Saints News, 10/2/13: Saints Look To End Soldier Field Losing Streak

Stacy Revere

Sean Payton and Drew Brees are 0-3 in games played at Soldier Field dating back to their first attempt together in the 2006 NFC Championship game. Making matters worse is the fact that this year's version of "da Bears" is pretty good, despite their ugly loss on the road to the Lions last week. The Saints will be traveling to face them on a short week and former Saints O-line coach and former interim interim head coach Aaron Kromer may be able to help his new team exploit weaknesses in the Saints' attack that only he might be aware of. At least we aren't facing them in the windy cold of icy winter again. The weather forecast says it will be around 54 degrees with a chance of rain.

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Saints Prepare For Da Bears

New Orleans Saints release first injury report before Chicago Bears game
Saints also sign fullback Austin Johnson to practice squad

Payton, Saints hope to break Soldier Field losing streak | CSN Chicago
Payton is 0-3 against his former club in the Windy City and the Saints haven't won in Chicago since 2000.

Priority No. 1 vs. Bears: Protect the ball - NFC South Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- Every week, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton likes to come up with a point of emphasis that he drills into his team. It’s n

Saints wary of Bears’ knack for takeaways | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has moved on from the 38-17 thrashing his team dealt to the Miami Dolphins to improve to 4-0 on Monday…

New Orleans Saints' run game stuck in reverse - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- As good as the New Orleans Saints’ offense looked on Monday night, the run game continued to struggle.

Saints making the right halftime adjustments | wwltv.com New Orleans
Sean Payton balks at the idea that the Saints make some grand adjustments at halftime that allows New Orleans to take off in the second half.

Despite 4-0 start, Saints understand they have plenty of work to do | wwltv.com New Orleans
It would be easy to look at the 4-0 record and rankings and think the Saints are back. They are, after all, No. 4 in total offense and No. 6 in total defense and second in point differential.

Saints morning report: Jenkins playing big - NFC South Blog - ESPN
John Jenkins hasn’t received as much attention as his fellow draft classmates, safety Kenny Vaccaro and receiver Kenny Stills. But the third-round pick out of Georgia actually has the highest grade of the bunch according to Pro Football Focus, which assigns a plus or minus to players on every snap.

Drew Brees Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Drew Brees has won the weekly award a club-record 15 times

Saints' Brees highlights NFC weekly winners
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka have been named the NFC's top performers for the fourth week of the 2013 season.

New Orleans Saints-Chicago Bears Connections
Read through the connections between the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears

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Da Bears Prepare for Da Saints

Bears facing tough test against explosive Saints
"The first drill we did was tackling drills," said cornerback Tim Jennings. "We had way too many [missed] tackles in the Detroit game. It hurt us a lot. We're going to face the same kind of back in Darren Sproles, so we definitely have to come in and come to balance and be able to break down and make the tackle on a shifty back."

Bears look to rebound against undefeated Saints
Three days after suffering their first loss of the season following a 3-0 start, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's home game against the Saints.

Bushrod not asked to 'spy' on Saints for Bears | CSN Chicago
“I’d tell the truth,” he said. “But really, what you see on tape is pretty much what they’re going to give you. I mean, there’s no secrets. You can see what they’re doing on tape.”

Briggs disgusted by Lions' offensive outburst
"It's kind of disgusting to see 40 points up on the scoreboard regardless of what went on and how it went up there," Briggs said. "Defensively, we haven't prevented a team from scoring more than 20 points this year yet, and that's not like us.

Source: Bears eyeing options at punter - ESPN
Source: Bears eyeing options at punter after Adam Podlesh struggles in loss

BE: Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. calls Bears 'thugs' - ESPN
Happy Wednesday, folks. Here are some Bears Essentials to help you get the day started. -- Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. called the Chica

QB Watch: Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler - ESPN
New Orleans' defense entered Monday night’s game against Miami ranked No. 4, and collected four sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery in that contest. So Cutler faces a daunting task against the Saints, who sacked him six times during a brutal 2011 outing the last time these teams met. Detroit took away short passes, and dared Cutler to beat the Lions with longer throws. Look for the Saints to employ a similar strategy.

