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Saints Set for Return Date with Low-Flying Falcons

The sting of all of those hits from the 49ers are barely wearing off, but it's already time for the New Orleans Saints to take the field once again. On Thursday night, the Black and Gold head to Atlanta to close out their seasonal flight with the Dirty Birds (7:25 p.m. FOX8). The Saints-Falcons rivalry largely grew out of the two teams being the best NFC South teams, but one isn't living up to billing this year.

Report: 49ers' Brooks Fined for Brees Hit

San Francisco 49ers defender Ahmad Brooks said he felt his fourth quarter hit on the Saints' Drew Brees cost his team the game. Now, the sack that gave Breesus "go-go gadget neck" will cost the linebacker in his wallet. The NFL fined Brooks about $16,000 for the hit, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Saints' Jabari Greer Out for Season

Long before Drew Brees went "go-go gadget neck" (his words) in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over San Francisco, Saints fans witnessed another bend the human body is not designed to make, as Jabari Greer's knee appeared to buckle while the cornerback was landing after breaking up a pass. The always-upbeat veteran was smiling and waving as he was carted off the field in a brace, but that's the last time WhoDats will see Greer on the field during this campaign.

Saints Boot 49ers, 23-20

Blood was drawn in the Superdome on Sunday. But, importantly for the Saints, there was not much Gore. The Black and Gold were finally able to find a recipe for victory against the San Francisco 49ers, exacting a measure of revenge after a pair of excruciating losses to Jim Harbaugh's tenacious squad over the last two seasons.

Saints-49ers Preview: N.O. Aerial Attack Meets S.F. Ground Assault

In the fallout after the New Orleans Saints' loss to the New York Jets, Coach Sean Payton lamented his team's inability to stop what everyone knew was coming. "I think everyone at MetLife Stadium knew they were going to run the football, and we weren’t able to stop them," Payton said. In a game that is unlikely to bare much resemblance to last week's drubbing of Dallas, the Saints will have to prove they can stand up to a smashmouth team Sunday in a showdown with the San Francisco 49ers (3:25 p.m., FOX).

Saints Nick Rundown: Vilma Out for Season, Sproles Cleared

The Saints' midweek injury reports are always a merry-go-round this time of year. This time, there's not a pony for everyone. After just one game back, longtime Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma was placed on the injured reserve, meaning he is out for the season. Meanwhile, running back Darren Sproles was reportedly cleared to play in the wake of being concussed in New Jersey.

New York Jets Outroar Saints, 26-20

Updated 8:05 p.m.

After last week's win over Buffalo, Sean Payton wasn't jubilant. Instead, the Saints Head Coach outwardly worried that mistakes and problems that made the first half of that game tedious could end in a loss if they weren't fixed. Viewed after the Black and Gold's 26-20 loss to the Jets at Metlife Stadium on Sunday, Payton's words read like he is lowering expectations for the eventual downfall. Penalties, turnovers and other mistakes were a few reasons the Saints couldn't pull out a win on the road.

Bye Week Bits: 4 Reasons Saints Benefit From Break

If this were a normal autumn Sunday, New Orleans would be gearing up for the New Orleans Saints to take the field. But on this day, WhoDats have sadly stumbled upon a fate worse than Thursday night games on the NFL Network. It's the Saints' Bye Week. We'll try to second line to forget, but there will be a little hole in our Black and Gold hearts without any scores to follow or touchdown rituals to observe. Nevertheless, the Saints have more than a few things to think about after being left with the sour taste of Brady. Click through to read four observations that may help ease the Bye Week Blues:

Saints-Patriots Preview: Elite QBs, Coaches Face off in Foxborough

En route to their 5-0 record, the New Orleans Saints have dispatched their archrivals from Atlanta, the upstart Dolphins and an aggressive sleuth of Bears. But none of those teams have a quarterback and head coach who have been to five Super Bowls over the last 12 years, nor do they hold the NFL record for the most wins in a decade. On Sunday, the Black and Gold will meet their first true marquee matchup of the season when they head to Foxborough, Mass., to take on the New England Patriots (3:25 p.m., Fox).

New Orleans Bids for 2018 Super Bowl

New Orleans is set for Super Bowl competition with Indianapolis once again, but this time it's over who gets to host the Big Game. According to, the Crescent City is one of six cities vying to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

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