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Titans Defeat Saints, 10-6

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/31/2012 – 2:43 am

The New Orleans Saints fell to the Tennessee Titans, 10-6, in the preseason finale for both clubs at Nashville’s LP Field on Thursday night.

New Orleans ends the 2012 preseason at 2-3.

The Saints rested the majority of their starting lineup in their fifth preseason contest, and following the formation of the 53-man roster this weekend, they will return to the practice field in Metairie on Monday to prepare for their 2012 season opener vs. the Washington Redskins on September 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt said after the game that he was very proud of how the team handled the preseason.

“This a good football team with character individuals,” said Vitt. “Our players are accountable to one another and will be fun to watch.”

QB Sean Canfield received the starting nod for New Orleans and played the entire game. The former Oregon State standout completed 31-of-45 passes for 288 yards with two interceptions.

Rookie RB Travaris Cadet led the Saints in rushing with 15 carries for 57 yards. Cadet also led the Saints in receiving with eight grabs for 44 yards.

The New Orleans defense put together an impressive performance in the finale. Facing starting QB Jake Locker, the Saints held Tennessee to 226 total net yards and only allowed them to convert 29 percent (4-of-14) of their third down attempts.

S Isa Abdul-Quddus forced a fumble that was recovered by CB Elbert Mack to stop a potential Titans score.

Rookie LB Kadarron Anderson led the Saints with six tackles (four solo). K Garrett Hartley accounted for all of New Orleans’ points with field goals from 38- and 21-yards out.

The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive. Cadet returned the opening kickoff 22 yards to bring on Canfield to start the game for the black-and-gold.

Canfield immediately threw to WR Joseph Morgan. On second down, Canfield handed off to Cadet on a play up the middle for three yards. On a second consecutive run, Cadet had the ball knocked out of his hands by Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who recovered it at the New Orleans 24-yard line.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was tackled by LB Barrett Ruud, for a one-yard loss.

On third down, Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However, New Orleans would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by K Rob Bironas.

Starting at their 20, Canfield connected with RB Chris Ivory on a pass for a nine-yard gain and then Ivory took his first carry of the game for a gain of five and the first down conversion.

With a fresh set of downs, Canfield connected with TE Derek Schouman for a five-yard gain, but was then sacked for a four-yard loss by Titans DE Keyunta Dawson. A pass to rookie WR Nick Toon gained five yards but forced the New Orleans punt unit out, where Thomas Morstead booted a 39-yard kick that was returned by Tennessee return man RB Darius Reynaud six yards to the Tennessee 27.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage on their next drive, Locker rolled out with DE Junior Galette in pursuit, but threw an incomplete pass with a successful defense by CB Johnny Patrick. On second down, Ringer took a handoff on the edge, but was stopped by Galette after gaining two yards. Locker scrambled for a 16-yard gain and the first down to the Titans 45, but the New Orleans defense was then able to successfully get the Titans off the field four plays later, as P Brett Kern’s punt sailed in the end zone for a touchback.

Ivory took the opening handoff for a two-yard gain. Canfield then completed a pass to TE Michael Higgins that was converted into a 17-yard gain. After the chains were moved, a throw was completed to Cadet in the middle of the field for a gain of five yards. Ivory then took a carry, jumping over one Titans defender and converting the first down before he was tripped up by Titans S Jordan Babineaux and CB Chris Hawkins at the New Orleans 49. Cadet took a carry for two yards, and then a deep Canfield attempt to Toon was incomplete.

On third down, New Orleans’ signal-caller stepped back and completed a sharp throw to Morgan for a 20-yard gain where he was tackled by Titans S Coty Sensabaugh.

Following an incomplete attempt to Cadet, Ivory took a handoff up the middle and broke a tackle for an eight-yard gain. However, on a second consecutive run, the rusher was one yard short, sending the field goal unit out. K Garrett Hartley successfully booted the 38-yard field goal to tie the score.

Starting at their 23-yard line, a three-yard pass play from Locker to Titans TE Craig Stevens marked the end of the first quarter. The Titans signal-caller opened the second quarter with a 15-yard completion to WR Damian Williams and an eight-yard pass play to Reynaud. On second and two, Locker tried to hit the running back again, but rookie DT Akiem Hicks broke up the pass.

On third down, Locker completed a throw to WR Lavelle Hawkins for a 12-yard gain that was nearly picked off by Patrick. On the ensuing first down, Locker tried to go long, but overthrew Williams into the end zone. The second down play was equally as productive, as Reynaud coughed up the ball after the handoff and just managed to recover it at the line of scrimmage. On third down, a screen pass to Titans RB Jamie Harper was snuffed out by Patrick for a loss of one, sending Kern and the Tennessee punt unit out. Cadet took a 22-yard punt at the 19-yard line and called fair catch.

When New Orleans got the ball back, RB Joseph Banyard took the handoff and ran behind his offensive line for a four-yard gain. The young runner then showed some solid blocking on the next play as Canfield threw a bomb to Schouman for a gain of 41 yards to advance New Orleans to the Titans 36. A downfield completion to Cadet for a seven-yard gain followed to bring the Saints to the 29 before Canfield delivered a first down conversion on a throw to Morgan for an 11-yard gain. Cadet took to the edge for a five-yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds at the 13-yard line by Titans CB Tommie Campbell. A six-yard completion to Higgins then brought the Saints to the seven and brought up a first-and-goal. Cadet took a handoff near the middle but was stopped by Dawson for no gain. Canfield then went to Toon, who dropped the pass in the end zone.

Canfield tried to put the Saints in the end zone with a short throw to Cadet, but he was stopped by Titans LBs Zach Brown and Tim Shaw three yards short of the goal line.

 

Tennessee would start at their 39 and moved into New Orleans territory on a seven-yard run by Reynaud and a 16-yard pass play from Locker to WR Kendall Wright, but they would be pushed back to the 43 on an offensive pass interference penalty assessed to the rookie wideout. Locker put the Titans back in field goal position though with an 18-yard completion to TE Jared Cook, followed by a nine-yard run by Reynaud. Two plays later, Locker scrambled and had the ball stripped out by Abdul-Quddus and it was picked up by Mack at the three-yard line and returned five yards.

Canfield immediately went to the air with short throws to WR Greg Camarillo and Schouman before the two minute warning to set up third-and-one.

After play resumed, a false start penalty was assessed to T Charles Brown, followed by an incomplete attempt to Cadet to send Morstead and the punt unit out. New Orleans’ punter showed he is ready for the season opener by booting a 57-yard kick to pin the Titans back at their 31. False start and holding penalties on Tennessee backed them up to their 16. Following a three-yard run by Reynaud, Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck, entering the game in relief of Locker, completed a throw to TE Taylor Thompson for seven yards and then a ten-yard throw to Reynaud, setting up fourth and five at their 36 and forcing the punt unit out. On the final play of the first half, Kern’s 41-yard punt sailed out of bounds, negating a possible return.

