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  • Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer
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    • Covered Saints for eight years at New Orleans Times-Picayune
    • Previously covered LSU football, San Francisco 49ers
    • Iowa native and University of Iowa graduate

    NEW ORLEANS -- A few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints' 26-24 loss Saturday night to the New England Patriots:

    What it means: Pay absolutely zero attention to the final score. The Saints dominated this game when the starters were in, jumping to a 21-0 lead.

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    graham-panthersby Jim W. Miller

    The first preseason game should never be an indication of what an NFL team will do in the regular season. At least, I hope not. Thursday’s 30-27 loss at Baltimore revealed some striking similarities to the hobgoblins of 2014 in the form of unnecessary penalties, key injuries and the defense’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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    graham-panthersby Jim W. Miller

    I don’t know many people who laugh at funerals, but pardon me while I chuckle at the reaction from Who Dat Nation over the Saints’ trade of TE Jimmy Graham to Seattle on Tuesday. No, change that “TE” identification to “Icon” with a capital “I” because if you polled Saints’ fans before about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Graham would have been listed at No. 2 current “Saint of Saints” behind QB and Icon Drew Brees.

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    brees-sonIt was reassuring to see Drew Brees in uniform and playing at a high level on Saturday night, even if it was just for two series. In his first action of the preseason, Brees made his short stint look like skelly drills when he methodically took his team down the field against little apparent opposition from the Colts' first teamers. He was passing, he was handing off and, ye gods! he even was running the ball to gain key yardage. I could have done without the latter, and I am certain that most of Who Dat Nation felt the same way.

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    NationalLampoonsChristmasVacationPosterDidn’t they make a movie about this? Giddy tourists leave their comfortable home to vacation in an exotic clime that promises fun, frolic and great excitement? Did you get a flashback of "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation" while watching the Saints venture off from the security of the Superdome Sunday for a disastrous road trip to St. Louis? Like the Griswolds, the Saints suffered every indignity imaginable as they gift-wrapped turnovers, missed field goals and made the Rams defense feel like it was Christmas morning.

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    payton2blueIf somebody had told me Saturday night the Saints defense would pull Sean Payton’s acorns out of the fire for an unlikely victory the next day, I would have scoffed. No, I would have done more than scoff. I would have continued dining on the Trout Payton at Impastato’s in Metairie and might even have ordered a side of the Veal Payton.

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    payton2blueThe one thing that has jumped out to me so far in this Saints offseason has been the number of serious injuries. Even before training camp opened, the team lost prized free agent linebacker Victor Butler for the season.

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    drew breesDrew Brees said today that the NFL league office and Roger Goodell have no credibility “with us as players” and he felt “some of the fans”.

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    jim-millerI always enjoy getting away from the realities of sports to watch my daughter compete in horse shows.

     

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    brees-733248The Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints in the Georgia dome 23-13.  As a result of the win, the Falcons are now 11-1.  The loss for the New Orleans Saints puts their record at 5-7.

     

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