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The Saints on Sunday will be playing their third consecutive road game and second straight division game.”Playing on the road, all the odds are against you,” Porter said. “We look at it as adversity. We’re pretty good playing against adversity. And our fans travel good. That helps a lot.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have lost defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for a while. McCoy went down with a nasty ankle injury late in the first quarter of the 48-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. McCoy did not return.

It is unclear from the Tweets whether Shockey was apologizing for the gesture, for heading quickly to the locker room without having anything to say to his former teammates, or for both. Before his current stint with the Panthers, Shockey spent the past three seasons with the Saints.

The 2011 New Orleans Saints may be a better team than the 2009 club that won the Super Bowl. The 09’ team had a “bend but don’t break” defense. So does this year’s team. But here’s the interesting thing; I believe that this year’s offensive is more potent than the 09’ team, and that, to a large degree makes for a more effective defensive unit.

Since 2001, Brees’ first NFL season, he now is tied for fourth with 17 fourth-quarter comeback victories. The only quarterbacks ahead of Brees are Peyton Manning (24), Tom Brady (19) and Jake Delhomme (18).

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