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The game may still be a few days away but that didn’t stop the New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan from taking a few jabs at his twin brother, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

At a Jets press conference, Rex attached a picture of the two brothers to the back of his injury clipboard with the caption, “Sorry about that Jets” under Rob’s picture and “I wish I looked as good as my twin” under his own picture.


Saints beat Bills, still push for more improvement

You would think the Saints would be happy with a 35-17 win over Buffalo Sunday.

Drew Brees threw 5 touchdown passes, two to tight end Jimmy Graham and 2 to rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills, But, Brees and head coach Sean Payton expressed concern over sloppy play.

The Saints had 8 penalties, including a pair of roughing the passer calls against cornerback Corey White. And, Brees was flagged for a pair of false start penalties.

“That’s not good enough,” said Brees. “We have a high standard.”

Brees threw five touchdown passes in a game for the first time since January 1st, 2012.

His 69 yard touchdown pass to Stills gave the Saints a 14-10 lead in the second quarter. Brees threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to Graham in the second quarter, and a 13 yard touchdown pass to Graham in the third.

The Saints are 6-1, and only one win shy than last season’s win total.

“We have a lot of things to clean up,” said head coach Sean Payton.

The Saints play the Jets in New Jersey Sunday.

The list of NFL unbeatens is down two, and the Saints aren’t one of them.

New England quarterback Tom Brady tossed a 17 yard touchdown pass to receiver Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds to play as the Patriots rallied to beat the Saints, 30-27 Sunday in Foxboro.

Brady drove the Patriots 8 plays, 70 yards in 1:08 with no time outs.

“Sorry if you had to rewrite some stories there at the end,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

The Saints appeared to be on their way to their sixth consecutive win to start the 2013 season. With 3:35 to play, on third and 20, Drew Brees threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Garrett Hartley booted a 39 yard field goal to widen the Saints lead to 27-23.

The Saints had stopped the Patriots twice in the last 3:29 of the game. A fourth and six incomplete pass turned the ball over to the Saints at the New England 24. That led to Hartley’s field goal.

Keenan Lewis’ interception of a Brady pass appeared to snuff out New England’s chances. But, the Saints went three and out and punted the ball back to the Patriots in what appeared to be desperate situation.

“We can’t let this loss linger,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton.


Will Saints Continue Their Winning Ways?

Can the Black and Gold make it an even half-dozen wins Sunday?  Las Vegas oddsmakers say “no,” picking the New England Patriots over the Saints by two and a half points.  The game will be played in New England, so the Patriots should enjoy a slight home field advantage, so goes the conventional thinking.  In fact, when Tom Brady and the Patriots play at home, the win 85% of the time.

But look at the last time these two teams met, in 2009.  That was the year the Saints were headed to their first Super Bowl win, and they positively manhandled the Pats 38-17.  However, naysayers are quick to point out that happened in the firnedly confines of the Superdome, and advantage the Saints won’t possess this time.

Said Saints fan Jim Carson of Metairie, “They’re not predicting any snow.  The conditions are more conducive to the Saints running the ball and passing like they normally do.”

Speaking of passing, the Pats will probably have star tight end Rob Gronkowski back on the field after an injury that’s sidelined him so far this season.  But who’s the better star tight end, Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham?  We may get that question answered Sunday.  And, then again, we may see a rusty Gronkowski against an in-prime-condition Graham.

Close game?  Probably.  A sixth straight win for the Saints?  Let’s hope so!


Brees’s record remains unchallenged

Drew Brees 1Remember when Drew Brees set an all-time NFL record for longest streak of games with a a touchdown pass?  That record is safely his today.  The only challenger anywhere close, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, snapped his own run at the record Sunday, two games shy of Brees’ record.  Brady’s Patriots went down to their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals, a loss that weighed even more heavily on Brady’s mind.  When a reporter asked Brady about snapping that touchdown record, he simply answered, “I bummed we lost.  that’s all that matters.”

Meanwhile, it’s another day of rejoicing for Saints fans.  Not only is their quarterback’s touchdown record safe, but the Saints are now undefeated for the first time since their Super Bowl run four years ago.  And on top of that, the Saints dominated the Chicago Bears on the Bears’ home turf, proving the Saints’ road-worthiness against a tough team inside an equally tough stadium.

Said smiling Saints fan Kandi Francis Monday morning:  “We made Bear gumbo.”  And fans all over the metro area seem to like the taste of that.

In the end, Brees’ touchdown record stats stack up this way:  brees has 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, Tom Brady ended his run Sunday with 52.  And next in line, but far down the list, is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Mannin, with 28 games with a touchdown pass, and still counting.  But he has a long way to go.

You can find love for the New Orleans Saints just about everywhere you look, even at a Metairie gas station.

Tim Marks is the owner of TJM’s Chevron station on the corner of Causeway and West Esplanade in Metairie.  His Saints saying sign is a must-see sight.

It currently reads:  “Flipper swims into jaws of dome!  Boom Boom! Boom Boom!”

Call it what you want.  A haiku, poem, slogan, saying or rhyme.  The message is clear that our Saints are going to beat the Miami Dolphins in tonight’s big game.

“We have this reader board and we thought what can we do to show off our team spirit.  We started coming up with sayings and they really caught on,”  Marks said.

For five years, Marks and his wife carefully brainstorm what goes on their sign every week for the games.  They change what the sign says every single week.

“After we win tonight then we will leave it up for one more day and then we’ll have to put up the new slogan by Thursday morning.”

“My wife and I sit down and we throw ideas back and forth to one another.  When we come up with it then we proofread it before we ever put it out there for everyone to see,”  he said.

He said the standard is high for what Saints rhyme gets put on their sign.

“We have to put something good because if we don’t then our customers will come on in and let us know about it,”  Marks said.

Marks and his wife have been Saints fans all their lives and this is their way of showing their support for their favorite NFL team.

“I think people in this area are more involved with this team than any other place in the nation.  I think what our sign does is show that we are behind the Saints 100 percent whether we win, lose, or draw.  We got one heck of a team,” he said.

News with a Twist – Grab the Mic – 9/27/13

The Saints got a gift from Arizona Sunday: man-to-man coverage from the Cardinals’ defense. You wonder what Arizona was thinking.

Against a team that can’t run the football, you load the box to stop the run and put your secondary in a precarious spot … on the road.

Coaches get paid a lot of money in the NFL, but that plan was a head scratcher. Down the road the Saints will have to be a team that runs the football with some effectiveness.

Especially the next three weeks: the Saints host Miami, then go to Chicago, and New England. All three teams are 3-0.

The Saints proved Sunday they can without a running game, but can you compete for a championship without one?

Saints punter Thomas Morstead is known for growing his long locks, but have you seen the size of his beard?

The Saint showed up to a fundraiser at City Park Monday night to raise money for Malcolm Jenkins’s foundation.

Morstead says he’s not shaving until the team loses: