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Saints News, 9/16/14: Saints Labeled 'Best of the Worst' Among NFL Teams

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Many still consider the Saints a playoff contender, despite their 0-2 record and inability to play respectable defense when it matters most.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sponsors carry the most weight in the NFL. Clearly they now are deciding to be heard. Good for them</p>&mdash; Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) <a href="https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/status/511961192412512257">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hey Rog, whadd&#39;ya say? How many innocents were brutalized today? <a href="https://twitter.com/nflcommish">@nflcommish</a></p>&mdash; Roger&#39;s Own Petard (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/511969851925987328">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/Nickthe1">@Nickthe1</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/BryanTNR">@BryanTNR</a> <a href="http://t.co/evNLFc2q9r">pic.twitter.com/evNLFc2q9r</a>&quot; </p>&mdash; BryanInNOLAEast (@BryanTNR) <a href="https://twitter.com/BryanTNR/status/511874634778951680">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied">@moosedenied</a> speaking of, Mark better be cuddling at night with Colston in the chamber. I expect a 2 week return!</p>&mdash; Andrew Juge (@AndrewJuge) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewJuge/status/511884070943723520">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>My boy <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenSproles">@DarrenSproles</a> had a big night tonight. And Malcom Jenkins. Happy for them both. Two great teammates! Wish them the best</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/511726834602749952">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>For so long NOLA media has had writers that know little about game or experienced guys that can&#39;t write/talk. <a href="https://twitter.com/UnderhillAdv">@UnderhillAdv</a> raising bar</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/511968594209820672">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hopefully that forces everyone to step up game. Great to see more &quot;legits&quot; actually being just that.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/511969024822239232">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ok gotta run now...had fun chatting w the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDatNation?src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a> ...look fwd to seeing y&#39;all at the dome on Sunday!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/status/511966550438334464">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>An eye-opening development: Nike stores in Twin Cities have pulled all Adrian Peterson merch from shelves. Nike.</p>&mdash; Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) <a href="https://twitter.com/APkrawczynski/status/511959470637715456">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>....and NOW you can grab the popcorn... RT <a href="https://twitter.com/darrenrovell">@darrenrovell</a>: NFL beer sponsor, Anheuser-Busch, issues strong statement <a href="http://t.co/sAVoOOz9eE">pic.twitter.com/sAVoOOz9eE</a></p>&mdash; fka &#39;WFANAudio&#39; (@OrdioMongo) <a href="https://twitter.com/OrdioMongo/status/511959309123866624">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL feeling pain over domestic abuse <a href="http://t.co/uZ4bMQ3zuE">http://t.co/uZ4bMQ3zuE</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/status/511959353558306816">September 16, 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> plummet to 16th in ESPN NFL Power Rankings <a href="http://t.co/gpGkQrnSyY">http://t.co/gpGkQrnSyY</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNNFL">@espnnfl</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/511957946998067200">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Will NFL owners ever hear the music, if they keep refusing to face it? <a href="http://t.co/E3zPwhbqIY">http://t.co/E3zPwhbqIY</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/511948027461115905">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Super Bowl of course!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> &quot;rt <a href="https://twitter.com/radikraze">@radikraze</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> what&#39;s your favorite TD that you&#39;ve scored in your NFL career?&quot;</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/status/511947825870286848">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Darren Sharper lawsuit says Saints owe him $95,000 for 2009 knee injury <a href="http://t.co/4MFRe6ktO4">http://t.co/4MFRe6ktO4</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLAnews">@nolanews</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/511946734927224832">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Minn. Gov Mark Dayton says he Adrian Peterson deserves due process, but should be suspended until accusations are resolved by the courts.</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/511926900806012929">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Attending Sunday&#39;s game at the <a href="https://twitter.com/MBSuperdome">@MBSuperdome</a>? Reminder on the <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a>&#39;s bag policy: <a href="http://t.co/CkSL1Nom7t">http://t.co/CkSL1Nom7t</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/511918515368906752">September 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

The New Orleans Saints are the best worst team in the NFL - The Washington Post
Since playoff expansion occurred in 1990, just 12 percent of teams made the postseason after an 0-2 start

Week Two power rankings | ProFootballTalk
11. New Orleans Saints (No. 7; 0-2):  Does anyone really think this team won’t have a seat at the postseason table?

Rob Ryan: We’re killing the team right now - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan pointed the blame for the New Orleans Saints' 0-2 start squarely toward himself and the defense during

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Any Given Sunday: Browns Over Saints
The cure for New Orleans' secondary relies a lot on regression to the mean. Vaccaro can't be this bad. Robinson has the track record that says he can be this bad, but not the rope to keep playing so poorly and keep his job. Finally, with a competent third safety in Rafael Bush, it's probably time for the Saints to make the move to more big nickel and dime packages. Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne are not the two linebackers to whom you want to entrust the middle of the field.

