Fleur-de-Links: Wednesday, December 26

You don't tug on SuperCam's cape. - Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Your daily collection of Saints news, analysis, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints begin preparing for Panthers.

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The magic number for D is 271 yards. If it allows more than that v. Carolina, will set record for most yards allowed in a season.

O set NFL mark w/ 7,474 yards last year. Would be quite the double for D to set record for most yards allowed (6,783) a year later.

INJ: DNP - Pierre Thomas, Jed Collins, Akiem Hicks, Jabari Greer. Full: Jimmy Graham Chris Ivory.

Vitt said third down has been more of a key to winning this year than in years past for Saints. Said it was the No. 3 key to winning in 2012

Vitt said you are who you are and the Saints are still ranked last in defense.

Vitt said there's no one in the building who is happy with 8-8, but finishing the season there is better than having a losing record.

Vitt: Carolina hard to prepare for because O totally different. Wildcat, pistol, unbalanced, zone read, naked bootleg, option. etc.

Vitt stat of week: NO is 5-1 when converts 47 percent or more 1st downs, 5-1 when D holds teams to 38 percent on 3rd down or less.

Vitt: has not paid any attention to which players are cap friendly, which ones aren't, who will be back next year because of that.

Brees says just from watching D in practice that they're playing a bunch of confidence.

Pro Bowl selections get announced tonight. Brees says he thinks he, Morstead, Colston & J Evans should at least get a shot.

Drew Brees on being called the best team not in the playoffs: I hate that title.

Twins?!? That’s what I’m talkin about! Much love to the family &

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Still Savoring the Win Over the Cowboys

New Orleans Saints dominated Dallas Cowboys in overtime after up-and-down game: Film Study | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - A breakdown of the total team effort in overtime that led to Saints' 34-31 victory.

New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys play-by-play observations: Film Study Part 2 | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - More details from Saints' 34-31 overtime victory.

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Saints-Panthers

Jabari Greer, Akiem Hicks among New Orleans Saints players to miss Wednesday's practice | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Pierre Thomas, Jed Collins also miss Wednesday's practice.

Saints-Panthers Scouting Report | The Advocate

Silatolu's season likely over | panthers.com
Max Henson - Panthers rookie left guard Amini Silatolu dislocated his wrist on the second offensive play of Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Panthers have big decisions to make | The Advocate
Steve Reed (AP) - The time for Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to make several critical decisions is drawing near.

Panthers return to the scene of the ‘crime’ | CharlotteObserver.com
Joseph Person - In 2011, a Panthers team with a beat-up defense rolled into New Orleans in Week 17 with some late-season momentum and limped out following one of the worst defensive performances in team history. (HansDat note: click on this link at least to see the accompanying picture of Jed Collins' TD spike - it looks like he's kicking a Panter right in the chest!!)

Source: NFL reviewing Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton’s contact with official | CharlotteObserver.com
Joseph Person - The NFL office is reviewing Cam Newton’s contact with a game official during Sunday’s win against Oakland and could fine the Panthers’ quarterback, a league source said Monday.

Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers focused on finale vs. New Orleans Saints | CharlotteObserver.com
Joseph Person - Like he has nearly every Monday over the past month, Panthers second-year head coach Ron Rivera was asked about his future a day after his team’s victory against Oakland.

Oakland Raiders DT Tommy Kelly: We tried to take Carolina Panthers' QB Cam Newton out | CharlotteObserver.com
Jonathan Jones - DT Kelly says hit on Oakland QB made Raiders step up attack.

Rivera getting results from newcomers | panthers.com
Bryan Strickland - More than three weeks ago, after a difficult loss to an emotional Kansas City Chiefs team, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera proclaimed during his weekly press conference that the final month of the season would be about evaluating the most inexperienced parts of the roster, all while still trying to win.

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Lagniappe

NFL Power Rankings, Week 17: Denver Broncos stay on top heading into final week | NOLA.com
Katherine Terrell - New Orleans Saints move up three spots to No. 16.

Guess who leads NFL in dropped passes? - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Heading into the final game of the regular season, it appears unlikely New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham will lose his league lead in dropped passes.

Bucs, Saints battle for unflattering title - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - There won't be any scoreboard-watching by NFC South teams Sunday.

Pro Bowl rosters coming Wednesday night - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced at 7 p.m. ET. Soon after the announcement is made, I’ll provide analysis on who made it from the division.

LOLNFL 2012: Week 16 | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Funny meme photo slideshow.

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