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Saints News, 11/26/13: Saints vs. Seahawks Matchup Has Become Battle of NFL's Best

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In all of the many NFL power rankings I've seen today, everyone has Seattle ranked at the top and New Orleans ranked at no. 2. Their Monday night matchup is shaping up to be the undisputed NFL mega battle of the week. ESPN must already be salivating over the ratings boon they're sure to reap from this broadcast. In other more exciting statistical news, the Saints lead the league with the fewest number of missed tackles. AWESOME!

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Statement by an <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@nfl</a> spokesperson: Walter Thurmond of the Seattle Seahawks has been suspended without pay for the team&#39;s next four games...</p>&mdash; Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) <a href="https://twitter.com/Seahawks/statuses/405436951676719104">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL announces Walter Thurmond suspension <a href="http://t.co/2jLvkHByus">http://t.co/2jLvkHByus</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/405439981310586882">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Seahawks announce signing of CB Perrish Cox. Could still be more CBs moves to come</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/405442622488985601">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have won an <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a>-best 9 straight Monday night games &amp; have an 11-2 record on MNF since &#39;06 <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsSEA&amp;src=hash">#NOvsSEA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/405440276883185664">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees has a 123.6 QB rating in that 9-game Monday night winning streak <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/405441094411755522">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;When in doubt, punch em in the mouth !&quot; -Jack Tatum- <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23beatmichigan&amp;src=hash">#beatmichigan</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23rivalryweek&amp;src=hash">#rivalryweek</a> <a href="http://t.co/g0epQB2OJS">http://t.co/g0epQB2OJS</a></p>&mdash; Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins/statuses/405438764131946496">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Glad to be a proud member of the Dallas Cowboys, can&#39;t wait to play on America&#39;s team. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CowboyNation&amp;src=hash">#CowboyNation</a></p>&mdash; Martez Wilson (@MartezWilson52) <a href="https://twitter.com/MartezWilson52/statuses/405424393599193089">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/MartezWilson52">@MartezWilson52</a> welcome to Dallas tez! Let me know you need anything at all</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/statuses/405446601079914496">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Huge turnaround for Saints RT <a href="https://twitter.com/PFF">@PFF</a>: One possible reason for the Redskins poor year?&#10;&#10;Missed tackles(Includes ST) <a href="http://t.co/4EBBt0tIDm">pic.twitter.com/4EBBt0tIDm</a></p>&mdash; Steve Palazzolo (@StevePalazzolo) <a href="https://twitter.com/StevePalazzolo/statuses/405418594801946624">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>According to <a href="https://twitter.com/PFF">@pff</a> the Saints have the lowest number of missed tackles in the NFL this season.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/405409289545588736">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have the least amount of missed tackles in the <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> (includes Special Teams) according to <a href="https://twitter.com/PFF">@PFF</a> <a href="https://t.co/RBxAuP0zIA">https://t.co/RBxAuP0zIA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/405407915458056192">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>One more thing Saints fans can revel in today: Atlanta was officially eliminated from the playoffs with 49ers win over Washington last night</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/405410717857099777">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Remember when Rob Ryan lauded Kenyon Coleman as the best 3-4 run defending DE in the NFL? Well, <a href="https://twitter.com/PFF">@PFF</a> grades Akiem Hicks as #2 behind JJ Watt</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/405409660712153088">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/PelicansNBA">@PelicansNBA</a>&#39; GM Dell Demps on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/IFmdKyUrHM">http://t.co/IFmdKyUrHM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Pelicans&amp;src=hash">#Pelicans</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/405403660407943168">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>PHOTOS: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Gleason&amp;src=hash">#Gleason</a>&#39;s mother always knew he was a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23fighter&amp;src=hash">#fighter</a>.&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nowhiteflags&amp;src=hash">#nowhiteflags</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saints&amp;src=hash">#saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/qDpgI6M9tl">http://t.co/qDpgI6M9tl</a> <a href="http://t.co/efzkOGyWkb">pic.twitter.com/efzkOGyWkb</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/405388816325697536">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>You can&#39;t wait for success to inspire you. You must create the inspiration to achieve success. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Success&amp;src=hash">#Success</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/405386523278733312">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> only team in NFL top 5 in yards gained and allowed. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Seahawks&amp;src=hash">#Seahawks</a> top 2 in points scored and allowed. <a href="http://t.co/me5KnUVOaF">http://t.co/me5KnUVOaF</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/405371496169607168">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Don&#39;t know. We&#39;re not allowed today. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/cwalkdat">@cwalkdat</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a> Saints practicing outdoors today? Good Seattle weather.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/405367337848545280">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Getting dressed today, by myself, truly felt like I won the ironman triathlon; &#10;Shave, Shower AND Dressed...&#10;&#10;I&#39;m ballin&#39; baby!</p>&mdash; Jabari Greer (@Jabari_Greer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jabari_Greer/statuses/405366636019859456">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>To stay encouraged while injured, I find myself celebrating the little things I once took for granted.</p>&mdash; Jabari Greer (@Jabari_Greer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jabari_Greer/statuses/405366673605017600">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Fifth on defense, third on offense "<a href="https://twitter.com/MichyDoe">@MichyDoe</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a> where do we rank in total defense &amp; offense?!"</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/405365332367273984">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>cannot Shake dis cold off LAWWWDDD </p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/405362058507476992">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Stew on this for a minute: the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> are tied for the league lead in sacks through 12 weeks with 37. Who would have thought?</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/405360727487045632">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RIP Brian Griffin <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PETA&amp;src=hash">#PETA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23mansbestfriend&amp;src=hash">#mansbestfriend</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23familyguy&amp;src=hash">#familyguy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23familyguykilloff&amp;src=hash">#familyguykilloff</a> <a href="http://t.co/QL1gBy8vYo">pic.twitter.com/QL1gBy8vYo</a></p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/statuses/405347183651594241">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL Playoff Picture: NFC&#10;1 Seattle 10-1&#10;2 NO 9-2&#10;3 Detroit 6-5&#10;4 Dallas 6-5&#10;5 Carolina 8-3&#10;6 SF 7-4 wins tie break over Arizona &#10;7 Az 7-4</p>&mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikejurecki/statuses/405343640584605697">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Reminder: <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLFilms">@NFLFilms</a>&#39; &quot;A Football Life&quot; on <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason">@TeamGleason</a> airs tonight on <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork">@NFLNetwork</a> (8 pm CT) <a href="http://t.co/mDrDUzL5BQ">http://t.co/mDrDUzL5BQ</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/405342013274324994">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If u dare not to dream then are you daring not to venture beyond expectations? <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23camistotle&amp;src=hash">#camistotle</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a> dream big, aim for better. Don&#39;t deter</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/405325094395719681">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/patrickcarney">@patrickcarney</a>: Thank you. :( RT <a href="https://twitter.com/delmisc_">@delmisc_</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/patrickcarney">@patrickcarney</a> <a href="http://t.co/v1yBswOvUj">pic.twitter.com/v1yBswOvUj</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23inceptionbeard&amp;src=hash">#inceptionbeard</a>"</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/statuses/405312740132405248">November 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints @ Seahawks

