Fleur-de-Links - Dec. 3rd: Snow Plight and the 7 Point Spread

The forecast for Cincy this Sunday says expect a lot of that white stuff that rarely gets seen in the Deep South. Sean Payton and the team don't seem all that worried, which is encouraging. Let's hope he and the team have it figured out for this weekend and when we later travel to Baltimore. Today's injury report is the same as the past two days - Pierre Thomas and Anthony Waters are questionable and Ladell Betts has been ruled out. The Saints are favored to win by 7. Come on 9-3!

TWEETS:

JonVilma51 Do you want 2 free tix to our game against the Bucs?!? Checkout my fan contest at:contest.jonvilma.com and enter to win

LanceMoore16 Congrats to it being friday. Hope everyone has a great day and start to their weekend!!!

Official_Saints Congrats to Edward Bruski of New Orleans (@edinnola1) who won the Jenkins signed photo for promoting #27 for "Never Say Never Moment"!

dmpressley RT @TheRedzoneorg: Cortland Finnegan says he plays hard, but not dirty http://tinyurl.com/2dkk38h #NFL #Titans

Official_Saints Saints game notes for this Sunday's road clash with the Bengals! http://t.co/LgasXI7

sharper42 Who Dat fans I need your help!! Text WHODAT to UNITED (864833)to make a $10 donation to United Way & help me (cont) http://tl.gd/79oa5o

sharper42 And since @ochocinco been whining about how they can't sell out stadiums I'm going to give 2 tickets away to a (cont) http://tl.gd/79of1l

Official_Saints Listen for Deeeuccceee! RT @dmcallister26: Shameless plug abt to be on sirius radio with mike leach and eric crouch

Official_Saints Payton announced RB Thomas & LB Waters were limited today & questionable for Sunday. He ruled RB Betts out for Sunday.

Official_Saints Payton said P. Thomas took snaps on offense, scout team & returned kicks at practice today.

Official_Saints DC Gregg Williams said that despite Bengals' 2-9 record they are a "dangerous team." Pointed out that 7 of 9 losses went down to the wire.

Official_Saints Williams said this past week he looked at all the forced fumbles Saints did not recover.Noted to D when ball is in a crowd just dive on ball

MalcolmJenkins Just had a great week of practice we just need to carry it over to the game ...think I'll watch a movie tonight, suggestions?

Official_Saints Yes RT @datboywolf: Hey, will you guys be putting out a trascript of Gregg William's presser?! I love that guy!!@Official_Saints

Official_Saints Goodwin would like to say thanks for all the b-day wishes he got by giving away a signed photo! Just retweet our previous tweet to enter!

LanceMoore16 Getting my haircut real quick, then its chill mode for the rest of the night. Yessssssss!!!

sharper42 Aight u got a bet, I see u tryin to associate it w our #s, but since I'm goin to hit u hard 2 times.. Go ahead (cont) http://tl.gd/79q50i

 

PRACTICE REPORTS:

Saints RB Thomas needs one more week? - Scoop Du Jour - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The New Orleans Saints have been without running back Pierre Thomas(notes) since Week 3 when he injured an ankle in a 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Saints' Pierre Thomas listed as questionable for Sunday | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
"He had a good week of practice with the reps he got," Head Coach Sean Payton said. "We're going to see where he's at come Sunday. He doesn't have any of the swelling. Some of the soreness has gone away. I thought he moved around well. "Not only did he take team reps, but he took scout team reps, returned kickoffs, a lot of the things that he's trying to do to get not only his timing back but from a cardiovascular standpoint to get in shape and ready to play in a football game so I'm guarded and yet we'll see on Sunday where he's at."

New Orleans Saints tailback Pierre Thomas officially listed as questionable | NOLA.com
Coach Sean Payton said there is a realistic chance Thomas could play, though he remains "guarded." He said the swelling and soreness has gone away from Thomas' lingering ankle injury. And he wants to see how he looks on Sunday morning before the game.

 

SAINTS @ BENGALS:

Saints vs Bengals: NFL Odds - Week 13 Picks | Sports Betting | News
NFL odds and week 13 picks for the New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals on FOX. NFL week 13 picks at sportsbooks have the Saints -7 favorites in NFL odds on the road vs the Bengals.

Henderson: Saints to face bungling Bengals | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
For the second time in three years the Bengals have dropped those eight straight games. No team in the NFL is more disappointing based on offseason optimism. The Saints won't be looking to provide any for this offseason Sunday.

