Week 8 Judgements (The SportsXchange)

TE Jimmy Graham’s return jumpstarts Saints offense

The New Orleans Saints weren’t sure about TE Jimmy Graham, who injured his left foot in their most recent game on Oct. 13 and only practiced once this week on a limited basis Friday. Graham proved to coach Sean Payton that he could play and be effective before the game and then, he went out and caught three passes for 37 yards with two touchdowns in a 35-17 win of the Bills

TE Jimmy Graham return jumpstarts Saints offense

The New Orleans Saints weren’t sure about TE Jimmy Graham, who injured his left foot in their most recent game on Oct. 13 and only practiced once this week on a limited basis Friday. Graham proved to coach Sean Payton that he could play and be effective before the game and then, he went out and caught three passes for 37 yards with two touchdowns in a 35-17 win of the Bills

Saints vs. Bills 2013 Player Grades: Offense

Drew Brees: A for the game (3.14 for the season) Brees was hit six times and sacked four. This Bills’ defensive line was as advertised and it put the Saints’ passer under duress. Brees did make a few ill advised throws, a couple of ..

Saints Fans Dress Up Like Rob Ryan, Sean Payton, Pull Off Spot-On Impressions (Photo)

If only NFL teams started imitating the Saints as well as these New Orleans fans, they may win more games.
A couple of Saints supporters made good use of their fan gear during Sunday’s game against the Bills, adding some complementary pieces to make themselves look just like Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and head coach Sean Payton. The Payton imitator really got it, with the visor and the puckered chin, while the Ryan imitator had to go with a bad wig and some finger-wagging (but really, how does anyone top this?).
Check out the excellent costumes in the photo below.

Photo via Twitter/@SI_DougFarrar
Filed under: Headlines, NESN Staff, NFL, Offbeat

Bills vs. Saints Recap: Links, Tweets, & Video From the Saints’ 35-17 Win Over the Bills


Tweets


So, after today’s 35-17 win, it has been 1,029 days since Sean Payton last lost a game in the Dome. Nov. 10 next home game vs. Dallas.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 28, 2013


Updated #Saints photo gallery from today’s game http://t.co/6Vjnl2IlIT #BUFvsNO

New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 28, 2013


Saints’ 35-17 win over Bills not a clean performance http://t.co/Lo0QEchz3v by @JohnDeShazier

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 28, 2013


No official injury word from #Saints. Jenkins described his as minor ‘tweak’ but wasnt specific. Lewis,Vaccaro didnt seem major but not sure

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 28, 2013


NFC South standings through today’s games:
Saints 6-1
Panthers 4-3
Falcons 2-5
Buccaneers 0-7

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 28, 2013


The Ryan Bowl just deflated a bit. RT @MikeTriplett: #Saints next opponent, the New York Jets&src=hash”>#Jets, loses 49-9 at Cincinnati today.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 27, 2013


When asked about the Bills not going back to the read option after the first play, Junior Galette said, “I wouldn’t either.” #Saints

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 27, 2013


Unwinding from a great day. Watching the @RedSox play ball! #WorldSeries

Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 28, 2013


Don’t hate on the saints baby…… We just doing us !!!! #34ways

— MikeMcKenzie34ways (@MikeMcKenzie34w) October 28, 2013


If you are out in Nola tonight make sure you all go check out my bro Bruno’s party pic.twitter.com/2KgtWSvNa3

Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) October 28, 2013


Felt great to be back out there w my teammates today! Gotta keep it going. We’ve got plenty of work to do

— Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) October 28, 2013


Good win today. Gotta stay focused…long road ahead #Saints

Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) October 28, 2013


Thank u #WhoDatNation For All The Love Lets keep it rolling! 6-1! #WHODAT

— NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) October 27, 2013


I’m good everybody! Thanks for the support. 6-1!

— Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) October 27, 2013


Hey #whodatnation great team win I love bein apart of such a young and talented dline, @The_Dream99 @jenkinsjohn6 Tom johnson

— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) October 27, 2013


It was like deja vu all over again seeing Matt Stafford reach over for that touchdown at the end of the! @MattLeinartQB #BushPush

Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) October 27, 2013


Brees on Hawthorne’s hit on Lewis on the first play of the game: “I didn’t see it. I heard it. … Wop! That was big.

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 27, 2013


Blessed to be out there with my boys tonight! Quality win. #blessed&highlymotivated

Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) October 27, 2013


My sources are confirming as well RT @JABC0: BREAKING: News broken first by @moosedenied, but Sean Payton gives todays game ball to Lou Reed

— Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) October 27, 2013


#Saints Graham was indeed limited. But just really good. He only played one snap in second half, and scored on the play.

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 27, 2013


6-1 #Win #WhoDat

Roman Harper (@Harp41) October 27, 2013


Awesome RT @skooks: Garrett Hartley missed 2 field goals. Jimmy Graham scored 2 TDs. One of these guys has a bad foot.

— Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) October 27, 2013


Call of the Day:
@TheJimmyGraham stretched like MJ at the end of SpaceJam for that TD”
by @camjordan94

#GoodWin
#WhoDat

— Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) October 27, 2013

_________________________________________

Saints Defeat Bills 35-17

Saints win but aren’t happy with how they played | wwltv.com New Orleans
Sean Payton stood at the podium in an interview area just outside of the Saints’ locker room Sunday and grew seemingly more and more irritated. Is the swagger back, he was asked nearly nine minutes in, the apex of his anger arc.