The second half’s opening kickoff by Morstead was returned by Titans WR D.J. Woods 23 yards to the Titans 15, before he was tackled by FB Korey Hall. On a two-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Williams, S Jose Gumbs was assessed a 15-yard facemask penalty to advance the Titans to the 32. Harper then gained two yards apiece on two consecutive carries, being stopped by the New Orleans front seven. On third down, it was initially ruled that Hasselbeck completed a 15-yard pass to Wright. However, following a challenge by the New Orleans coaching staff, the game officials would rule that the pass hit the ground first before the receiver got his hands on it. The reversal forced the punt unit out and Kern booted a 47-yard punt out of bounds to the New Orleans 17.

Canfield completed a throw out of the flat to Higgins for a 12-yard gain, followed by a two-yard run by Banyard. On second down, a Canfield throw was picked off by Shaw at the 45-yard line, advancing it to the 33 before he was run out of bounds by Cadet.

Titans QB Rusty Smith relieved Hasselbeck with favorable field position. Harper took the first play of the drive on the right side and gained eight yards before being pushed out of bounds by CB Nick Hixson. A second down pass was dropped by Titans WR Michael Preston. On third-and-two, Harper carried up the middle for a one-yard gain, stopped by LB Kadarron Anderson just short of the first down. However, on fourth-and-one, Smith handed off to his running back and he turned the corner for a 17-yard gain. On the next play, Harper took his third consecutive handoff and was rustled up for no gain by DE Turk McBride. Smith then followed up with his second pass attempt of the drive, a successful throw for a six-yard gain to Woods. On third-and-goal at the one, Harper would bounce through a New Orleans defender into the end zone and to give the lead to Tennessee.

Cadet returned the kickoff out of the end zone 35 yards to the 27-yard line for New Orleans’ starting position. The rookie runner from Appalachian State followed up the return with rushes of six- and nine-yard gains. Canfield then completed a throw to Camarillo for a 13-yard gain to advance the Saints into Titans territory. However, New Orleans was unable to convert and Morstead booted a 36-yard punt that. Woods caught the punt and called for a fair catch at the Titans eight-yard line.

Ringer took the next drive’s opening carry for a four-yard gain, followed by a 13-yard pass play to Thompson. However, after an incomplete throw, Titans G Kyle DeVan was assessed a ten-yard penalty on a run by Ringer. Following an incomplete pass, on third-and-20, Smith found Ringer for an 11-yard gain, nine yards short of the chains after he was tackled by LB Lawrence Wilson. Cadet fielded the punt, however the return was called back on a block in the back assessed to WR Courtney Roby, giving New Orleans starting position at their 23-yard line.

Banyard started the next drive with a five-yard carry, followed by a pass play to Morgan for a seven-yard gain and the first down. With a fresh set of downs, Cadet took a carry up the middle for a two-yard gain. On second down, Canfield, eluded a pass rush and completed a short throw to Banyard for a seven-yard gain. The chains were then moved on a five-yard neutral zone infraction assessed to Titans DT DaJohn Harris. A short pass to Cadet resulted in a one-yard gain.

On second down at the 49, Cadet advanced into Titans territory on a five-yard run, where he eluded a Titans defender at the line of scrimmage. A third-and-four pass attempt intended for Camarillo, the last play in the third quarter, was broken up by Sensabaugh. The Saints initially went for it on fourth down, but a pass play from Canfield to Cadet was called back by a holding penalty on New Orleans. Morstead booted a 35-yard punt to the Titans 11, where Woods called a fair catch.

Following an incomplete throw on a deep attempt intended for Woods, Harper was stopped up the middle on a rush by Anderson and DE Martez Wilson. On third down, Smith underthrew Titans WR James Kirkendoll. However, Kern aided the Titans’ cause by booting a 63-yard punt that would give New Orleans starting field position at their 24.

Banyard took a carry up the middle for a nine-yard game on a physical run where he lost his helmet. Cadet returned and converted the first down on a two yard run up the middle. Canfield and Schouman then connected on a nine-yard pass play. With another short yardage situation, Cadet took advantage of a hole cleared by T Marcel Jones and G DeOn’tae Pannell for a seven-yard gain. Canfield then took advantage of a clearing and connected with the runner from Miami for a six-yard gain. After Canfield was stopped for a five-yard loss on the next play, Canfield scrambled for a six-yard gain. Deciding to go for it on fourth-and-three, Canfield was picked off by Campbell at the Tennessee 27-yard line.

Harper took the first carry of Tennessee’s drive and was stopped by Anderson after a gain of only one yard. The Titans’ young rusher took a second carry though for a five-yard gain, but New Orleans would once again get the Titans off the field, when Patrick immediately tackled Kirkendoll following a two-yard reception, two yards short of the first down. Kern booted a 47-yard punt that was returned six yards by Camarillo.

With starting position at the 24, Cadet took advantage of a hole on the left side to rip open a 17-yard run. Following a two-yard rush by the running back, Canfield completed a one-yard throw to Toon. An outlet pass to Hall resulted in a nine-yard gain and first-and-ten at the Titans 47. Cadet took a handoff up the middle for a five-yard gain, but was then stuffed by Titans DT Lamar Divens for a loss of a yard. On third-and-six, Canfield faced a heavy pass rush, was sacked by Titans DT DaJohn Harris and lost the ball, which was recovered by the tackle at the New Orleans 38.

Reynaud took the next drive’s opening carry and found a hole for a ten-yard gain before he was tackled by LB Ezra Butler. The runner wasn’t so lucky on the subsequent carry though, as rookie CB Corey White stuck him for a two-yard loss and then Mack and Lawrence Wilson stopped him for no gain, adeptly reading a spin move. DT Tyrunn Walker then recorded his team-leading third sack of the preseason, when he dropped Smith for an eight-yard Titans’ loss.

Canfield opened New Orleans’ final drive with short passes to Schouman and Cadet to move the chains. However, holding and tripping penalties on New Orleans would pin them back at their 15. Following a pair of incomplete passes intended for Hall, Canfield found the fullback on an intermediate pass, where a roughing the passer penalty assessed to Tennessee advanced the Saints to the 42-yard line.

Camarillo then made what appeared to be a spectacular heads-up grab off of a throw that went off Schouman’s fingertips, but following an officials review allowable inside the two-minute mark, it was reversed to an incomplete attempt. Canfield was then dropped by Dawson for a loss of 11 yards. On third-and-21, Canfield found Schouman and they got back nine yards.

On a four wideout set, Canfield found Camarillo for a gain of 24 yards to the Titans 36 and the signal-caller subsequently spiked the ball. Following an incomplete pass, a short throw to Hall for a six-yard gain would end the game on the Titans 30-yard line.


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Titans Lead Saints, 10-6, to Start 4th Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/31/2012 – 1:17 am

In their final tune-up prior to the start of the regular season, the New Orleans Saints trail the Tennessee Titans in the preseason finale for both clubs 10-6 at the start of the fourth quarter in action at LP Field.

The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive. RB Travaris Cadet returned the opening kickoff 22 yards to bring on Canfield to start the game for the black-and-gold.

Canfield immediately threw a timing route to WR Joseph Morgan. On second down, Canfield handed off to Cadet on a play up the middle for three yards. On a second consecutive run, Cadet had the ball knocked out of his hands by Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who recovered it at the New Orleans 24.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by S Isa Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was tackled by the newest Saint, LB Barrett Ruud for a one-yard loss. On third down, Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However New Orleans, would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by K Rob Bironas.

