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3-2, 2nd in NFC South
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Predicting Week 7 in the NFL (0:47)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro has “played some of his best football” in the past few weeks after he was battling inconsistency the first two weeks and was temporarily pulled from the lineup. “There are a lot of things he's doing well right now,” said Payton, who said Vaccaro plays better when he's up closer to the play -- though Payton stressed that the team did not single out Vaccaro during the defense's early struggles. “These last few games, he's been outstanding.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said he just talked to the players about repeated mistakes that will cost them, despite their current three-game win streak. “We'll have no chance if we can't clean up some of these areas,” said Payton, who was asked for some specific examples. “Our third-down numbers offensively ... our communication defensively and eliminating some of the big plays that we've given up, even in the last game. I think our field goal protection has struggled – it's gonna cost us in a game. Our penalties on special teams are gonna cost us in a game.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints DE Cameron Jordan, who had two sacks and a batted pass/interception in the end zone for his first career touchdown Sunday, was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

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22hStephania Bell

Fleener joins SyncThink athlete advisory board

SyncThink, a neurotechnology company that is pioneering the use of eye tracking as a way to objectively measure key impairments related to brain injury, has added the Saints' Coby Fleener to its athlete advisory board.

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Cameron Jordan's dad once met the perfect passer (1:28)
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FPI: Fortuitous bounce for Saints' playoff chances

Just a week ago, New Orleans held just a 35 percent chance of reaching the postseason in ESPN's FPI. But beating the Lions on Sunday changes everything; the Saints now have the NFC South's best chances of reaching the playoffs and winning the division.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Delvin Breaux said he's feeling great in his recovery from a broken fibula and feels ready to begin practicing this week now that he is eligible under IR rules. He said he also thinks he should be healthy enough to play when eligible after Week 8. But he does not yet know what the team plans for his timeline to return to action. "I'm just glad they gave me time to heal," said Breaux, who had surgery late in the preseason.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said there was a ‘triangular effect of misunderstanding' when many fans booed Saints players during a pregame moment of silence Sunday. The players kneeled in unison before they all stood for the national anthem – just as they had before their previous game. And fans began booing when they kneeled (then cheered when they stood). The timing of the moment of silence for slain police officer Marcus McNeil was an unfortunate coincidence.

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Rodgers injury moves point spread 10 points

The Packers were 6.5-point favorites over the Saints last week in an early line available at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. When the Westgate reposted the line Sunday night, after Aaron Rodgers' injury, New Orleans was a 3.5-point favorite.

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The Saints had 3 defensive touchdowns in a game for the first time in franchise history.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Ingram scored his first two TDs of the season Sunday, but admitted, “I'm not happy with my dance, my first one, because it wasn't how I had practiced. I was really good at home in the mirror, but I wasn't TV-ready yet.” Ingram said the dance was inspired by a little kid he saw doing it when he was on vacation in the Bahamas. Ingram's second dance was inspired by undrafted rookie RB Darius Victor, who was with the Saints in the preseason.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints had more rushing yards (193) than passing yards (186) for the first time since 2009. The last time was actually Week 17 of that year, when Mark Brunell started in place of Drew Brees, who was resting up for the playoffs. But it also happened earlier that year when Pierre Thomas went nuts in a Week 3 win at Buffalo.

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What got into the Saints' defense?

New Orleans racked up more takeaways on Sunday (five) than they had the rest of the season combined, and as many defensive TDs (three) as they had in their last 74 games. Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford's nine batted passes on Sunday were more than any QB in the NFL had this season entering Week 6 and the most by a QB in a game since ESPN Stats & Info began tracking the stat in 2009. Two resulted in interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.45th
Rushing Yards113.814th
Points For29.04th
Points Against23.221st

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