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Fleur-de-Links - Nov. 2nd: Saints Still Riding High After Victory Over the Steelers

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NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31:  New Orleans Saints cheerleaders dress in costume during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31: New Orleans Saints cheerleaders dress in costume during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

No real need for an intro paragraph today as there's not much new Saints news to report other than Darren Sharper's birthday. Lots of post-game analysis, though. Just stare adoringly at the above picture. Makes me kinda wish every day was Halloween.

TWEETS:

ltorrence24 Sore aching body! (Case of the mondays NFL style)

HeathEvans "@Talkin_SEC: @HeathEvans Why do you think Randy was released? Not sure to be honest w/ u? I know it wasn't because he's a bad teammate!

MalcolmJenkins Happy birthday to my boy @sharp42 enjoy it bro ...good thing you don't play like a old man lol

JonVilma51 i want to personally thank everyone who attended my fundraiser last night. it was a HUGE success as we raised... http://fb.me/N7K5bkVj

Official_Saints It’s Election Day! Vote for the New Orleans Saints for the Pro Bowl! http://bit.ly/SaintsProBowl

sharper42 Thanks everyone for the Bday wishes, but actually the big day is tomro..one last day in my twenties!

HeathEvans "@super2510: @HeathEvans do you think it is possible Moss could become a Saint? Would you recommend him to (cont) http://tl.gd/6pb4pm

Official_Saints DT Sedrick Ellis leads the pregame chant last Sunday! (Saints Photo/Michael Hebert) http://twitgoo.com/1q4rcw

Official_Saints Check out more #Saints photos from our Halloween victory here: http://bit.ly/NOPhotos

MalcolmJenkins Just watched some film on Carolina now I'm getting some treatment trying to get this body right for another physical game

usama_young28 Tuesday's starting off good. Just finished some early film study. Bout to take our winner of "lunch with a saint" Cait, out to lunch

alexbrown96 Did anyone hear the "Moss Rap" Espn put on? Wasn't that hilarious? @karimarbrown and I was dying laughing!!!!

ltorrence24 Oh no they just issued a tornado warning! That means there is an actual tornado nearby, right?

Official_Saints Yes - Rain or shine! RT @WhitNicole18: @Official_Saints are y'all still doing the food drive from 5-7pm in this weather? thanks!

dmcallister26 R.I.P. Nick Bell... prayers out to his family and MSU for there lost

 

MORE ANALYSIS OF STEELERS v. SAINTS:

NFC South Week 8 decisive moment - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Early in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game in the Superdome, the Pittsburgh Steelers looked like they were about to take control.

Saints' dispense with 'Victory Monday,' hope to carry on momentum | wwltv.com | WWL Sports
"It’s a division game," Jenkins said. "This is definitely something that we need, especially getting ready to go into a bye afterwards. We can sell out and give it all we got and rest up after that."

Commentary: Saints defense on a roll | wwltv.com | WWL Sports

Saints' MItchell comes up big in 4th quarter of 20-10 win over Steelers | wwltv.com | WWL Sports
"It was late in the game," said Mitchell, who finished with only two tackles. "They’re trying to drive and they’re trying to tie the game up or win. I don’t know how the guy got open, but he got open. One thing we preach is get him down and try to stop them the next play.

2theadvocate.com | Sports | MICKLES: Saints turn in best effort of season — Baton Rouge, LA
"Obviously, we were disappointed with the 4-3 start, especially since a couple of the losses were uncharacteristic of our brand of football," Drew Brees said after hitting on 20 of 22 second-half passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

2theadvocate.com | Saints | Payton pleased with Saints’ energy in win over Steelers — Baton Rouge, LA
"I thought we had good energy during the week," Payton said. ‘I think we’ve had good energy. I thought we had good focus; and when it came time to play (Sunday) night, I thought we saw that energy and effort level.

Defense sets tone for Saints | HoumaToday.com
NEW ORLEANS — Coming into the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh game on Halloween night, it was the Pittsburgh defense, the famed "Steel Curtain", that got all the press, and all the accolades.

