by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1:02 am ET) The Saints DST racked up five sacks while shutting down Carolina in a 31-13 win Week 14. Linebacker Junior Galette tallied three sacks, defensive end Cameron Jordan two. New Orleans is up to 43 sacks this season.
The Saints were unable to force a turnover, but they held the Panthers to 239 total yards and 16 first downs. New Orleans has a chance to repeat that success Week 15 when it visits struggling St. Louis.
Saints DST a risky option in Week 14
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/7/13) The Saints DST has been a great Fantasy option this season, but the matchup in Week 14 against the Panthers is tough. We'd avoid the Saints DST as a starting option this week.
The Saints have scored at least 11 Fantasy points in a standard league in all six home games, which is impressive. But they do have four games this season with single digits in points, and the Panthers are a tough opponent.
Only five DST options have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Panthers and just one in the past three weeks. Cam Newton should be able to make plays against the Saints, and we'd only consider the Saints DST a starting option in deeper formats.
Curtis Lofton makes a dozen tackles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/3/13) Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton made a team-high 12 tackles, two for loss, in the Week 13 loss at Seattle. It was the second time in five games he got a dozen tackles.
Up to 98 stops this season, Lofton plays the Panthers in Week 14.
Saints DST gets humbled in Seattle
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/3/13) The Saints gave up a season-high 34 points in their loss at Seattle, though one touchdown was a defensive score. New Orleans had no answer for Russell Wilson, who accounted for 357 yards and three touchdowns without committing a turnover.
The Saints DST managed one sack, by linebacker Parys Haralson. The unit forced running back Marshawn Lynch to fumble in the first quarter, but Seattle recovered.
The Saints DST should have more success at home vs. the Panthers in Week 14.
Glenn Foster could sit in Week 13
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/30/13) Saints defensive lineman Glenn Foster (knee) was unable to practice through the week, and is officially questionable for Week 13 against the Seahawks Monday.
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The Saints defense will undergo some significant changes in 2013 as it switches from a 4-3 front to a 3-4 scheme under the eye of new coordinator Rob Ryan. It can't get worse than what they've had of late. In 2012 the defense registered 30 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 15 interceptions and a league-worst 440.1 total yards per game. One big issue is that switching schemes doesn't always work so well, and another is that coach Ryan has struggled in stops in Oakland, Cleveland and Dallas to build effective defenses. Though they added some promising players like Keenan Lewis, Victor Butler and rookies Kenny Vaccaro and John Jenkins, we wouldn't run the risk of drafting the Saints DST. (Updated 5/10/13)