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Fleur-de-Links Saturday, December 18: Saints Are On The Defensive

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Lots of talk lately about the New Orleans Saints defense and how it compares to the Baltimore Ravens defense.   Which unit will prevail on Sunday?  If only there were some way to answer this question.  Oh yeah, the final score. Both teams' offenses will have a little something to say about that, however.

In today's F-D-L, we have snippets from Gregg Williams' press conference, Miami LB pieces, a bit on Josh Wilson, who saved the game for Baltimore last week (could he be the Ravens' Malcolm Jenkins?, I'm just Joshin' - see what I did there? It's no Janksgiving, but it's in the ballpark, isn't it?), Friday's final injury report, some feature stories from the Saints and Ravens, another weather outlook, and game previews.  

Given it's December, and we're outdoors, here's a link to the current conditions for the 21230 (Baltimore, MD).

Make the jump, if you dare!!

Saints vs Ravens coverage

Saints vs Ravens preview

Baltimore Beatdown


T_Porter22 Woke up from a nap.....i'm still sleepy, but i'm also hungry...uggggh to the kitchen...#breakfast on deck....#fatboyatheart
HeathEvans "@WhoDatHandiFan: @HeathEvans Happy Holidays Heath, Hope to see you soon."Merry Christmas buddy
alexbrown96 Interesting paintings to say the least...RT @sportspainter: Predict correct final score of KState vs#Gators to (cont)
jeffduncantp Scooter is the Man. RT @BigAssSaintsFanScooter Hobbs of LC American Press has an article in today's paper. Saying your book is a must read.
LanceMoore16 Happy Saturday errrbody!!! Watched The Town last night w @NickMoore_1. One of the best movies I've seen in a minute. Anybody else see it?
JonVilma51 Bowl season starts today....jus glad my canes aren't kicking it off lol
JonVilma51 Shot out to uconn's women basketball team... Looking to tie ucla's 88 game win streak tomm, that's Big Time
jeffduncantp Just arrived in gray Baltimore. Weather isn't bad. 36 degrees. If it's like this tomorrow the conditions shouldn't be a factor.
jeffduncantp Awesome.... RT @TheOnion: Report: States Quietly Raising Speed Limits Near Failing Schools
jgoody76 Bout to takeoff for bmore! I'm gonna watch Dexter the entire flight!
jgoody76 Is this a subliminal? To my boomama RT @OfficialGurl56: I wish I had a lunch date mate!!! Man I'm hungry!!!
sharper42 Just landed in baltimore, crab cakes and football.
usama_young28 Around the corner from the crib. Gotta get with my fam before meetings
T_Porter22 In Baltimore....idc what nobody says I'm so cold I can't even blink! eyelids are freezing
JonVilma51 Not too cold here in looks like its 8 pm already tho lol
reggie_bush Just touched down in Baltimore getting ready for our game vs. the Ravens tomorrow! Trust me you guys don't wanna miss this game! Who Dat!
ivory_29 Not too cold in Baltimore but it's Already dark..
jeffduncantp Chris Ivory made the trip to Baltimore with the#Saints. Officially he's a game-time decision. I think its very doubtful that he plays Sun.


From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints defense eager to outshine Baltimore Ravens defense |
Mike Triplett - Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said Saints play better with a chip on their shoulders.

New Orleans Saints' Gregg Williams loves the way Ray Lewis and Jon Vilma play linebacker |
Staff report - He said he likes those linebackers from Miami.

Special Breed |
Les East - Former Miami LBs Vilma, Lewis share talent, passion for the game.

Saints look to overcome cold temps again at Ravens |


Stark Raving Ravens 

Game Preview: Saints at Ravens |
Video - player and coach comments.

Game Preview: Momentum Could Carry To Playoffs |
Mike Duffy - A win against the Saints could set the Ravens on a positive path to the postseason.

Matchups To Watch: Reed vs. Brees " Baltimore Ravens Blogs |
Ryan Mink

Ravens Insider: Saints' Brees adept at sharing the wealth (and the football) |
Edward Lee

Ravens Insider: Stallworth gets another shot at old friends |
Edward Lee

Keeping Him Grounded |
Marisol Renner - Growing up in a large, sports-crazed family, Joe Flacco always knew he'd play football.

Wilson Back Living The Dream |
Ryan Mink - CB Josh Wilson was traded, then was a healthy scratch. Now he's the hero of the hour.

Ravens' Josh Wilson comes up big |
Ken Murray - Transition was slow for cornerback, but he's coming on fast

Ravens Insider: Mason within reach of passing Heap for franchise lead in catches |
Edward Lee - Derrick Mason is within reach of a number of milestones, which he could accomplish this Sunday when the Ravens play host to the New Orleans Saints.



Brees the best |
Brett Martel (AP)

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees fourth QB to be named AP Athlete of the Year |
Mike Triplett - Accolades continue to roll in for Super Bowl MVP.

A love song to Drew Brees, by bar-guide comic Ian Hoch |
Dave Walker - "C'mon, make me Mrs. Brees," he sings in hilarious new video. (In case you missed it in the Fanshots on Friday from Jeff I.B....)

Gregg Williams: Why he doesn't say good luck and five other gems |
Staff report - New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator sounds off.

Final Word: NFC South - NFC South Blog -
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 15. 

AFC North injury report - AFC North Blog -
James Walker - Here is the final injury report for Week 15 in the AFC North.


V-Roll Roll Call

Saints Vlog: December 18 -- Duo out affects running game |
Brian Allee-Walsh and Les East report on final Saints' preparations before the trip to Baltimore.