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Sean Payton Unsure How He Will Deal With Saints’ Crowded Backfield

For the first time all season, all four of the New Orleans Saints' top four tailbacks are healthy, and that gives head coach Sean Payton a little bit of a problem.

Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Chris Ivory are all healthy and ready to go, but the four backs are one more than Payton would typically like to have.

Having four backs that you have confidence in can be a good problem, but remember, if all of them are active, then you'd be taking away a roster spot from a player at another position.

Payton hasn't said how the Saints will deal with the situation when they take on the New York Giants on Monday night.

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Five Things The Saints Need To Work On Improving

The New Orleans Saints are 7-3 on the year, and are in sole-possession of first-place in the NFC Saints.

Like with every team though, there's certainly room for improvement.

With the bye week here for the black & gold, they can use it to get healthy, with linebacker Jonathan Vilma, cornerback Patrick Robinson, along with head coach Sean Payton being the most banged-up.

But the Saints can also use the bye week to work on areas that need improving, such as establishing a more consistent running attack, and becoming a better red zone defense.

In defense of Saints' red zone defense, the Falcons gained 481 yards of total offense last Sunday, yet only scored 23 points, in an overtime game, as the New Orleans defense was much better in the red zone.

What other areas do the Saints need to improve on following the bye week?

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Sean Payton Surgery A Success

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton underwent successful surgery this morning to repair his left tibial plateau fracture and lateral meniscal tear. Payton broke his knee and tibia and tore his MCL when tight end Jimmy Graham collided with him on the sidelines early in yesterday's loss at Tampa Bay.

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Beyond The Mic: Ivory’s Return Begs Questions

New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory led the team in rushing a year ago as a rookie. His bruising style as a runner took its toll however, and he had two offseason surgeries. As a result, he's spent the beginning of the season on the PUP list. That will change next week, as he should be activated to the 53 man roster. How will coach Sean Payton deal with an already crowded backfield?

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Saints Take On Panthers

The New Orleans Saints will put their current three-game win streak on the line, on Sunday, when they travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, to take on the Carolin Panthers, in an NFC Southern Division match-up.

The Saints are 3-1 on the year, while the Panthers stand at 1-3.

Kick-off time is scheduled for noon.

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