Saints News 9/24/13: Saints Rank 4th In Total Defense, 6th in Total Offense

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Did anyone truly think these lofty rankings would be possible after three weeks? Most Saints fans were just hoping for a top-15 defense and dared not dream for a top-5. It's still early in the season and rankings can be deceptive, but it's worth noting at the start of week 4 that the Saints are marching even better than most hoped before the season began. Can they keep it rolling this week against the 3-0 Dolphins on MNF? In other interesting stat reporting, Pro Football Focus says Saints DE Cameron Jordan has more QB pressures than J.J. Watt through three games and on 19 fewer snaps! I like how this season looks so far!

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Saints’ defense rises seven spots to fourth in NFL rankings | Black and Gold
After allowing a season-low 247 total yards in a smothering 31-7 win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Saints’ defense jumped up seven spots to fourth in fewest yards allowed at 295.7 yards per game.

Saints, Graham talks going nowhere | ProFootballTalk
Through three games, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has 358 receiving yards and four touchdowns. But Graham still doesn't have a new contract. Per multiple league sources, the Saints have made an offer. Graham's camp has not yet responded.

From the Coach’s Office: Sean Payton's Curious Late Half Decisions in Cardinals Win
An area of concern for me was the end of half decisions by Sean Payton. On the surface he put his defense in a difficult situation that could have been avoided. He also gave Arizona an opportunity to seize momentum and get back in the game.

Vargas: Defensive line forcing mistakes, turnovers | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Like the rest of New Orleans, even some of the most sought-after members of the Saints can’t talk for long without mentioning the precociou…

O-line issues keep pressure on Brees | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
They’re off to their first 3-0 start since winning Super Bowl XLIV, but the New Orleans Saints are turning their attention to an issue on o…

Drew Brees finds closure amid New Orleans Saints' 3-0 start | Audibles - SI.com
After a 2012 season in which they were hit with as many distractions and unplanned absences as any team in NFL history, the New Orleans Saints are firmly back on track.

Drew Brees nominated for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week
Drew Brees threw three touchdowns and ran for one against the Cardinals on Sunday

Drew Brees Wins NFL.com Fantasy Player Of The Week Honors
I’ll be the first one to admit that I didn’t see this one coming. Sure, Drew Brees is arguably one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL, and only time will tell where history places him after his retirement. The fact remains however that the New Orleans Saints offense hasn’t been cranking out numbers like it did in our 2009 championship season.

New Orleans Saints finally playing complementary football to help a thriving defense: Film Study | NOLA.com
"We as an offense when the defense is playing like that, we're feeding off them," Brees said. "Despite our struggles at times ... It was just, man, the defense was putting a lot of pressure on them and continuing to give us the ball back and give us an opportunity.

Week Three Power Rankings | ProFootballTalk
4. Saints (3-0; No. 7): When the Dolphins come to town next week, they should get the key to the city for not offering Drew Brees a contract in 2006.

New Orleans Saints morning report: TE Jimmy Graham in spotlight - ESPN
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has been receiving plenty of attention this year for what he’s doing on the field – and for what

Saints fans excited, but cautious about team's start | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints fans couldn't be more excited to see the team with three wins to start the season, especially since the last time they had a similar record they went to the Super Bowl.

Fan Chat: Are we dreaming? Are Saints this good? | wwltv.com New Orleans
Eyewitness Sports Director Doug Mouton and WWLTV.com Sports Writer Bradley Handwerger say, pinch us, are we dreaming?

7 Plays From Sunday: Saints protection breaks down with rookie starting | wwltv.com New Orleans
Twenty-six times in 2012, Drew Brees was sacked. In 2011, it was 24. Both are low numbers for the NFL.

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Week 4: Dolphins @ Saints

Miami’s 3-0 start has buzz building | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — As the Miami Dolphins prepare for a rare prime-time appearance next Monday night in New Orleans, the extra day betwee…

New Orleans Saints seek 4-0 start | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- One season after losing their first four games, the Saints are within reach of a 4-0 start in 2013. All that stands in the way are the undefeated Miami Dolphins, which travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for Monday Night Football.

Edge Beat: Kelly on Dolphins-Saints
In the Edge Pro Football Beat, the Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly & CineSport's Noah Coslov preview Dolphins-Saints, the first Week 4 Monday Night game since 1996 to feature two undefeated teams.

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, September 24
There will be no media availability today

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Around the league

Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog
RODDY WHITE ISN’T HAPPY ABOUT CRITICISM OF ALDON SMITH

Lions lose Nate Burleson to broken arm | ProFootballTalk
The Lions will be without a key cog in their passing game, after an early morning car accident. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places and will need surgery today.

Mike Pereira says the NFL’s rulebook is too thick | ProFootballTalk
Mike Pereira used to be in charge of overseeing the enforcement of the NFL's rules. Now he says the NFL has so many rules that the officials can't keep them all straight.

NFL finds no evidence of widespread problem with sample collectors | ProFootballTalk
In the wake of the reality that Broncos linebacker Von Miller worked with a urine sample collector in an effort to generate negative drug tests, the NFL was indeed concerned about other potential incidents.

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Lagniappe

Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Lewis visits John Ehret High School | NOLA.com
Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver and current Saints Team Ambassador Michael Lewis, along with Saints Mascot Gumbo, recently visited John Ehret High School in Marrero as part of the NFL's Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign.

Tyrone Hughes to appear at Saints Hall of Fame Museum before Dolphins game
He played for the Saints from 1993-1996

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Video

VIDEO Drew Brees: "we haven't played our best football"
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees stops by to chat about the return of head coach Sean Payton, the resurgence on the defensive side of the ball and his acting skills.

VIDEO Are the Saints the NFL's best undefeated team?
The New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks are all undefeated along with a handful of other teams, but which undefeated team is the best?

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