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New Orleans Saints (4-2)

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@ Mia
W 20-0
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vs. Det
W 52-38
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@ GB
W 26-17
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vs. Chi
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vs. TB
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Surging Saints cite growth in confidence, trust, poise

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins couldn't resist the temptation to remind some of the Saints' biggest critics how short-sighted they look now.

Rankins readily concedes that his team - and particularly the defense on which he starts - struggled mightily during two lopsided losses to open this season. But he also isn't shy about expressing how much he has enjoyed seeing the Saints turn the corner during a four-game winning streak that has lifted New Orleans from worst to first in the NFC South Division.

"After the first two games, everybody and their mamas were calling for our (defensive) coordinator's head and completely trying to say we need to abandon everything we've done," Rankins said Monday. "We have confidence in what our coordinator and our coaches lay out for us to do. ... We just weren't able to execute in those first couple games, but we found a rhythm.

NFC South Division
New Orleans 420.667
Carolina 430.571
Atlanta 330.500
Tampa Bay 240.333
Full Standings
Pass Yds: D. Brees1652
Pass TDs: D. Brees11
Rush Yds: M. Ingram389
Rush TDs: M. Ingram3
Rec Yds: M. Thomas403
Rec TDs: B. Coleman3
Int: K. Vaccaro3
Sacks: C. Jordan5.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 2346 (9)
Passing Yards: 1652 (12)
Rushing Yards: 730 (13)
Points per game: 28.5 (4)
Yards per game: 391.0 (4)
Touchdowns: 16 (10)
Field Goals: 13 (11)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 2106 (15)
Passing Yards: 1540 (15)
Rushing Yards: 685 (15)
Points per game: 22.2 (16)
Yards per game: 351.0 (23)
Touchdowns: 13 (12)
Field Goals: 10 (11)
Date Player Transactions
10/19 A. Bighill pract. squad add
10/18 M. Mauti signed
10/17 A. Bighill cut
10/17 B. Harris cut
10/17 J. Hughes III signed
10/17 D. Lasco II active/prac. squad
10/17 N. Stupar on IR torn ACL
10/13 J. Hughes III cut
10/13 B. Harris signed
10/12 A. Bighill active/prac. squad
Date Player Status
10/22 T. Armstead shoulder (Questionable)
10/22 W. Snead hamstring (Questionable)
10/17 N. Stupar torn ACL (IR)
10/15 T. Armstead shoulder (Questionable)
10/15 W. Snead hamstring (Questionable)
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