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Cameron Jordan does his job against Seahawks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Defensive end Cameron Jordan led the Saints charge defensively Saturday in Seattle. He contributed six tackles, one of three sacks and two of three TFLs.

Shayne Graham lays goose egg in Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) When your best moment is an onside kick, you know it's a tough day. And it was a tough day Saturday in Seattle for Saints placekicker Shayne Graham, though the gusting wind was certainly a factor.

Graham missed two field goal attempts. The first just missed left from 45 yards out in the first quarter, but it must be pointed out that the holder placed the laces forward. His second attempt was way off from 48 yards and proved to be a key miss in the fourth quarter.

He did squib an onside kick that his team recovered with time running out, but it did not result in the completion of a comeback.


Saints keep Nick Foles under 200 yards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) The Saints were able to hold off Philadelphia's comeback attempt as Shayne Graham drilled the game-winning field goal as time expired to win Saturday's Wild Card playoff game against the Eagles 26-24. New Orleans limited Nick Foles to 195 passing yards despite allowing two touchdown passes. The defense sacked Foles twice but were unable to force any turnovers, as they surrendered 256 yards of total offense.

The Saints will now travel to Seattle for a showdown against the Seahawks in the second round of the playoffs.

Saints DST mediocre in win over over Buccaneers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Saints DST brought a limited number of Fantasy points to their owners Sunday despite a strong defensive performance. They held Tampa Bay to 290 yards and 17 points, but did not score. They did record an interception and two sacks.

Shayne Graham boots only extra points on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Placekicker Shayne Graham had zero chances to kick a field goal in his second game with the Saints on Sunday. He was perfect on six extra points.

Saints DST could score big Fantasy points on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) It must that Cajun cooking. Something makes the Saints defense (and offense, for that matter) so far superior at home than on the road. And they are at home Sunday against Tampa Bay, which makes their DST a premier play.

The Saints have surrendered just 108 points in seven home games this season for a PPG average of 15.4. They have yielded no more than 20 points in any home game all year. They have registered 12 of their 18 turnovers at home as well.

The result is that they rank near the top of the NFL in many statistical categories, including second in passing yards allowed (2,890). Their run defense can be porous at times, but has been (surprise!) far better at home.

The three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank the Saints DST as a top 10 option for Week 17 and two place them in their top four. The unit is a fine choice for Fantasy lineups against Tampa Bay.


Saints DST gives up game-winning score


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Saints DST only gave up 17 points Week 16, but lost the game. 

New Orleans did a good job stopping quarterback Cam Newton most of the game. They forced an interception and picked up four sacks. But Newton came up big when it mattered. With 22 seconds left, Newton threw the game-winning touchdown against the Saints. New Orleans will take on the Buccaneers Week 17.


Saints DST facing tough matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) The Saints DST will have their hands full Week 16 against the Panthers. 

Carolina has been tough on opposing defenses, limiting them to just 7.29 Fantasy points per game. The Panthers don't score a ton of points per game, but do a good job not turning the ball over. The team has only fumbled 10 times this season, which is the lowest figure in the league. Cam Newton has also been more careful with the ball, tossing 11 interceptions. 

The Saints, however, have been much better defensively this season. The team has allowed just 19.3 points per game, which ranks fifth. They've been able to do so by getting to the opposing quarterback. The team has 43 sacks this year, one of the higher rates in the league. The Saints have been a useful Fantasy defense all season, but they are a slightly more questionable play this week.


Saints DST a Week 16 disaster


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) The Saints DST was a gigantic dud Sunday at St. Louis. The unit did not score or force a turnover. They completed their goose egg by recording no sacks and allowing the Rams to gain 302 total yards.

Garrett Hartley bats just .333 in Week 15


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Saints placekicker Garrett Hartley had as hard a time Sunday as his teammates. He missed two short boots wide left and made a 45-yarder in the second quarter.

Saints DST a fine Fantasy option against Rams


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Fantasy DSTs generally fall victim not only to strong opposing offenses, but to those representing the same team. Such is not the case with the Saints.

The Saints control the clock so effectively that their defense ranks fifth in the NFL in both passing and rushing attempts allowed. They are one of the few teams that score a boatload of points, but rank among the best in both passing defense and rushing touchdowns allowed. They are tied for second in the NFL with 43 sacks. They are indeed a fine Fantasy play in Week 15 at St. Louis. 

The Rams rank 27th in the NFL in total offensive yards (4,140) and 28th in rushing touchdowns (7). They are mediocre at best in other statistical categories. And they have struggled against such top defenses as Carolina, Seattle and San Francisco.

It's no wonder that all three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank the Saints DST seventh or better this week. If you have them, play them.


Saints DST brings the heat


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) 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 gets humbled in Seattle


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) 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.


Saints' pass rush comes up big in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) 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. 


Saints DST a solid Week 12 option


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) The Saints have recorded a sack in every game this season. They've failed to score double-digit Fantasy points just three times, and are in the top 10 of total points scored among DSTs – despite being one of two teams yet to score a defensive touchdown.

Week 12 brings a matchup against the Falcons, who have been a wonderful matchup for DSTs over the past four weeks. Defenses have intercepted nine of their passes in the last four games, recorded 10 sacks, and have scored 15 or more Fantasy points in three of the last four games against Atlanta.

The Saints have been one of the more pleasant DST surprises in 2013. They can be started in most Fantasy formats going forward.

Garrett Hartley comes through big Sunday for Saints


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Saints placekicker Garrett Hartley did a lot more than just kick three fourth-quarter field goals Sunday to break a slump. He booted a critical 42-yarder with two minutes left to tie the game against San Francisco and a 31-yarder to win it with just three seconds remaining.