Starting at their 20, Canfield connected with RB Chris Ivory on a pass for a nine-yard gain and then Ivory took his first carry of the game for a gain of five and the first down conversion. With a fresh set of downs, Canfield connected with TE Derek Schouman for a five-yard gain, but was then sacked for a four-yard loss by Titans DE Keyunta Dawson. A pass to rookie WR Nick Toon gained five yards but forced the New Orleans punt unit out, where Thomas Morstead booted a 39-yard kick that was returned by Tennessee return man Darius Reynaud six yards to the Tennessee 27.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage on their next drive, Locker rolled out with DE Junior Galette in pursuit, but threw an incomplete pass with a successful defense by CB Johnny Patrick. On second down, Ringer took a handoff on the edge, but was stopped by Galette after gaining two yards. Locker scrambled for a 16-yard gain and the first down to the Titans 45, but the New Orleans defense was then able to successfully get the Titans off the field four plays later, as P Brett Kern’s punt sailed in the end zone for a touchback.

Ivory took the opening handoff for a two-yard gain. Canfield then completed a pass to TE Michael Higgins that was converted into a 17-yard gain. After the chains were moved, a throw was completed to Cadet in the middle of the field for a gain of five yards. Ivory then took a carry, jumping over one Titans defender and converting the first down before he was tripped up by Titans S Jordan Babineaux and CB Chris Hawkins at the New Orleans 49. Cadet took a carry for two yards, and then a deep Canfield attempt to Toon was incomplete. On third down, New Orleans’ signal-caller, stepped back and completed a sharp throw to Morgan for a 20-yard gain, where he was tackled by Titans S Coty Sensabaugh. Following an incomplete attempt to Cadet, Ivory took a handoff up the middle and broke a tackle for an eight-yard gain. However, on a second consecutive run, the rusher was one yard short, sending the field goal unit out. K Garrett successfully booted the 38-yard field goal to tie the score.

Starting at their 23-yard line, a three-yard pass play from Locker to Titans TE Craig Stevens marked the end of the first quarter. The Titans signal-caller opened the second quarter with a 15-yard completion to WR Damian Williams and an eight-yard pass play to RB Darius Reynaud. On second and two, Locker tried to hit the running back again, but rookie DT Akiem Hicks broke up the pass. On third down, Locker completed a throw to WR Lavelle Hawkins for a 12-yard gain that was nearly picked off by CB Johnny Patrick. On the ensuing first down, Locker tried to go long, but overthrew Williams into the end zone. The second down play was equally as productive as Reynaud, coughed up the ball after the handoff and just managed to recover it at the line of scrimmage. On third down, a screen pass to Titans RB Jamie Harper was snuffed out by Patrick for a loss of one, sending Kern and the Tennessee punt unit out. Cadet took a 22-yard punt at the 19-yard line and called fair catch.

When New Orleans got the ball back, RB Joseph Banyard took the handoff and ran behind his offensive line for a four-yard gain. The young runner then showed some solid blocking on the next play as Canfield threw a bomb to Schouman for a gain of 41 yards to advance New Orleans to the Titans 36. A downfield completion to Cadet for a seven-yard gain followed to bring the Saints to the 29, followed by a first down conversion on a throw to Morgan for an 11-yard gain. Cadet took to the edge for a five-yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds at the 13-yard line by Titans CB Tommie Campbell. A six-yard completion to Higgins then brought the Saints to the seven and first and goal. Cadet took a handoff near the middle, but was stopped by Dawson for no gain. Canfield then went to Toon, who dropped the pass in the end zone. Canfield tried to put the Saints in the end zone with a short throw to Cadet, but he was stopped by Titans LBs Zach Brown and Tim Shaw three yards short of the goal line.

Tennessee would start at their 39 and moved into New Orleans territory on a seven-yard run by Reynaud and a 16-yard pass play from Locker to WR Kendall Wright. But they would be pushed back to the 43 on an offensive pass interference penalty assessed to the rookie wideout. Locker put the Titans back in field goal position though with an 18-yard completion to TE Jared Cook, followed by a nine-yard run by Reynaud. Two plays later, Locker scrambled and had the ball stripped out by S Isa Abdul-Quddus and it was picked up by CB Elbert Mack at the three-yard line and returned five yards.

Canfield immediately went to the air with short throws to WR Greg Camarillo and Schouman before the two minute warning to set up third-and-one. After play resumed, a false start penalty was assessed to LT Charles Brown, followed by an incomplete attempt to Cadet to send Morstead and the punt unit out. New Orleans’ punter showed he is ready for the season opener by booting a 57-yard kick to pin the Titans back at their 31. False start and holding penalties on Tennessee backed them up to their 16. Following a three-yard run by Reynaud, Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck, entering the game in relief of Locker, completed a throw to TE Taylor Thompson for seven yards and then a ten-yard throw to Reynaud, setting up fourth and five at their 36 and forcing the punt unit out. On the final play of the first half, Kern’s 41-yard punt sailed out of bounds, negating a possible return.

The second half’s opening kickoff by Morstead was returned by Titans WR D.J. Woods 23 yards to the Titans 15, before he was tackled by FB Korey Hall. On a two-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Williams, S Jose Gumbs was assessed a 15-yard facemask penalty to advance the Titans to the 32. Harper then gained two yards apiece on two consecutive carries, being stopped by the New Orleans front seven. On third down, it was initially ruled that Hasselbeck completed a 15-yard pass to Wright. However, following a challenge by the New Orleans coaching staff, the game officials would rule that the pass hit the ground first before the receiver got his hands on it. The reversal forced the punt unit out and Kern booted a 47-yard punt out of bounds to the New Orleans 17.

Canfield completed a throw out of the flat to Higgins for a 12-yard gain, followed by a two-yard run by Banyard. On second down, a Canfield throw was picked off by Shaw at the 45-yard line, advancing it to the 33 before he was run out of bounds by Cadet.

Titans QB Rusty Smith relieved Hasselbeck with favorable field position. Harper took the first play of the drive right side and gained eight yards before being pushed out of bounds by CB Nick Hixson. A second down pass was dropped by Titans WR Michael Preston. On third-and-two, Harper carried up the middle for a one-yard gain, stopped by LB Kadarron Anderson just short of the first down. However, on fourth-and-one, Smith handed off to his running back and he turned the corner for a 17-yard gain. On the next play, Harper took his third consecutive handoff and was rustled up for no gain by DE Turk McBride. Smith then followed up with his second pass attempt of the drive, a successful throw for a six-yard gain to Woods. On third-and-goal at the one, Harper would bounce through a New Orleans defender into the end zone and the lead for Tennessee.

Cadet returned the kickoff out of the end zone 35 yards to the 27-yard line for New Orleans’ starting position. The rookie runner from Appalachian State followed up the return with rushes of six- and nine-yard gains. Canfield then completed a throw to Camarillo for a 13-yard gain to advance the Saints into Titans territory. However, New Orleans was unable to convert and Morstead booted a 36-yard punt that was Woods caught and called for a fair catch at the Titans eight-yard line.

