Fleur-de-Links: November 15, 2011

TWEETS:

Greg Bensel
Led by Drew Brees, Saints players sent nearly $50K today to the Navy Seal Foundation for the families of the Seals who died in Afghanistan

Greg Bensel
"We all wanted to contribute to the Navy Seal Foundation...supporting those who have lost their lives defending our freedom," said Brees.

Radio Call of the Game: "Turner...Does Not Get It!"
cameron jordan
Yo I jus realized after season we gotta get a ping pong rematch

Greg Bensel
10 pm tonight-Fox 8 Jennifer Hale takes an emotional look at the story that is Jimmy Graham...an incredible story of overcoming adversity

Getting ready to host celebrity waiters luncheon at the Marriott New Orleans from 11-2, to benefit Bridge House/Grace House.

What did you expect? You met me at pizza hut RT : How is it possible you can be so attractive yet your hair smells like cheese?

NFLPlayerNews
nfl: Greg Jennings talks about the Packers chances of going 16-0: http://t

New Orleans Saints
We had some creative fans in Atlanta last Sunday...

Morning world....

I could go for a good breakfast... Where to go??... Just me and my iPad...

deuce mcallister
Wheels Up

New Orleans Saints
Vote for Drew Brees for this week's FedEx Air Player of the Week!

My praise to for asking all the tough questions! Hands down the best/most uncomfortable interview I've ever seen!

cameron jordan
On any given day on any given moment where would u rather be than right here right now at this very moment treasure life

RT : Can't decide who is funnier or cuter? or . Football for her is a blast!< Haha freakin right!

cameron jordan
Really?! RT : The best thing you can do for a broke friend is to share your knowledge, not your wealth.

cameron jordan
Reunited and it feels so good....

Johnny Patrick
Taking off tomorrow, it's been a long time since I got a plane without my teammates, I'm gonna miss them for this week....✈


 

SAINTS @ FALCONS:

Saints vs FAILcons: How Sweet It Is to Be Loathed By You
Chicks in the Huddle

4th-down call shows Atlanta Falcons coach still spooked by past losses to New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
No matter where you fall on Mike Smith's decision to go for it on fourth-and-inches against the Saints on Sunday, one thing is perfectly clear: The Saints are in the Falcons' heads. They own the rivalry right now. The Saints have won nine of their past 11 games against the Falcons. The past four have been decided by a...

New Orleans Saints move up to No. 3 in power rankings; what are yours? - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Let's forget about the decision made by Atlanta Falcons Coach Mike Smith, if we can. Instead, let's concentrate on where the New Orleans Saints are at the moment -- sitting in first place in the NFC South with a 1 1/2 game lead heading into their bye week. While the Saints aren't totally comfortable following their 26-23 overtime win,...

Michael Vick-led Eagles blow yet another fourth-quarter lead; Tom Brady, Patriots win - Peter King - SI.com
2. Mike Smith makes a curious call, and the Saints take command of the NFC South. The Falcons coach channeled his inner Belichick, went for it on fourth-and-inches from his 29 in overtime, didn't make it, and the Saints kicked a field goal a couple of minutes later to win 26-23. "First we were going to punt the football,'' Smith said, "then we had a change of heart and I wanted to go for it.''

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 10
Robert Weintraub: Someone needs to tell the Saints' prevent defense that they are up by three, not more. 55 yards in two plays over the middle.

Falcons players, stats back up Mike Smith’s decision | ProFootballTalk
Mike Smith's gamble heard around the NFC South isn't getting the same attention as Bill Belichick's fourth down call against the Colts two years ago. That's for a few reasons. It happened during a 1 p.m. game that wasn't on everywhere nationally.

NFL Pundits Hate It, But The Falcons Made The Right Call On Fourth-And-Inches
We're doing a season-long NFL roundtable with our friends at Slate. Check back here each week as a rotating cast of football watchers discusses the weekend's key plays, coaching decisions, and traumatic brain injuries.

Falcons coach Mike Smith’s decision to go for it doesn’t add up - The League - The Washington Post
Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 29-yard-line against the Saints on Sunday was unnecessary for several reasons.

Saints Continue Winless Streak on Coin Flips - NYTimes.com
With the Saints losing both coin tosses in Sunday's victory against the Falcons -- the one before the game and the one before overtime -- they have now lost all 11 tosses this season.

More numbers on Mike Smith's decision - NFC South Blog - ESPN
FROM THE SKY HIGH ABOVE GEORGIA OR FLORIDA -- We already brought you one analysis of the percentages surrounding Atlanta coach Mike Smith’s cont

Saints' defense ready to build? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Let me share a little behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the media world works. When a game is going along, editors start asking what you’re plan

With time to reflect, Smith says call was right  | ajc.com
FLOWERY BRANCH -- A day after coach Mike Smith’s controversial fourth-down call, the Falcons returned to their practice facility determined to bounce back from their 26-23 overtime loss to the Saints.

Rewind: Falcons had their chances against Saints  | ajc.com
The game that was Despite the fourth-down call that failed in overtime, the Falcons had their chances before succumbing to the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in a battle for first place in the NFC South.

Why Mike Smith's Fourth-Down Call Against Saints Was Correct - NYTimes.com
It turns out that Falcons Coach Mike Smith had math on his side on his controversial fourth-down call in an overtime loss to the Saints.

Falcons' Smith panics on fourth down - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Mike Smith had a change of heart at the wrong time, making a bad decision that ultimately backfired. - National Football League news

Brees inspires unusual moves by Falcons
The Falcons couldn't get any pressure on Drew Brees, and a roll of the dice in OT cost the team the win.

Gutsy call or not, Smith keeps Falcons from a big win - NFL - CBSSports.com Football
Fourth and a fingernail. That's how close the Falcons were from continuing an OT drive against the Saints, but came up empty. Pete Prisco says Mike Smith's mistake may have cost Atlanta more than just the lead in the NFC South.

Gritty win over Falcons bodes well for Saints' chances this season (Herndon) | al.com
Saints have suffered some ugly losses on the road this year, but Sunday's win was a big one.

Trahan's Takes: Saints big win over Falcons

Jimmy Graham atones for drop, then slams Falcons - NFL - Sporting News

The New Orleans Saints defense isn't perfect, but it came up big against the Atlanta Falcons - ESPN
The biggest stories from Week 10 include the Saints' defense rising to the challenge against the Falcons; coaching decisions by Mike Smith and Andy Reid; Rob Gronkowski's big day; and the Ravens' wild inconsistency.

Mike Smith still comfortable with choice - NFC South Blog - ESPN
A day after making the most controversial decision of his tenure, Atlanta coach Mike Smith faced the media again and said he was still comfortable with it.

 

LAGNIAPPE:

New Orleans Saints fans display the street fashion of the Who Dat Nation | NOLA.com
Steven Forster's "My Way": Royal Street was awash in black and gold on Sunday.

Brees Has Unitas's Streak in His Sights - NYTimes.com
Saints quarterback Drew is within shouting distance of Johnny Unitas's touchdown streak record, but what's the likelihood that he will actually break it?

NFL to Debut Monthly Magazine in December

Newton, Freeman struggle in Total QBR - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The NFC South’s two youngest quarterbacks had dismal games Sunday, according to Total QBR.

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees to appear on 'Tonight Show' - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
He last visited Jay Leno as team was making its run toward Super Bowl XLIV

 

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