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More on Saints' Beatdown of Dolphins

New Orleans Saints' Darren Sproles a nightmare for Miami Dolphins: Film Study | NOLA.com
For the second consecutive week the Saints' ground game stumbled without the much-maligned Mark Ingram. I know Saints fans don't want to hear this, but the ground game woes aren't all on Ingram.

Dolphins try to regroup | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins’ first loss of the season makes their deficiencies look a lot more glaring. Pass protection is poor. Turno…

Saints offense is No. 4, defense is No. 6 in NFL rankings | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After a 38-17 thrashing of the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, the Saints’ offense and defense switched places in the latest NFL stats thro…

Vargas: Saints stars’ success puts backups in prime time | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
On both sides of the ball, the New Orleans Saints’ starring cast acted at its finest against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, and that a…

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Week 5 TV Viewing Map

506 Sports - NFL TV Maps: Week 5, 2013

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More Reasons To Never Trust the Word Of Roger Goodell

New book, "League of Denial," says NFL used its resources and power over two decades to deny football link to brain damage - ESPN
Excerpts published Wednesday by ESPN The Magazine and Sports Illustrated from the book, "League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth," report that the NFL used its power and resources to discredit independent scientists and their work; that the league cited research data that minimized the dangers of concussions while emphasizing the league's own flawed research; and that league executives employed an aggressive public relations strategy designed to keep the public unaware of what league executives really knew about the effects of playing the game.

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NFL Satire

Jay Cutler Proudly Watches Son Throw First Tantrum | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"My little guy’s barely even a year old, and he’s already throwing tantrums like his dad does on TV. He even stormed out of the room and sulked afterward. Yep, he’s a regular chip off the old block." Cutler noted that he further swelled up with pride upon watching his son blame his mistake on the other kids.

Roger Goodell Announces NFL Will Begin Collecting Players’ Sperm For New Breeding Program | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Telling reporters that "we must prepare for the future," commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday that the league would begin collecting sperm samples from all players for the NFL’s new breeding program.

New Pro Football Hall Of Fame Exhibit Allows Visitors To Experience Concussion | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"We have gone to great lengths to ensure that the entire concussion experience produces the real physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms resulting from violent head trauma. And we believe our guests will find the entire process—from the moment their vision goes dark to their years and years of ensuing headaches, memory loss, and unpredictable mood swings—utterly fascinating."

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Around da League

J.J. Watt cut may lead NFL to adopt a blood rule | ProFootballTalk
"The NFL does not have a blood rule," Pereira said. "Hockey has it, college football has it, the NBA has it: If you have blood on your person you’re asked to leave the game and it has to be stopped and your uniform cleaned up. Should the NFL have a blood rule? I think they should. In this day and age of infectious diseases it makes sense, and that’s exactly why all the other sports have gone in that direction. . . . I’d bet you that they address it in the offseason, especially after seeing J.J. Watt."

USS Babineaux: ‘It’s too early in the season to jump ship’ | Atlanta Falcons | www.ajc.com
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, the longest tenured player on the roster along with wide receiver Roddy White, knows the team is in a tough spot after its 1-3 start.

Lamar Holmes of Atlanta Falcons admits to being out of shape, vows to improve conditioning - ESPN
Atlanta Falcons second-year offensive tackle Lamar Holmes has come to grips with one of his shortcomings -- his conditioning.

NFLPA to investigate leaks of info on Josh Freeman of Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ESPN
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Tuesday the union is looking to investigate how Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman's presence in Stage 1 of the league's substance-abuse program became public.

Carolina Panthers better prepared for Arizona's Patrick Peterson - ESPN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You don't have to tell Ron Rivera how dangerous Arizona's Patrick Peterson is. In 2011, the cornerback returned a punt 89 yards fo

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Video

VIDEO Sean Payton talks about Chicago Bears
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Drew Brees: "We all love Jermon Bushrod"
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO New Orleans Saints Morning Report: October 2
New Orleans Saints Senior Writer John DeShazier previews Wednesday's Saints news in the Morning Report. (New Orleans Saints video).

Video: Cutler, Trestman must bond like Brees, Payton -- chicagotribune.com
Chicago Tribune sportswriters talk about the need for Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman to work together like the Saints' Drew Brees and Sean Payton.


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