Ringer took the next drive’s opening carry for a four-yard gain, followed by a 13-yard pass play to Thompson. However after an incomplete throw, Titans G Kyle DeVan was assessed a ten-yard penalty on a run by Ringer. Following an incomplete pass, on third-and-20, Smith found Ringer for an 11-yard gain, nine yards short of the chains after he was tackled by LB Lawrence Wilson. Cadet fielded the punt, however the return was called back on a block in the back assessed to WR Courtney Roby, giving New Orleans starting position at their 23-yard line.

Banyard started the next drive with a five-yard carry, followed by a pass play to Morgan for a seven-yard gain and the first down. With a fresh set of downs, Cadet took a carry up the middle for a two-yard gain. On second down, Canfield, eluded a pass rush and completed a short throw to Banyard for a seven-yard gain. The chains were then moved on a five-yard neutral zone infraction assessed to Titans DT DaJohn Harris. A short pass to Cadet resulted in a one-yard gain. On second down at the 49, Cadet advanced into Titans territory on a five-yard run, where he eluded a Titans defender at the line of scrimmage. A third-and-four pass attempt intended for Camarillo, the last play in the third quarter, was broken up by Sensabaugh.


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Titans Lead Saints, 10-6, with 8:55 left in 3rd Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/31/2012 – 12:55 am

In their final tune-up prior to the start of the regular season, a third quarter interception thrown by Saints QB Sean Canfield would help set up the first touchdown of the game, a one-yard touchdown run by Titans RB Jamie Harper to give Tennessee a 10-6 lead midway through the third quarter.

The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive. RB Travaris Cadet returned the opening kickoff 22 yards to bring on Canfield to start the game for the black-and-gold.

Canfield immediately threw a timing route to WR Joseph Morgan. On second down, Canfield handed off to Cadet on a play up the middle for three yards. On a second consecutive run, Cadet had the ball knocked out of his hands by Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who recovered it at the New Orleans 24.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by S Isa Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was tackled by the newest Saint, LB Barrett Ruud for a one-yard loss. On third down, Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However New Orleans, would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by K Rob Bironas.

Starting at their 20, Canfield connected with RB Chris Ivory on a pass for a nine-yard gain and then Ivory took his first carry of the game for a gain of five and the first down conversion. With a fresh set of downs, Canfield connected with TE Derek Schouman for a five-yard gain, but was then sacked for a four-yard loss by Titans DE Keyunta Dawson. A pass to rookie WR Nick Toon gained five yards but forced the New Orleans punt unit out, where Thomas Morstead booted a 39-yard kick that was returned by Tennessee return man Darius Reynaud for six yards to the Tennessee 27.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage on their next drive, Locker rolled out with DE Junior Galette in pursuit, but threw an incomplete pass with a successful defense by CB Johnny Patrick. On second down, Ringer took a handoff on the edge, but was stopped by Galette after gaining two yards. Locker scrambled for a 16-yard gain and the first down to the Titans 45, but New Orleans was then able to get the Titans off the field four players later, as P Brett Kern’s punt sailed in the end zone for a touchback.

Ivory took the opening handoff for a two-yard gain. Canfield then completed a pass to TE Michael Higgins that was converted into a 17-yard gain. After the chains were moved, a throw was completed to Cadet in the middle of the field for a gain of five yards. Ivory then took a carry, jumping over one Titans defender and converting the first down before he was tripped up by Titans S Jordan Babineaux and CB Chris Hawkins at the New Orleans 49. Cadet took a carry for two yards, and then a deep Canfield attempt to Toon was incomplete. On third down, New Orleans’ signal-caller, stepped back and completed a sharp throw to Morgan for a 20-yard gain, where he was tackled by Titans S Coty Sensabaugh.

Following an incomplete attempt to Cadet, Ivory took a handoff up the middle and broke a tackle for an eight-yard gain. However, on a second consecutive run, the rusher was one yard short, sending the field goal unit out. K Garrett successfully booted the 38-yard field goal to tie the score.

With starting position for the Titans at the 23, with a three-yard pass play from Locker to Titans TE Craig Stevens at the end of the first quarter, the Titans signal-caller opened the second quarter with a 15-yard completion to WR Damian Williams and an eight-yard pass play to RB Darius Reynaud. On second and two, Locker tried to hit the running back again, but rookie DT Akiem Hicks broke up the pass. On third down, Locker completed a throw to WR Lavelle Hawkins for a 12-yard gain that was nearly picked off by CB Johnny Patrick. On the ensuing first down, Locker tried to go long, but overthrew Williams into the end zone. The second down play was equally as productive as Reynaud, coughed up the ball after the handoff and just managed to recover it at the line of scrimmage. On third down, a screen pass to Titans RB Jamie Harper was snuffed out by Patrick for a loss of one, sending Kern and the Tennessee punt unit out. Cadet fielded a 22-yard punt at the New Orleans 19-yard line and called a fair catch.

When New Orleans took the ball back, RB Joseph Banyard took the handoff and ran behind his offensive line for a four-yard gain. The running back then showed some solid blocking on the next play as Canfield threw a bomb to Schouman for a gain of 41 yards to advance New Orleans to the Titans 36. A downfield completion to Cadet for a seven-yard gain followed to bring the Saints to the 29, followed by a first down conversion on a throw to Morgan for an 11-yard gain. Cadet took the edge for a five-yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds at the 13-yard line by Titans CB Tommie Campbell. A six-yard completion to Higgins then brought the Saints to the seven and first and goal. Cadet took a handoff near the middle, but was stopped by Dawson for no gain. Canfield then went to Toon, who dropped the pass in the end zone. Canfield tried to snag the touchdown with a short throw to Cadet, but he was stopped by Titans LBs Zach Brown and Tim Shaw three yards short of the goal line.

Tennessee would start at their 39 and moved into New Orleans territory on a seven-yard run by Reynaud and a 16-yard pass play from Locker to WR Kendall Wright. But they would be pushed back to the 43 on an offensive pass interference penalty assessed to the rookie wideout. Locker put the Titans back in field goal position through with an 18-yard completion to TE Jared Cook, followed by a nine-yard run by Reynaud. Two plays later, Locker scrambled and had the ball stripped out by S Isa Abdul-Quddus and it was picked up by CB Elbert Mack at the three-yard line and returned five yards.

Canfield immediately went to the air with short throws to WR Greg Camarillo and Schouman before the two minute warning to set up third-and-one. After play resumed, a false start penalty was assessed to LT Charles Brown, followed by an incomplete attempt to Cadet to send Morstead and the punt unit out. New Orleans’ punter showed he is ready for the season opener by booting a 57-yard kick to pin the Titans back at their 31.

False start and holding penalties on Tennessee backed them up to their 16. Following a three-yard run by Reynaud, Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck, entering the game in relief of Locker, completed a throw to TE Taylor Thompson for seven yards and then a ten-yard throw to Reynaud, setting up fourth and five at their 36 and forcing the punt unit out. On the final play of the first half, Kern’s 41-yard punt sailed out of bounds, negating a possible return.

