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"[Defensive coordinator Rick Venturi] said, 'Do you want anything on third down? And I said I didn't know what [the Vikings] were doing on third down."
Saints Coach Jim Haslett, recalling a key defensive stand in last week's game at Minnesota. Haslett has devoted much of the time he would normally use for watching film to moving his team's headquarters to San Antonio.
The Saints have suffered through unimaginable grief and pulled themselves together despite unprecedented hardship. That they're even suiting up is a huge accomplishment.
That being said, they still have to take the field, and frankly, it hasn't been pretty.
In three games, New Orleans has 11 turnovers and 36 penalties, which are both tied for the league worst. They've allowed 26.7 points per game, third worst in the league.
To their credit, the Saints aren't making excuses.
"We are not going to throw that up there as an excuse. I'm not," wide receiver Joe Horn said after last week's loss at Minnesota. "We made mental errors and made mistakes against the Giants in that game [Sept. 19, a 27-10 loss]. That's how it is. It had nothing to do with Hurricane Katrina."
The Bills are limping into San Antonio, as well. Buffalo has looked dreadful in two straight losses and has scored only two touchdowns this season. Wide receivers Eric Moulds and Lee Evans are growing disgruntled, not necessarily with the shaky play of first-year starter J.P. Losman, but with the play-calling. Playing against a Falcons defense that was missing three of its top four cornerbacks last week, the Bills instead chose to ground it out, with Willis McGahee running for a career-best 140 yards. Moulds called the play-calling frustrating.