Saints News 9/7/13: Didja Hear? The Falcons Are In Town!!

We're playing who tomorrow? Where's my bow? - Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Here is your final links round-up going into the 2013 opener against the Falcons.

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New Orleans Saints trying to avoid hype of opener vs. Atlanta Falcons | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Saints split season series with Falcons last year.

New Orleans Saints open season vs. Atlanta Falcons in must-win situation | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - The opener against the archrival Falcons is the most anticipated home game since 2010.

New Orleans Saints end preparations for Atlanta Falcons with practice at Superdome | NOLA.com
Katherine Terrell - Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he's had many sleepless nights in anticipation of Saints debut.

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons: What to Watch For | NOLA.com
Kat Terrell - Breaking down the Saints vs. Falcons.

First test of season will be the toughest for revamped New Orleans Saints secondary | NOLA.com
Trip - Atlanta Falcons' deep and versatile passing attack causes the same kind of matchup problems as the Saints' dynamic offense.

New Orleans Saints' Glenn Foster, Isa Abdul-Quddus out for Sunday's game vs. Atlanta | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Junior Galette, Martez Wilson listed as probable; Falcons' Roddy White, Asante Samuel listed as questionable.

Atlanta struggles have Drew Brees motivated for Sunday | The Advocate
Allee-Walsh - On the fateful Thursday evening of Nov. 29, 2012, on a national stage inside the Georgia Dome, Saints quarterback Drew Brees arguably played the worst game of his long, distinguished NFL career.

Saints’ Charles Brown to face tough foe in Osi Umenyiora | The Advocate
Ramon Antonio Vargas - Charles Brown realizes he drew as tough an assignment as he could have wanted for his first start at left tackle when the New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday to open the regular season.

His long wait over, Sean Payton’s ready to do his job | The Advocate
Les East - Sean Payton will have a lot of business to take care of at noon Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints get ready for Falcons by practicing at stadium, watching pregame video | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - As creatures of habit, Friday morning must have jarred Saints players when coach Sean Payton changed locations for practice, moving it from the Airline Drive facility in Metairie to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Five Things to Look for in SEASON OPENER Against the Falcons! | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge - It's on people, the season is officially starting for the Saints today!

Blogging with the Enemy: Q&A with Grits Blitz | thesaintsnation.com
It's a bit of a tradition by now that twice a year I connect with Grits Blitz, an Atlanta Falcon blog, to talk about the game and get some pot shots in in the process.

Preseason Is Stupid, or Why Football Is Better Than Bear Fighting | The Angry Who Dat
Sorry for the prolonged absence. Preseason. Preseason is quite stupid. But it’s over now, and we survived unscathed!

New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons game preview | neworleanssaints.com
Samantha McLain - New Orleans Saints ready to battle rival Atlanta Falcons to open 2013 season (includes nfl.com video).

New Orleans Saints Morning Break | neworleanssaints.com
A look at what's being written about your favorite team and its next opponent, the Atlanta Falcons.

Saints secondary braced for familiar Falcons nemesis Tony Gonzalez | sportsnola.com
Allee-Walsh - While the Atlanta Falcons might be glad to have veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez back for his 17th and perhaps last NFL season, at least two members of the New Orleans Saints secondary wish he would have retired at the end of last year.

Payton Focused On Atlanta, Not His Return | wwl.com
AP - Sean Payton is looking to take the focus off of him as he returns to the sideline for the New Orleans Saints.

Big Chief's Saints-Falcons Preview | wwl.com
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"What Are My Chances?" | whodatsocialclub.com
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Falcons vs. Saints: Questions with the Enemy | who dat dish
As per Fansided custom, we here at Who Dat Dish got with our rival Atlanta Falcons blog, Blogging Dirty and its managing editor Robert Stephens.

Double Coverage (Yasinskas vs. Fox): Falcons at Saints | ESPN.com
Sean Payton is back to right the wrongs of last season, when his New Orleans Saints went off the rails in his absence.

Biggest NFL games of Week 1 - John Clayton's First and 10 | ESPN.com
(Saints come in at #2!) The return of Sean Payton to the sideline should make the Saints a playoff contender. But they couldn't be facing the Atlanta Falcons at a worse time.

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Lagniappe

Saints Fan Talks About His Viral Photo With Atlanta's Roddy White | wwl.com
Jay Vise - A photo that has been making the rounds on the internet the last few months has again taken on new life as the Saints host the Falcons this weekend in the Superdome.

Honoring former New Orleans Saints' longtime announcer Jerry Romig has nice ring to it | NOLA.com
Pete Finney - Jerry Romig is equal parts amnesiac, masochist, wild-eyed optimist and illogical diehard whose Who Dat heart is protected by an oversized Kevlar fleur-de-lis.

Traditional New Orleans Saints banner arrives on McMain fence | NOLA.com
Michael DeMocker - The banners are sold off during the school's spring ArtFest to help pay for the next year's banners.

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