The second half’s opening kickoff by Morstead was returned by Titans WR D.J. Woods 23 yards to the Titans 15, before he was tackled by FB Korey Hall. On a two-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Williams, S Jose Gumbs was assessed a 15-yard facemask penalty to advance the Titans to the 32. Harper then gained two yards apiece on two consecutive carries, being stopped by the New Orleans front seven. On third down, it was initially ruled that Hasselbeck completed a 15-yard pass to Wright. However, following a challenge by the New Orleans coaching staff, the game officials would rule that the pass hit the ground first before the receiver got his hands on it. The reversal forced the punt unit out and Kern booted a 47-yard punt out of bounds to the New Orleans 17.

Canfield completed a throw out of the flat to Higgins for a 12-yard gain, followed by a two-yard run by Banyard. On second down, a Canfield throw was picked off by Shaw at the 45-yard line, advancing it to the 33 before he was run out of bounds by Cadet.

Titans QB Rusty Smith relieved Hasselbeck with favorable field position. Harper took the first play of the drive right side and gained eight yards before being pushed out of bounds by CB Nick Hixson. A second down pass was dropped by Titans WR Michael Preston. On third-and-two, Harper carried up the middle for a one-yard gain, stopped by LB Kadarron Anderson just short of the first down. However, on fourth-and-one, Smith handed off to his running back and he turned the corner for a 17-yard gain. On the next play, Harper took his third consecutive handoff and was rustled up for no gain by DE Turk McBride. Smith then followed up with his second pass attempt of the drive, a successful throw for a six-yard gain to Woods. On third-and-goal at the one, Harper would bounce through a New Orleans defender into the end zone and the lead for Tennessee.


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Saints Lead Titans, 6-3, at Halftime

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/31/2012 – 12:21 am

In their final tune-up prior to the start of the regular season, the New Orleans Saints have made impressive plays on offense, defense and special teams to take a 6-3 halftime lead at LP Field. The New Orleans defense, facing Titans starting QB Jake Locker until the two minute warning, stopped their opponent twice inside the red zone, forcing a field goal once and stripping the ball from the second-year signal-caller in the second quarter inside the ten. K Garrett Hartley has booted 38- and 21-yard field goals, while P Thomas Morstead’s 57-yard punt near the end of the first half helped keep the Titans out of the end zone.

 

QB Sean Canfield, who received the starting nod, has gotten off to an impressive start, completing 14-of-18 passes for 144 yards and a 100.0 passer rating.

 

The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive. RB Travaris Cadet returned the opening kickoff 22 yards to bring on Canfield to start the game for the black-and-gold.

 

Canfield immediately threw a timing route to WR Joseph Morgan. On second down, Canfield handed off to Cadet on a play up the middle for three yards. On a second consecutive run, Cadet had the ball knocked out of his hands by Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who recovered it at the New Orleans 24.

 

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by S Isa Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was stopped by the newest Saint, LB Barrett Ruud for a one-yard loss. On third down, Titans QB Jake Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However New Orleans, would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by K Rob Bironas.

 

Starting at their 20, Canfield connected with RB Chris Ivory on a pass for a nine-yard gain and then Ivory took his first carry of the game for a gain of five and first down conversion. With a fresh set of downs, Canfield connected with TE Derek Schouman for a five-yard gain, but was then sacked for a four-yard loss by Titans DE Keyunta Dawson. A pass to rookie WR Nick Toon gained five yards but forced the New Orleans punt unit out, where Thomas Morstead booted a 39-yard kick that was returned by Tennessee return man Darius Reynaud for six yards to the Tennessee 27.

 

On Tennessee’s first play of scrimmage on the drive, Locker rolled out with DE Junior Galette in pursuit, but threw an incomplete pass with a successful defense by CB Johnny Patrick. On second down, Ringer took a handoff on the edge, but was stopped by Galette after gaining two yards. Locker scrambled for a 16-yard gain and the first down to the Titans 45, but New Orleans was then able to get the Titans off the field four players later, as P Brett Kern’s punt sailed in the end zone for a touchback.

 

Ivory took the opening handoff for a two-yard gain. Canfield then completed a pass to TE Michael Higgins that was converted into a 17-yard gain. After the chains were moved, a throw was completed to Cadet in the middle of the field for a gain of five yards. Ivory then took a carry, jumping over one Titans defender and converting the first down before he was tripped up by Titans S Jordan Babineaux and CB Chris Hawkins at the New Orleans 49. Cadet took a carry for two yards, and then a deep Canfield attempt to Toon was incomplete. On third down, New Orleans’ signal-caller, stepped back and completed a sharp throw to Morgan for a 20-yard gain, where he was tackled by Titans S Coty Sensabaugh. Following an incomplete attempt to Cadet, Ivory took a handoff up the middle and broke a tackle for an eight-yard gain. However, on a second consecutive run, the rusher was one yard short, sending the field goal unit out. K Garrett successfully booted the 38-yard field goal to tie the score.

 

With starting position for the Titans at the 23, with a three-yard pass play from Locker to Titans TE Craig Stevens at the end of the first quarter, the Titans signal-caller opened the second quarter with a 15-yard completion to WR Damian Williams and an eight-yard pass play to RB Darius Reynaud. On second and two, Locker tried to hit the running back again, but rookie DT Akiem Hicks broke up the pass. On third down, Locker completed a throw to WR Lavelle Hawkins for a 12-yard gain that was nearly picked off by CB Johnny Patrick. On the ensuing first down, Locker tried to go long, but overthrew Williams into the end zone. The second down play was equally as productive as Reynaud, coughed up the ball after the handoff and just managed to recover it at the line of scrimmage. On third down, a screen pass to Titans RB Jamie Harper was snuffed out by Patrick for a loss of one, sending Kern and the Tennessee punt unit out. Cadet fielded a 22-yard punt at the New Orleans 19-yard line and called a fair catch.

 

When New Orleans took the ball back, RB Joseph Banyard took the handoff and ran behind his offensive line for a four-yard gain. The running back then showed some solid blocking on the next play as Canfield threw a bomb to Schouman for a gain of 41 yards to advance New Orleans to the Titans 36. A downfield completion to Cadet for a seven-yard gain followed to bring the Saints to the 29, followed by a first down conversion on a throw to Morgan for an 11-yard gain. Cadet took the edge for a five-yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds at the 13-yard line by Titans CB Tommie Campbell. A six-yard completion to Higgins then brought the Saints to the seven and first and goal. Cadet took a handoff near the middle, but was stopped by Dawson for no gain. Canfield then went to Toon, who dropped the pass in the end zone. Canfield tried to snag the touchdown with a short throw to Cadet, but he was stopped by Titans LBs Zach Brown and Tim Shaw three yards short of the goal line.

 

Tennessee would start at their 39 and moved into New Orleans territory on a seven-yard run by Reynaud and a 16-yard pass play from Locker to WR Kendall Wright. But they would be pushed back to the 43 on an offensive pass interference penalty assessed to the rookie wideout. Locker put the Titans back in field goal position through with an 18-yard completion to TE Jared Cook, followed by a nine-yard run by Reynaud. Two plays later, Locker scrambled and had the ball stripped out by S Isa Abdul-Quddus and it was picked up by CB Elbert Mack at the three-yard line and returned five yards.

