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New Orleans Saints: Power rankings and defensive end Greg Romeus


The Saints are headed into their fourth NFC South game of the season this Sunday when they travel to the Georgia Dome to take on the surging Atlanta Falcons.

It’s also the second consecutive division game for New Orleans, who beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week at home to maintain their standing as the south’s best team.

The win against the Buccaneers was a critical one, the week before the Saints faltered against a winless Rams team and looked so bad that everyone began to question if they actually had the makings of a legitimate playoff team.

After winning the Saints are now back in the top five of the NFL Power Rankings, and currently are ranked as the third best team in the NFC behind the unbeaten Green Bay Packers and suprising San Francisco 49ers.

Rookie defensive end Greg Romeus has been removed from the physically unable to perform list and will now get his first chance to practice with the Saints staring tomorrow.

Under NFL rules the Saints will have 21 days to get a look at Romeus before deciding his fate — add him to the active roster, place him on season ending injured reserve, or even just flat out part ways with the former Pitt standout.

Romeus was drafted by the Saints this year in the seventh round and some viewed him as a steal after a standout college career.

If not for an ugly ACL tear in college scouts had projected him as a high draft pick, and in some circles as high as the first round.