Saints vs. Bills 2013 Scouting the Enemy

Dave Cariello: The Bills defense isn’t great overall statistically on paper, but they’re sneaky good and to be respected, including a great pass rush and a good secondary. What’s the best way for the Saints’ offense to attack?
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Saints News, 10/25/13: Jimmy Graham Practices, ‘Questionable’ For Bills Game


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Harper, Walker & Sweeting are out for Sunday. Graham, Ingram, Jordan & Strief are questionable. Injury Report: http://t.co/ZAneuJoC3a

New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013


#Saints Jimmy Graham returned to practice on a limited basis Friday and is officially listed as questionable. Expect a game-day decision.

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 25, 2013


#Saints INJ: Harper, Walker & Sweeting are out for Sunday. Graham, Ingram, Jordan & Strief are questionable. Graham listed as limited Friday

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 25, 2013


#Saints Victor Butler said he hasn’t given up on playing this season. With PUP rules he can wait until Week 15, hopes it wont take that long

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


That’s not an indication he’ll play this season, obviously, but he’s saying he’s rehabbing and preparing with the thought in mind.

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


Butler also said there wasn’t any specific rehab timetable given to him when he tore his ACL b/c every player is so different.

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


Butler was realistic about the situation though. It’s a longshot for him to play this season. Still wants/hopes to be out there.

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


#Saints Butler said he’s been running, cutting and getting back in shape for a few weeks now. Knows he might not return in ’13 but will try.

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 25, 2013


RB Mark Ingram was in a good mood this afternoon in the locker room. Said he has felt good with what he has been able to do.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 25, 2013


Ingram said that he wouldn’t wish a toe injury on his worst enemy after dealing w/ a toe issue 2 times in the past 3 years.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 25, 2013


When asked who his worst enemy would be, he laughed and said probably someone from Auburn. I assume not Ben Grubbs, however. Teammates.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 25, 2013


#Saints Ingram said he used to think toe injuries no big deal. But after 2 unrelated toe injuries in 3 years ‘wouldn’t wish on worst enemy’

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 25, 2013


#Saints RB Mark Ingram said he felt good about work he was able to do on practice field today. Just being smart with toe …

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 25, 2013


We become what we repeatedly do. #WhoAreYou

Roman Harper (@Harp41) October 25, 2013


God protect the child dat can Hold his OWN!!

— NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) October 25, 2013


Asked Ryan if Malcolm Jenkins was arguing/lobbying for more safety blitzes. Him: You had right the first time. Arguing is right!

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


@Saints fans! TE @BenjaminSWatson will be at @ColdstoneElm TONIGHT from 7-8PM! Meet him and buy his special creation to help his charity!

— Coldstone Elmwood (@ColdstoneElm) October 25, 2013


Rob Ryan on Malcolm Jenkins “we never want to take him out. He’s played about every position on defense but nose tackle” #Saints

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013


All Sean Payton said is the #Saints will keep evaluating Jimmy Graham in reference to today being an important day for Graham.

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 25, 2013


Payton says Ingram has turned the corner. Been upbeat this week.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 25, 2013


Saints fan @WillieGarson of @WhiteCollarUSA is a guest on today’s @BlackBlueReport podcast: http://t.co/A2Ms2UjeeM #NOLA

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013


Just finished reading Nate Jackson‘s “Slow Getting Up” — an absolute MUST read for anyone with any feelings about the game. (cont)

Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) October 25, 2013


CJ Spiller is doubtful. Game-time decision per Marrone

— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 25, 2013


Fred Jackson (knee) is probable. Manny Lawson is doubtful

— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 25, 2013


The Bills have promoted running back Ronnie Wingo from the practice squad, per a league source

— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 25, 2013


Can’t wait for date night and movie night with @hillarymullin tonight! So looking forward to it!

Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) October 25, 2013


Belichick on trades: It’s hard to get someone ready in a short time http://t.co/YcpvlrCWzu

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 25, 2013


.@BenjaminSWatson says Jimmy Graham’s status doesn’t change his approach for Sunday (VIDEO) http://t.co/oLm5rpmuud #BUFvsNO

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013


Pearl Jam’s @MikeMcCreadyPJ rockin’ a @TeamGleason shirt on @LateNightJimmy last night pic.twitter.com/qcMSb7TmRM

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013

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Bills @ Saints News

New Orleans Saints – Buffalo Bills Final Injury Report
3 New Orleans Saints players are listed as out for Sunday

Bills coach appreciates what he learned from Sean Payton | wwltv.com New Orleans
Doug Marrone would like to say just how much he learned from Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis when he served as the Saints’ offensive coordinator from 2006 to ’08.