New Orleans Saints Notebook: Defense walks the walk of champs in Steelers win
Six days before stepping between the white lines with the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams painted a graphic picture for his players.

Welcome back, D: 2 late turnovers big in Saints' victory over Steelers | thetowntalk.com | The Town Talk
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints' defense welcomed back an old friend Sunday night in their 20-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Saints say they're serious about taking underdog teams seriously - latimes.com
If the defending champion New Orleans Saints could play well against the worst teams on their schedule, they'd be in excellent shape.

New Orleans Saints' win over Steelers could be springboard to second-half run - Tim Layden - SI.com
NEW ORLEANS -- There was ample noise in this city on Sunday night and deep into Monday morning, because it was Halloween and that is something like a junior varsity Mardi Gras around here. There was music spilling out of the storefronts of every bar on Bourbon Street and the giddy thrum of a thousand vaguely drunken conversations, every voice trying to make itself heard over all the others until none are heard at all -- and it's just a seismic blur. It's like this most nights here, but louder on some than others, and in particular when it seems like half the city is in costume.

Saints Resurrect Selves Against Steelers -- NFL FanHouse

Steelers unprepared for Superdome noise

How the Saints stopped Ben Roethlisberger - NFC South Blog - ESPN

Saints hope win vs. Steelers puts them back on title track - USATODAY.com
The New Orleans Saints' 5-3 start isn't what they expected, but it's looking a lot better this week than if they'd fallen to 4-4. The latter was a possibility going into Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

What's the best thing about the New Orleans Saints beating Pittsburgh? Moving on | NOLA.com
The team says they have to forget about it

Leigh Torrence was an unlikely hero for the New Orleans Saints against Pittsburgh | NOLA.com
He has been released twice by the Saints this season

Saints' 'Sunday Night Football' victory draws 18.1 million | NOLA.com
NBC broadcast tops World Series in ratings.

New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief blames himself for missed touchdown catch | NOLA.com
Strief got caught up by defender, preventing him from getting wide open for easy touchdown in third quarter

Improved goal-line defense was a top priority for New Orleans Saints this year | NOLA.com
Goal-line stand against Pittsburgh Steelers highlighted Saints' improved defense

 

POWER RANKINGS:

NFL Power Rankings Week 9 - National Football League - ESPN
10. The Saints needed a statement victory and they got one by shutting down the Steelers in a 20-10 triumph. (Sando)

Power Rankings: Brady, Belichick keep Pats steaming along - NFL - CBSSports.com Football
8. Saints: Why are they ranked behind the Steelers? Records. That was a huge win against Pittsburgh, considering both Atlanta and Tampa Bay are 5-2.

Wade Phillips should be fired; Donovan McNabb's time up with Redskins? - Peter King - SI.com
11. New Orleans (5-3). The first sniff I've had in weeks that things might get back to some semblance of Super Bowl normalcy sometime this year.

Week Eight power rankings | ProFootballTalk.com
10. New Orleans Saints (No. 11; 5-3): The schedule goes soft, just in the nick of time.

NFL Power Poll: Most Valuable Brady has Patriots back on top - NFL - Sporting News
10. New Orleans Saints (11). Only Indy was easier. Congratulations Drew Brees, for rebounding well against the Steelers.

New England Patriots move up to top spot in Power Rankings; New Orleans Saints No. 4 | NOLA.com

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Loudest NFC South stadium? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Surprisingly, the Superdome and Georgia Dome aren’t causing opponents problems when it comes to false starts. Those two stadiums each average one false-start penalty by opponents per game.

Largest Halloween Party - New Orleans Saints fans sets world record
NEW ORLEANS, LA, USA--17777 fans came to the Steelers game in costume - setting the new world record for the Largest Halloween Party.

 

VIDEO:

Saints Vlog: November 1 - Looking back on Steelers win

New Orleans Saints had to be physical against Pittsburgh, says Lance Moore

Jonathan Vilma says the New Orleans Saints take pride in goal line defense