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Saints News, 11/18/15: Back To Back, Saints Defense Helps QB Earn Player of the Week Award

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Washington QB Kirk Cousins has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after shredding the Saints defense on Sunday and earning a perfect QB rating. Last week's winner of the same award in the AFC was Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota after he also went off on the Saints' porous defense in a road game at New Orleans. Yeah, this Saints team is a red hot mess right now!

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Perfect QB rating nets Cousins NFC honor | ProFootballTalk
Four touchdown passes and a perfect passer rating in last weekend's romp of the Saints made Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday. Going 20-of-25 for 324 yards netted Cousins that perfect 158.

Saints offense flopped, too, in most lopsided loss of Payton-Brees era - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
It wasn't just the defense, the New Orleans Saints offense missed opportunities against the Washington Redskins as well.

LOOK: 'Jeopardy!' uses Saints' Super Bowl XLIV onside kick as clue - CBSSports.com
For Saints fans that could use some cheering up this week!

On the Field and Off, Saints Are Painful to Watch
The stability that once engulfed the New Orleans Saints franchise seems to have dissipated in the past few seasons.

Rex Ryan says it would be fun coaching with Rob, but Ryan brothers have taken own paths - Black and Gold

Saints owner Tom Benson's personal assistant sues team for overtime pay | NOLA.com
Henry's lawsuit offers a brief glimpse into Benson's private life. According to the lawsuit, Henry ran myriad errands from day to day: going to the bank, picking up Benson's prescriptions from Walgreens, delivering game tickets and delivering mail to Benson's now estranged granddaughter Rita LeBlanc. The duties also included delivering packages to the archbishop's home, bringing dinner to Tom and Gayle at their home and driving Gayle Benson to lunches and "shopping excursions," the suit says.

See how the New Orleans Saints statistically stack up in the NFC South after Week 10 | NOLA.com
The NFC South is one of those divisions that is so hard to predict the outcome.

Is Tyrann Mathieu right about Seattle Seahawks' use of Jimmy Graham? - NFL Nation - ESPN
"I don’t think they use him quite as creatively as the Saints used him," Mathieu told PFT Live. "I played against Jimmy in 2013 when he was with the Saints, and I mean he was all over the field. The biggest thing with them was [they] created mismatches for him, and [Sunday] he wasn’t really in a position where we felt like it was a mismatch. We felt like we had great cover guys on him all the time, and those two weeks we had to prepare for them, it really helped us a whole lot."

Dennis Allen's highs and lows include Saints' Super Bowl, Tebow-mania - NFL Nation - ESPN
Here are five things to know about Dennis Allen, who will now take his turn as the Saints' fifth defensive coordinator in 10 years under Sean Payton.

Redskins increased intensity in workouts, but improved culture also mattered - NFL Nation - ESPN
A fresh mindset is starting to pay off for the Washington Redskins.

Michael Mauti speaks with students at Christ Episcopal School
Mauti: 'Any time I can get in front of the kids and help bring a positive message is a great thing'

An early look at the New Orleans Saints 2016 Cap Figures
Sure, there's six games left in the 2015 New Orleans Saints season, but that doesn't mean we can't look at the salary cap situation for next season.

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Roethlisberger goes from backup to offensive player of week | ProFootballTalk
After suffering a mid-foot sprain in Week Nine, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn't supposed to play in Week 10, and perhaps longer than that. Thanks to the healing powers of milk, Roethlisberger was well enough to serve as the game-day backup to Landry Jones.

Report: No suspension of officials for Jags-Ravens screwup | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has admitted its error, in letting the Jaguars win a game they should have lost. But they're not punishing the guys who allowed that to happen. According to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.