 

Canfield immediately went to the air with short throws to WR Greg Camarillo and Schouman before the two minute warning to set up third-and-one. After play resumed, a false start penalty was assessed to LT Charles Brown, followed by an incomplete attempt to Cadet to send Morstead and the punt unit out. New Orleans’ punter showed he is ready for the season opener by booting a 57-yard kick to pin the Titans back at their 31. False start and holding penalties on Tennessee backed them up to their 16. Following a three-yard run by Reynaud, Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck, entering the game in relief of Locker, completed a throw to TE Taylor Thompson for seven yards and then a ten-yard throw to Reynaud, setting up fourth and five at their 36 and forcing the punt unit out. On the final play of the first half, Kern’s 41-yard punt sailed out of bounds, negating a possible return.

 


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Saints Lead Titans, 6-3, with 6:46 Remaining in 2nd Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/30/2012 – 11:57 pm

Seeing his most extensive action of the preseason, QB Sean Canfield engineered an impressive ten-play, 78-yard drive, highlighted by a 36-yard completion to TE Derek Schouman in the second quarter. The drive ended with a 21-yard field goal by K Garrett Hartley to give New Orleans a 6-3 lead.

The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive. RB Travaris Cadet returned the opening kickoff 22 yards to bring on QB Sean Canfield to start the game for the black-and-gold.

QB Sean Canfield, who received the start, immediately threw a timing route to WR Joseph Morgan. On second down, Canfield handed off to Cadet on a play up the middle for three yards. On a second consecutive run, Cadet had the ball knocked out of his hands by Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who recovered it at the New Orleans 24.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by S Isa Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was stopped by the newest Saint, LB Barrett Ruud for a one-yard loss. On third down, Titans QB Jake Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However New Orleans, would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Bironas.

Starting at their 20, Canfield connected with RB Chris Ivory on a pass for a nine-yard gain and then Ivory took his first carry of the game for a gain of five and first down conversion. With a fresh set of downs, Canfield connected with TE Derek Schouman for a five-yard gain, but was then sacked for a four-yard loss by Titans DE Keyunta Dawson. A pass to rookie WR Nick Toon gained five yards but forced the New Orleans punt unit out, where Thomas Morstead booted a 39-yard kick that was returned by Tennessee return man Darius Reynaud for six yards to the Tennessee 27.

On Tennessee’s first play of scrimmage on the drive, Locker rolled out with DE Junior Galette in pursuit, but threw an incomplete pass with a successful defense by CB Johnny Patrick. On second down, Ringer took a handoff on the edge, but was stopped by Galette after gaining two yards. Locker scrambled for a 16-yard gain and the first down to the Titans 45, but New Orleans was then able to get the Titans off the field four players later, as P Brett Kern’s punt sailed in the end zone for a touchback.

Ivory took the opening handoff for a two-yard gain. Canfield then completed a pass to TE Michael Higgins that was converted into a 17-yard gain. After the chains were moved, a throw was completed to Cadet in the middle of the field for a gain of five yards. Ivory then took a carry, jumping over one Titans defender and converting the first down before he was tripped up by Titans S Jordan Babineaux and CB Chris Hawkins at the New Orleans 49. Cadet took a carry for two yards, and then a deep Canfield attempt to Toon was incomplete. On third down, New Orleans’ signal-caller, stepped back and completed a sharp throw to Morgan for a 20-yard gain, where he was tackled by Titans S Coty Sensabaugh. Following an incomplete attempt to Cadet, Ivory took a handoff up the middle and broke a tackle for an eight-yard gain. However, on a second consecutive run, the rusher was one yard short, sending the field goal unit out. K Garrett successfully booted the 38-yard field goal to tie the score.

With starting position for the Titans at the 23, with a three-yard pass play from Locker to Titans TE Craig Stevens at the end of the first quarter, the Titans signal-caller opened the second quarter with a 15-yard completion to WR Damian Williams and an eight-yard pass play to RB Darius Reynaud. On second and two, Locker tried to hit the running back again, but rookie DT Akiem Hicks broke up the pass. On third down, Locker completed a throw to WR Lavelle Hawkins for a 12-yard gain that was nearly picked off by CB Johnny Patrick. On the ensuing first down, Locker tried to go long, but overthrew Williams into the end zone. The second down play was equally as productive as Reynaud, coughed up the ball after the handoff and just managed to recover it at the line of scrimmage. On third down, a screen pass to Titans RB Jamie Harper was snuffed out by Patrick for a loss of one, sending Kern and the Tennessee punt unit out. Cadet fielded a 22-yard punt at the New Orleans 19-yard line and called a fair catch.

When New Orleans took the ball back, RB Joseph Banyard took the handoff and ran behind his offensive line for a four-yard gain. The running back then showed some solid blocking on the next play as Canfield threw a bomb to Schouman for a gain of 41 yards to advance New Orleans to the Titans 36. A downfield completion to Cadet for a seven-yard gain followed to bring the Saints to the 29, followed by a first down conversion on a throw to Morgan for an 11-yard gain. Cadet took the edge for a five-yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds at the 13-yard line by Titans CB Tommie Campbell. A six-yard completion to Higgins then brought the Saints to the seven and first and goal. Cadet took a handoff near the middle, but was stopped by Dawson for no gain. Canfield then went to Toon, who dropped the pass in the end zone. Canfield tried to snag the touchdown with a short throw to Cadet, but he was stopped by Titans LBs Zach Brown and Tim Shaw three yards short of the goal line.


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Saints and Titans Tied, 3-3, at End of 1st

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/30/2012 – 11:39 pm

At the end of the first quarter of play at LP Field in Nashville, K Garrett Hartley booted a 38-yard field goal near the end of the period to knot the score of the preseason finale against the Tennessee Titans to 3-3.

The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive. RB Travaris Cadet returned the opening kickoff 22 yards to bring on QB Sean Canfield to start the game for the black-and-gold.

QB Sean Canfield, who received the start, immediately threw a timing route to WR Joseph Morgan. On second down, Canfield handed off to Cadet on a play up the middle for three yards. On a second consecutive run, Cadet had the ball knocked out of his hands by Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who recovered it at the New Orleans 24.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by S Isa Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was stopped by the newest Saint, LB Barrett Ruud for a one-yard loss. On third down, Titans QB Jake Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However New Orleans, would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Bironas.

Starting at their 20, Canfield connected with RB Chris Ivory on a pass for a nine-yard gain and then Ivory took his first carry of the game for a gain of five and first down conversion. With a fresh set of downs, Canfield connected with TE Derek Schouman for a five-yard gain, but was then sacked for a four-yard loss by Titans DE Keyunta Dawson. A pass to rookie WR Nick Toon gained five yards but forced the New Orleans punt unit out, where Thomas Morstead booted a 39-yard kick that was returned by Tennessee return man Darius Reynaud for six yards to the Tennessee 27.

On Tennessee’s first play of scrimmage on the drive, Locker rolled out with DE Junior Galette in pursuit, but threw an incomplete pass with a successful defense by CB Johnny Patrick. On second down, Ringer took a handoff on the edge, but was stopped by Galette after gaining two yards. Locker scrambled for a 16-yard gain and the first down to the Titans 45, but New Orleans was then able to get the Titans off the field four players later, as P Brett Kern’s punt sailed in the end zone for a touchback.

