Steelers boost Saints with victory at Atlanta

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:32:18 GMT
AP sportswriter

ATLANTA — The Falcons are headed to their second straight losing season.
They’re not in first place anymore, either.
But there’s always hope in the hapless NFC South.
Even with a 27-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Falcons can still make..

The playoff picture: Panthers storm back in

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:28:36 GMT
Advocate staff report

The Panthers are back in the playoff picture.
Carolina (5-8-1) would be in first place in the NFC South in all of those meaningless “if-the-season-ended-today” playoff graphics by virtue of its 19-17 win Sunday against Tampa Bay and after Atlanta (5-9) lo..


Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:00:25 GMT
by Ramon Antonio Vargas

If there’s anything the New Orleans Saints dislike about their job as professional football players, it’s the repetitive nature of the media that cover them.
Receiver Marques Colston hasn’t given an on-the-record interview in months, because he feels writ..


Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:32:14 GMT
By Ted lewis

The worst day of Deke Bellavia’s professional life also probably saved it.
Bellavia’s rambling, confused state during WWL Radio’s postgame show following the Saints’ 24-23 loss to Detroit on Oct. 19 concerned listeners so much that 18 of them made 911 cal..

By the numbers, Payton knows when to go for it

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:23:14 GMT
By Nick Underhill

The thing about being a football coach is that, when things work, you’re a genius.
When they don’t, you’re, well, something less than a genius.
The who, what and whys of each situation are not considered. Only the result is.
Imagine how New Orleans Sai..

Not playing the hero

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:45:01 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas

Backup Saints safety Jamarca Sanford won’t say whether the shuffling around his team has done in its defensive backfield could result in him starting against the Bears in Chicago on Monday night. Nonetheless, if that happens (and there’s a fairly good cha..

Payton shoots down more job speculation

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:52:51 GMT
By Nick Underhill and Ramon Antonio Vargas
nunderhill@theadvocate and

The speculation about Sean Payton’s future continues to swirl.
Earlier this week, Payton answered a speculative report from by saying that there is absolutely no way he is leaving New Orleans after this season, and he re-iterated those sentime..

Saints Galette got ‘feedback’ for comments

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:34:07 GMT
by ramon antonio vargas

New Orleans Saints pass-rusher Junior Galette wouldn’t say he faced a “backlash” from inside his own locker room after he made comments last week that he would take his teammates now over the players who helped New Orleans win a Super Bowl in February 201..

Giving a ‘different look’

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:04:02 GMT
By Nick Underhill

Corey White’s role with the Saints could be growing.
As they enter the 15th week of the season, the Saints are still looking to find their best mix of players on defense. That picture could now include White at safety.
A cornerback by trade, White said Th..

Graham: Saints’ kicker workouts won’t affect me

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:02:42 GMT
by Ramon Antonio Vargas

The past few days haven’t been the best of New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham’s season.
After booting a 42-yard field goal attempt wide left in Sunday’s 41-10 loss at home to the Carolina Panthers, Graham was met at the sideline by a visibly displeas..