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The New Orleans Saints rolled into Seattle hot. They’d won three straight, and were looking to maneuver into securing home field advantage in the playoffs.

But the Seattle Seahawks are the dominant team in the NFC right now, if not the NFL, and New Orleans really didn’t stand a chance.

The final score: 34-7.

The Saints were stonewalled on offense. Gashed for huge gains in the air and on the ground on defense. They were outmuscled and outplayed at every turn.

“Embarrassing” trended on Twitter.

The New Orleans Saints have improved to 9-2 with Thursday night’s win over the archrival Atlanta Falcons.

Games between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons tend to be close, even in a year when the red-hot Saints are again putting up record numbers, and Atlanta has pretty much completely imploded. Since 1991, 27 games between these two teams have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Will More College Football Teams Rebel?

Nov 13, 2013

The football players at Grambling State staged a boycott last month that forced the school to forfeit one of its games.

Among the issues the players complained about were poor facilities and long bus trips to games. The school pledged to work on those issues.

If you're not a big college football fan, you may have missed the story of an unprecedented player revolt.

 

The New Orleans Saints blew out the visiting Dallas Cowboys Sunday night with an offensive steamroller.

The Saints put up 625 yards of offense, and set the NFL record with 40 first downs in a single game. It’s a stark turnabout from recent weeks, when offensive misfires cost the Saints dearly.

The New Orleans Saints gave up their second loss of the season Sunday afternoon, losing at the Meadowlands to the New York Jets, 26-20.

It was a game punctuated by a weak offensive line, questionable play calling and an inability for Rob Ryan’s defense to adjust to the Jets’ run game.

Ryan is now 0-5 in his NFL career versus his twin brother Rex, the coach of the Jets.

The Buffalo Bills came into the Superdome Sunday with a 3-4 record. It’s a team many commentators were saying is better than their record shows.

But they ran right into a rested and rejuvenated Saints team, who came off the bye week ready to get back on track after a heartbreaking loss to New England the week before.

Drew Brees threw five touchdowns, and completed passes to 10 different receivers.

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The New Orleans Saints gave up their first loss of the season to the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., 30-27.

Sunday's loss to the Patriots wasn’t the fault of the Saints' defense.

Rob Ryan’s squad gave the team two chances to win the game in the final minutes. All they needed was a first down and the game would be over. But the Saints’ offense blew both chances to run out the clock, and a rare poor punt by Thomas Morstead gave the Pats good field position.

The New Orleans Saints are undefeated, winning their fifth game in a 26-18 victory over the Bears in Chicago.

The Saints hadn’t won a game at Soldier Field since Oct. 8, 2000. Their last game in Chicago — the 2008 NFC Championship game — ended in a bitter overtime loss.

But this is 2013. The Saints’ lauded offense is firing on all cylinders, and their defense is now seen as one of the top secondaries in the league.

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