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Fleur-De-Links: Saturday, September 29

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: The wheel of Karma spins - who's more deserving of a win this weekend, the Saints or Packers?

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New Orleans SaintsLet's see what college is best represented in Who Dat Nation - who are you cheering for today?

WWL-TV SportsICYMI from Friday: "In spite of record, 2011 game in Green Bay, playing at Lambeau still special" #NFL

JUNIOR GALETTEI Used to hit da kitchen lights CockRoaches Everywhere!

skooksDoes the bye week count toward Joe Vitt's suspension service?

New Orleans SaintsWhite jerseys, black pants RT @JRxTune @Saints which uniforms are the Saints wearing tomorrow? #NOvsGB

Jason BabinAt my son's pee wee game and just asked the refs if it sucks they are not doing @NFL games anymore.

Johnny PatrickHeaded to Green Bay.. You look good, you feel good, you feel good, you play good, you play good, they pay good....

Johnny Patrick"@num1jennifer: "@JohnnyPatrick32: Louisville lets get this win.."Southern Miss all day!!" Not even going to be a close one lol...


skooksRickey Jackson unveiled a BBQ sauce. Now Joe Horn is endorsing a sausage. They are the T-P and Advocate of backyard dining.

Jimmy Graham"@aimeenuss9: @jimmyjames009 I have a sense of humor. But when it comes to @TheJimmyGraham I get a little defensive!" True fan!

Andrew JugeKids are ready for Tech to roll UVA

Thomas Morstead"@E_Sanders88: In Dallas for the SMU vs tcu game! Pony up! Gonna tailgate for the 1st time in my life if the rain ever stops! #smu" #PonyUp

Bradley HandwergerDelta...where you can fly to Milwaukee and the elevator music is a Spanish radio station.

Grandmaster WangHoly s***. There's a dude named Munchie Legaux.

deuce mcallisterNervous as i prepare to attempt to call this Tulane/ULM game on CST. Wishing both teams great health

skooksBeen busy. Just looked at scoreboard. Didn't know Spags was allowed to moonlight for both Baylor and W. Virgina during the same game.

The Angry Who DatCan nobody say the Dome could be louder without going all #realfanz with it? Jesus, you're loud, you're not a superior f****** being

The Angry Who DatEverytime someone says "real fans" they completely lose me, no matter how valid their point is. And "the Dome's not very loud" is valid.

Chris ChamberlainPrayers Up for my guys @Saints for a safe and successful trip to Green Bay!


From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers: Inside the game |
Nakia Hogan - Drew Brees can tie Johnny Unitas' record with a TD pass Sunday.

New Orleans Saints offense a 'Noah's Ark' of problems -- two of everything each week |
Mike Triplett - What's wrong with the New Orleans Saints offense? It's obvious, isn't it?

New Orleans Saints need Drew Brees to be brilliant |
Jeff Duncan - During 0-3 start he's just been average.

Could Drew Brees be trying too hard in first season after $100 million contract? |
Larry Holder - Saints, Brees face tough challenge Sunday in Green Bay Packers.

Big contracts, NFL playoff spots don't always go hand-in-hand for top quarterbacks |
Larry Holder - There are mixed results for quarterbacks in their next season after receiving a huge payday.

New Orleans Saints plan to be aware of Green Bay's Charles Woodson |
Nakia Hogan - Woodson has 55 career interceptions.

Some New Orleans Saints relish opportunity to play at Lambeau Field |
Nakia Hogan - Saints set to play Packers at legendary stadium.

New Orleans Saints will be thin at linebacker against the Packers |
Nakia Hogan - Hathowrne, Casillas among three injured Saints ruled out.

Saints trying to find right balance on offense against Packers |
Bradley Handwerger - Statistics can sometimes mask the truth and, in 2012, at least on offense, they’re doing that for the New Orleans Saints.

Packers aim to keep QB Aaron Rodgers on his feet vs. Saints | The Advocate
Chris Jenkins (AP) - For all the Green Bay Packers’ complaints about a mistake by replacement officials Monday night, they probably wouldn’t have been in position to lose on a last-second play if their offensive line had done a better job protecting Aaron Rodgers in the first half.

