Wide receiver Lance Moore (left hamstring) joined linebacker Jon Vilma (left knee), tight end John Gilmore (right toe) and safety Malcolm Jenkins (neck) on the did-not-practice list, according to Payton. Moore, who injured his hamstring in practice last week, aggravated the injury Monday night against the Falcons.
Meeting special people and occasionally witnessing history as it’s made are two of the great things about this job. When New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees — one of the classiest, most competitive and exciting players I’ve covered in the NFL — eclipsed Dan Marino’s single-season passing record on Monday, I was able to experience both It was a great achievement, breaking a record that stood for 27 years. Yet, the moment — a nine-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles — didn’t move me as much as Brees’ incredible play during the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl run.
The New Orleans Saints don’t have the best record in the NFL, but they may currently be the best team in the league. The Green Bay Packers have certainly earned home-field advantage with their 14-1 record, including a season-opening win over the Saints back on September 8, 42-34. But that was a long time ago, and it looks like this Saints team is a better group than the one that took the field close to four months ago.
The Saints’ matchups are just are problematic for the Panthers’ thin defense. TE Jimmy Graham and RB Darren Sproles were identified by Panthers coach Ron Rivera as gamebreakers his team had no answer for in the earlier meeting. Unless the Panthers rattle Drew Brees, who has 12 300-yard games and six in a row, they’ll have to hope they get the ball last.
Saints coach Sean Payton talks about Monday night’s win over the Falcons.