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He began with the high of a new four-year, $25 million contract in late July, with the Saints proving how much they value his abilities as a hard-hitting playmaker. Then he had a rough night in Week 1 at Green Bay, getting picked on a couple times in pass coverage by quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a shootout loss to the Packers.

Angelo pointed to the most obvious key plays, a 79-yard touchdown pass by the Saints on third and long and the sack-fumble of Cutler, when he took a blind-side hit.

3. New Orleans Saints (1-1) Oh no! A 1-1 team above several undefeated teams. No shame in losing a winnable game to the Packers in Green Bay.

Harper spearheaded a New Orleans defense that recorded six sacks and held the Bears to 246 total yards (60 rushing, 186 passing) in the Saints’ 30-13 win over Chicago. He had seven tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble in the victory.

The New Orleans Saints returned to practice on Wednesday, getting ready for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. A few guys are battling nagging injuries, and The Times-Picayune’s James Varney and Mike Triplett break it down.

At the same time, Ginn, Green Bay’s Randall Cobb and Minnesota’s Percy Harvin returned kickoffs for touchdowns in Week 1, all covering more than 100 yards. Ginn doesn’t think the new rules changed kickoffs as much as widely expected, beyond forcing return men to make more decisions on whether to run out of the end zone.

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