NEW ORLEANS -- Time will tell if the stunning comeback the New Orleans Saints pulled out before getting this week off will be a confidence-building turning point or a mere reprieve from an otherwise miserable season. Giants Youth Jerseys .Its too early to make judgments already, said Saints fullback John Kuhn, who scored three TDs, including the winner last weekend. Its going to be nice to take this momentum into the bye, get healthy, come back, kind of get refocused.For now, the 1/3 Saints -- who might have been 0-4 if not for a fourth-quarter meltdown by San Diego last weekend -- can take some solace in the fact 13 other NFL teams were also 1/3 or worse through Week 4. In the NFC South, theyre tied for second, two games out of first with 12 to go.Meanwhile, optimism stems from the anticipated return of several injured regulars in coming weeks, making the timing of the Saints bye week rather fortuitous for the banged-up club.We have a chance to get a number of guys back that have been out; obviously that number has been high for us -- unusually high this early part of the season, Saints coach Sean Payton said. It falls at a good time for a number of players.Starting left tackle Terron Armstead (knee), starting middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (quad), projected starting linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (quad), tight end Josh Hill (ankle) and left guard Senio Kelemete (hamstring) all missed last Sundays game with injuries. The Saints have characterized them as week to week, providing hope that any or all of them could be back by the time the Saints return to action Oct. 16 against Carolina in the Superdome.Additionally, safety Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) and receiver Willie Snead (toe) played through their recent injuries last Sunday. Vaccaro said he and a number of other players would be spending the week off getting treatment at team headquarters.We need it, Vaccaro said of the week off. A lot of guys dont like the early bye because you kind of want it in Week 10 after youre really, really beat up. But weve had so many injuries early and a lot of guys that are playing are banged-up, so itll be exciting to see guys out there fresh, flying around.And in just a few more weeks, starting cornerback Delvin Breaux and first-round draft choice Sheldon Rankins, a projected starter at defensive tackle, could be back. Both of them have broken legs.Yet the schedule only appears to get tougher. And some of the Saints statistical rankings -- particularly on defense -- havent been flattering through the first month.Having ranked 31st in the NFL in defense the past two seasons, New Orleans remained 31st through Week 4, allowing 422.8 yards per game. Perhaps even more concerning for the unit is being dead last in points allowed per game at 32.5. Even last weekend, the Saints gave up plenty of yards (346) and points (34), but came up with a pair of fumble recoveries inside the final seven minutes to give quarterback Drew Brees a chance to lead his latest comeback with a pair of short touchdown drives. The Saints defense then came up with one of its best series of the season to close out the win, producing a sack, followed a couple plays later by an interception on fourth-and-long.We have some momentum based on the way the fourth quarter (in San Diego) finished. Yet, there are a lot of things that need to be cleaned up, Payton said. Were going to see a stretch of good opponents coming up here. If you start with Carolina and then you go to the next week, Kansas City, and the week after that is Seattle. All of those teams were playoff teams (last year) and played extremely well.Payton said coaches are spending much of the bye week analyzing the performance of individual players and re-evaluating which personnel groupings serve the team best in various situations. Even before the bye, some lineup adjustments were made.Rookie free safety Vonn Bell, a second-round draft choice out of Ohio State, started ahead of Jairus Byrd, a former Pro Bowl player with Buffalo who represented New Orleans highest-profile free-agent acquisition in 2014.The job for us is going to be during this bye to look closely at what were doing -- not just defensively or offensively or in the kicking game (and) make sure we have our best players on the field, Payton said.New Orleans first two losses came down to the last possession, meaning even minor improvements could have made the difference between 1/3 and 3-1. Payton is confident his players arent making any pessimistic assumptions that the success rate of the final 12 games will resemble that of the first four.There is enough veteran leadership in this room and players that understand how difficult it is to win each week, and yet how attainable it can be, Payton said. Certainly, getting that win (in San Diego) is a boost of confidence -- and we needed it.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Authentic Giants Jerseys . 