Ivory took the opening handoff for a two-yard gain. Canfield then completed a pass to TE Michael Higgins that was converted into a 17-yard gain. After the chains were moved, a throw was completed to Cadet in the middle of the field for a gain of five yards. Ivory then took a carry, jumping over one Titans defender and converting the first down before he was tripped up by Titans S Jordan Babineaux and CB Chris Hawkins at the New Orleans 49. Cadet took a carry for two yards, and then a deep Canfield attempt to Toon was incomplete. On third down, New Orleans’ signal-caller, stepped back and completed a sharp throw to Morgan for a 20-yard gain, where he was tackled by Titans S Coty Sensabaugh. Following an incomplete attempt to Cadet, Ivory took a handoff up the middle and broke a tackle for an eight-yard gain. However, on a second consecutive run, the rusher was one yard short, sending the field goal unit out. K Garrett successfully booted the 38-yard field goal to tie the score.

 


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Titans lead Saints, 3-0, with 10:32 remaining in 1st Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/30/2012 – 11:17 pm

In their final tuneup prior to the season opener in action against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field, New Orleans had to defend the Titans at their 24-yard line, following a turnover. However an impressive defensive performance inside the ten-yard line forced the Titans to settle for a 24-yard field goal by K Rob Bironas giving them a 3-0 first quarter lead.

RB Travaris Cadet took the opening kick out of the end zone to the 15-yard line. QB Sean Canfield, who received the start, immediately threw a timing route to WR Joseph Morgan. On second down, Canfield handed off to Cadet on a play up the middle for three yards. On a second consecutive run, Cadet had the ball knocked out of his hands by Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who recovered it at the New Orleans 24.

On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by S Isa Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was stopped by the newest Saint, LB Barrett Ruud for a one-yard loss. On third down, Titans QB Jake Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However New Orleans, would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Bironas.


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Saints Lineup for Titans Game

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/30/2012 – 10:23 pm

Saints Players not expected to play tonight: 
Drew Brees
Chase Daniel
Marques Colston
Andy Tanner
Lance Moore
Devery Henderson
Patrick Robinson
Pierre Thomas
Malcolm Jenkins
Mark Ingram
Jabari Greer
Roman Harper
Darren Sproles
Curtis Lofton
David Hawthorne
Ramon Humber
Brian de la Puente
Zach Strief
Ben Grubbs
Jahri Evans
Jermon Bushrod
Jimmy Graham
Adrian Arrington
Cameron Jordan
Sedrick Ellis

Starting Lineup:

Offense
WR #15 Courtney Roby
LT #71 Charles Brown
LG #69 Eric Olsen
C #65 Matt Tennant
RG #61 DeOn’tae Pannell
RT #70 Marcel Jones
TE #81 Michael Higgins
WR #13 Joe Morgan
QB #4 Sean Canfield
FB #35 Korey Hall
RB #29 Chris Ivory

Defense
LDE #93 Junior Galette
DT #77 Brodrick Bunkley
DT #96 Tom Johnson
RDE #91 Will Smith
LB #58 Scott Shanle
LB #55 Barrett Ruud
LB #52 Jonathan Casillas
CB #32 Johnny Patrick
CB #24 Corey White
FS #42 Isa Abdul-Quddus
SS #40 Jonathon Amaya


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Saints Update Travel Plans for Final Preseason Game

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/27/2012 – 4:25 pm

In advance of the approaching storm, the Saints will depart New Orleans Monday afternoon for Cincinnati at 5:30 pm.

The team will practice in Cincinnati on Tuesday and then will depart on Wednesday for Nashville.

The Saints face the Titans at LP Field Thursday at 6 pm CT.

The Saints will depart Nashville for New Orleans immediately following the game on Thursday evening.


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Saints Defeat Texans, 34-27

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 08/26/2012 – 3:20 am

The New Orleans Saints defeated the Houston Texans, 34-27, on Saturday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints (2-2) will now face the Tennessee Titans after a short week on Thursday evening on the road for the team’s fifth and final preseason contest.

“I thought that we improved tonight,” said Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt. “We improved in our tackling. We had much better poise on the field than we did a week ago.”

QB Drew Brees led the Saints passing attack, going 17-of-25 for 179 yards while adding two touchdown passes. QB Chase Daniel completed 11-of-17 attempts for 88 yards with one touchdown.

RB Chris Ivory carried the ball eight times for 57 yards. RB Joe Banyard rushed seven times for 25 yards and RB Travaris Cadet carried five times for 20 yards. The longest rush of the night came from Ivory who broke off a 20-yard gain.

Twelve Saints players had receptions in the contest. RB Pierre Thomas led the team in receptions with four and added 35 yards through the air. TE Jimmy Graham had three catches for 48 yards and caught a touchdown pass. WR Joe Morgan caught four passes for 29 yards and also added a touchdown.

The defense recorded six sacks and forced three fumbles. CB Patrick Robinson tied for the team lead in tackles with five (four solo). DE Cameron Jordan also posted five tackles (three solo) and a sack for a loss of seven yards. S Roman Harper also posted five stops.

The Saints offense outgained the Texans 412-309 while picking up 27 first downs. The New Orleans ground attack registered 151 yards on 4.9 yards per carry.

The Texans won the coin toss and chose to receive to kick off for the fifth preseason contest between the two teams since 2008.

On the opening kickoff, P Thomas Morstead booted the ball out of the end zone which gave QB Matt Schaub the ball to start the opening drive from the Texans 20-yard line.

Schaub was complete on his first three passes including a 16-yard connection with TE Owen Daniels and an 11-yard completion to WR Andre Johnson. RB Ben Tate carried twice for a total of 15 yards and moved the ball to the Saints’ 31-yard line. After a defensive pass interference penalty assessed to LB Scott Shanle, Schaub connected on a 26-yard strike to TE Garrett Graham which set up a one-yard touchdown run by Tate. K Jon Weeks connected on the PAT to put the Texans ahead, 7-0, with 11:03 remaining in the quarter.

After Cadet returned the kick to the Saints’ 19-yard line, Brees and the starting offense took the field for their first drive of the night.

On the opening play, Brees completed a pass to Pierre Thomas for a gain of nine yards. After an incomplete pass, Ivory carried the ball up the middle on third down but lost the ball. Texans S Glover Quin forced and recovered the fumble at the New Orleans’ 40-yard line.

Schaub came out firing again, connecting on all four of his attempts on the drive including a 19-yard pass to WR Lestar Jean on his first throw of the series. After a penalty moved the ball deeper into Saints territory, LB Scott Shanle brought down Tate in the backfield for a loss of six. Schaub then connected on two passes including a 10-yard touchdown completion to WR Keshawn Martin. Weeks connected on the PAT to increase the Texans’ lead to 14 with 7:11 remaining in the first quarter.