Where the Saints rank: Week 13 - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Statistically speaking, the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks are the two most balanced teams in the NFL this year. The Saints rank third in th

NFC home field on the line Monday night - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The road to the Super Bowl could run through Seattle or New Orleans. It's no secret that both the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints have an

Power Rankings: No. 2 New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
A weekly examination of the Saints’ ESPN.com Power Ranking: Preseason: 14 | Last Week: 4 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002 The Saints (9-2)

Saints defensive ends among league's best | wwltv.com New Orleans
Together, Akiem Hicks and Cameron Jordan are two of the most underrated, yet impactful, young defensive linemen in the NFL.

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks: Scouting Report | NOLA.com
Saints, Seahawks meet with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs likely at stake

New Orleans Saints Morning Break
Taking a look at what's being written about the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks

New Orleans Saints Fact of the Day
Jimmy Graham is in the spotlight

Saints move up in two key NFL defensive stats | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The Saints’ NFL rankings didn’t change much with Thursday night’s 17-13 win against the Atlanta Falcons, but they did move up in two key de…

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The View From the Other Side

Carroll says this Saints game is different - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle coach Pete Carroll knows some people will compare the upcoming Monday night game against New Orleans to the 2010 playoff game

Seattle Seahawks to add Perrish Cox - ESPN
The Seahawks will sign former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox if he passes his physical Tuesday and are also considering placing cornerback Brandon Browner on injured reserve due to his groin injury, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider

Richard Sherman is More Important Than Ever - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts to a play on the scoreboard screen against the Minnesota Vikings du

NFL Power Rankings: Saints, attrition in secondary could sink Seahawks - NFL - CBSSports.com
The Seahawks seemed like a solid No. 1, but losses in their secondary could give them problems Monday vs. the Saints and for the rest of 2013.

Seahawks take over No. 1 spot in ESPN's Power Rankings
The No. 2 team in the Week 13 power rankings is the New Orleans Saints (9-2), which makes the Monday Night Football game in Seattle even more intriguing.

NFL Power Rankings - Top 32 NFL Football Teams - FOX Sports on MSN
The Seahawks are starting to separate themselves as the best team in the NFL, but they won't stay there if their players continue to get suspended.

Marcus Trufant, Perrish Cox visit with Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks have reached out to Antoine Winfield, but that's not the only potential addition they're considering to bolster their thinning ranks at cornerback. Ian Rapoport of NFL.

NFL announces Walter Thurmond suspension | ProFootballTalk
The news of Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond's suspension broke on Sunday morning, but it didn't become official until Tuesday afternoon. That's when the NFL announced that Thurmond will miss the next four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Remaining at the top has proven tricky for the best teams: Week 13 NFL Power Rankings | NOLA.com
The Seattle Seahawks own a six-game winning streak and the No.1 spot in the NFL Power Rankings this week.

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Other Saints News

Pierre Thomas displays why he's the perfect back for New Orleans Saints in win over Falcons: Film Study | NOLA.com
Pierre Thomas makes plays in run game, pass game in win over Atlanta

Get to Know 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Rebecca
Video bio, photos and Q&A with 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Rebecca

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Around the NFL

Looking for rushers, Cowboys give Martez Wilson a shot | ProFootballTalk
The Saints spent the offseason picking up former Cowboys to help flesh out a new defense. Now the Cowboys are returning the favor. According to Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys have signed linebacker Martez Wilson, with hopes he can play some defensive end.

NFL must step up its game to get fans in the stadiums | FOX Sports on MSN
With giant TVs available in homes and increased ticket prices, we're starting to see attendance drop across the board. What can the league do to combat this problem?