Style points aside, Saints get the job done — on the road


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:36:01 GMT
By Scott Rabalais
srabalais@theadvocate.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stylish, it was not.
The New Orleans Saints win with flair and panache at home, turning a brutal game into something often artistic and graceful.
But take the Saints on the road, and it’s all gritted teeth and clenched fists and, lately,..

After slow start, Saints find their footing


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:35:41 GMT
By Nick Underhill
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The race to first place started out like a three-legged race, with one of the participants on each team wearing a shaven-down pegleg.
The gates burst open at Bank of America Stadium, and both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers ..

White’s big night


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:30:01 GMT
BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS
rvargas@theadvocate.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After giving up the long touchdown that powered Detroit’s comeback victory from a 13-point deficit Oct. 19, Saints cornerback Corey White decided the yellowish mohawk he’d sported all season had to go.
So he shaved it clean off — and he ..

Patriots defense preps to slow Broncos’ Manning


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:29:01 GMT
By MATTHEW CARROLL
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Devin McCourty won’t allow himself to get caught up in Peyton Manning’s pre-snap antics on Sunday.
New England’s Pro Bowl safety can’t afford to. He’ll end up losing.
“I would say the chess game is pretty one-sided. It’s like being a k..

Ex-Saint Harper not jumping for joy after play


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:19:02 GMT
MIKE CRANSTON
Special to The Advocate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Getting leapfrogged by a former teammate couldn’t have been what Roman Harper had in mind in his first game against New Orleans since the Saints released him in the offseason.
Jimmy Graham hurdled the Panthers safety after making a cat..

Finishing a game the right way


Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:14:01 GMT
by sheldon mickles
smickles@theadvocate.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The New Orleans Saints’ biggest problem in three of their first four road games this season — all losses — was not finishing.
The problem Thursday night was starting.
Playing just four days after a blowout win against the Green Bay Packe..

Irvin: Saints’ improved run game making Brees even better


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:28:00 GMT

The Saints are running the ball better than any of their eight previous seasons with Drew Brees at quarterback, the best in any year since 1987, in fact.
And that, in turn, is making No. 9 an even better quarterback.
“Drew has such great success out of pl..

Golden opportunity


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:39:06 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

Sometimes, a new dream can be born where an old one died.
That’s what would happen if the New Orleans Saints (3-4) can win at Carolina (3-4-1) on Thursday night and triumph for what would be only the second time in their past 11 regular-season road trips…

Rush NIGHT


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:16:34 GMT
BY NICK UNDERHILL
nunderhill@theadvocate.com

There’s no longer anything to lose.
Maybe things were too tight or too complicated before. Something was holding the New Orleans Saints’ defense back during the first few weeks of the season, and at times it was frustrating. They knew they were better tha..

Harper happy to conquer new horizons with Panthers


Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:15:11 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas
rvargas@theadvocate.com

Roman Harper wanted to feel young again.
That’s why it didn’t hurt him when the Saints released him in February after he spent his first eight years in the NFL with them. The overarching on- and off-field philosophies, the practice schedule, the locker ro..