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Grading The Saints-Week 9

The New Orleans Saints got back on the win track on Sunday, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-16, in an NFC South contest, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in New Orleans.

The Saints obviously fared much better than the week prior, when the fell to the previously unbeaten St. Louis Rams, 31-21.

Against the Bucs, the Saints' offense rolled, for 458 total yards, including 195 rushing yards, while the defense held Tampa Bay to only 84 rushing yards.

Special teams was fine, as John Kasay hit two field goals, and punter Thomas Morestead was great, as he usually is.

You have to give the Saints passing grades all-around this week.

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Saints Defeat Buccaneers, 27-16

The New Orleans Saints got back in the win column on Sunday, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-16, in an NFC South collision, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, in New Orleans, La.

New Orleans led it, 17-3 at the half, and then coasted to the 11-point win, which kept them unbeaten at home this year.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 27-of-36 through the air, for 258 yards, and two touchdowns, while running back Darren Sproles contributed 168 all-purpose yards, including a touchdown.

With the win, the Saints maintain sole possession of first-place in the NFC south, with a 6-3 record, while the Bucs fell to 4-4.

The Saints are back in action next Sunday, November 13, when they travel to Atlanta, Georgia, to take on the second-place Atlanta Falcons, in another NFC South match-up.

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Saints Special Teams Are Special

Halfway through the season, the 5-3 New Orleans Saints have been inconsistent on offense and defense. The Saints special teams however, have been the most consistent unit at the midway point.

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The Saints And Darren Sproles Have Been A Perfect Match

When the New Orleans Saints signed running back/kick returner Darren Sproles as a free agent, they expected him to help replace Reggie Bush, who they traded to the Miami Dolphins.

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Ivory Not Activated By Saints … Yet

New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory is healthy and eligible to return from the physically unable to perform list. However, he was not activated today, and until he is removed from the PUP list, he cannot practice with the team. The Saints have a 3 week window to decide whether or not to activate him, release him, or place him on injured reserve.

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Should Saints Run Sproles More?

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is arguably the best free agent pickup in the NFC South this year. His speed and playmaking ability have been on full display through the first 6 weeks of the season, as he's been a heavy part of the offensive gameplan. But should the Saints run Sproles more between the tackles?

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The Biggest Surprises For The Saints

Who are the biggest surprises for the New Orleans Saints so far, in 2011?

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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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Grading The Saints

The New Orleans Saints ran their current win streak to three game on Sunday, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-10, in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Saints did only win by 13 points, but it felt as though they dominated at times, as they picked up 500+ yards of offense in the game.

The win moved to Saints to 3-1 on the year, with a road game against the Carolina Panthers scheduled on Sunday.

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Darren Sproles Pays Immediate Dividends For Saints

The New Orleans Saints dropped their season-opener on Thursday night, falling to the Green Bay Packers, 42-34. But there were some bright spots, and one of them was the play of running back/return man Darren Sproles.

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