Vikings: QB Christian Ponder, WR Charles Johnson, CB Shaun Prater, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey, WR Rodney Smith, DE Scott Crichton.

Saints: RB Mark Ingram, WR Nick Toon, FB Erik Lorig, LB David Hawthorne, DT John Jenkins, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, S Marcus Ball.

Saints Vs Browns NFL Week Two Inactives

New Orleans – S Marcus Ball, DE Glenn Foster, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, G Senio Kelemete, FB Erik Lorig, WR Joseph Morgan, WR Nick Toon

Cleveland – WR LaRon Byrd, TE Jordan Cameron, CB Pierre Desir, DT John Hughes, DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, LB Barkevious Mingo, RB Ben Tate

Week 2 Preview – Saints vs Browns

After all that was said and done after last weeks spirit crushing loss to the Falcons, the thing that the Saints need to remember is that they do have a game, on the road, against the Browns. It’s tempting to say ” but it’s the Browns we should annihilate them no matter where the game is”. That kind of thinking is part of the reason for the loss in Atlanta, the Saints would be well served to get into a one week/one game at a time attitude and keep it for the rest of the season. 
 
Saints Offense vs Browns Defense
 
In week one the Saints offense had the third most yards from scrimmage while only one team gave up more yards from scrimmage than Cleveland’s defense (yep it was the Saints). Cleveland’s defense gave up 127 yards on the ground and 363 passing yards against the Steelers last week. 
 
The Saints offense rolled up 139 yards on the ground and 333 yards through the air.The Saints were able to get production with their running game which usually bodes well. Add in the passing game clicking and it’s easy to see how they put up 34 points and probably should have had more.
 
Cleveland’s defense did not look good in the 1st half, but after making adjustments were very competitive in the 2nd half. That’s the defense I expect the Saints to face, especially with Cleveland playing at home. 
 
Saints Defense vs Browns Offense.
Time to see if we have the 2012 defense or the 2013 defense.

Time to see if we have the 2012 defense or the 2013 defense.

 
I think most Saints fans have a pretty good idea of where the Saints defense ranks after the Atlanta game, so let’s see how Cleveland’s offense did against the Steelers. The Browns had 183 yards rushing and 206 yard passing, they also didn’t turn the ball over and after falling behind by 24 points they came back and almost pulled off what would have been the stunner of the weekend in only losing by a last second field goal to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. 
 
So this is not a gimme game for the Saints defense, with the Browns showing a strong running game and being able to pass the ball enough to keep the safeties honest, the Saints defense needs to use this game to get their and the team’s season turned around. 
 
The running game of the Browns will slow down the front 4, but there can be no excuses for not putting pressure on Hoyer. If it takes the coaches dialing up more pressure from the linebackers, then that’s what needs to be done. The whole league has talked about how the Browns are hurting at wide receiver without their star Gordon and now there are questions about the Browns second best receiver being injured as well (Jordan Cameron – TE) 
 
In my mind this is a no excuses game, the Browns offense will come ready to play and the Saints defense needs to man up and show some pride. 
 
The loss last week wasn’t all about the players, Ryan and his assistant’s were out coached and out schemed and it made a lot of Saints fans wonder if last year’s defense was real or an aberration.
 
The Time is NOW!!
 
Either way, this week it’s time for the Saints to get their season started, then we can write off last week as just one of those things. But if the defense doesn’t get it together this week it might be the beginning of a long season. My money is on the Saints, 27-10 against the Browns on Sunday.
 
WhoDat!!!
 
Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab
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Poll: Saints Vs Falcons Week One – Who Wins?

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New Orleans At Atlanta Thursday Injury Report

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
 
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Marcus Ball (hamstring), RB Erik Lorig (ankle)
  Thursday S Marcus Ball (hamstring), RB Erik Lorig (ankle), WR Kenny Stills (quadricep)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Kenny Stills (quadricep)
 
ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Practice Report
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Corey Peters (achilles), S Dezmen Southward (concussion)
  Thursday DT Corey Peters (achilles), S Dezmen Southward (concussion)

WhoDats VS Dirty Birds…Wait, Can I say that?

Week 1: Saints vs Falcons
 
Finally, the practice games are over, the cuts have been made and now it’s time to get down to the real games and the Saints quest for another Super Bowl ring. This week it’s the Falcons (Dirty Birds for those down on the bayou), in another game one match up. 
Beaux says it's about time for Black and Gold Football!!!

Beaux says it’s about time for Black and Gold Football!!!

 
Saints Offense vs Falcons Defense
Saints look to have all weapons available and at 100% except for Kenny Stills who is still down with a quad injury that has been bothering him all summer. With the depth the Saints have at the receiver position I don’t think this will hurt them. I’ll be watching the running game to see not only how much it is used but how effective it is. If the Saints are to go turn around their road record and go deep in the playoffs, the running game needs to be more of an equal partner with the passing game. 
 
I have no idea what to expect from the Falcons defense and I don’t know that anyone else does either, they have brought in several players and from scouting reports that I’ve read they are going to use both the 3-4 and 4-3 for their front seven. The good news for the Saints is that both Payton and Brees are usually quick to pick up what the other team is trying to do. 
 
The key for the Saints is to play their ball game and let Atlanta make the adjustments. If the Saints get the running game going and then mix in Cooks, Graham, Colston and company the results should be overwhelming.
 
Saints Defense vs Falcons Offense.
The premier matchup on this side of the ball is going to be how the defensive backs match up with Atlanta’s wide receivers. White and Jones have been billed as one of the premier wide receiver duo’s in the NFL, in my mind what has put them there was that teams always had to account for Tony Gonzalez. Now that he’s retired unless the Falcons can replace his contribution at tight end the Saints defensive backs will be able to concentrate even more on White and Jones.
 
The other problem the Falcons will have is the Saints pass rush, if the interior of the line shuts down the run and Jordan and Galette are able to cut loose and go after Ryan, the Falcons could be in for a long afternoon. 
 
The final thing to watch for will be if the Saints can get some turnovers. The focus this off season has been for the defense to come up with turnovers, that’s one of the main reasons the push for a ball hawk like Byrd was made.
 
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Shoud be an interesting game, even though most of the NFL world has the Saints picked to win on Sunday, the thing to remember is that this is still and NFC South game between bitter rivals and the game is being played in Atlanta. Should be interesting but I’m going with the Saints 31-17
 
WhoDat!!!
Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab
Also check out Gridiron Chatter at http://www.gridironchatter.com/ , great place to keep up on your favorite team and the news from Fans of all the NFL Teams.