Know the Enemy: Saints on Mario Williams – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints are well aware of the challenge they’ll face Sunday when Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams comes to tow

Jackson thinks Spiller is at only 75 percent | ProFootballTalk
As Bills running back C.J. Spiller continues to struggle with an ankle injury, one of the teammates that knows him best knows he’s hampered. Running back Fred Jackson told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that Spiller’s ankle injury has left the faster, younger tailback significantly limited.

Saints have many receiving options even if Jimmy Graham isn’t one Sunday
Star tight end may sit out Week 8 with foot injury, but now-healthy WR Lance Moore could be among those picking up slack.

New Orleans Saints Fantasy Spotlight: The Return of Lance Moore
New Orleans Saints Fantasy Spotlight: The Return of Lance Moore

Black and Gold Today: Saints-Bills quarterback comparison, game predictions, trivia challenge winner and more – Video | NOLA.com
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Katherine Terrell preview the Saints vs. Bills game Sunday at noon, focusing on the battle of the running games and predictions. Plus see the winner of this week’s Saints trivia challenge. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

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Other Saints News

Saints rookie on the rise: Kenny Stills’ catch was ‘special’ – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – Kenny Stills didn’t exactly need a “breakthrough moment” to boost his confidence or validate his place in the

Malcolm Jenkins’ wish granted, thanks to Rob Ryan – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. — Malcolm Jenkins is back where he belongs in the New Orleans Saints defense. And that’s no one place in particular. After being used

Saints morning report: Panthers on prowl – NFC South Blog – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – I mentioned the Carolina Panthers as a sneaky-dangerous foe in the NFC South when I broke down the remaining schedule during the

Saints Combo of Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins Working Perfectly
Saints Combo of Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins Working Perfectly

Drew Brees’ durability all the more impressive as NFL teams struggle at quarterback | NOLA.com
Brees has started 117 of 118 games since he joined Saints in 2006

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Around the League

When Favre says he’s done, this time he means it | ProFootballTalk
It’s become difficult to take Brett Favre at his word when it comes to whether he’s truly done playing football.  Numerous times in the past, he has said he’s done and he has returned. But when Favre said Thursday there’s no way he’s coming back, he likely meant it.

Reggie Bush doesn’t practice on Friday, has leg wrapped | ProFootballTalk
One of the Lions‘ most important offensive players could be a late-week addition to the injury report. Lions running Reggie Bush did not participate in practice on Friday, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reported. Per Twentyman, Bush’s right leg was “wrapped up.

Redskins say there’s no connection to “Bravehearts” trademark | ProFootballTalk
Well, it was fun while it lasted.  Even though it only lasted a few minutes. The Redskins have forwarded the following statement to PFT in response to the item regarding the registration of the name “Washington Bravehearts” for federal trademark protection.

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Video

VIDEO Junior Galette on stopping Bills running game
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, October 24, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO New Orleans Saints Morning Report: October 25
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier chats with TE Benjamin Watson for the Morning Report on Friday, October 25, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Saints vs Bills 2013 Trailer
The New Orleans Saints battle the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Noon CT on CBS (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Romig’s Favorite Games: Superdome reopening
NewOrleansSaints.com continues to honor longtime Mercedes-Benz Superdome public address announcer Jerry Romig by taking a look back at some of his favorite games. Here is a look back at the reopening of the Superdome. (New Orleans Saints video)

Saints vs. Bills 2013 Prediction Contest

The bye week is officially over so it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled Friday afternoon prediction contest.
By now you should all know what to do and how to do it, but just in case you don’t, you can catch up on the rul..

