Fleur-de-Links - Nov. 9th: Break Time Edition

CHARLOTTE NC - NOVEMBER 07: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints waits with his team during player introductions against the Carolina Panthers

I hope no one will be looking for lots of Saints news this week. Since Coach Payton gave everyone the bye week off to rest up and heal up for the second half of the season, there won't be many stories coming from the local media and the national media....well, it'll be as if the Saints fell off the face of the earth. Let's hope our guys get a great week of relaxation and come back well healed and rested for the Seahawks.

Don't know about the rest of you, but I'm becoming a big-time Ravens fan for this one week. We need them to beat the Dirty Birds this Thursday night. Since there will be little to report in Who Dat Nation this week, I'm gonna include some Ravens @ Falcons links for the next few days. GO RAVENS....for this one week!

TWEETS:

iWillSmith Thanks to all the fans who have been voting for me to go back to the PRO BOWL. VOTE HERE http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot

usama_young28 Change of plans.... Just heard call of duty came out. Gotta go get that.... So what! I'm a big kid

Official_Saints Vote for your favorite New Orleans Saints players to the Pro Bowl! - http://bit.ly/SaintsProBowl - #SaintsFans!

Official_Saints @drewbrees meets with the media during today's open locker room period. http://yfrog.com/6gurmaj

Official_Saints @reggie_bush said he isn't going anywhere during the bye week. He said he will be focusing on rehab.

reggie_bush Fans don't get enough appreciation in my opinion. You guys are the reason we wake up every morning and go to work! Love you all thank you!

JonVilma51 And we're OFF!! Getting some R&R and catching up on my movies,,, can't wait!!

dmpressley I think I have road rage

ChaseDaniel I've flown Southwest Airlines for nearly 15 years and this is a first, as far as I can remember....A1 http://yfrog.com/mucfjwj

NFLPlayerNews NFL.com Falcons | Roddy White expects to play Thursday http://bit.ly/9oUoSn http://bit.ly/6WGcRd

reggie_bush RT @ChiichiiBallard favorite food? (I grew up on Soul Food and Mexican food so both of those)

reggie_bush RT @LarryFitzgerald: "Fans,YOU can make a difference & help us prevent a lockout.Visit nfllockout.com to sign the petition and learn more!"

JasonLaCanfora Al Harris clears waivers. Teams concerned with his injury status/salary. Will need to pass physical but there is definite interest

GHartley5 Just got the new Call of Duty black ops..... Can't wait to check this game out!

Could an obsession with video games be the reason Garrett started the season off so rusty? I hope he gets that fat, punk ass out there and practices some this week!

 

SAINTS @ PANTHERS:

2theadvocate.com | Sports | MICKLES: Past 2 wins encouraging for Saints — Baton Rouge, LA
If you didn’t know any better, you’d have thought that Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers was an exhibition game.

Saints vs. Panthers: Defending Champs Finally Back on Track -- NFL FanHouse
After a lackluster start to the season, the defending champion Saints appear to be kicking things into gear.

2010 Week 9 Wrap-ups - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Saints are very much in the NFC South race at 6-3 and they’re heading into their bye week. That might help get running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas back on the field and give some other banged-up guys a chance to rest. The Saints are off until Nov. 21 when they host Seattle.

The Associated Press: Shoulder injury ends Panthers QB Moore's season

With Moore out at QB, Carolina Panthers must turn to Clausen, Pike or . . . - CharlotteObserver.com
The Carolina Panthers are 1-7 and the guy coach John Fox thought gave him the "best chance to win" won't get another chance.

Darren Sharper is a game changer for the New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
A good Saints defense got even better with his return

 

THE TEAM RESTS IN PREPARATION FOR THE SECOND HALF:

Saints say they won't watch NFC South foe during bye week | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
"I know myself personally, I’m going to try to step away from it a little bit," Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis said. "I think that there comes a point in the season, especially when you have a late bye week, you have to separate yourself so when you come back, you can be as attentive as you can."

New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush champing at the bit to get back in action | NOLA.com
"I feel really good actually, I feel like I should be more than prepared for next week after this bye week and I'm preparing for that now obviously," he said. "Just trying to do everything I can to get back on the field but I feel really good, I feel like I'll be more than 100 percent. This bye week has come at a perfect time."

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has mixed feelings about timing of team's bye week | NOLA.com
"Just to get back on the field again," he said when asked about his emotions on the break. "Just because I feel so unsatisfied still at this point with what we've accomplished now."

Saints head into bye week with momentum, but not on a roll | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
For much of the first half of the Saints season, the questions asked more often than not surrounded the belief that the reigning Super Bowl champions were mired in a championship-sized hangover.

The Canadian Press: Payton gives surging Saints rest, hopes Sharper, Jenkins and Ivory are back after bye
The coach figures if the Saints are playing well now, they should only get better after a week away from football.

Sean Payton has been in damage control for most of the New Orleans Saints season | NOLA.com
He had to try to keep people from getting too low or too high

 

LAGNIAPPE:

NFC South look at the Power Rankings - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The latest edition of the ESPN.com Power Rankings is out and it has given Thursday night’s game between Atlanta and Baltimore added significance

Commentary: A great sports weekend for local fans | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Was there ever a better weekend to be a sports fan in the Crescent City area?

Baltimore Ravens return atop NFL Power Rankings; New Orleans Saints fourth | NOLA.com
Following losses to the two top ranked teams in last week's NFL Power Rankings by The Times-Picayune, the Baltimore Ravens have moved into the No. 1 position, a spot they held a few weeks ago after suffering their second loss of the season. They will get an early test to see if they belong in this spot, as the Ravens...

New Orleans Saints DT Remi Ayodele happy, healthy and playing well | NOLA.com
"I think we know each other more and we know exactly what Gregg wants from us so we hold each other accountable," he said. "Last year it was kind of like we were feeling each other out. There's times where I'll be in there with (linebacker Jonathan) Vilma and he'll let me know - I'll look back at him and he's like, 'Remi, you know?' and I know exactly what he's talking about he don't even have to say much. The bond out there just makes us better.

 

RAVENS @ FALCONS:

Behind Enemy Lines: Falcons are 6-2, but how good are they? - baltimoresun.com
The good news is that the Falcons lead the NFC South and hold the best record in their conference. The better news is that they've done this much while working hard not to make the opponent feel bad about itself. On Sunday they got the fourth-down stop they needed to hold off Tampa Bay. What failed to compute was how a game so lopsided -- the Falcons had 26 first downs to the Bucs' 14 and didn't turn the ball over -- came down to a fourth-and-1 inside the final three minutes.

Falcons Are Healthy Despite The Short Week - The Falcoholic
The Falcoholic breathes a sigh of relief. The Atlanta Falcons are mostly healthy heading into a Thursday night showdown with the Baltimore Ravens.

How do the Ravens & Falcons Measure Up? - Baltimore Beatdown
The game is not played out on paper but the stats provide a telling story of the two teams as we look at the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons who play this week on Thursday Night Football.

Matt Ryan was nearly a Raven; Terrell Owens the man for Bengals - Peter King - SI.com
It's an all-Tweet-mailbag Tuesday ... so many stories, so many reactions. I'll touch on three stories of the day, then answer 10 of your Twitter queries to my @SI_PeterKing account.

 

VIDEO:

More out and some coming back for the New Orleans Saints: Jeff Duncan's 4-Minute Dril video

JUST TO HELP GET THE MOJO WORKING AGAINST THE DIRTY BIRDS:


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