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New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd123.0 (13th)314.0 (2nd)
Defense21st103.2 (11th)270.5 (26th)

Last Game

Sun, October 19
Ford Field
TV: FOX
New Orleans Saints
at
Detroit Lions
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Game Leaders

NO
Passing: D. Brees (28-45, 342)
Rushing: K. Robinson (3-26)
Receiving: M. Colston (6-111)

DET
Passing: M. Stafford (27-40, 299)
Rushing: J. Bell (18-48)
Receiving: G. Tate (10-154)

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
L 37 - 34at ATL
Recap
Sun Sep 14
L 26 - 24at CLE
Recap
Sun Sep 21
W 20 - 9MIN
Recap
Sun Sep 28
L 38 - 17at DAL
Recap
Sun Oct 5
W 37 - 31TB
Recap
Sun Oct 19
L 24 - 23at DET
Recap
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
NBCGB
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 30
at CAR
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 9
SF
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
CIN
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 24
BAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
CAR
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 15
at CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
at TB

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Carolina3-3-11-0-0
New Orleans2-4-01-1-0
Atlanta2-5-02-0-0
Tampa Bay1-5-00-3-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1413818723
Late meltdown costs Saints in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Saints defense mostly held up their end of the bargain Sunday, but fell apart late in a 24-23 loss to the Lions in Week 7.

The Lions had just 10 points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, as the Saints looked to be on their way to an easy win. Unfortunately, they surrendered two quick touchdowns to cost them the game.

The Saints did limit the Lions to just 344 yards of total offense in the game, including a paltry 59 yards on the ground. They forced a pair of turnovers and sacked Matthew Stafford three times in the loss.

The Saints DST unit still managed to score 9 Fantasy points in Sunday's game, their second-highest total of the season. They will likely struggle to reach even that level in Week 8, with the Packers on the schedule. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413758615
Kenny Stills just a weekly long shot
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Saints receiver Kenny Stills made a big impact in Week 7 against the Lions, but that doesn't mean Fantasy owners should be looking to rely on the deep threat moving forward.  

Stills racked up a season-high 103 yards through the air, with a huge chunk coming on his 46-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Still, he was targeted just five times in the game and has made little impact this season outside of a few big plays.

Stills was just third on the team in targets Sunday, which is actually an improvement on his role earlier in the season, as he was fifth on the team entering the game. Though he'll go off for the occasional long touchdown, Stills simply cannot be relied on in most Fantasy formats on a weekly basis. 

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Saints backfield picture no clearer following Mark Ingram's return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

With the return of Mark Ingram, we got our first glimpse of how the Saints running backs might be used in Week 7 against the Lions. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to take from the game, thank to the stifling defense played by the Lions.

Ingram and Pierre Thomas received the most work, but neither was particularly effective in the game. Ingram ran the ball 10 times for 16 yards, while Thomas had just 13 yards on six carries -- lead-footed quarterback Drew Brees also had 13 yards, on just one carry. The team was actually led by Khiry Robinson, who racked up 26 yards on three carries.

Thomas was a bit more active in the passing game, hauling in four passes for 17 yards. However, Travaris Cadet was still the top receiver out of the backfield with six receptions for 51 yards, which is bad news for Thomas. Ingram and Robinson might be the top rushing options on the roster, so Thomas needs to make his name as a receiving option if he is going to be Fantasy relevant.

At this point, the Saints have four options out of the backfield, all of whom can be dynamic playmakers when given the chance. Things should be easier moving forward, as the Lions' rushing defense is arguably the league's toughest. However, with so many mouths to feed, it might be tough for Fantasy owners to rely on anyone here until their roles get a bit clearer. 

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Shayne Graham hits three field goals in loss
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Saints kicker Shayne Graham converted all three of his field-goal tries in the Week 7 loss at Detroit. After his 27-yarder banged in off the upright, Graham was true from 48 and 36 yards.

He added two PATs for an 11-point outing. Graham faces the Packers in Week 8.

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Saints get offensive contributions Week 7
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Saints received several offensive contributions in their Week 7 loss at Detroit. Among them, rookie wideout Brandin Cooks caught two of his three targets for 23 yards. Fullback Austin Johnson made a 13-yard touchdown grab and added a 5-yard rush.

Tight end Josh Hill caught an 8-yard pass, and tight end Benjamin Watson had a 3-yard grab. Wideout Robert Meachem was targeted three times without a catch.

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