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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, November 10

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints-Falcons rivalry fever - CATCH IT!!

Can a Falcons flag fly with broken wings?
Can a Falcons flag fly with broken wings?
Chris Graythen


Will SmithMake a @Saints Will Smith poster & win 2 tix to the Saints-Falcons game this Sunday. 2 Winners will be chosen at 9pm tonight.

New Orleans SaintsHappy 237th Birthday to some true Saints: The United States Marine Corps (@USMC)! #SaluteToService

Grandmaster WangCurrently assembling an 80s electronica playlist for 8 & 6 year old. Feeling pretty good about it. Paying it forward. ALISON MOYET, BITCHES!

Saints Nation BlogHey fans can you help out @sterling_john? Bar in San Fran? RT @sterling_john: @SaintsNationBlg Are there any good #Saints bars in San Fran?

The Angry Who Dat"I'm a Saints fan but I like the Falcons when they're not playing each other" - not anyone ever

Jedidiah Collins"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson #LoveLife

JUNIOR GALETTEA #DirtyBird Can't Fly W/o It's Wings I don't have 2 Freestyle I just wanna put my Paws On Em!!

The Angry Who DatMatt Ryan ...

The Angry Who DatAs a kid I loved Potty Pigeons on C64. Never imagined I would root AGAINST a bird that pooped on things

arslan madaric@angrywhodat just passed Falcons team bus driving on N.Peters, they look lost

Lance MooreHello, good morning!

The Angry Who Dat"where'spayton at " ... Well played, sir.

The Angry Who DatLmao

Thomas Morstead#WhoDatNation Trend this----> #BeatTheDirtyBirds #WhoDat

Justin Drescher"@MadisonDresche1:"Might as well share, might as well smile, life goes on for a little bitty while"Life to short not to smile and laugh!

Nick Toon"Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement." ~ Brian Tracy #WordsOfWisdom

Courtney RobyGood Morning people!!!

Pierre ThomasWho wants to attend the Saints/Falcons game tomorrow? RT this & follow @iCAN_Foundation to win 2 tix! #ICAN #DasaniWater #CombatingObesity

Jeff DuncanAt least Syracuse doesn't have to worry about going against Pitino. #Ownage RT @LeeZurik: @garlandgillen @jeffduncantp go cuse!!


From the Saints Sideline

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints: Inside the game |
Larry Holder - How the Saints cover Tony Gonzalez could have big impact on game.

New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons remain a heated rivalry |
Nakia Hogan - Saints (3-5) host Falcons (8-0) at Superdome on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sees the field like no other NFL quarterback |
Mike Triplett - He has figured out how to maximize every inch of his 6-foot tall frame through tireless work ethic, subtle tricks of the trade.

Darren Sproles, Zach Strief among New Orleans Saints who won't play Sunday vs. Atlanta Falcons |
Larry Holder - Tackle Charles Brown will take Zach Strief's spot at right tackle on Sunday and in the near future with Strief likely undergoing a sports hernia procedure.

Final Official Saints-Falcons Injury Report |
The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons released their final official injury reports Friday ahead of Sunday's game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Transcript: Joe Vitt Discusses Friday's Practice, Gives Injury Update |
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt spoke with the media Friday to give a final injury update.

Transcript: Pete Carmichael Talks About Facing The Atlanta Falcons |
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael met with the media to talk about the running game and the offensive line.

Falcons’ Todd McClure knows time is now to win | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Ironman Todd McClure of the Atlanta Falcons fully understands the aging process for a 35-year-old center midway through his 14th and, perhaps, last NFL season.

Atlanta Falcons know they can’t make mistakes vs. Drew Brees | The Advocate
George Henry (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons are ready to prove they aren’t defenseless against Drew Brees.

After solid 2012 debut, Saints RB Chris Ivory hopes for more | The Advocate
Brett Martel (AP) - Chris Ivory doesn’t know why he didn’t get his first chance to carry the ball until the eighth game of the season.

New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma unfazed by lingering bounty saga |
Larry Holder - Saints LB Jonathan Vilma says the lingering bounty appeals and court cases haven't hindered him mentally.

Q&A with Jamie Kelly of the Falcon Wing |
Andrew Juge - As much as I've always hated Jamie's team, I've always respected his knowledge as a football fan and Falcons blogger and you should too.

By the Numbers: The 2012 Saints Through Eight Games |
After eight games, here are the Saints' league-wide ranks in a variety of statistical categories.

Dirty Bird Can’t Fly | The Angry Who Dat
With a broken wing.


From the Aerie

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Falcons (8-0) at Saints (3-5), 1 p.m. Sunday |
D. Orlando Ledbetter - Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is 2-5 as a starter against the New Orleans Saints.

Saturday morning Tweetfest: Turner closing in on OJ, Herschel Walker |
D. Orlando Ledbetter - Normally on Saturday mornings I'm out at some youth football field with the Smyrna Spartans.

Roddy White goes on a rant about Saints, New Orleans | Atlanta Falcons
D. Orlando Ledbetter - The Big Easy is not Falcons wide receiver Roddy White’s favorite city.

Atlanta Falcons: Conversation with center Todd McClure |
D. Orlando Ledbetter - This week we spoke with center Todd McClure.

Leap of Faith in Konz Not Far |
Jay Adams - Trust might be the most important thing between offensive linemen in the NFL.



NFL picks for Week 10 from panel |
Jeff Duncan - The Saints are home underdogs to the Atlanta Falcons. (HansDat note: All five experts picked the Saints.)

Final Word: NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about the Week 10 games.

Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Let’s take a team-by-team look at the highlights from Friday’s NFC South chat.

Is an All-Manning Super Bowl in New Orleans a realistic possibility? |
Terrance Harris - It could happen but Texans vs. Falcons seems more likely.


V-Roll Roll Call

Video: Joe Vitt Interview 11/9/12 |
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Video: Pete Carmichael Interview 11/9/12 |
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Video: Turk McBride Interview 11/9/12 |
DE Turk McBride talks with reporters after practice on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Video: Atlanta at New Orleans preview - NFC South Blog |
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Falcons-Saints.

Video 'Playbook': Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints -
Which offense will outshine the other in Sunday's NFC South showdown? The "Playbook" crew explains why one team's offensive line could be the difference in the game.

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