Thursday Night Open Thread: Panthers @ Bucs

Game time:Thursday, October 24th @ 8:25pm EDT / 7:25 CDT
Location: Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL
TV Broadcast (LIVE): NFL Network

Online Streaming: NFL Live, NFL Rewind
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Saints News, 10/24/13: Jimmy Graham Misses 2nd Consecutive Practice


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Putting together another great week of practice.. Just taking it one game at a time.. Once again, very excited about this team! #WhoDat

Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) October 24, 2013


Five #Saints were held out of team drills Thursday: TE Graham, RB Ingram, S Harper, DL Walker, CB Sweeting.

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 24, 2013


Bills’ QB E.J. Manuel (Knee), RB C.J. Spiller (Ankle), LB Manny Lawson (Hamstring) missed practice Thursday http://t.co/1iy8whBa5c #BUFvsNO

New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 24, 2013


#Saints DE Jordan, OT Strief were limited. WR Moore was full again. CB Greer returned to practice after missing Wed. for non-injury reason

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 24, 2013


#Saints TE Jimmy Graham did not practice again Thursday, but DE Cameron Jordan returned on limited basis …

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 24, 2013


Jimmy Graham did not participate in practice today. Cam Jordan was limited. Full Saints Injury Report: http://t.co/1iy8whBa5c #BUFvsNO

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 24, 2013


C.J. Spiller sits out Thursday practice, says there is “no feud” with Doug Marrone: http://t.co/pyNY32RpQ4

— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 24, 2013


Sean Payton’s Thursday Press Conference (VIDEO) -> http://t.co/ua50SVDWzb #BUFvsNO #Saints

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 24, 2013


Have you ever looked at a bottle of water and been amazed at how essential it is to life?

#ColdTubPhilosophy

— Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) October 24, 2013


Some good news: Packers&src=hash”>#Packers TE Jermichael Finley was released today from the hospital, where he’s been dealing with a spinal contusion.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2013


Payton also wouldn’t divulge anything on RB Mark Ingram’s injury status. Was limited last week but missed Wednesday’s practice.

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 24, 2013


Big week for Ryan Griffin. Promoted to the the active roster and now verified on Twitter -> @Griffin_11 #BlueCheck

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 24, 2013


#SaintsDrew Brees says plenty of work goes into being ‘available’ every week: video http://t.co/FISBRL9WwS

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 24, 2013


Found great pics from SuperBowl week practice @MiamiHurricanes facility. starting LB core & ast. lb coach a. zimmer pic.twitter.com/wqYmt0CXHv

Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) October 15, 2013


The #Saints will wear black jerseys and gold pants Sunday #BUFvsNO

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 24, 2013


Failure is not forever!! #DontGiveUp

Roman Harper (@Harp41) October 24, 2013


Ryan Griffin (@Griffin_11) chats with @JohnDeShazier about being added to the active roster-> http://t.co/atjXaOxNzw pic.twitter.com/SD0NGGOZnR

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 24, 2013


Brandon merriweather safety for Redskins being made to sound like criminal! He’s playin the way safety supposed to play pre goodell #hitting

— Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) October 24, 2013


Lance Moore eager to return to #Saints lineup: http://t.co/xy4jZtYfYu by @JohnDeShazier #Saints

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 24, 2013

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Bills @ Saints

New Orleans Saints release Thursday injury report
Cameron Jordan, Zach Strief both limited

Jimmy Graham again misses Saints practice | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
“Tomorrow will be an important day for him,” Payton said.

Saints recall ‘nice guy’ Marrone as grinder – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone was once declared “America’s friendliest football coach” by ESPN The Magazine

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, October 24
Keep voting for your favorite Saints players on the Pro Bowl ballot under the team section

New Orleans Saints Morning Break
A look at what’s being written about the New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills

Saints’ offense wary of Mario Williams | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE — Charles Brown will spend Sunday afternoon trying to keep Buffalo sack master Mario Williams away from his quarterback, a matchup which will likely determine the outcome at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans Saints top performances vs Buffalo Bills
Top performances from Saints players against the Bills

Doug Marrone-Sean Payton connection still strong – ESPN
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It’s been five years since Doug Marrone served as the offensive coordinator in New Orleans, but when he heard the familiar voice

Bills could sit Spiller this week | ProFootballTalk
Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been battling an ankle injury for several weeks, consistently finding a way to play through it. The Bills could be close to deciding that the time has come to give him a week off.

Inside Edge: Bills at Saints – ESPN Video – ESPN
ESPN Video: ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando delivers some stats to help you make a pick for Buffalo at New Orleans.