31, the CFL club announced Monday. The team also has yet to decide on the future of Doug Berry, who began the season as a consultant to the head coach but took over the offensive co-ordinators duties in July. Giants Official Jerseys . Barcelonas entertaining victory ensured the defending Spanish champions retained their share of the league lead with Atletico Madrid two rounds ahead of their meeting in the capital. Real Madrid needed a late goal by substitute Jese Rodriguez to earn a 3-2 victory at Valencia to stay in third place and three points behind its title rivals. . -- Yogi Ferrell orchestrates pretty much everything in Indianas offence. INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris stood together in the corner of the end zone at Tuesdays practice.Suddenly, the two healthy Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks were the center of attention as they went through the routine of taking snaps and fine-tuning their footwork. It may be the same way Thursday night.With Andrew Luck missing a second straight practice because he remains in the NFLs concussion protocol, Indy is preparing to dust off the backup plan for this weeks game against the Pittsburgh Steelers -- just in case.Last year we had musical chairs at the quarterback position and we were still able to win games, still able to play good football and thats what we have to do now, linebacker DQwell Jackson said. Weve finally got some momentum and well be ready for this challenge.If Luck cant go, it wont be exactly like last season when the Colts (5-5) plugged in former Super Bowl starter Matt Hasselbeck.This time, coach Chuck Paganos options appear to be relying on the rarely used Tolzien, the never-used Morris, some combination of the two or perhaps even running back Frank Gore out of the wildcat formation.None are ideal for a team looking to build momentum and improve their playoff chances, but they wont have a choice if Luck isnt cleared Wednesday .Tolziens most extensive work came in 2013 when he was promoted from the Green Bay Packers practice squad to the active roster after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone.He was pressed into action when backup Seneca Wallace was injured and started the next two games before being benched. Tolzien has thrown just one regular-season pass since 2013.Morris hasnt even done that much.In his third season in the league, the former University of Miami starter has never appeared in a regular-season game -- even for last seasons quarterback-needy Colts.Heck, he hasnt even been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster yet.I think Scotts no different than Matt. Matt was here a longer period of time. So were going to do what we have to do to win the football game, Pagano said Tuesday.Scott knows the playbook, Stephen knows the playbook. SSo well do whats necessary and see how theyre going to play us. Will Hernandez Jersey. agano certainly has shown he has a knack for adapting on the fly -- especially under seemingly impossible odds.When Luck missed nine games with multiple injuries last season, including the final seven games with a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle, Indy won six.The first five came with Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst at the helm. The sixth came courtesy of Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley pairing up in the season finale, less than a week after joining the team.The circumstances were sometimes difficult.Hasselbecks second win came on a Thursday night at Houston and on a week he had been ill.But it was the Freeman-Lindley combo that really turned heads.Both were signed in the lead up to the season finale and with neither knowing the playbook, Pagano split up their duties. Freeman was instructed to learn the regular offense and handed the two-minute drill to Lindley.It worked perfectly as the Colts pulled out a 30-24 victory over Tennessee.But Pagano didnt drop any hints Tuesday about the Colts plans or even whether Luck had been ruled out.Still in the protocol, Pagano said, updating Lucks status before being asked about the plan without Luck. We have options.All the Colts can do now is get ready for Pittsburgh (5-5), hope Luck will be cleared and prepare like he wont.Its my job, Tolzien said. Maybe its a little bit different, but thats why you always try to prepare like a starter, no matter what, so that you are always ready to go and you dont have to be in panic mode if that happens.Game notes Safety Clayton Geathers (concussion) and cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle) also did not practice Tuesday. ... Defensive tackle Art Jones (knee and ankle), outside linebacker Robert Mathis (rest), cornerback Rashaan Melvin (back) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (groin) all were full participants at practice.---For more NFL coverage: and Discount Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys China Womens NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China ' ' '


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