Saints defense insists that numbers don’t tell the whole story | The Advocate
Brett Martel (AP) - Cam Jordan refuses to let the New Orleans Saints’ dreadful defensive statistical rankings get him down.

New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers: The big picture | The Advocate

N.O. Saints defense tries to get on track against G.B. Packers | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - The trick for New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo this week is to build on the good and learn from the bad, or it could get downright ugly Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at storied Lambeau Field.

Kromer: Saints Will Win More Than We Lose - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
New Orleans Saints Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer spoke with the media on Friday before the team heads to Green Bay to take on the Packers.

Pete Carmichael Previews Matchup Against Packers' Defense |
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael met with the media after practice on Friday to discuss Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. Includes link to video of it.

New Orleans Saints Look to Earn First Win of 2012 at Lambeau Field |
The Saints will face the Packers in Green Bay for the second consecutive season on Sunday. Includes link to NFL Films preview video.


Packers' Propaganda

Will offense return to form against Saints? | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Tyler Dunne - At halftime of Green Bay's 14-12 loss at Seattle, left guard T.J. Lang took a look at the stat sheet, saw that the offensive line had allowed eight sacks and admitted he was "embarrassed."

Packers receivers struggle to duplicate 2011 performance | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Bob McGinn - They say tape never lies when it comes to playing in the National Football League.

Shields shows improvement at cornerback | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Bob McGinn - Sam Shields is entrenching himself more with each passing week as the right cornerback for the Green Bay Packers.

Triplette will be referee in Packers-Saints game | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Tom Silverstein - Veteran referee Jeff Triplette will lead the crew that officiates the Packers-Saints game, according to an NFL source.

McCarthy praises Packers' character |
Mike Spofford - As the Packers concluded one of their more tumultuous weeks in team history, the energy was back up to its usual level at practice on Friday, Mike McCarthy said.

Video: Under the Cap with Randall Cobb |
In this edition of 'Under the Cap,''s Larry McCarren sits down with Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb.

One last look: Can Packers defense shut down Saints? |
Mike Spofford - After a dominant Week 2 victory over the Bears, Packers defenders were reluctant to proclaim a defensive turnaround based strictly on one game.

Final Word: NFC North - NFC North Blog |
Kevin Seifert - Five nuggets of knowledge on Week 4. The Goodell Bowl: That's how I'm referring to Sunday's game at Lambeau Field, which pits two teams that have felt aggrieved by the policies of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.



Former New Orleans Saints player Scott Fujita meets with Commissioner Roger Goodell |
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York for about one hour Friday about his suspension in the Saints' bounty case that was temporarily lifted earlier this month.

Joe Horn: Sean Payton suspension could be cut to 8 games |
Jude Young - The man who used to the the unofficial voice of the New Orleans Saints has tweeted what would be good news for Who Dat Nation.



Clay Matthews: 'No sympathy' in Saints-Packers game |
Kareem Copeland - Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews knows his team is desperate for a win with a 1-2 record, and more losses than they had all last season.

NFC South programming notes - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - I’m about to begin the journey up to Atlanta for Sunday’s game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

Video: Accuscore on Saints-Packers - NFC South Blog |
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Saints-Packers matchup.

Biggest NFL games of Week 4 - John Clayton's First & 10 |
The New Orleans Saints-Green Bay Packers game couldn't come at a more interesting time for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Coaches under unprecedented pressure - Adam Schefter's 10 Spot |
Items 1 and 7 have to do with the Saints/Packers.

SI’s Peter King Raising Money for Team Gleason |
Lenny Vanglider - Thanks to one of the NFL's most visible writers, the fund-raising efforts of former Saint Steve Gleason will get a boost Saturday.

New Poll! |
Andrew Juge - I've had the same poll up on the left hand side of the blog forever, so it's time for a new one.

New Orleans Super Bowl in 2013 will surpass the city's last turn, sports industry leaders say |
Mark Waller - When New Orleans hosts the Super Bowl in February, the production will be larger and the landscape altered compared to the last time the behemoth sporting event came to town in 2002.

NFL week 4 selections from experts |
Four out of five have Packers beating Saints.

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