Bengals' Carlos Dunlap, rookie from Florida, sacks as he adapts | cincinnati.com | Cincinnati.Com
Carlos Dunlap had never done much watching from the sideline before this season. The Bengals rookie defensive end also hadn't been on the losing end of many games, but that has been the reality for the team's second-round draft choice this year.

Cincinnati Bengals, Mike Brown | Bengals Blog
"I know how hard those guys work. They’re attentive and ask questions, it has to be something else. Whatever you have there, you need to give (the players) a chance to have a system and let it work for a couple years."

Sam Farmer's Week 13 NFL picks - latimes.com
Drew Brees is starting to hit his stride, and Reggie Bush is sure to have a better showing than he did on Thanksgiving. Saints 27, Bengals 17

Saints-Bengals offers dichotomy of receiver styles - Forbes.com
"If we come off a couple of bad games here where a guy like Marques hasn't caught enough balls or Lance (Moore) or one of these other guys, you're not going to hear about them yapping about it in the media," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. "They know their time will come ... whereas in other places, the minute something goes wrong, somebody's chirping. That's why I love my guys."

2theadvocate.com | Sports | SAINTS NOTES: Chilly situation — Baton Rouge, LA
Thomas, who said he gets his ankle taped as usual and was wearing an ankle brace to be on the safe side, noted the swelling, which had been a lingering problem, has gone down.

View from the Other Side: Turnovers killing the Bengals | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
This week, we welcome in Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals beat writer Joe Reedy, who was kind enough to help us out. You can read all his stories at Cincinnati.com and on his blog at on the website.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton warms to the idea of a cold weather game at Cincinnati | NOLA.com
"I think the thing we probably pay a little bit more attention to is those oddball games on Thursdays and Mondays and the travel either on the back-end after the game or the front end," Payton said. "When I recall getting the schedule initially looking at, for instance, the Thanksgiving game, you know it's going to be a short week, but you have the bye a week and a half prior to that, which helped us."

Snow could be moving into Cincinnati, just in time for the New Orleans Saints: First and 10 | NOLA.com
The latest forecast predicts a high of 36 with a 70 percent chance of snow.

 

AROUND THE NFC SOUTH:

Looking at NFC South payrolls - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans is on the upper end of things, but they’re not quite with the big boys. The Saints are at about $147 million. Then, there are the Carolina Panthers, who are in a league of their own. They are right at $110 million. But more than $30 million of that is "dead money’’, which counts for players no longer on the team. If you factored in only the guys on Carolina’s roster, the Panthers would have a lower figure than the Buccaneers.

Sean Payton among leaders in challenges - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans’ Sean Payton is the best in the division in this category and among the league leaders.

NFC South domes not drawing false starts - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Common sense would say the Superdome and Georgia Dome would be near the top because they’re domes, they’re loud and they’re the homes of two good teams. But common sense doesn’t apply here, for reasons beyond me, and the Saints and Falcons aren’t benefitting much from false starts by opponents.

Mike Smith on verge of Atlanta record - NFC South Blog - ESPN
With a victory on Sunday against Tampa Bay, Smith will reach the second 10-win season of his three-year career.

Winning isn't making a dent at Bucs' gate - NFC South Blog - ESPN

Final Word: NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Saints are a much better team than the Bengals. But with the temperature near freezing and the possibility of snow, this could be a very tough game for New Orleans. They’re a team built for a dome, or at least good weather. Sean Payton may have to change his game plan and run Chris Ivory and Reggie Bush more than usual, and it would be nice if Bush did a better job of holding onto the ball than he did in Dallas on Thanksgiving.

 

LAGNIAPPE:

New Orleans Saints Super Bowl license plates to be available at all OMV branches by Dec. 8 | NOLA.com
A large shipment of additional tags is on the way

New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Brown says hard work is the key | NOLA.com
"The first one runs in, boom, open the gate, corner him off, he runs right in. The next one, he doesn't want to do that," Brown recalled. "He tries to run by me, so I dive at him, and my finger goes across his tooth. It tore my nerve, everything. So I'm so pissed off now. So I grab the hog and just kind of push him in, and I'm thinking, 'You've got to be kidding me.'"

Replay: New Orleans Saints Friday chat | NOLA.com

 

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