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Fleur-De-Links: Saturday, October 15


No tweets right now, my friends. Busy day for HansDat, and Twitter would not open up in the small window of time I had to write this today, so I'll have to come back later and update this F-D-L.

Try to hold your water until then.

From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints don't feel singled out for physical play |
News and notes from Friday's practice. (HansDat note: another audit prize package for the auditor who finds the error in this Varney piece.)

Feelin' the Brees graphic |
Dan Swenson - An illustrated look at how Drew Brees and the 4-1 New Orleans Saints' top five offensive playmakers have performed through Game 5 and during their 30-27 win over the Carolina Panthers last week.

Drew Brees' completion streak is an NFL record |
Ryan Smith - Brees has completed at least 20 passes in 25 straight regular season games, an ongoing NFL record.

Saints adept at converting third downs | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Win, lose or draw, "Captain Efficiency" typically fixates on one telling statistic after a game. 

Kristian's Quick Hits: Saints Should Win A Close One, Harper Has To Pay |
Kristian Garic - Caution: page contains significant FORMAT FAIL.

Ingram Playing Well Enough For The Saints To Earn Payton's Trust |
Associated Press - This wwl page also contains FORMAT FAIL.

Brees keeps cool on third down -
Drew Brees' cool leadership and a sterling third-down conversion rate power the Saints, Ashley Fox writes. Includes video of something.


From the Crow's Nest

Penalties at worst possible times are costing Tampa Bay Buccaneers | St. Petersburg Times
Stephen F. Holder - The Bucs nearly lead the league in penalties, which are coming in critical situations. (HansDat note: it'd be great to win this battle Sunday)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees faces a familiar victim in Tampa Bay Buccaneers | St. Petersburg Times
Gary Shelton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers activate Tanard Jackson after suspension | St. Petersburg Times
Stephen F. Holder - The Bucs placed S Tanard Jackson on the active roster Friday, meaning he'll be available to play Sunday against the Saints.

Buccaneers activate Tanard Jackson - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just announced they have activated safety Tanard Jackson to their 53-man roster, meaning he can play in Sunday's game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson ready for return to NFL | St. Petersburg Times
Rick Stroud - For 56 weeks while living in forced exile from pro football, having again gone from hero to heel with another career suicide attempt, Tanard Jackson wasn't always sure he wanted to do the time.

Versatile RB Graham back in leading role for Bucs |
Ira Kaufman - During the past few seasons, Earnest Graham accumulated more nicknames than touchdowns.

Bucs Beat: For Morris, relationships are priceless |
If there is there is one thing that sets Raheem Morris apart from most NFL coaches, it is his ability to connect with players, Roy Cummings writes in his Bucs Beat column.

Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Kregg Lumpkin | St. Petersburg Times
Stephen F. Holder sits down with Bucs running back Kregg Lumpkin to talk about the University of Georgia, gospel music and bowling. 

Wide Right Q&A: Bucs DT Okam has reasons to celebrate |
Anwar Richardson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Frank Okam will have 26 reasons to celebrate Sunday against New Orleans.

Buccaneers need to dial down confidence - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - If you've watched Josh Freeman and Mike Williams this season, you might be wondering if the key members of Tampa Bay's game have lost their confidence.



Checking the injuries that matter most - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y.

Week 6 NFL predictions |
The Times-Picayune's NFL experts make their selections for Week 6's games. (HansDat note - do you think they're manly enough to do confidence points?)

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y - Time for a look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

NFC South game plan for Week 6 - NFC South Blog |
Just so you'll rest easy knowing what Pat's up to tomorrow.


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