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Fleur-de-Links: November 8, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: OT Charles Brown is confident he can fill in for injured Zach Strief. Falcons can't wait to test him. Who Dat Nation holds their breath.

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Vitt said Sproles (Hand), Roby (Shoulder), Galette (Ankle) & Strief (Groin) did not practice today

RT Coach Smith says Weatherspoon is making progress, but will not play this Sunday

Vitt: "Our redzone defense last week was outstanding. It really was the difference in the game"

. NFL PLAYERS GAMBLING ON FOOTBALL RT : You'll have your money at meetings. Very disappointing.

RT On This Day in 1970, kicker Tom Dempsey booted NFL record 63-yard FG to beat Lions. Distance tied, never broken

PHOTO: the shoe worn by Tom Dempsey during the 1970 season via

' Roman Harper on ' Roddy White being an Alabama guy: "UAB does not count. Do not put them in that same box."

Cowboys exec Stephen Jones says the notion that Jason Garrett is coaching for his job this year "ridiculous." Says everyone is accountable

LMAO I'll never let em hear the end of it when they lose to the AINTS, worst defense in the NFL, what's that say about the Falcons?

I'm kinda laughing at the idea that this Jerry-as-GM thing is a new topic ... It's been talked about in Dallas since Jimmy left.

99-Yard Pick-6

Great morning world..make your today better than your yesterday, giving thanks every step of the way!

Who's workin....

Today will be a good day... Early am film session? Why not??

So I pray about my ankle wake up to it feeling 10x Better Thank You Father God! So blessed it brings Tears 2 my eyes

Amazing QB takes lemons & makes lemonade. He won’t quit & makes heads up play. check it out.



Saints RB Sproles, WR Roby miss 5th straight practice with injury | New Orleans
The same four players who sat out the Saints’ first practice of the week missed the second day, giving them precious little time to improve enough to play in New Orleans’ Sunday showdown with Atlanta.

Saints look to end perfect run of Falcons
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are halfway home to a perfect regular season.

Saints T Charles Brown ready for opportunity should it come | New Orleans
Charles Brown sat at his locker at the New Orleans Saints facility on Wednesday, his head swiveling from left to right and back again as question after question was lobbed his way.

Saints see disciplined, confident team when watching Falcons | New Orleans
The Falcons won 10 games in 2011 and made the playoffs as a wild card. And yet, Atlanta changed both coordinators. Now it's the only undefeated team in football.

Whitlock: Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the NFL? Pump the brakes - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Unbeaten Atlanta best in NFL? Jason Whitlock isnt totally sold. Whitlock: Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the NFL? Pump the brakes

Roddy White thinks Falcons can go 16-0 | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons are halfway to perfection -- setting aside those three games that come after Week 17, each of which are slightly more important than any of the 16 regular-season games. Receiver Roddy White thinks the Falcons can follow their 8-0 start with an 8-0 finish.

Saints know how to deal with turnaround from Monday night games -
The Saints are perfect in their last nine Monday night games, and they've been pretty good the following Sunday, too.

Falcons re-sign Mike Cox, waive Lousaka Polite | ProFootballTalk
The Atlanta Falcons swapped out fullbacks on Wednesday releasing veteran Lousaka Polite and re-signing Mike Cox. Cox played in the final nine games of the 2011 season serving as the lead blocker for running back Michael Turner.

Saints focus on Falcons, not when games are played | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — A quirk in the schedule has the New Orleans Saints playing the Atlanta Falcons, their longtime divisional rivals, twice in a spa…

Gwinnett Daily Post | Falcons' defense could get boost for matchup with Saints
A pair of injured players have a chance to playing in road game this Sunday

Atlanta Falcons: Players find national media skeptical of their success | Atlanta Falcons

Q&A with Saints coach Joe Vitt (who apparently doesn’t have a crystal ball) | Atlanta Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH --- Apparently, New Orleans interim head coach Joe Vitt is into sorcery or something.

Falcons have no ‘Bounty Gate’ sympathy for the Saints | Atlanta Falcons

NFL Rumors: Could Darren Sproles Return In Week 10?
NFL Rumors: Find out whether or not New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles will return to the lineup in week 10.



From the Coach’s Office: Saints–Eagles Analysis
While neither team was very good, the Philadelphia Eagles have taken futility to an entirely new level. This led me to search for examples of things that bad teams do. Here are a few that affected the game.

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Eating Crackers Like Thanksgiving
Just when you think you've got this thing all figured out. Just when you think you've figured out exactly what this 2012 Saints team is, and how the rest of this script is gonna play out. SHOCKING PLOT TWIST! Like sands through the hourglass…

New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory Has Earned More Playing Time
Chris Ivory had a great outing in week nine against the Philadelphia Eagles. Find out why he has earned himself some more playing time.

New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet Answers The Call In Week Nine
New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet made the most of his playing time in week nine. Find out how big of an impact he really made.



Forecast: Why Sean Payton isn’t going anywhere | New Orleans
Does the national media hyperventilating over the possibility of Sean Payton going to Dallas in 2013 have you freaked out? Don’t be. Circumstances and history make it very unlikely Payton will be coaching anywhere but New Orleans next year.



NFL players should be free to decide whether to attend childbirth | ProFootballTalk
The issue of Bears cornerback Charles Tillman possibly missing Sunday night’s game for the birth of his child placed on our radar screen for the second time this season a delicate question, about which plenty of you have strong opinions.

Around the League's fearless NFL midway predictions -
The Saints will make the playoffs

Midseason, Saints not where they want to be | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Despite everything that transpired during a tumultuous spring and summer, few could have expected the New Orleans Saints to star…



Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints - NFL Videos
NFL Films previews the Week 10 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints.

Video: Falcons will take undefeated mark to the Big Easy | Atlanta Falcons