Saints improve to 6-1 with 35-17 win over Bills | wwltv.com New Orleans
Several years ago, Sean Payton decided to change his bye week process, giving the team an entire week off.

Graham proves to Payton before game he could play with injury | wwltv.com New Orleans
Before New Orleans residents had settled into their seats in church Sunday morning, Jimmy Graham was at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with coach Sean Payton, running routes on the field.

Brees once again comes up big in Saints win | wwltv.com New Orleans
Drew Brees scrambled to his right, barely escaping the oncoming pressure of several Buffalo Bills defenders.

Brees throws five TDs in Saints’ 35-17 win vs. Buffalo | ProFootballTalk
The Saints’ passing game was just too much for the Bills on Sunday. Quarterback Drew Brees threw five TD passes as New Orleans scored a 35-17 victory against visiting Buffalo on Sunday.

John DeShazier: Saints’ 35-17 win over Bills not a clean performance
Coach Sean Payton says there are plenty of areas to clean up

Drew Brees, Saints players talk about win over Buffalo Bills
Players met with the media following 35-17 win

Rapid Reaction: New Orleans Saints – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
NEW ORLEANS — A few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints’ 35-17 victory against the Buffalo Bills, which moved them to 6-1. What it means: Oddly enou

Locker Room Buzz: New Orleans Saints – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
NEW ORLEANS — Observed in the locker room after the New Orleans Saints’ 35-17 victory against the Buffalo Bills. ‘Bowl eligible’: Saints coach Sean

‘Bowl eligible’ not good enough for New Orleans Saints – ESPN
NEW ORLEANS — A 6-1 start to the season might be considered great for some teams. But coach Sean Payton made sure that his New Orleans Saints aren’t

Sean Payton discusses the win over the Buffalo Bills
Coach Payton met with the media after Sunday’s win

Rabalais: Actually, there’s plenty to like about this Saints win | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The New Orleans Saints have forgotten their roots, which in their case is a good thing. Long banished to the ancient archives are the baggi…

Notebook: Saints were limited to 5 defensive backs late | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After a series of injuries, the New Orleans Saints were down to five healthy defensive backs for the final minutes of Sunday’s game against…

Saints’ win over the Bills leaves them wanting more | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had just become the first NFL player to throw five touchdown passes eight separate times. On defe…

_________________________________________

The View From the Other Side

Bills-Saints final score: Drew Brees dominates as Saints win 35-17 – Buffalo Rumblings
Up 10-7 in the second quarter, the Buffalo Bills had no answer for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, who scored 21 straight points in the second and third quarters and cruised to a 35-17 victory.

Inside The Bills | Marrone to change the way he challenges

Thad Lewis: “They threw the kitchen sink at us”
Bills quarterback spoke to the media after the 35-17 loss to the Saints about not only his own toughness, but the team’s ability to fight through nagging injuries.

Doug Marrone, Bills players talk about loss to New Orleans Saints
Postgame quotes from Doug Marrone and Bills players

Doug Marrone: “You can’t make mistakes like that against a good football team”
Bills head coach Doug Marrone talked to the media after the team’s 35-17 loss to the Saints about missed opportunities and things they, including himself, need to correct.

_________________________________________

Around the League

Cardinals stick a fork in the Falcons | ProFootballTalk
Last year, the Falcons were the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC. This year, we can rule them out of playoff contention just seven games into the season.

Bengals crush Jets to solidify hold on AFC North | ProFootballTalk
Anywhere you looked on Sunday, there was a Bengals player making a big play. There was A.J. Green with a pair of 53-yard receptions and Marvin Jones scoring four touchdowns in a coming out party.

Broncos get scare from Washington, rally for runaway win | ProFootballTalk
On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Broncos trailed Washington 21-14 and faced a 4th-and-goal from the Redskins‘ one-yard-line. The Broncos converted, with Peyton Manning throwing a TD pass to reserve tight end Joel Dreessen.

NFL could play eight games with different teams in London, won’t expand | ProFootballTalk
So what’s the long-term goal for the NFL in London? Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that he wants to put a team in both London and Los Angeles. If that happens, it won’t entail expansion of the league. The NFL, we’re told, has no plan to grow beyond 32 teams.

Raiders’ defensive coordinator gives the officials the finger | ProFootballTalk
Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver gave the officials the one-finger salute during today’s game against the Steelers, and he’ll pay for it. Tarver was seen flipping the bird at the officials after Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins picked up a personal foul for a hit to the head of a defense…

NFL trade talk picking up before deadline | Q
The NFL trading deadline is Tuesday and players aren’t the only ones at work today; general managers are busy trying to make some deals happen.

Pats fans boo New England after poor first half | Q
New England’s offense has struggled against the Dolphins so far today and the fans in Foxborough aren’t happy.

_________________________________________

Video

VIDEO Sean Payton: happy with win, still have to improve
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after the game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 27, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Drew Brees: “never know who will step up”
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees speaks with reporters after the game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 27, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Kenny Stills: “I made the most of my chances”
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills speaks with reporters after the team’s 35-17 win over the Buffalo Bills (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Jimmy Graham: “I always want to play”
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham speaks with reporters after the team’s 35-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 27, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO New Orleans Saints Game Wrap: October 27
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier and Sean Kelley recap the New Orleans Saints’ 35-17 win vs Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 27, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Week 8: Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans Saints highlights
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees puts on a show as he passes for over 300 yards and tosses a whopping five touchdowns in a dominant 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Drew and Saints breeze by Bills