BUCS @ SAINTS:
Bucs expecting the good Drew Brees in Saints game | wwltv.com New Orleans
Ronde Barber watched the Saints loss to St. Louis and made mental checks as to what worked.
Bucs Q&A: Balanced attack would help Freeman | TBO.com
Have a good question about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? The Tampa Tribune's beat writers - Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman - will answer it.
Raheem Morris: Sean Payton causes aging - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"He’s made me older,’’ Morris said. "I got the job when I was 32. I’m about 46 now.’’
Magic Number Seven
According to Lake, it’s not how many yards Brees throws for overall that should worry his opponents, but how many yards he gets per throw.
LeGarrette Blount wants bigger role - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"I know I’m going to play third downs in this game,’’ Blount said. "I probably won’t play all of them but I know I’ll play quite a few of them. I’ve shown that I know the protections and that I know the routes and that I can catch the ball so that’s going to help us out tremendously. And it’s going to help me stay in the game a little longer and play a lot more snaps.’’
Recommended read: How to beat Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
But Verhei brings up something else that I think is a much bigger issue for the Saints. If they’re going to win the NFC South and make any kind of a run at the Super Bowl, the Saints have to improve their run defense dramatically.
Bucs notes: Key players are expected to return | TBO.com
Several key members of the Buccaneers appear set to return for Sunday's game at New Orleans, marking Tampa Bay's second matchup with the Saints in a three-week span.
New Orleans Saints scouting report: Tampa Bay - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints hope to get revenge from the Game 1 loss
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NFL Power Rankings: Saints tumble - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The latest ESPN.com Power Rankings are out and the New Orleans Saints tumbled three spots to No. 6 after their stunning loss to the St. Louis Rams, who came into the game winless.
New Orleans Saints don't show much fire in loss to St. Louis Rams: Film study - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly breakdown of the Saints game
Drew Brees is on his way to 20 interceptions: Fantasy football waiver wire pickups | NOLA.com
Stat Based Glory Week Nine
Week 8 Film Review: Giants' Offense Lacks Balance - NYTimes.com
This was not a letdown game by the Saints – it was a "rise up" game by the Rams. They simply outschemed and outperformed their opponent. The Rams showed a presnap blitz look on just about every play for the first 20 minutes, and did a superb job of mixing blitzes with eight-man coverages from those looks.
Out of Bounds by Jabari Greer: "Welcome to my world, son" - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints defensive back's weekly column
Another T.O.-free Tryout Tuesday | ProFootballTalk
Saints: defensive backs Michael Hamlin, Jonathan Nelson, Ricky Price, Andrew Sendejo.
Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger top QBs so far this season - Jim Trotter - SI.com
7. Drew Brees, Saints: It has been a grind for Brees, who, if you take away a 5-TD, 0-interception outing vs. the Colts two weeks ago, has managed 14 scores and 10 picks for the year. It was thought the arrival of rookie running back Mark Ingram would balance the offense, but Brees is shouldering an inordinate amount of the load. He has attempted at least 35 passes in every game, including 44 or more in six of them, which contrasts brightly with the Saints' Super Bowl-winning season two years ago, when he attempted at least 40 passes just three times. The good news for New Orleans is that Brees is capable of getting hot. He ranks No. 1 with a 133.5 passer rating on third down and has the Saints tied for first in the loss column in the NFC South. The bad: Those 10 picks are tied for second-most in the league.
NFC South's good-hands club - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The good-hands club includes New Orleans’ Lance Moore (30 receptions on 41 targets), Atlanta’s Julio Jones (25 catches on 41 targets), Atlanta’s Harry Douglas (17 receptions on 28 targets), New Orleans’ Devery Henderson (16 catches on 25 targets) and Carolina’s Brandon LaFell (17 receptions on 24 targets).
Cam Newton far better, far sooner than anyone expected | ProFootballTalk
PFT is trying to look at every team in-depth during their bye week. The Packers, Bears, Jets, Bucs, and Raiders were in the spotlight last week. Now up: The Carolina Panthers. Losing rarely feels this good Carolina is 2-6 at the midway point.