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Saints News, 9/19/13: Saints Rank Dead Last In Red Zone TDs

And yet they are undefeated so far this season. That's a credit to the improved defense under Rob Ryan. No doubt red zone TD efficiency has been a point of emphasis this week at Saints practice and we will see that stat improve soon. In other news, the Saints' injury report remains mostly the same as yesterday with the only difference being DE Glenn Foster put in a limited practice today. Mark Ingram missed his second consecutive practice with a toe injury.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Not the norm: Saints rank last in red zone <a href="http://t.co/WQPlhJ1ftr">http://t.co/WQPlhJ1ftr</a></p>&mdash; ESPN NFL Nation (@ESPN_NFLNation) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPN_NFLNation/statuses/380757736696188929">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Evans (Hamstring), Ingram (Toe), Harper (Knee) &amp; 3 other <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> did not practice today. Injury Report: <a href="http://t.co/xw2xKhY5OU">http://t.co/xw2xKhY5OU</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AZvsNO&amp;src=hash">#AZvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/380785043049676800">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>No significant changes to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> injury report. J.Evans, M.Ingram, R.Harper still held out of team drills. ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/380786631617159168">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Only change to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> injury report, DE Glenn Foster upgraded to limited participation in team drills.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/380786777855762432">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> will wear white jerseys and gold pants on Sunday <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AZvsNO&amp;src=hash">#AZvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/380778681179713536">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have won 69.2% of their games at home in the white-gold combo and already are 1-0 on the year in the combo.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/380789481856442368">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AZCardinals&amp;src=hash">#AZCardinals</a> red jersey will make rare road appearance. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>: The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> will wear white jerseys and gold pants on Sunday <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AZvsNO&amp;src=hash">#AZvsNO</a></p>&mdash; Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) <a href="https://twitter.com/AZCardinals/statuses/380788513232277505">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints RB Darren Sproles on the hit from Bucs S Dashon Goldson: &quot;He tried to hurt me on the play, but he didn&#39;t, so it&#39;s all good.&quot;</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/380784899570950144">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My blog for <a href="https://twitter.com/MadeMan">@MadeMan</a> ! Saints 2-0, buckeyes 3-0, charity fundraiser, and more football talk! <a href="http://t.co/ezGAtJCS1M">http://t.co/ezGAtJCS1M</a></p>&mdash; Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins/statuses/380769707659239424">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Image of Saints as superheroes. <a href="http://t.co/NvADddabwa">http://t.co/NvADddabwa</a></p>&mdash; Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsCSC/statuses/380768517684875264">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So, charities have received $121K this week for hits by the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Bucs&amp;src=hash">#Bucs</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> players. At least some good came of hits.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/380765521186025472">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Any WHO DATS in Arkansas? <a href="http://t.co/otipmqYq6l">http://t.co/otipmqYq6l</a></p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/statuses/380763424801558528">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@DrewBrees</a> is now on <a href="https://twitter.com/instagram">@Instagram</a>: <a href="http://t.co/TCWKFixYll">http://t.co/TCWKFixYll</a> <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/380751420212772864">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> are just fine with high expectations on offense, planning on meeting them | <a href="http://t.co/yAyeipMXns">http://t.co/yAyeipMXns</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NFL&amp;src=hash">#NFL</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/380751361882607617">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>NFL has fined Bucs&#39; Ahmad Black $21,000 for his late hit on <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Jimmy Graham during last Sunday&#39;s win, according to a league source.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/380746740799778816">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Junior Galette (<a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93">@JuniorG93</a>) &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk">@ProFootballTalk</a>&#39;s Mike Florio are today&#39;s guests on the <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/HPdS0N6wC2">http://t.co/HPdS0N6wC2</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/380739445810401280">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>who dat divas join me&amp;@LanceMoore16@camjordan94 <a href="https://twitter.com/KSTiLLS">@KSTiLLS</a> for a great cause Tues 24th <a href="http://t.co/0HO1KERy3O">http://t.co/0HO1KERy3O</a> <a href="http://t.co/2T5QZLsmwI">http://t.co/2T5QZLsmwI</a>…</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/statuses/380734456685801472">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/footballzebras">@footballzebras</a>: Referee for Cardinals at Saints — Walt Coleman</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/380733507640627201">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AzCardinals&amp;src=hash">#AzCardinals</a> vs. Saints overall series record 14-12, Cards on the road vs NO 4-6, Arizona last win 10/10/10 30-20. <a href="https://twitter.com/foxsports910">@foxsports910</a></p>&mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikejurecki/statuses/380731279395676160">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ill join ESPN colleague to preview <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> game every week in Double Coverage segment. This week Cards&#39; <a href="https://twitter.com/joshweinfuss">@JoshWeinfuss</a> <a href="http://t.co/Qb8uLPwUbM">http://t.co/Qb8uLPwUbM</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/380726274697605120">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>House Money: <a href="http://t.co/p9EC4dCUln">http://t.co/p9EC4dCUln</a></p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/380716890751918080">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="http://t.co/CkXFKFkx4o">http://t.co/CkXFKFkx4o</a> column: When will Sean Payton give up on Mark Ingram,ARZ gm preview, &amp; OPRAH Defense <a href="http://t.co/YvimJ3ch0v">http://t.co/YvimJ3ch0v</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast/statuses/380699361149476864">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>After the teal hunt on my day off I was able to fill my last gator tag with my bow. I would say a productive day! <a href="http://t.co/caFZvzAzLf">pic.twitter.com/caFZvzAzLf</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/statuses/380705153810042881">September 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints prepare for Cardinals

