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Forsett Powers Ravens to Win over New Orleans

Forsett Powers Ravens to Win over New Orleans

Scott Boehem/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

It was Forsett's second touchdown of the night that helped the Ravens (7-4) pull away while on the road.

"The offensive line did a great job of making those lanes open for me," Forsett said. "I just tried to seize the moment."

The game took on a competitive mood from the start, before ultimately turning combative late. Baltimore opened the scoring in the first quarter when Joe Flacco and Steve Smith, Sr. connected for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

New Orleans (4-7) countered with a scoring drive of their own, capped off by Drew Brees' 10-yard strike to Jimmy Graham.

After Forsett's first touchdown scamper gave the Ravens another lead, the Saints scored 10 straight points to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.

However, Baltimore received the second half kickoff and promptly tied the game on Justin Tucker's 31-yard field goal. The game then took a turn as Brees was picked off by Will Hill, who returned it 44 yards for a touchdown, allowing the Ravens to regain the lead.

A Shayne Graham field goal got New Orleans within one possession, but Forsett broke a 20-yard run off the left side to make it a 34-20 lead with less than three minutes to play. The Baltimore defense would hold strong, only allowing a last minute touchdown pass from Brees. 

Both teams remained at, or near, the top of their division standings. The Ravens are a half game behind Cincinnati (7-3-1) in the AFC North while New Orleans is tied with the Atlanta Falcons (4-7) in the NFC South.

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Saints Rookie Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Thumb

Saints Rookie Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Thumb

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS, La.) -- The struggling New Orleans Saints suffered another setback, as first round rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks will be out for at least a month with a broken thumb. 

Cooks' agent, Jeff Sperbeck, announced that his client underwent successful surgery to repair the break on the thumb on his right hand. 

When the injury occurred is not clear, but Cooks was seen grabbing his right hand after being tackled when returning a punt in last weeks loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

 Cooks has 53 catches and 550 yards with four total touchdowns this season, following being drafted out of Oregon State. 

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Despite Short Turnaround, Saints Handle Panthers, 28-10

Despite Short Turnaround, Saints Handle Panthers, 28-10

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Despite playing on short rest on the road against a division opponent, the New Orleans Saints easily handled the Carolina Panthers, 28-10 on Thursday Night Football.

Quarterback Drew Brees and running back Mark Ingram led the way for New Orleans on Thursday. Brees completed 24 of 34 passes for 297 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Ingram wound up carrying the ball 30 for 100 yards while also scoring two touchdowns.

The Saints still managed a win after playing on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers and then traveling to Charlotte for an early turnaround.

"The offensive line and tight end did a great job of hitting them, hitting them and hitting them," Ingram said. "I think they started to wear down and we were able to get some leaky yards and some big gains."

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton struggled all night as he completed 10 of 28 passes for 151 yards an an interception.

With the win, the Saints improved to 4-4 on the season and are now in first place in the NFC South.

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Saints Prepare for Panthers

Saints Prepare for Panthers

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Saints will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers Thursday night.

New Orleans is coming off a surprising 44-23 win over the Packers on Sunday and are tied for first in the NFC South.

"Anytime you're playing in the division, it's always an important game," Saints head coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday. "Playing on the road in the division makes it that much more important."

New Orleans has still yet to get a win on the road (0-4), but Saints right tackle Zach Strief remains positive.

"You look at how we've lost three of those four road games and you say, 'We made some critical errors at the end,'" Strief said. "It's not that we were getting dominated on the road."

The Saints are averaging 28.4 points per game, while Carolina has been held to 20.9.

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Saints March Past Packers at Home

Saints March Past Packers at Home

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns while Mark Ingram ran for 172 yards and another score, helping the New Orleans Saints rout Green Bay 44-23 on Sunday night. The loss snapped the Packers (5-3) four-game winning streak while pulling the Saints (3-4) into a tie atop the NFC South.

