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Saints roll to 3-0 start

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Once again, the Saints’ defense more than held up its end of the bargain.

Once again, New Orleans reaped the rewards.

After allowing the Cardinals (1-2) to score the game’s first touchdown, the Saints shut out Arizona the rest of the way en route to a 31-7 rout on Sunday in New Orleans.

The Saints have held opponents to a combined 37 points in the first three games. They are now 3-0 for the first time since their Super Bowl-winning season of 2009.

In victory, the Saints sacked Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer four times and intercepted him twice. Arizona also could not get much going in the ground game.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was sharp, throwing for 342 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a score. Tight end Jimmy Graham had a huge game, catching nine passes for 134 yards and two TDs.

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20 Responses to “Saints roll to 3-0 start”
  1. purplegreenandgold says: Sep 22, 2013 4:33 PM

    “Once again, the Saints’ defense more than held up its end of the bargain.”
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    it took only three weeks to write it but last year was last year… however there is a team on the road to shattering that yardage record… right logical!!

  2. jason1980 says: Sep 22, 2013 4:38 PM

    Who Dat Baby! We Dat!

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Sep 22, 2013 4:38 PM

    Palmer 0- Touchdowns and 2-INT”s….Go Carson!!!

  4. cometkazie says: Sep 22, 2013 4:43 PM

    Drew rushed for a td as he was afraid the Honey Badger was going to intercept him again.

    I love the Saints but I like LSU kids to do well, too.

  5. southernpatriots says: Sep 22, 2013 4:46 PM

    Brees gets another 300 yard game, but a rushing TD from Brees? ha. Graham is not doubt the best TE in the NFL.

    The defense was good to start with this season and is getting better.

    Geaux Saints!

  6. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 22, 2013 5:13 PM

    If there was ever any doubt who was the better tight end out of Gronk and Graham lets just put that conversation to sleep right now.

    I love the silence from the saints haters who would say “oh but that defense” “worst in the history of the NFL etc” “Brees will have to throw for 500 yards a game with that defense” haha.

    Matt Ryan
    Josh Freeman
    Carson Palmer
    What do they have in common?
    They all only have one touchdown vs the saints.

    Keep em coming clowns!

  7. scottheis82 says: Sep 22, 2013 5:15 PM

    My Saints played an excellent game overall, it was fun seeing LSU SW. The way LSU SW is using Patrick Peter Peterson is outstanding, the guy has all the tools to be a reincarnation of Dion Sanders and if they get some stability with QB, coaching, and front office this can be a really good team for years to come. IMO

  8. purplegreenandgold says: Sep 22, 2013 5:22 PM

    Drew rushed for a td as he was afraid the Honey Badger was going to intercept him again.

    I love the Saints but I like LSU kids to do well, too.
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    I too like LSU kids and I hope he celebrates that pick quietly… because you must admit the Honey Badger got abused today trying to cover Graham.

  9. saintsly says: Sep 22, 2013 5:59 PM

    The highlight of the game was seeing Kirhy Robinson get some touches in this game. Four runs for 36 yards was impressive. That was 36 yards more than Ingram could have gotten. He probably would have lost two yards per carry had he been playing.
    I love to see someone with a little vision and determination run the ball and Khiry would not go down on the first hit either. The kid has a great future with my Saints.

  10. cometkazie says: Sep 22, 2013 6:57 PM

    purplegreenandgold says:
    Sep 22, 2013 5:22 PM
    Drew rushed for a td as he was afraid the Honey Badger was going to intercept him again.

    I love the Saints but I like LSU kids to do well, too.
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    I too like LSU kids and I hope he celebrates that pick quietly… because you must admit the Honey Badger got abused today trying to cover Graham.
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    Ouch! HB trying to cover Graham?

    That isn’t fair. ;)

    We didn’t get the game up here.

  11. veetan says: Sep 22, 2013 7:37 PM

    So if I’m not mistaken, the Saints defense has given up only 4 TD’s in three games. Gotta be an NFL low.

    After winning the first two games with…….. Defense (of all things?), the offense came alive today against a pretty darn stingy Cardinal defense.

    And they already have a two game lead in the division after only three games.

    Man, things are looking up in the Big Easy!!!

  12. sfsaintsfan says: Sep 22, 2013 9:04 PM

    New Orleans Saints….Top 5 Defense in Scoring and in Yards Allowed after 3 weeks.

    That sound you here is the silence of the critics.

    If the Saints Defense stays in the Top 10 for the Season, the Saints are odds on favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

  13. supershops says: Sep 22, 2013 10:33 PM

    Awesome game all around. Love to have Meachem back again too.

  14. ogsaintcharles says: Sep 22, 2013 10:57 PM

    What? No haters/trolls? Nobody want to talk about Bountygate? Guess they got nothin else to say after the Saints’ first three wins.
    #WHO DAT?

  15. saintsly says: Sep 23, 2013 7:12 AM

    Crickets ?????? Everywhere except NOLA……..

  16. doubleogator says: Sep 23, 2013 10:56 AM

    The young defensive line of Jordan, Hicks, Walker, Jenkins etc. are quickly becoming one of the dominant defensive lines in the NFL and it’s hard to dispute that after the first three games…

  17. akasaintsbaby says: Sep 23, 2013 11:03 AM

    I am happily surprised that the defense is holding it’s own so far. Better teams are coming down the road and we will find out how good they really are.

    Ecstatic about the offense finally waking up! Go Saints!!!!

  18. southernpatriots says: Sep 23, 2013 11:48 AM

    cometkazie:

    HB was not on Graham most of the time, but when he was, it was not a good matchup. Graham could catch the ball at will and did, Tyrann would then tackle him, but for the most part Brees was throwing the ball where Graham could get it and HB could not. One errant pass was gobbled up by HB, costing Brees and the saints a TD.

    Sorry you did not get the game up there.

    The big thing was seeing the Saints defense in action. It sure seems they started good and are getting better every game. New personnel are certainly one of the reasons, but the DC, old silver hair himself, Rob Ryan is now the toast of New Orleans. Payton sure knew what he was doing to get him.

    Best to you, my friend,

    Geaux Saints!

  19. goawayeverybody says: Sep 23, 2013 1:37 PM

    I would just like to remind everyone that Jimmy Graham (the best tight end in the NFL) did NOT make the NFL top 100 players list.

    LOL, it proves that football players (who voted to make the list) are not rocket scientists.

  20. sb44champs says: Sep 23, 2013 1:50 PM

    goawayeverybody says:
    Sep 23, 2013 1:37 PM
    I would just like to remind everyone that Jimmy Graham (the best tight end in the NFL) did NOT make the NFL top 100 players list.
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    And I wouldn’t even trade him for Megatron… Jimmy Graham could very well be the top overall ‘receiver’ in the league much less TE…

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