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From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: "We know we're a good team. And we haven't played it or haven't shown it, but we're still very confident. And all of these problems, they will be addressed and they will be fixed," Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton said. "Coach Payton has been very real with us. 'This is exactly where we're at in the NFC, and this is exactly what we've gotta do. And if we do this, then at the end of the year we're going to be very happy.'"

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So with Atlanta&#39;s loss, the Saints go into MNF in sole possession of first place ... at 4-6.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/536873963368882177">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Do you think the Saints need special noisemakers for 3rd downs like <a href="https://twitter.com/SuperdomeSiren">@SuperdomeSiren</a>?</p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/536873878463971328">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYM ridiculous catch by Odell Beckham Jr last night, or just want to see it again, this is the best GIF out there: <a href="http://t.co/rOEdLTyFGF">http://t.co/rOEdLTyFGF</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/536869467330863104">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saints owner Tom Benson is pledging $11 million to Pro Football Hall of Fame, the largest contribution by any individual.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/536840215902826496">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Falcons clock management (mismanagement) comes into focus after loss <a href="http://t.co/AbT0R0UFcx">http://t.co/AbT0R0UFcx</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/536839155884761089">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Marshawn Lynch avoids fine by saying &#39;yeah&#39; 12 times --&gt; <a href="http://t.co/kOH9Bel5Sh">http://t.co/kOH9Bel5Sh</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash">#NFL</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/status/536821562847281152">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Video: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Drew Brees Ready For Monday Night <a href="http://t.co/2qHOhe3eBh">http://t.co/2qHOhe3eBh</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/536750944608714752">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>oh wow not apropraite IMO <a href="http://t.co/nOEtptDI2u">pic.twitter.com/nOEtptDI2u</a></p>&mdash; PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) <a href="https://twitter.com/PFTCommenter/status/536722635174854656">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats, Odell. But what&#39;s the big deal? <a href="http://t.co/onJcrzn6T9">pic.twitter.com/onJcrzn6T9</a></p>&mdash; Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) <a href="https://twitter.com/sam_ponder/status/536717496384909312">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>HoF1: As I reported on NBC, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce Monday the biggest gift by an individual in its 51-year history.</p>&mdash; Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/status/536688306999025664">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>HoF2: Saints owner Tom Benson is the giver. Money will be used to refurbish HoF stadium and for another significant cause:&gt;&gt;&gt;</p>&mdash; Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/status/536688395448516608">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd">@jairusbyrd</a> where u watching the game at tomorrow</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/status/536703951379632129">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!</p>&mdash; LeBron James (@KingJames) <a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/536702171799355392">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>You know the NFL thinks everything has blown over when Goodell is willing to be seen at games again <a href="http://t.co/doP0UKA3U6">pic.twitter.com/doP0UKA3U6</a></p>&mdash; Mike Tunison (@xmasape) <a href="https://twitter.com/xmasape/status/536697984676012032">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Sean Payton's message to New Orleans Saints: Season starts now - ESPN
A new six-game season kicks off tonight for the New Orleans Saints.

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Saints Insider report: Brees confident without Cooks
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Quotes from Sean Payton's final presser before the Ravens game
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Saints Revisit Days of Futility, Without the Fun - NYTimes.com
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New Orleans Saints' Patrick Robinson again showing his resilience - ESPN
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What Pierre Thomas' Return Means for Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Offense | Bleacher Report
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LET'S GO, JOE MO! Can Morgan Fill Cooks' Role?
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Last thing New Orleans Saints can afford to lose is home swagger vs. Ravens: Larry Holder | NOLA.com
Yet the Saints maintained their winning ways inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome despite the team's enigmatic existence this season. The Dome still carried a mystique for the Saints playing a significant factor in three of the team's four wins.

Baltimore and beyond: Saints will find the light | The Saints Nation

Saints brace once more for Ravens' Steve Smith

New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens: What to watch on Monday night | NOLA.com
"Our fans always seem to rise to the occasion," Drew Brees said. "We need it more than ever right now."

Saints owner Tom Benson donates record $11 million to Pro Football Hall of Fame | NOLA.com
Gift is the largest in the Hall of Fame's 51-year history

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Ravens News

Ravens bus involved in minor accident | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this year, a Washington bus was involved in a crash that could have resulted in serious injuries, but didn't.  On Sunday in New Orleans, a Baltimore Ravens bus was involved in a far less significant accident. According to CSNBaltimore.

No injuries after Ravens' bus sideswiped in New Orleans, spokesman says - carrollcountytimes.com
One of the Ravens' team buses got in an accident Sunday night after being side-swiped by a car after arriving in New Orleans in advance of Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Ravens, Joe Flacco need to hand off to beat Saints, plus other Baltimore links | NOLA.com
The latest news and links about the Ravens, who face the Saints Monday night.

Five things to watch in Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints - Baltimore Sun
As the Ravens (6-4) prepare to play the New Orleans Saints (4-6) on Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, here's Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson's checklist of things to watch.

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NFL News

NFL, NFLPA to meet this week | ProFootballTalk
In a week that will include fairly little work (especially in those states where deer hunting is a big deal), the NFL and NFL Players Association will carve out some time to get together before they commence carving the carcass of a large bird with intelligence inversely proportional to its tastines...

2015 NFL Draft order: Jags are No. 1, the NFC South is screwing things up again - SBNation.com
A Raiders win and a Jaguars loss this week have put Jacksonville on top of the projected 2015 NFL Draft order.

Atlanta Falcons lose on last-second field goal to Cleveland Browns | NOLA.com
The Falcons dropped to 0-7 against teams outside the NFC South