"All we talked about all week long is just coming together as a team and playing a complete game as a team," said Brees. "It was a perfect representation of that."

Green Bay jumped on top early when Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 70-yard touchdown strike just two minutes into the first quarter. The Saints quickly countered with touchdown of their own, courtesy of Brandin Cooks' four-yard run. Both teams each converted three field goals in the first half, heading into halftime tied at 16-16.

The second half featured a little more defense, both teams scored on every possession in the first, but only from the Saints. After New Orleans turned the ball over on downs, the defense picked off Rodgers inside the redzone. Four plays later, Brees connected with Cooks on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Saints up 23-16. 

Brees would also find Jimmy Graham and Josh Hill in the end zone, giving New Orleans a 37-16 lead before the Packers finally scored in the fourth quarter. The Saints quarterback finished the game with 311 yards on 27-of-32 passing. 

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New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

New Orleans Road Woes Continue in Loss to Detroit

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The New Orleans Saints road losing streak moves up to seven as they lost to the Detroit Lions 24-23.

The Saints blew a 23-10 fourth quarter lead with less than four minutes remaining that saw Lions quarterback Matt Stafford toss two touchdowns.

Stafford threw a short pass to Golden Tate that saw the receiver break past three defenders. Seventy-three yards later the Lions had cut the Saints lead to 23-17. 

Drew Brees tried to lead a game clinching drive but was intercepted by Lions defensive back Glover Quin who returned the ball to New Orleans 14 yard line with 3:10 remaining.

The Saints defense held after the interception but on a fourth down were called for defensive pass interference. With second life Stafford found receiver Corey Fuller for the go ahead score.

Head Coach Sean Payton was not pleased after the game that saw his team commit 12 penalties.

"I thought the penalties ended up hurting us," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "I wasn't happy with how that game was officiated. I'll leave it at that, and yet that wasn't the reason in the end."

The loss leaves New Orleans at 2-4 with a tough matchup next week as they host the Green Bay Packers.

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Cowboys Cruise Past New Orleans

Cowboys Cruise Past New Orleans

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Tony Romo threw for three touchdown passes while DeMarco Murray rushed for two more as the Dallas Cowboys dominated New Orleans, winning 38-17 on Sunday night. The Cowboys (3-1) led 24-0 at halftime and maintained their double-digit lead throughout.

"That was very important for us to see what kind of team we were going to be," said Romo who ended his day with 262 passing yards as well. "We kind of knew but it's nice to go against a team...that is still a really good football team."

Dallas began the scoring when Romo found Terrance Williams from six yards out in the first quarter. The two later connected with 19 seconds left in the half, upping the advantage to 24-0. While Romo was lighting it up in the air, Murray led a dominant rushing attack on the ground. The running back totalled 149 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the year, as the Cowboys racked up 445 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, the Saints (1-3) offense was held in check all night. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 340 yards but was unable to lead a scoring drive until the third quarter when New Orleans settled for a Shayne Graham field goal. They would close the gap to 31-17, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Dallas' defense held strong and prevented any thought of a comeback.

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Saints Prepare for Browns

Saints Prepare for Browns

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Saints will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Sunday.

New Orleans is looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2007 season and the Browns come into the losing their last eight in a row.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 29 for 42 with 333 yard with a touchdown and an interception in the 37-34 loss to Atlanta last week.

"We don't feel like it's doomsday, but there is a sense of urgency to get better," Brees said this week.

"Biggest thing on the road is communication," Brees continued.  "I feel like we've got a pretty good system when it comes to that, but it's always a challenge."

Cleveland last won their home opener in 2004 and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the Saints defense will be tough to beat.

"For me, I try to get rid of the ball relatively quick," Hoyer said of the Saints defense.  "I think it has to do with your preparation and knowing what the defense is trying to do. Against a team that is coached by Rob Ryan, sometimes that’s hard because he can try to confuse you, so you really have to be on top of your game preparation and see as many looks as you can and then try to take that to the field."

