The weekly NFL spread picks: Can anyone slow down New Orleans at home?

The New Orleans Saints have covered the spread in 14 straight home games. That’s pretty amazing. In most of those games, they’ve had to cover a big number. Coming into this week, New Orleans has been favored at home by … Continue reading →… Click to read the original Saints article by buzz: new orleans ..

Saints primed to rob 49ers of victory

Rob Ryan walked into a New Orleans bar Sunday night and was serenaded with the chant, “Defense!” The Saints’ defensive coordinator proceeded to slap down $200 and buy a round of drinks for the house.

It would have been more appropriate last season, wh..

Saints expecting physical game, but so should 49ers, players say (WWL TV)

One of the lasting images from New Orleans’ playoff loss in San Francisco during the divisional round of the playoffs for the 2011 season is Saints running back Pierre Thomas getting knocked out by 49ers safety Donte Whitner…. Click to read the original Saints article by WWL – Sports

New Orleans Saints: 2013 Week 11 NFL Power Rankings (#3)

Last week: 3 (+0)
Record: 7-2
After the Saints’ absolute trouncing of the Cowboys, in which they won by 32, despite muffing a punt, missing a field goal, and not recovering an opponent’s onside kick, they now lead the NFL in rate of moving the chains differential. They are moving the chains at an 82% rate, as opposed to 70% for opponents. This makes sense, as the Saints not only set the single game record for first downs, but also for first down differential (+31). They now have won their last 14 home games under Sean Payton by an average of 22 points per game. I don’t think anyone is beating them there. The Saints’ game in Seattle in a few weeks might as well be the NFC Championship given how good those two teams are at home and how the winner will almost definitely get homefield advantage through the NFC.
Week 10 Studs
QB Drew Brees
RB Pierre Thomas
FB Jed Collins
WR Marques Colston
RT Zach Strief
LG Ben Grubbs
RG Jahri Evans
C Brian La Puente
RE Cameron Jordan
Week 10 Duds
None

Davis, Reid still limited in practice (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

SANTA CLARA — Tight end Vernon Davis and safety Eric Reid remained limited at the 49ers’ final practice before leaving Friday to face the New Orleans Saints. Both Davis and Reid still must pass the final test of the NFL’s concussion protocol, a conta..

49ers-Saints Matchup No. 3: Pass defense vs. Jimmy Graham (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

Programming note: Watch Friday’s 49ers press conference with Jim Harbaugh streaming live right here at 12:45 p.m.   The task of covering Jimmy Graham is no one-man job. In fact, Graham serves the roles of several individuals on the New Orleans Saints offense. While 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis generally is entrusted with covering another team’s top tight end, Graham will see a little bit of everybody on the 49ers’ defense