Even in a year when he probably will break the NFL record for net punting, the Saints' Thomas Morstead did not take a Pro Bowl invitation for granted. With only one punter getting that honor from each conference, he knew the road was difficult, making him feel even better when he learned Wednesday he would represent the NFC.
The Saints likely will be eliminated from playoff consideration at some point Sunday regardless of the outcome, but a win over the Cowboys would be more meaningful than last week's 41-0 trouncing of moribund Tampa Bay.
Saints TE Jimmy Graham is tied with the Patriots' Wes Walker for the most drops in the NFL this season with 10 according to ESPN research. On Friday, he and interim coach Joe Vitt provided a potential reason for that high number.
With the bounty news coming out this week and the Saints virtually out of the playoff race, their game against the Buccaneers on Sunday has been an afterthought at best. But quarterback Drew Brees says after losing three in a row, winning still matters to him.