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Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Matt Bryant's 52 yard field goal 1:43 into overtime clinched the Atlanta Falcons 37-34 victory over their division rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints had the ball first in overtime, but receiver Marques Colston fumbled the ball, allowing the Falcons the chance to win on a field goal. Before overtime, it was the Matt Ryan show: the Falcons quarterback threw for a franchise-record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the win. "He's played a lot of games, made a lot of plays for us," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "But I was really impressed with his ability to extend some plays by moving around in the pocket. And he was very, very accurate. When you have (568 yards) of total offense and 448 through the air, your quarterback is playing well." Julio Jones was on the receiving end of many of Ryan's passes. After missing most of last season with a broken foot, Jones returned to the field catching seven balls for 116 yards. Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 42 passes for 333 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

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Seahawks Fly Into NFC Championship Game

Seahawks Fly Into NFC Championship GameChristian Petersen/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- In a windy and rainy contest, the Seattle Seahawks did what they do best; win at home. The NFC's top seed withstood both the elements and a late rally by New Orleans to advance into the NFC Championship Game ...

Sean Payton Prepares for Foles and Eagles

Sean Payton Prepares for Foles and EaglesHannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Saints are hoping to get in the win column on the road in the playoffs as they prepare for Saturday's NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Headed into Saturday, the Saints are 0...

Saints Won’t Be Scoreboard Watching on Sunday

Saints Won’t Be Scoreboard Watching on SundayDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La) -- The New Orleans Saints (10-5) are looking to secures their fourth playoff berth in five seasons on Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11). If the Saints win and the Carolina Panthers lose aga...

Saints Storm Panthers, Take Charge of NFC South

Saints Storm Panthers, Take Charge of NFC SouthChris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Saints took a big step towards securing a division title by beating the Carolina Panthers 31-13 on Sunday night. Both teams entered the game tied atop the NFC South standings. After falling be...

Seahawks Blast Saints 34-7

Seahawks Blast Saints 34-7Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) --  Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks blasted the New Orleans Saints 34-7 on Monday night. The Seahawks (11-1) clinched a playoff spot with the victory, and now have a...

Russell Wilson Looking Forward to Saints

Russell Wilson Looking Forward to SaintsKevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be in the national spotlight again on Monday night when they host the New Orleans Saints. Wilson will have the challenge of matching an explosive Saints offense led ...

Drew Brees Prepares for Tough Seahawks Defense

Drew Brees Prepares for Tough Seahawks DefenseChris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Saints (9-2) will have a tough task at hand when they take on the Seattle Seahawks (10-1) on Monday night. Saints quarterback Drew Brees spent this week answering questions about the fierce Se...

Saints Nip Falcons 17-13

Saints Nip Falcons 17-13Chris Graythen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) --  In a battle that featured two teams heading in opposite directions this season, the New Orleans Saints came out on top. Drew Brees tossed a pair of first half touchdowns as the Saints edged the Atlanta Falc...

Hartley’s Last-Second FG Wins It for Saints

Hartley’s Last-Second FG Wins It for SaintsAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Garrett Hartley connected on three fourth quarter field goals, the last one giving the New Orleans Saints the lead as time expired and the Saints thwarted the San Francisco 49ers 23-20 Sunday. Hartley had m...

Saints Breeze by Cowboys, 49-17

Saints Breeze by Cowboys, 49-17Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Saints had an NFL record 40 first downs, and the team accumulated a franchise-record 625 total yards as the Saints destroyed the Dallas Cowboys, 49-17 Sunday. The Saints (7-2) had 242 rushing ...

Jets Surprise Saints, 26-20

Jets Surprise Saints, 26-20Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets defense came out to play against the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees on Sunday. The Jets topped the Saints 26-20 thanks to their defense, which got to Drew Brees twice and also made him thr...
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