Fleur-de-Links - Dec. 14th: Saints v. Ravens is Big Game for Both Teams

This matchup against a Ravens team that matches up with us pretty well will surely be an epic battle. At least our Saints get an extra day to rest and heal that the Ravens won't get. Plus, the Ravens must be pretty battle weary after having to hold off a resurgent Texans team in OT last night. The outcome of last nights MNF game works well into our favor. Had the Ravens lost, they'd likely be desperate for a win against us. Had they won easily, they might not have come out of that game so obviously tired. Their defense looked totally gassed in the 4th quarter. Despite all of this, it's still going to be difficult for us to get a much needed win at their house. Screw the Wild Card and 5th seed! We want the division, the 1st seed, and a first round bye. GO SEAHAWKS!

TWEETS:

MalcolmJenkins I wish they would turn the AC off in the facility!!!! it's December and it's colder in here than outside

Official_Saints http://twitvid.com/66VWT - Watch @Harp41 speak to New Orleans Charter Math & Science School about not texting while driving.

Official_Saints @DrewBrees is No. 2 in the NFL in Att. (525), Comp. (362), Pct. (69.0%) ,TDs (28) & No. 3 in Yds (3,855)

Official_Saints With 145 yds vs. Ravens, Brees would become 2nd QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yds in 5 straight seasons. P.Manning has done it twice

Official_SaintsMarques Colston is Mr. Red Zone: Leads the NFL in RZ Rec. Yds. (107) & tied for lead in RZ recs (13)

Official_Saints According to STATS, the Saints O-Line has produced the No. 2 Protection Index in the NFL at 81.4;Colts are 1st (90.6) http://bit.ly/ProIndex

Official_Saints Coach Payton & a werewolf (Saints Photo/Michael Hebert) http://twitpic.com/3fxlxk

Official_Saints For more Official Saints photos from the 31-13 win over the Rams, click here - http://bit.ly/PhotosNOSTL

ChaseDaniel Congrats to @tylerlorenzen! See you soon buddy! #Saints

alexbrown96 Congrats to my dude @dmpressley RT @TheRedzoneorg: Source: Texans sign DeMario Pressley http://tinyurl.com/2agbe24 #NFL #Texans

Official_Saints Defensive Captain @JonVilma51 will be on "Jim Rome is Burning" ( @JimRome ) on ESPN today at 3:30 p.m. CT

bobbymccray Wow this news is huge! First HIV-Positive Man Cured http://huff.to/i4xLLR"

jeffduncantp RT @lholder_cbs_nba: #Saints' Reggie Bush is 5th on Forbes' list of Top 10 NFL player with most to lose in a lockout http://bit.ly/ecwBXe

jeffduncantpGreat fact. RT @NFLfootballinfo: New England has not committed a turnover in 5 consecutive games, the longest streak in NFL history

Official_Saints How do you guys think @LanceMoore16 looks as a DB? http://twitpic.com/3fyzgx

 

MORE ON SAINTS DEFEAT OF RAMS:

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Smash a glass and cry, "too much joy"
"Last time I checked, the winner of an NFL game is still determined by who has the higher score and not by who possessed the ball for the greater amount of time."

NFC South High Energy Player of the Week - NFC South Blog - ESPN
STAND UP AND GET JANKED!!

2theadvocate.com | Saints | MICKLES: Saints still seek ways to improve — Baton Rouge, LA

Thomas, Bush help maintain Saints run attack with Ivory injured | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
After Cleveland left the Superdome on Oct. 24 with a 30-17 win over the Saints, the season appeared on the precipice of disaster.

NFL Power Ratings Week 14 | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
After a season of uncertainty that seemed to have the top teams shuffling every week, it looks like there is a consensus among the top teams in the league.

Coach Payton's Monday Press Conference Transcript

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is back, big time | NOLA.com
He certainly didn't get eased back into the lineup

NFL Playoff standings, as of 12.14.10 | NOLA.com
There are some tight races as we enter the final quarter of the season

Dominant New England Patriots remain No. 1 in Power Rankings; New Orleans Saints still third | NOLA.com

2theadvocate.com | Saints | Saints clean up areas of concern — Baton Rouge, LA

 

OBI ROBY KENOBI LEAVES HOSPITAL IN GOOD HEALTH:

New Orleans Saints return man Courtney Roby is released from the hospital | NOLA.com

Payton says news on Saints' KR Roby is positive | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Saints special teams ace Courtney Roby is recovering from a neck injury he sustained late in the first half of New Orleans’ 31-13 win over St. Louis, Head Coach Sean Payton said Monday morning.

 

SAINTS @ RAVENS:

Commentary: Schedule-maker didn't do favors to Saints this year | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Back on November 7 the Saints met Carolina for the second time this season in the first game of the second half of the season and with four games between those meetings.

Saints Focused on Clinching Playoff Berth This Weekend Despite the Weather -- NFL FanHouse

Saints' Marques Colston is likely to struggle against Ravens - SI.com - Fantasy
This was apparently written before the Ravens struggled to finish off the Texans last night. I wonder what the writer thinks now.

New Orleans Saints are closing in on a playoff berth | NOLA.com
They've shown an ability to recover from the slow start

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton looks ahead to road test against Baltimore Ravens | NOLA.com
Saints open the week as underdogs for first time this season

 

NFC SOUTH:

Looking at NFC South playoff picture - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The 10-3 New Orleans Saints would be the No. 5 seed and the New York Giants (8-4) would be the NFC’s final playoff team.

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN

Panthers drag Falcons out of top spot - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Panthers are so bad that they cost the Atlanta Falcons the No. 1 spot in the ESPN.com Power Rankings. Yep, Atlanta had held the spot for four straight weeks, has won seven straight games and the Falcons went up to Charlotte on Sunday and defeated the Panthers 31-10.

Where NFC South offensive lines rank - NFC South Blog - ESPN

Forecast: Saints-Falcons rivalry could go to new level | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
As the kids like to say, "Things are about to get real." The Saints finished off their final inferior opponent of 2010 Sunday and enter the home stretch full of possibilities. The Saints have their flaws (too many turnovers on offense, inconsistent special teams) but who in the NFC is perfect? Atlanta is really good but the difference between them and New Orleans is a missed Garrett Hartley field goal.

Even though they're winning the New Orleans Saints can't catch Atlanta | NOLA.com
The Falcons have won seven straight games

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Source: Texans sign DeMario Pressley - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Houston Texans have signed defensive tackle DeMario Pressley to the practice squad, according to a league... - National Football League news

 

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