WR Courtney Roby returned the kickoff 33 yards all the way to the New Orleans 35 to bring the offense back on the field. After a short run by RB Mark Ingram, Brees connected on a 13-yard pass to WR Lance Moore and moved the ball into Houston territory before hitting WR Devery Henderson for a 14-yard gain. Brees was then complete again on a ten-yard pass to WR Marques Colston to bring the ball to the Houston 24-yard line. Ingram carried again to set up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Moore. K Garrett Hartley put the PAT through the uprights to bring the Houston lead to 14-7 with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter.

Texans’ WR Trindon Holliday returned the kickoff 23 yards for the Texans but S Isa Abdul-Quddus forced a fumble that was recovered by DE Junior Galette and returned 16 yards for a Saints touchdown. K John Kasay connected on the PAT to tie the game 14-14 with 3:54 remaining in the quarter.

After a touchback by Morstead, the Houston offense returned to the field. RB Arian Foster rushed on the first two plays of the drive and picked up 22 yards. On first down from his 42-yard line, Schaub connected a deep pass to Johnson for a 19-yard gain before connecting on a pass to RB Justin Forsett for a 13-yard gain. On second down, following a rush by Forsett. Jordan was able to get through and brought down Schaub for a sack and a loss of seven-yards. Schaub then completed a third-down pass to Martin, who was stopped after a two-yard gain by CB Corey White, who forced a fumble that was recovered by DT Sedrick Ellis at the Saints 26-yard line.

After one rushing play, the first quarter came to an end. Following an incomplete pass intended for Graham, Brees went back to him for a 29-yard strike on third down. A Texans penalty moved the ball to the Houston 11-yard line. The Saints then went three plays without being able to pick up a first down that brought on Hartley to kick a 22-yard field goal that put the Saints ahead 17-14 with 11:24 remaining in the second quarter.

Holliday returned the kickoff 64 yards and the Texans began their drive from the Saints’ 37-yard line. The Texans went three-and-out and P Donnie Jones came on to punt the ball away. The ball was downed on the Saints’ 1-yard line.

Brees’ first pass was complete to Graham for an 11-yard gain. On the second play of the drive, Brees connected on a pass to Morgan. Houston S Danieal Manning forced a Morgan fumble and then recovered the ball on the Saints’ 10-yard line. Foster rushed twice and got into the end zone on his second try, a six-yard rush. Texans K Randy Bullock connected on the PAT and put the Texans ahead 21-17 with 8:55 remaining in the first half.

On the next New Orleans possession, the Saints went three-and-out which brought on Morstead to punt the ball away. The Texans took over on their 33-yard line.

On first down, Martin got the ball on a reverse. S Malcolm Jenkins forced a fumble that was recovered by DE Will Smith who returned the ball five yards to the Houston 28-yard line.

The Saints were unable to pick up a first down after their first three plays but Brees and the offense returned to the field to attempt a fourth down conversion. The Black and Gold fell short on the conversion and returned the ball to the Texans at the Houston 21-yard line.

On second-and-long after a loss by Foster, Schaub connected on a 44-yard strike to Graham to move the chains and the ball into New Orleans territory. Schaub completed two more passes on the drive but the Texans were unable to pick up a first down. Bullock connected on a 33-yard field goal to put the Texans ahead 24-17 with 2:08 remaining in the first half

On the next Saints possession, Pierre Thomas caught a pass for a gain of 10 yards before Brees connected on an 18-yard throw to Colston. On first down from the Houston 34-yard line, Brees rushed for a gain of ten yards that led to a 16-yard reception by Pierre Thomas on a screen pass. Brees connected on his next two throws including an eight-yard touchdown pass to Graham, where the former college hoopster did his trademark dunk through the goalpost for an exclamation point. Hartley connected on the PAT to tie the game at 24 with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

The Texans took a knee to end the first half with the score tied, 24-24

Cadet returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter to the 23-yard line and Daniel came out to lead the offense in the second half. Daniel completed his first pass to WR Greg Camarillo and connected on an 11-yard pass to TE Michael Higgins on third down to move the chains. Ivory then rushed for a 20-yard gain on the ground to move the ball inside Houston territory. Daniel completed two more passes and Ivory carried five more times to help move the Saints deeper into Houston territory and bring up first-and-goal from the Houston 6-yard line. Daniel couldn’t find a way to get the ball into the end zone and Hartley connected on a 24-yard field goal to put the Saints ahead, 27-24 with 9:17 left in the third quarter.

QB T.J. Yates entered the game for the Texans on their first possession of the quarter. On his first pass, the second-year signal caller completed a 15-yard pass to FB James Casey. The Texans rushed the ball three times to move the ball further down field, but Yates was sacked on second-and-eight by CB Cord Parks for a loss of seven yards. On third down, Houston RB Jonathan Grimes rushed for ten yards but the Texans were forced to punt the ball away and the Saints took over from their 20-yard line.

The Saints were able to pick up a first down on the ground before Daniel completed a pass to Morgan for a gain of 20 yards to move the ball to the Houston 48-yard line. The Saints weren’t able to move the chains again and Morstead punted the ball away. DE Martez Wilson downed the ball at the Houston 10-yard line.

After a short rush, Yates was sacked by LB Kadarron Anderson for a loss of seven yards which brought up third-and-15 from the Houston five-yard line. The Texans rushed for a short gain and punted the ball back to the Saints. Jones booted the ball 62 yards to the Saints 29-yard line to end the third quarter.

After a penalty on first down, the Saints went three-and-out. Morstead punted the ball away and out of bounds at the Houston 40-yard line.

On first down, Yates completed a pass to Graham for a gain of 20 yards and moved the ball into New Orleans territory before completing his next pass to Forsett for 11 yards. After picking up two yards, Yates was sacked by DT Akiem Hicks for a loss of eight yards on third down to bring on K Shayne Graham to attempt a 53-yard field goal. Graham connected on the long attempt and tied the game, 27-27 with 10:43 remaining.

Parks returned the kickoff 25 yards to the 28-yard line to start the drive for the Saints. After a rush by Cadet, Daniel was sacked by LB Whitney Mercilus for a loss of eight yards. On third-and-long, Daniel took off on the ground and picked up 14-yards and a first down. After a penalty, Cadet caught a short pass and gained 20 yards. The Saints then returned to the ground with Banyard and Cadet rushing for 16 yards a piece. A pass interference penalty on Texans CB Roc Carmichael moved the ball deeper into Houston territory. On third-and-goal, Daniel completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Morgan. Hartley hit the PAT and put the Saints ahead 34-27 with 3:38 remaining.

Morstead kicked the ball out of the end zone and the Texans took over from their 20-yard line. On second down, Yates was sacked by DE Turk McBride for a loss of nine yards. Yates fumbled the ball but recovered on the Houston 11-yard line. Yates was then sacked again by DT Tyrunn Walker for a loss of two yards to force the Texans to punt. Camarillo was back to return for the Saints and went out of bounds after an eight-yard return to give New Orleans the ball at the Houston 38-yard line.

QB Sean Canfield entered the game for the Saints and completed his first pass of the game to FB Korey Hall for a short gain. The Saints went three-and-out and brought on Hartley who missed a 53-yard field goal attempt.

Yates completed three passes down the field to try to lead a final drive, but was incomplete on a fourth down attempt defended by CB Elbert Mack.

Canfield took a knee and ended the game giving the Saints a 34-27 victory.


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