Sproles, Saints Provide Major Obstacle To Bears’ Rebound

Saints silence Dolphins, remain unbeaten

Quarterback Drew Brees is coming off a 30-for-39 demonstration of precision passing that accounted for 413 yards and 4 touchdowns in the romp over the Dolphins. He’s currently fifth in the NFL with a 103.8 passer rating. Brees couldn’t be blamed if he were looking forward to attacking a Bears defense that is 24th in passing yards allowed and 29th in sack percentage. The Saints’ offense is No. 3 in yards, but Brees has been sacked 12 times already this season.

Saints’ Galette: Dolphins are overrated

Ryan Tannehill credits Saints pass rush

Afterwards, outside linebacker Junior Galette said “abusing” the Miami offensive line “all game” wasn’t enough to curtail taunts. “We’re up by 20 points and they’re talking trash,” said Galette, who during the nationally-televised game could be seen pointing and yelling at right tackle Tyson Clabo and other Miami offensive linemen. “It was a nice win. I just don’t feel that team was as good as… everybody was saying they were. We achieved everything that Sean (Payton) wanted, and we just abused the offensive line all game.” Oh, there’s more.

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EDT, October 1, 2013 New Orleans Saints outspoken linebacker Junior Galette took a verbal shot at the Miami Dolphins’ offensive line after Monday night’s game. He told reporters the win wasn’t a big deal because the Dolphins were overrated. “It was a nice win, but I don’t think that team was as good as everybody was saying,” Galette said. “We just abused their offensive line all game.” Related

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The Dolphins had a hard time slowing down Jimmy Graham, who tallied an even 100 yards receiving and now ranks second in the NFL with 458 through four games. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

While opening a three-game lead in the NFC South , the Saints (4-0) handed the Dolphins (3-1) their first loss of the season. Fueled by two turnovers by Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter, the Saints broke open a 7-3 game with touchdowns on four of their next five possessions. Pictures: South Carolina 28, UCF 25 Graham, who has six touchdowns in four games, wasn’t targeted by Brees in the first 22 minutes because the Dolphins decided to double him on virtually every snap. Brees simply checked down to Sproles, and the results were lethal. Sproles was wide open on several catches, and his 13-yard scoring catch 55 seconds before the half was a dagger, putting the Saints up 21-10.

Saints keeping 4-0 start in perspective

They’ll travel to Soldier Field on Sunday to play the Chicago Bears, giving them a short week. Historically, the Saints have struggled at Soldier Field, last winning there in 2000, and going 0-3 at the venue under Payton. Regardless of the history, it’ll be a tough matchup, Payton said. The Bears are tied with the Saints in turnover ratio. Although the Saints coughed up the ball only once against the Dolphins, when the game was safely out of reach, Payton said it’s something he’s considered. “We’re playing a team this week that’s very good at taking the ball away,” Payton said.

Saints fans enjoy undefeated status, already entertaining playoff hype

3 overall draft pick should. For all the progress TANNY-HILL has made, he regressed big-time last night. TANNY-HILL committed four turnovers all by himself external link and the Saints’ gameplan against him was perfect. However, Chill, buddy! The Dolphins are 3-1 and their are a ton of really obnoxious teams with deplorable fans that would looooove to have that record right now. Last night was a humbling experience — no doubt — but the Dolphins still have a very good record and a chance to make the playoffs, which is the ultimate goal of this season. The Dolphins face a resurgent (but vulnerable) Ravens team at home next Sunday and then will be off for their bye the following week.

Saints tee off on Dolphins — after Monday night mauling

New Orleans Saints defensive end Tyrunn Walker throws Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the ground in the fourth quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sept. 30, 2013.

Today, they have a little more respect. Most NFL power rankings list the Saints at number three, behind the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Some fans are afraid to predict a playoff run this soon. Lets give it a coupla more games. But Im optimistic we can go all the way, one Saints fan told us. But others are even bandying the s word: Super Bowl. I think the Saints are going to the playoffs. Im not saying Super Bowl, but I believe theyre going to the playoffs, said another. The Saints still have to face the Bears in Chicago Sunday, then they go to New England for a tough matchup with the Patriots. Add to that a challenge from the Seahawks in Seattle the first week in Decemberand lots of unknown territory to cover in between. Be cautious? Of course. Be optimistic? Without a doubt.

That might be the smartest way to stop Graham. Take two defenders and mug him so much in the five-yard bump zone past the line of scrimmage that Payton will have to start setting some subtle picks for him or Brees will have to look elsewhere. For now, Brees to Graham is as dangerous a combination as there is in football. The Dolphins had a hard time slowing down Jimmy Graham, who tallied an even 100 yards receiving and now ranks second in the NFL with 458 through four games. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Moreover, the Saints just look sharper.

Saints Crush Dolphins 38-17

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He had two tackles. I guess hes the best defensive player in the NFL. In addition to his two tackles, Galette had one sack and another quarterback hit in 47 plays. You have to stay classy, guard Richie Incognito said. You have to be a professional, and I just dont think those comments were very professional. Left tackle Jonathan Martin said he is ready to move past the insults and begin preparations for Sundays game against the Ravens. I really have nothing to say back to him, Martin said. He can say what he wants to say. They did kick our butt pretty good on Monday Night Football. Im not going to think about him again unless we play them in the Super Bowl. Galettes outburst can be attributed to at least in part a game that got chippy in the trenches, especially toward the end.

Brees, Saints hand Dolphins their first loss

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The defense is sixth yards allowed at 304.5 per game. In scoring, the Saints are tied for seventh with 27 points per game, while in scoring defense they are fifth, allowing 13.8 points per game. New Orleans is also one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the NFC, along with Seattle. That brings inevitable questions about whether the Saints now consider themselves leading contenders to reach the Super Bowl. Those are questions they’d rather not answer right now. “You just got to tune out everything outside the locker room and focus on going to play a good opponent this week,” Colston said. “You’ve got to fight against human nature at all times, and 4-0 was obviously the start that we were looking, for but there’s still a lot of football yet to be played. So it’s focusing on the reason why we are sitting at 4-0 and just continuing to try to get better.” The reasons for the Saints’ fast start include Brees’ consistently prolific production. That is one subject which inspires Payton to hand out more compliments than usual.

Saints have little time to celebrate 4-0 with short week

“Each week we’re looking to establish a certain type of run, whether it’s in the nickel or base, and that’s an important part of the game plan,” Payton said. “It’s something that still we’re working on and you want to avoid, more than anything, the minus plays. It’s still a work in progress and we’ll continue. It’s important to what we’re doing and we’ll continue to make the corrections and get to those looks.” There may be room for improvement, but the Saints are also confident in their abilities. “We’ve had more rhythm, and this is kind of a rhythm type of offense,” tight end Jimmy Graham said. “When we have that rhythm, we have a flow, and Drew plays just out of this world.” “We are operating and playing at a high level,” Brees acknowledged. “Call anything, and it’s going to work.” On the other side of the ball, this new Saints defense once again held an opponent to under 20 points.

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