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From USA Today: "I'm not worried," Brees said Wednesday. "I'm certainly not perfect. I know what wins and know what loses and there's nobody that's harder on themselves than me. "I also feel like I have the ability to bounce back," Brees added. "I am extremely positive — annoyingly optimistic and confident. I've been told many times by teammates." Annoyed as teammates may be at times by Brees' propensity to put positive spins on some of a season's biggest disappointments, they're even more bothered by the question: "What's wrong with Brees?" "I hear people say stupid things about him all the time," right tackle Zach Strief said. "Is he declining? No. You watch games when he plays well; can you explain that? There's a lot of things that go into it. There's protection, there's routes, separation. There's timing. ... The reality is, nobody understands that stuff completely, and that guy's fine."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYMI: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Drew Brees vows to overcome turnover troubles: &quot;I am annoyingly optimistic and confident&quot; <a href="http://t.co/IpClBLtIEt">http://t.co/IpClBLtIEt</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/532888946875711488">November 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Drew Brees remains &quot;annoyingly optimistic and confident&quot; <a href="http://t.co/8pLCl4fmFP">http://t.co/8pLCl4fmFP</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/532851063586832384">November 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Gonna miss this but already feel great! Thanks for all the well wishes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whodatnation?src=hash">#whodatnation</a> <a href="http://t.co/0UsGY9DwNA">http://t.co/0UsGY9DwNA</a> <a href="http://t.co/yhh59Fu95H">pic.twitter.com/yhh59Fu95H</a></p>&mdash; Vinnie Sunseri (@vsunseri3) <a href="https://twitter.com/vsunseri3/status/532758772817879041">November 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Three Saints tailbacks, CB Keenan Lewis sit out practice Wednesday <a href="http://t.co/uz3Qwxphz7">http://t.co/uz3Qwxphz7</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/532746597000433664">November 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> not in that number MT <a href="https://twitter.com/Edwerderespn">@Edwerderespn</a>: As <a href="https://twitter.com/LRiddickESPN">@LRiddickESPN</a> said 26 teams have 1st-rd OT on roster. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Panthers?src=hash">#Panthers</a> have no OT drafted any round</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/532700520360996864">November 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dodged the media today like... <a href="http://t.co/p4HRsNjRtr">pic.twitter.com/p4HRsNjRtr</a></p>&mdash; Joseph Morgan (@jmthegreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat/status/532682323817676800">November 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thanks for all the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AskB?src=hash">#AskB</a> Qs, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NOLA?src=hash">#NOLA</a>! Here are my answers for this week: <a href="http://t.co/YmAO8Ko4WD">http://t.co/YmAO8Ko4WD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whodat?src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whodatnation?src=hash">#whodatnation</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saints?src=hash">#saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/532665286785110016">November 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> waive LB Todd Davis. He presumably will be signed to practice squad again if he clears waivers.</p>&mdash; Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSaintsBeat/status/532658223023927296">November 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> CB Keenan Lewis doesn&#39;t practice, still &#39;hoping to go&#39; ...LB Curtis Lofton DNP, RB Pierre Thomas inching back <a href="http://t.co/XGwLZZdOTt">http://t.co/XGwLZZdOTt</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/532661232919003136">November 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>7 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> &amp; 6 Bengals did not practice Wednesday. Injury Report <a href="http://t.co/wFS9OOlbQB">http://t.co/wFS9OOlbQB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CINvsNO?src=hash">#CINvsNO</a> <a href="http://t.co/ILvDJi2VZW">pic.twitter.com/ILvDJi2VZW</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/532650291037220864">November 12, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Saints irked by fan focus on Brees' mistakes

Drew Brees remains "annoyingly optimistic and confident" | ProFootballTalk
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Film study: Reviewing New Orleans Saints defense vs. 49ers - ESPN
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New Orleans Saints waive Todd Davis, completing roster shuffle | NOLA.com
Davis has spent most of the season on the Saints practice squad, and he could return there if he clears waivers.

Drew Brees' style shouldn't change as high risks come with the territory: Larry Holder | NOLA.com
If Drew Brees wasn't making risky throws, then it would be time to question his ability

Where did Keenan Lewis get his toughness? 'I'm from the West Bank' | NOLA.com
Other than quarterback Drew Brees, there might not be any player on the roster more critical to the Saints' hopes -- and more difficult to replace -- than Lewis.

Great read: Sean Payton helps Louisiana veteran get service dog
Coach Payton's Pay it Forward Foundation made it happen

New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday injury report
7 Saints and 6 Bengals did not practice Wednesday

Sean Payton on roster moves, facing the Bengals
Quotes from Sean Payton's post-practice press conference on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ex-Saint Charles Grant loses coaching gig for attacking student | ProFootballTalk
Former Saints defensive lineman Charles Grant has been terminated from a volunteer college coaching job after he was caught on tape body slamming a student.

Saints sign Brian Leonard | ProFootballTalk
The Saints had several veteran free agent running backs in for workouts on Tuesday and they signed one of them on Wednesday. Agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter that his client Brian Leonard has earned a job with the Saints.

Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson sit out practice Wednesday | ProFootballTalk
Two-thirds of the Saints' tailbacks are listed on the club's first injury report of the week as the club prepares for Sunday's home game vs. Cincinnati.

Week 11 Saints vs. Bengals X-Factor: RB Mark Ingram
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Bengals News

Giovani Bernard makes it to Cincinnati Bengals' rehab field - ESPN
Giovani Bernard's chances of playing Sunday at New Orleans took a hit Wednesday afternoon as he was again a practice no-show.

Marvin Lewis tries to get Andy Dalton to emulate Drew Brees ‘all the time’ | Black and Gold

Former LSU running back Jeremy Hill has first chance to play in Superdome vs. Saints | NOLA.com
He has five touchdowns this season

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill talks about returning to his home state
Quotes from Bengals running back Jeremy Hill's conference call with New Orleans media on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bengals coach Marvin talks about facing the New Orleans Saints
Quotes from Marvin Lewis' conference call with the New Orleans media on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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NFL News

Cam Newton: "Yes, I’m hurt" | ProFootballTalk
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Raiders closing in on 16th straight loss | ProFootballTalk
Only seven games separate the Raiders from the second ever 0-16 season in NFL history.  Only one game separates them from zero wins in 16 straight games. With nine losses to start 2014 and six to end 2013, a defeat at San Diego on Sunday will push the Oakland losing streak to 16 in a row.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton's Wednesday presser for Bengals game
Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Drew Brees's Bengals week press conference
Drew Brees speaks with reporters on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Junior Galette on defending the Bengals
New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette met with reporters Wednesday, Nov. 12 and talked about defending against the Bengals. Video by Justin Stout

VIDEO: Jonathan Goodwin on trusting Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints center Jonathan Goodwin talked with reporters Wednesday, Nov. 12 about his complete trust in Drew Brees. Video by Justin Stout