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Jimmy Graham says Tampa game was turning point for Saints

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The New Orleans Saints chased a 13-3 regular season with an 0-4 start.  They snapped out of it in Week Five with a win over the Chargers, and New Orleans has now won four out of five.

So when was the actual turning point for the team?  All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham believes it happened in Week Six.

“I think it was Tampa game,” Graham told Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.  “Going up to Tampa Bay and having players like Malcolm Jenkins, one of our captains, run the receiver down and stop him on the one-yard line and then for our defense to step up and get a stop and get a turnover there.  Plays like that, those are the things that have helped us to turn this thing around.”

The fact that Graham, who had a sprained ankle at the time, wasn’t even in the state of Florida when that game happened demonstrates its importance.

This weekend, they’ll try to push their record to .500 via a trip to Oakland.  The Saints need it, because the schedule gets a lot more difficult the rest of the way.

As for the rest of the interview, I’ll post it as soon as we get the code from Stamford, Connecticut.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m. ET:  And here it is.

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15 Responses to “Jimmy Graham says Tampa game was turning point for Saints”
  1. prmpft says: Nov 16, 2012 7:38 PM

    GEAUX SAINTS! WHO DAT!!!! it ain’t over until it’s over!

  2. wayupsouth says: Nov 16, 2012 8:00 PM

    Don’t let y’all’s foot off the gas, boys. WHO DAT!!!

  3. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 16, 2012 8:03 PM

    relax jimmy boy your still 4-5 and primed for an upset to bring u back to earth ahahaha

  4. iceshocker says: Nov 16, 2012 8:21 PM

    The tampa game? Man they shouldn’t have even won that honestly. Tampa got robbed on that final TD.

    The D is allowed to push a player out of bounds, but the player can’t come back in after being pushed? Come on now.

  5. arlingtonassasin says: Nov 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    Dat dem bounty guys

  6. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Nov 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    Apparently that dreadful defense didn’t get the memo

  7. silentcount says: Nov 16, 2012 8:57 PM

    Goodell did everything he could to keep the Saints from playing in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. How epic it would be for them to still do that after starting 0-4. Overcoming major adversity to become the champs again, just as before. I wouldn’t bet against Drew & crew from pulling it off.

  8. jsg1996 says: Nov 16, 2012 9:16 PM

    By turning point he means getting blown out by Denver Broncos.

  9. purplegreenandgold says: Nov 16, 2012 9:35 PM

    ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 16, 2012 8:03 PM

    relax jimmy boy your still 4-5 and primed for an upset to bring u back to earth ahahaha
    ======================================
    chatter… next week the pundits will say youre still only 5-5

  10. travishole25 says: Nov 16, 2012 10:23 PM

    All these Saints fans are forgetting they have the worst defense of the last decade.

  11. snarf1888 says: Nov 16, 2012 11:05 PM

    wow he kinda looks like harry conick jr in the film copycat on that video clip. creepy

  12. ikoikofinanay says: Nov 17, 2012 12:26 AM

    Not when the QB is out of the pocket. You’re a genius iceshocker.

  13. 4evrnyt says: Nov 17, 2012 1:16 AM

    You don’t need a turning point you need a defense that wont surrender 30 points a game.

  14. msclemons67 says: Nov 17, 2012 2:41 AM

    Vitt is back from suspension. The bounties are flowing again and the Saints’ defense is starting to look like it had a clue.

    Coincidence?

  15. hauntedspawn says: Nov 17, 2012 10:10 AM

    Is it a coincidence that is the week after Sean Payton showed up in the stadium for Brees’ record breaking game?

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