Sep 15, 2013 by

Saints LogoFormer Saint and fan-favorite Chris Ivory is making good for the Jets and so is his trade result. The Saints gave Ivory to the Jets for a fourth round pick which they paired with their own R4 pick to move up to Miami’s R3 slot. Nose tackle John Jenkins is the result.

The 6’4″, 350+/- lb Jenkins replaced Broderick Bunkley in week one after Bunkley suffered a calf injury and did not disappoint. The “Dancing Bear” gets his first NFL start today against Tampa Bay as the Saints look to go 2-0.

The Saints-Bucs rivalry began when the 0-26 Buccaneers marched into the Louisiana Superdome and notched their first-ever win in two seasons against a hapless Saints team that couldn’t get a first down until halfway through the second quarter. The game ended 33-14. Bucs coach John McKay attributed the win to an article in which Archie Manning said it would be “disgraceful” to lose to the Bucs. Since then the teams have met 41 other times and the Saints lead the series 25-17 with a 3 game win streak, the last being a 41-0 Saints blowout in the Dome in a week 15 match that did little to save a miserable season.

Rumours abound of dissension and turmoil in the Bucs locker room. Combined with flat-out stupid plays last week against the Jets leading to a last-second loss and home field advantage for todays game, this makes Tamps Bay a dangerous team. With losses by the Bucs, Falcons and Panthers last week the Saints are currently riding high in first place in the NFC South!

The Numbers:

Forgive me for not mentioning it last week, but the Falcons Dome Opener was Roman Harpers‘ 100th game as a Saint! Congratulations on the century mark, Roman! Harper needs 1.5 sacks (17/18th) to tie with Keith Mitchell (18.5/17th). While it won’t happen for a few games, Harper is also just 34 tackles (497/5th) away from Wayne Martin (531/4th)!

Garret Hartley (323/6th) is 7 points away from Deuce McAllister (330/5th) in franchise scoring. Hartley (137/4th) is also 7 extra points away from catching Doug Brien (144/3rd).

Drew Brees (4375/1st) is 625 yards away from his 5000th as a Saint,  64 completions (2936/1st) away from 3000 and 4 TD’s (246/1st) away from 250! In the League, Brees is now 77 completions (6184/10th) away from Kerry Collins (6261/9th), 62 completions (4061/5th) from John Elway (4123/4th), 727 yards (46,276/7th) from Fran Tarkenton (47,003/6th) and 10 TD’s (326/6th) from Tom Brady (336/5th). Touchdowns aside, Brees should move ahead in the other categories in week three.

Marques Colston is 160 receiving yards (7462/3rd) from Joe Horn (7622/2nd). This is Colston’s only category in which he does NOT sit in first place!

Jabari Greer needs one interception (8/21st-t) to move from his 21st place tie with 8 others into a what would be a six-way tie in 16th place.

-M Styborski

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