New Orleans Saints' Injury Report: September 19, 2013
Six New Orleans Saints players did not practice on Thursday

John DeShazier: Saints offense focused on fixing red zone issues
New Orleans failed to convert at least 50 percent of its red zone opportunities just once last season

New Orleans Saints top performances vs Arizona Cardinals
A look at the top individual performances for Saints players against Arizona

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, September 19
The Saints are preparing for the Cardinals

PFT’s Week Three Picks | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals are better than anyone thought they’d be. And that will serve them very well. But not in New Orleans against the Saints, who also are better than anyone thought they’d be.

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Cardinals prepare for Saints

Cardinals Blogs | How to deal with Graham
Jimmy Graham is 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds. It’s the size of a scary looking pass rusher, only he’s playing tight end for the New Orleans Saints, and the Cardinals must find a way with which to cover him Sunday.

QB Watch: Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer - ESPN
A weekly analysis of the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback play: Rewind: Carson Palmer put his veteran leadership on display against the Lions with his

Geauxin’ home: Arizona Cardinals' 3 former LSU stars returning to old stomping grounds
Geauxin’ home: Arizona Cardinals' 3 former LSU stars returning to old stomping grounds,The Arizona Cardinals’ former LSU stars Patrick Peterson, Tyran Mathieu and Kevin Minter will be going back to familiar surroundings on Sunday when the Cardinals play in New Orleans against the Saints in the Superdome.

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Other Saints news

Not the norm: Saints rank last in red zone - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- One of the more head-scratching statistics in the NFL through two weeks has to be the New Orleans Saints ranking dead last in red zon

Forecast: When will Saints give up on Mark Ingram? | wwltv.com New Orleans
One of my favorite things about Sean Payton is over the course of his time in New Orleans he doesn't fear change and isn't afraid to make it.

moosedenied " Blog Archive " House Money
It's been fashionable this week to compare the first two games of this season to past seasons in an effort to draw incredibly premature parallels upon which to base incredibly premature conclusions about where this season might be headed.

Brees: Bucs were going after Graham’s head | wwltv.com New Orleans
Drew Brees didn’t mince words Wednesday when describing Bucs safety Dashon Goldson as a player intent on injuring other players, all but directly calling him dirty.

Drew Brees has strong words for Bucs' Goldson
Saints quarterback Drew Brees learned on Wednesday that Bucs safety Dashon Goldson is no longer suspended.

Saints just fine with high expectations on offense | wwltv.com New Orleans
Expectations can be both a blessing and a barrier.
Something to reach for and something to struggle to meet.
But for the Saints, they’ll take high expectations.

The People Vs. Mark Ingram - Who Dat Social Club
The indictment against Ingram is this: he ain’t no good. The guy who rumbled and butted his way to 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2009—a gaudy 6.1 ypc—and won the Heisman Trophy doing it, has yet to match that total as a pro. In two seasons and two games, he has only 1,107 yards to his credit, and his ypc is an anemic 3.8. Worse, in the first two games of 2013 his ypc is a horrendous 1.8. Teammates like Drew Brees and Zach Strief defend him, but fans wonder why Pierre Thomas is able to post a 5.1 ypc running behind the same line.