Hartley entered the game having missed four of his last six attempts.


Saints defense fine, DST not so much for Fantasy owners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) If the Saints hadn't held San Francisco to a mere 196 total yards on Sunday, their DST would have been virtually valueless to Fantasy owners.

New Orleans created just one turnover, scored no touchdowns on defense or special teams, and registered three sacks in the victory.


Saints DST holds Cowboys under 200 yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) The Saints DST did not produce a turnover in the Week 10 blowout of the Cowboys, but otherwise turned in a strong performance. New Orleans held Dallas to 194 total yards and did not allow a third-down conversion.

Defensive ends Glenn Foster and Tom Johnson and linebacker Parys Haralson all registered sacks for the Saints, who have a tasty matchup Week 11 at home vs. the 49ers.


Week 10 probably a good time to bench Saints DST


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) The Saints defense will look to bounce back Week 10 vs. Dallas after allowing 26 points in a loss to the Jets Week 9, which was the second-most points the New Orleans defense allowed this season. In fact, it was just the second time in eight games an opponent scored 20-plus points against New Orleans.

The Cowboys have one of the better offenses in the NFL, so it will be a challenge for New Orleans to slow them down Sunday. Dallas ranks fourth in scoring offense (28.6 points per game) and have scored less than 27 points just once in their last five games.

The Cowboys have also lost just five fumbles and thrown six interceptions, and sport the second-best turnover ratio (plus-10) in the NFL. The Cowboys have allowed just 19 sacks, which puts them in the top half of the league in sacks allowed.

DSTs are averaging 4.6 Fantasy points per week against Dallas, which is the lowest average in the league. The Saints DST has been a good Fantasy option this season, but Week 10 presents a tough matchup, so you might consider using another DST with a better matchup. Some options include the Giants (owned 48 percent of leagues), Steelers (44 percent), Colts (76 percent) and Dolphins (79 percent).


Jets hold Saints to two touchdowns Week 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) The Jets defense took a bend-but-don't-break approach during a 26-20 upset win Week 9 vs. New Orleans. The Saints totaled 407 yards, including 366 passing yards, but the Jets allowed just two touchdowns -- both to tight end Jimmy Graham.

Graham had a 51-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and a 10-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. New York held New Orleans to just a pair of field goals in the second half.

New York picked off Drew Brees twice and also had two sacks. New Orleans played without wide receiver Marques Colston (knee) and lost running back Darren Sproles on the first series to a concussion.

The Jets are on a bye Week 10 before returning to action Week 11 at Buffalo.


Saints defense burned by former teammate Week 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) The Saints defense had trouble slowing down former New Orleans running back Chris Ivory, which led to the Jets upsetting the Saints, 26-20, Week 9. New York finished with 338 total yards, including 139 rushing yards and one touchdown from Ivory, who played for New Orleans from 2010-12.

The Jets managed only 140 passing yards and no passing touchdowns. However, they totaled 198 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Kicker Nick Folk added four field goals.

The Saints forced no turnovers and totaled two sacks. New Orleans is back in action Week 10 vs. Dallas.


Saints defense should have strong outing Week 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) The Saints head into Week 9 at N.Y. Jets having allowed just one of their first seven opponents to score more than 20 points. It came during a 30-27 loss at New England Week 6.

It's probably good to know the Jets rank 27th in scoring offense, averaging 17.9 points per game. They rank 17th in total offense, averaging 330.4 yards per game, and have a minus-12 turnover margin, which is tied with the Giants for the worst in the NFL.

The Saints will also be facing a banged up offense Sunday. Tight end Jeff Cumberland isn't expected to play because of a concussion. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes might miss another game with a hamstring injury. Fellow receivers Stephen Hill (foot) and Jeremy Kerley (illness) are also on the injury report.

DSTs average 14.9 Fantasy points per week against the Jets, which is the fourth-highest average. Only twice in eight games has a Fantasy DST scored less than 10 points against the Jets. Make sure to keep the Saints DST in active Fantasy lineups Week 9.


Saints falls short vs. Tom Brady and Patriots


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) The Saints' defense had a hard time containing Tom Brady in the final moments of Sunday's loss to the Patriots in Week 6.

New Orleans allowed a Tom Brady 17-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five second remaining in the game. Brady was held in check for most of the game before his fourth quarter drive. He was sacked five times and picked off once by Keenan Lewis.

The Saints will have a bye week before taking on the Bills at home in Week 8.

Saints DST feasts on four turnovers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) The Saints DST has forced 10 turnovers after getting four more in Monday's blowout of Miami. Corners Jabari Greer and Chris Carr and linebacker Will Herring intercepted Ryan Tannehill, and linebacker Curtis Lofton stripped Tannehill with safety Rafael Bush recovering.

Playing with a lead throughout, New Orleans sacked Tannehill four times. Defensive end Cameron Jordan had a sack and three quarterback hits, and linebacker Junior Galette added a sack and two quarterback hits.

The aggressive Saints DST visits turnover-prone quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears in Week 5.


Saints DST is for real


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) A year after giving up the most yards in NFL history, 440 per game, the Saints DST has remade itself under Rob Ryan. The unit enters Week 4 ranked eighth in Fantasy points despite not scoring a touchdown yet.

New Orleans ranks fourth in total defense, fourth in pass defense and fifth in points allowed (12.7). Cameron Jordan leads the way with three sacks and a forced fumble.

The Saints just held Arizona scoreless for the final 50 minutes and 10 drives of their Week 3 win. Consider the Saints DST a solid starting option at home against the Dolphins.