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.
Chris Carr expected to play Monday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/30/13) Saints defensive back Chris Carr (hip, hamstring) is officially probable for Week 13 against the Seahawks, after getting through the week in practice without issue.
Saints' pass rush comes up big in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/22/13) The Saints defense faced more pressure than normal in Week 12 against the Falcons, as they had to make up for a subpar showing from the offense. Fortunately, the DST unit held up well in a 17-13 win.
The Saints allowed the Falcons to amass 292 yards through the air, but held the passing game out of the end zone. Atlanta scored just one touchdown, on their first offensive drive, and were limited to field-goal tries from that point on.
The Saints held the Falcons to 355 yards of total offense in the game, and the defensive line played a key role. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was taken down for sacks five times in the game. The game's lone turnover proved crucial as well, as wide receiver Darius Johnson lost a fumble in Saints' territory in the fourth quarter, with the Falcons attempting to mount a comeback.
The Saints DST unit more than held its own against the injury-riddled Falcons, but will likely face a stiffer test in Week 13. New Orleans has to travel to Seattle for a Monday night matchup with the Seahawks next week.
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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)