Double Coverage: Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints – ESPN
The New Orleans Saints (5-1) are one of the NFL’s most dominant home teams (3-0 this year, 32-11 since 2008). They’ve also won four straight games fol

Colston remains quiet as he approaches another Saints record | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Marques Colston emerged from the New Orleans Saints’ off week in a peculiar place. The veteran wideout is merely 137 yards away from settin…

Former Saints assistant Marrone trying to turn around Buffalo’s fortunes | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Like a lot of other NFL coaches who inherited programs that have not been successful, Buffalo Bills first-year coach Doug Marrone knew the …

Doug Marrone, Kyle Williams quotes from Wednesday conference calls
Buffalo Bills Coach Doug Marrone and defensive tackle Kyle Williams spoke with New Orleans media via conference call on Wednesday, October 23

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Other Saints news

Martez Wilson’s exit came down to ‘production’ – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said releasing third-year linebacker Martez Wilson was a tough decision. But he said, “I t

Forecast: The good, bad and weird of the Bum Phillips’ Saints era | wwltv.com New Orleans
Last Friday Bum Phillips died at the age of 90. He is remembered as the cowboy hat wearing, tobacco spitting, and folksy coach of the Oilers. In all obituaries written about Phillips his time as coach of the Saints was merely a footnote.

High energy, drive making Saints’ Jordan a standout player | wwltv.com New Orleans
Stop and talk to Cameron Jordan and you realize instantly the conversation won’t follow a straight path.

Griffin happy to be a part of Saints active roster | wwltv.com New Orleans
Ryan Griffin already has learned Sean Payton’s greatest lesson. The more vague you are, the better off you’ll be.

Low WR output doesn’t concern New Orleans Saints – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton don’t seem too worked up about the fact that the Saints&rs

Saints morning report: Brees gets topped – NFC South Blog – ESPN
“Records are made to be broken,” said Brees, whose record of 55 completions in that game had already been broken years earlier.

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Around the League

Greg Schiano’s regime ‘like being in Cuba,’ ex-Buc says – NFL.com
Greg Schiano’s regime is “like being in Cuba,” one former Buccaneers player told Michael Silver. Michael Bennett says Schiano has “small (man’s) syndrome.” How long can Schiano last?

Richard Sherman: I played through a concussion and it paid off | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he stayed on the field after the only concussion of his NFL career, and he’s glad he did. Sherman wrote in a guest column at TheMMQB.

Tampa radio station buys 19 “Fire Schiano” billboards | ProFootballTalk
As the Buccaneers prepare for a rare prime-time game (and the nation is thankful for that), a local radio station has purchased billboards urging that it be coach Greg Schiano’s last. The message says “Fire Schiano” against a background of flames.

Brett Favre: A couple teams have called, but there’s no way I’ll play | ProFootballTalk
Brett Favre says he is absolutely, positively not returning to the NFL, despite some interest. Responding to this morning’s report that the Rams had reached out, Favre said on Sports Talk 570 that his agent, Bus Cook, told him that a couple of teams have called this season to see if Favre would l…

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Video

VIDEO Sean Payton: “Jimmy Graham is day to day”
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, October 24, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Lance Moore talks after Wednesday’s practice
New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Junior Galette on Martez Wilson’s departure
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette talks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

2013 NFL Playoff Picture: AFC Strength of Schedule

For weeks, fans have been hearing about the unflappable Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. But just how dominant have these teams truly been? Based on 2012 standings, the Broncos had the easiest schedule coming into the 2013 se..

2013 NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Strength of Schedule

With the bye week leaving us no Saints game to discuss, as much as Bill Belichick and the NFL referees tried to help us out, we find ourselves analyzing what we do have. Considering the ten games ahead and ten games behind us — gi..

NFL Picks Week 8: On With The Show

The long and agonizing bye week is finally coming to an end. The New Orleans Saints return to action in the friendly confines of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as they host the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have been serviceable this seas..

Reviewing the 2013 Strength of Schedule for the NFC South

The below table shows the strength of schedule (SoS) for each team in the NFC South. This value is essentially determined by averaging the final 2012 win-loss percentages of all sixteen opponents on a team’s 2013 schedule. So the ..