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Saints vs. Chargers: Gameday Fleur-De-Links

Your daily collection of Saints news, opinion and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: It's GAMEDAY, people!!!

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire


John SpanosLove seeing our fans represent in New Orleans. #chargers

Jonathan VilmaAt least fsu lost...

Garland GillenYes!!! RT @ClayTravisBGID: This is the college football pic of the year. From N.C. State. Trust me.

Jermon BushrodColossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for men!!

Will SmithGreat game @BR_OSUBuckeyes. Going to sleep, got a big game 2maro, #whodat

Jonathan Vilma"@cmarieee624: Do we know when the new bounty penalties will get announced? @Saints @JonVilma51 #WhoDatNation" ask goodell

Scott ShanleOhio state played great. Didn't see this coming. My 7 yr old splits his allegiance between huskers (cont)

Johnny Patrick"@CurvyJ: Can a girl just get another glass of wine sheesshhhh"lol

Joseph Morgan Good morning world and all who inhabit it #spongebob

Pro Football Focus#Saints may blitz Philip Rivers tonight. No QB deteriorates more with extra rushers: QB rating of 104.2 when not blitzed & 53.7 when he is.


From the Saints Sideline

Father Tony Ricard's 2012 Prayer of the Who Dats |
"Like your heavenly saints, we need our New Orleans Saints to rise up from their troubles and claim their places of glory."

New Orleans Saints fans can only hope that Father Tony's Who Dat prayer isn't too late |
Can columnist Sheila Stroup's 'Father Tony Hail Mary' save the season?

Drama in the dome | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - In his first six seasons as coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton seemed to relish the opportunity to play primetime games.

Three and Out | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles.

Struggling Meachem returns to Dome as Charger | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - It is not the way former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem wanted to return home, struggling to justify his star status with the San Diego Chargers.

Saints hope Sunday marks beginning of ascent up Everest-sized mountain |
Bradley Handwerger - It didn’t take long the New Orleans Saints lost to Green Bay for interim head coach Aaron Kromer to figure out an analogy for the task his team will face.

5 Things to Look For in Chargers @ Saints |
Andrew Juge

So Many Questions For The Saints - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Chris Miller - Listen to Saints fans talk about the Saints' Game 5. Includes audio clip.

Graham becomes trendsetting TE | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - Jimmy Graham still remembers his first conversation with Drew Brees.

Saints timeout | The Sun Herald
Q&A with Saints safety Roman Harper. (HansDat note: 3 Qs and 3 As. Don't blink or you'll miss it.)

Saints look for improvement on ground game | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - Right tackle Zach Strief understands the fuss.


Chargers' Chalk Talk

Chargers-Saints: Five things to watch |
Tom Krasovic - The Chargers have shown better balance than the Saints, but can they slow down Drew Brees?

Is tonight’s game at Saints a ‘must win’ for Chargers? |
Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith - For the Chargers, today’s game is a must win. And not just for the record, but for the psyche of the players, coaches, general manager and fans.

Antonio Gates likes a new trend |
Michael Gehlken - On third-and-10 last week, the Chargers tight end stepped wide with his right foot, cut to his left, and by the time Chiefs safety Eric Berry was ready to react, Gates had gone back right, sprinting past him untouched.

Chargers defense values a first impression |
Michael Gehlken - The Chargers defense wants to make Saints quarterback Drew Brees uncomfortable Sunday.

Matt Calkins - Clearly the Chargers should have kept Drew Brees.

Chargers have the right quarterback |
Kevin Acee - It’s been slightly more than six years since Drew Brees and his sewn-together throwing shoulder were sent from San Diego, the only real suitor for his services being a desperate team in a demoralized city.

Unsung Contributors |
Bill Johnston - The Chargers are always a topic of conversation.

Collinsworth Says Bolts Have Chance to Go Far |
Ricky Henne - Here’s what he said the day before San Diego’s big game vs. the Saints.


The Record

Joe Unitas: My Dad Would Be Proud Of Drew - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Tommy Tucker - I was honored to be joined by Joe Unitas this morning on the eve of Drew Brees breaking his father's 52-year NFL record of making a TD pass in 47 consecutive games.

Johnny Unitas' son supports Brees breaking dad's record |
Bill Capo - Joe Unitas enjoyed the seafood available during his visit to the Crescent City and explained why he's hoping Drew Brees will break the record set by his dad, Johnny Unitas.

Michaels, Collinsworth ready for historic call | The Advocate
Ted Lewis - No doubt the author of the most famous signature call in sports broadcasting history will say something appropriately memorable if and when Drew Brees sets the NFL record for consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass tonight.



New Suspensions For Saints Players Could Be Coming Soon - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Chris Miller - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to re-suspend four current and former Saints players in the so-called Bounty case, but hasn't shown any signs so far about when that could happen.

NFL rating game | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Power rankings.