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Saints Talking Points: NFC South Standings, Jimmy Graham and Mark Ingram Injury Updates

Here's what you need to know to get back into the swing of things following the Saints bye weekend. Some of it's good and some of it's bad. Very, very bad.

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Good morning, Saints fans! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend without Saints football. In case you stayed away from NFL news, here's what's been going on in Who Dat Nation.

  • Thanks to terrible Week 6 performances by all of the other NFC South teams this past weekend, the Saints remain in pretty good position in the NFC South. They're currently second in the division, only one game behind the Panthers. The Falcons lost to the Bears, the Buccaneers got crushed by the Ravens, and the Panthers were lucky to get out of Cincinnati with a tie. Despite their disappointing season thus far, the Saints are still in the thick of it.


  • Jimmy Graham will probably not be back on the football field until November. According to Ian Rappaport and confirmed by Pro Football Talk, Graham is expected to miss the next 2-3 games with his shoulder injury. That means he'll miss the Lions game this Sunday, the Packers game on October 26th, and possible the Thursday night game against the Panthers on October 30th.
  • Mark Ingram, on the other hand, may be ready to return this week to play against Detroit. The running back said so himself on the NFL Network's "NFL AM" show Friday morning. That timeline jives with what Sean Payton said in an interview earlier last week. Great news!
  • Are you in a good mood? Well, let me ruin that for you. Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper have a combined six interceptions so far this season, with three each. That's the same amount they combined for the last three years in New Orleans (2011-2013) with the Saints. As a reminder, the Saints defense has one interception this season. One.