Quick Glance at Saints vs. Vikings: Week 3

Minneosta Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks at a news conference at the team's training facility in Eden Prairie on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  The Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will return to practice this week and play in Sunday's game at New Orleans despite having been indicted last week in Texas on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child.     (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi)  MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUT

WHEN: Noon Sunday WHERE: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans TV: Fox RADIO: WWL-AM, 870 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge RECORDS: The Vikings are 1-1, and the Saints are 0-2. LAST WEEK: With star running back Adrian Peterson inactive following his indictment on an accusation that he… Continue reading →

Notebook: Little things turn out big

Associated Press photo by Tony Dejak -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins runs after a catch against the Saints during the Bbrowns' 26-24 win Sunday in Cleveland. Hawkins, who had six catches for 70 yards, took advantage of miscommunication by the Saints to make a 28-yard reception late in the fourth quarter and set up the Browns' game-winning field goal.

Three teams have started 0-2 and gone on to win the Super Bowl. At this point, though, the Saints aren’t even thinking about joining Dallas from 1993, New England from 2001 and the New York Giants from 2007 in that category. They are looking at the small picture rather than the big picture, beginning with the little… Continue reading →

Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge

Associated Press photo by Tom Gannam -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pulls past St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long for a 5-yard gain Sept. 7 in St. Louis. Peterson, who ran for 75 yards and caught two passes for another 18 in the Vikings 34-6 win, will return to the field Sunday against the Saints after being charged with child abuse.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have seen the details. They have seen photos of the injuries that Adrian Peterson’s 4-year-old son suffered at the hands of the star running back. They have a history of punishing players who have run into trouble with the law. The Vikings brought Peterson back to the team… Continue reading →

Saints sputter again, fall to 0-2 after 26-24 loss at Cleveland

Cleveland Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The dunk no longer exists. After scoring a pair of touchdowns Sunday, Jimmy Graham tucked the ball under his arm, jogged to the sideline and tossed the ball to someone standing near the bench. The Saints’ performance Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium was similar to Graham’s new, subdued celebration. There were no thrills,… Continue reading →

Rabalais: After the Saints’ latest stunning loss, there’s no time like the present to turn this around

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham walks off the field after a 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) ORG XMIT: CDS127 ORG XMIT: BAT1409141543403671

We interrupt the mudslide of appalling off-the-field NFL storylines to bring you the tale of the New Orleans Saints’ freefalling 0-2 start. And you thought Roger Goodell had problems. The NFL’s embattled commissioner only has issues with his image and with people calling for him to be ousted from his $44 million-a-year… Continue reading →

Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson roughed up

Associated Press photo by David Richard -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson interferes with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel on Sunday in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND — Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson knew what the questions were going to be about, but he agreed to listen to one anyway in the visitors’ locker room of Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium after New Orleans’ last-minute, 26-24 defeat, a loss that dropped the Saints to 0-2. Robinson’s afternoon saw him get beat on… Continue reading →

Saints-Browns Three and out

1 What we learned The Saints’ 37-34 overtime loss at Atlanta last week wasn’t just a tough road game against a bitter rival. Many of the same demons that plagued New Orleans in Week 1 caught a connecting flight to Cleveland. The Saints cut down on the yards allowed but… Continue reading →

Instant Replay: Browns 26, Saints 24

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) is tackled by the New Orleans Saints after a catch in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The Cleveland Browns dropped the New Orleans Saints to 0-2 this season. What did we learn: As tough as the season-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons was, it was kind of excusable because of the rivalry between the teams. But this loss to young Cleveland Browns raises some concerns. The Saints defense has… Continue reading →

Coming up for the Saints

Vikings (1-1) at Saints (0-2) Noon, Sunday, Mercedes-Benz Superdome (Fox) SCOUTING REPORT After blowing out St. Louis 34-6 on the road in Week 1, the Vikings took a staggering step backward on Sunday, losing 30-7 at home to New England. They could hardly have… Continue reading →

Patriots pick off Vikings

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells on the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence. Matt Cassel’s four interceptions, too. Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and Brady and the Patriots cruised from there for a 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday to give coach… Continue reading →

Instant Replay: Browns 26, Saints 24

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) is tackled by the New Orleans Saints after a catch in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The Cleveland Browns dropped the New Orleans Saints to 0-2 this season. What did we learn: As tough as the season-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons was, it was kind of excusable because of the rivalry between the teams. But this loss to young Cleveland Browns raises some concerns. The Saints defense has… Continue reading →

Saints at Cleveland Browns pregame chat at 11 a.m.

Associated Press photo by DAVID GOLDMAN -- Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks celebrates his first NFL touchdown with teammates Sunday in Atlanta.

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Gameday: Saints at Browns

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) gets the pass of as New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) moves in during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

SCOUTING REPORT: The Falcons had way too much time to pick the Saints apart. The defense must make things tougher on the Browns passing game. After weeks of talk about how they wanted to be the best in the league this season, the Saints defense failed to get much going in their season-opening… Continue reading →