Strief: 'This is going be the week of crisis'
CLEVELAND – New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief knows exactly what's waiting at home when the team returns from their loss to Cleveland on Sunday.

Ryan succeeds in making Saints' D 'weird' | Yellin
Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he wanted to get

Game Preview: Vikings vs. Saints
The Minnesota Vikings (1-1) visit the New Orleans Saints (0-2) in Week 3 for a contest scheduled at noon central. The last time the Vikings traveled to New Orleans was kickoff weekend in 2010 in a game played on Thursday night when the Saints handed the Vikings a 14-9 loss. The Vikings will look to win their 2nd road game of the 2014 season after finishing 0-7-1 during the 2013 season while the Saints search for their first win of the season. The Vikings hold a 20-10 record all-time vs. the Saints, including a 8-7 mark in New Orleans.

Lack of Sack: Can Saints Pass Rush Improve vs.Vikings?
Who Dat Dish Staff Writer Barry Hirstius looks at whether or not Saints defensive pass rush can improve sack total vs. Vikings in Week #3

Week 3 NFL Power Rankings
The NFL never fails to surprise. Here's my Week 3 NFL Power Rankings. There's some big movers and fallers! Broncos are the new 'sheriff in town'.

Film study: Reviewing New Orleans Saints' defense - ESPN
One of football’s classic sayings is that the film is never as bad or good as you think it’s going to be. The New Orleans Saints’ de

The Eagles Know How To Use Darren Sproles
New Orleans had their reasons—space for Jimmy Graham's contract, a crowded running back depth chart—but the big cause was probably a combination of the Saints not knowing when to use Sproles, and deciding it wasn't worth his contract to find out.

Fans should cheer any New Orleans Saints defender who targets Adrian Peterson, columnist writes | NOLA.com
The New Orleans Saints would rightfully be sensitive to anybody suggesting they target one player with intent to injure. But that's what a Minneapolis newspaper writer called for the Saints to do Sunday against running back Adrian Peterson.

New Orleans Saints' defense lacks fundamentals, offense struggles early vs. Browns' pressure: Film Study | NOLA.com
Film Study from Week 2 by an NFL scout

Winless New Orleans Saints have to focus on correcting mistakes, not playoff chances: Scout's Take | NOLA.com
Saints have only an 11 percent chance of making the playoffs

Akiem Hicks telling everyone -- even 9-year-olds -- that 0-2 start is unacceptable for Saints | NOLA.com
When New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks stood before a cafeteria full of third- through fifth-grade students at the Einstein Charter extension school on Michoud Boulevard in east New Orleans, he got the tough part out of the way quickly. "I don't have any excuse for 0-2," he said. After his speech was done, Hicks said, "That's a technique: Get it out of the way before they bring it up."

A breakdown of four plays that cost the Saints in Cleveland: Larry Holder | NOLA.com
Offensive protection and secondary breakdowns hinders Saints in loss at Cleveland

Marques Colston shutout indicative of New Orleans Saints offense plan - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t seem too surprised or concerned over the fact that receiver Marques Colston was hel

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NFL Under Pressure Over Adrian Peterson Reinstatement

Minnesota governor calls on Vikings to suspend Peterson | ProFootballTalk
The governor of Minnesota is calling on the Vikings to change course and suspend Adrian Peterson for abusing his son. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Peterson -- who admits that he whipped his son and caused cuts and bruises -- should not be playing until he has gone through the legal process.

Anheuser-Busch disappointed, concerned, dissatisfied with NFL | ProFootballTalk
Make no mistake, the reason the NFL’s owners are supportive of Goodell is that the NFL’s owners have made a lot of money while Goodell has run the league. The day Goodell’s mismanagement of this issue costs the owners money is the day Goodell loses the support of the owners. Goodell has already mismanaged the Rice case. He had better figure out the right way to handle the cases of Peterson, Hardy and McDonald.

Nike pulls Adrian Peterson merchandise from Twin Cities stores | ProFootballTalk
It's one thing for government leaders and the media to bang on the Vikings for reinstating Adrian Peterson after a paid weekend off. But now the guys with the money are starting to chime in.

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Other NFL News

Lions work out veteran kickers | ProFootballTalk
The Lions turned up the heat on Freese Tuesday by working out a handful of veteran kickers. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the team had Garrett Hartley, Rob Bironas and Alex Henery in for a look.

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Video

VIDEO: NFL Total Access: New Orleans Saints' start
The "NFL Total Access" crew breaks down the first two weeks to see if the New York Giants' or the New Orleans Saints' 0-2 start is more concerning.