Saints' Drew Brees defends teammate Mark Ingram | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Drew Brees defended his often-criticized running back on Wednesday, saying that Mark Ingram's inability to score on fourth and goal from the 1 during the second quarter of Sunday's 16-14 Saints win at Tampa Bay "doesn't all fall on him."

NFL fines Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Ahmad Black $21,000 for late hit on New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham, source says | NOLA.com
Second Bucs player to receive a fine in late week's Saints 16-14 win

Saints lose CB Robinson for season to patella injury | Black and Gold

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Revis / Hopkins
The first example of the Buccaneers misusing Revis came in the first quarter. The Saints had the ball on their own 44 facing a first-and-10. They set up with two tight ends to the left of the offensive line and a receiver wide on either side. Barron, the safety to the bottom of the screen, is closer to the line of scrimmage than Goldson on the other side of the field. This is because both tight ends are on his side of the field, but he is still deep enough that the Buccaneers are showing off a Cover-2 look.

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Around the league

Trent Richardson: Andrew Luck and I can win a lot of games together | ProFootballTalk
"I like to call it a one-two punch," Richardson said. "Me and Andrew, we’ve been around each other for quite a while now leading up from the Heisman to the draft and training and stuff. Andrew’s a good guy, just meeting him and his family, just knowing what type of person he is and just knowing that we’re going to grow together, how young we are, we going to be here for a while. We’re not planning on going nowhere. We plan to be here, we plan to grow and we plan to win a lot of games."

Trent Richardson: "I can’t believe it, I didn’t see it coming" | ProFootballTalk
"I turned on the radio and all of a sudden I heard," Richardson told 19 News in Cleveland. "I can’t believe it, I didn’t see it coming from anywhere. I had a good relationship with everybody. But I guess it’s the best move for the Browns. At the end of the day it’s the best move for both of us, I guess. I wanted to be a Brown, I didn’t see it coming, but at the same time, I’m a Colt now, so now I’ve got to move on and get ready for Sunday’s game."

Pagano says Richardson will "be ready to roll" on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Pagano said when Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson told him there was a chance they could acquire Richardson, he was so excited that he wasn’t sure if it was for real. So he asked Grigson, "Are you being serious? Are you messing with me?"

Banner says Colts were talking to at least one other team | ProFootballTalk
The Browns and Colts finalized on Wednesday a trade that sent running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis. And the Colts apparently were talking to at least one other team about filling the void at tailback.

Will Luck and Richardson be the next Peyton and Edgerrin?

Cleveland Browns begin task of hiding Trent Richardson past - ESPN
Mere hours after the Cleveland Browns traded one of the faces of their organization Wednesday, the team began to assess how to make all traces of former running back Trent Richardson vanish.

Robert Griffin III says his knee is fine and he’ll run if it’s needed to spark the 0-2 Redskins - The Washington Post
Despite questions about his speed and elusiveness, Robert Griffin III insists nothing is limiting him.

Ron Rivera: 'This is new ground for me' - ESPN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ron Rivera never imagined he would be answering questions about his future as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers two games int

At last, Bucs might have dream scenario - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
TAMPA, Fla. -- If guard Carl Nicks is able to play on Sunday, it will mark a milestone for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Nicks, who is recovering from

Gerald McCoy on Bucs defense: We’re not going to slow down | ProFootballTalk
"We’re not a dirty team and we’re not going to slow down. You know, we play on the edge and we’re going to continue to play on the edge. That’s just who we are," McCoy said, via JoeBucsFan.com.

Reggie Bush optimistic about playing, but hasn’t been cleared yet | ProFootballTalk
Lions running back Reggie Bush didn't practice on Wednesday, but it's not because he's feeling a lot of pain in the knee he hurt in last weekend's loss to the Cardinals

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Lagniappe

Archie Manning discusses The Book of Manning documentary: video - Video | NOLA.com
Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning shares his thoughts on the ESPN documentary "The Book of Manning," which premiers on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN.

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Video

VIDEO Sean Payton Recaps Thursday's Saints Practice
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, September 19, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO New Orleans Saints Morning Report: September 19
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier previews Thursday's news for the New Orleans Saints in today's Morning Report. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Tyrann Mathieu: Sunday is a homecoming for me
Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu talks about facing the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. Video provided by the Arizona Cardinals.