New Orleans Saints: Top news and video clips

With the division lead at stake, first-place New Orleans looks to win consecutive games for the first time in a month by cooling off the Falcons on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Saints (6-3) are one-half game ahead of Atlanta (5-3) but haven’t always looked like a division leader of late. New Orleans followed a 62-7 win over Indianapolis in Week 7 with a stunning 31-21 loss to then-winless St. Louis. The Saints rebounded from that defeat with last Sunday’s 27-16 win over a Tampa Bay team that beat them Oct. 16.

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As they prepare for Sunday’s game with Atlanta, the New Orleans Saints appear to have some injury issues on defense. Three key players sat out Wednesday’s practice. Middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) and cornerbacks Tracy Porter (neck/chest) and Patrick Robinson (stomach) sat out.

After week nine Marino threw for 2,672 yards, 332 yards less than what Brees has achieved, and with the Saints penchant to throw the ball Brees has more than a good chance to at least be the first to take down the record.

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The New Orleans Saints are among the top NFL franchises not only in regard to on-field performance, but in terms of tweets. Engineers from Rice University and Motorola Mobility are monitoring each team’s activity in the Twitter universe this season.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said at his Wednesday press conference that Tulane requested permission to speak to some of his assistant coaches (presumably more than one). Wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson and tight ends coach Terry Malone are the names that have been mentioned previously as potential targets.

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Can the Falcons stay on a hot streak when they take on the division rival New Orleans Saints? Michael Lombardi gives his front office view.

Topics: 2011 NFL Draft, Atlanta Falcons, Greg Romeus, New Orleans Saints, NFC South, NFL, Nfl Power Rankings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University Of Pittsburgh

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