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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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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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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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History Of Saints vs. Bears

The New Orleans Saints have played the Chicago Bears 24 times in the regular season, and twice in the postseason (both games at Soldier field). The results of all the matchups may surprise you.

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Saints Looking For Better Ground Attack This Year

The NFL has undoubtedly become more of a passing league over the years, but that doesn't mean a team doesn't have to have a solid running game to be successful.

The New Orleans Saints realize this, and took steps to correct what they perceived as an area that needed improvement over 2010.

The Saints traded to draft former Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram, and signed free agent running back Darren Sproles away from the San Diego Chargers, to join veteran Pierre Thomas.

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Saints Smash Raiders, 40-20

The New Orleans Saints ran their preseason record to 2-1, after rolling to an easy 40-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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Pierre Thomas Excited About Saints’ Running Backs

Pierre Thomas is part of a strong group of New Orleans Saints' running backs, which also includes rookie Mark Ingram, and veteran Darren Sproles.

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Saints Have Plenty Depth At Running Back

With the likes of rookie Mark Ingram, along with veterans Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, the New Orleans Saints have a deep, and talented, group of running backs.

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Saints Running Back Position Is Filled With Intrigue

What a difference a year makes.

Last year, the New Orleans Saints running back corps was decimated, due to injuries.

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Saints Make The Right Moves

Jeff Duncan, of the Times-Picayune, says the New Orleans Saints were right on the money with their recent offseason moves. View the article, below.

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