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12hJon Gruden

Saints' secret weapon for keeping Drew Brees upright

Jon Gruden reveals how the Saints force outside pass-rushers out of their comfort zones. Tune in to Falcons vs. Saints live on ESPN or stream live on a computer, tablet or TV-connected device.

Falcons, Saints stand together before MNF (0:50)
Superdome the lifeboat of New Orleans (6:20)
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5hBill Barnwell

Stacking the NFL's best defenses

Teams that have started Joe Flacco, Trevor Siemian, Carson Wentz, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have a combined ZERO losses. It's a time to praise defenses.

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7hSharon Katz & Jacob Nitzberg

Best and worst QB performances from Week 3

Aaron Rodgers threw four first half TDs, Ryan Fitzpatrick had six INTs. Check out the best and worst QBs in Week 3 so far, according to Total QBR.

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11hMike Sando

Ranking NFL's surprise teams by sustainability

The Broncos are 3-0 with Trevor Siemian at QB. The Vikings are 3-0 after trading for Sam Bradford. Mike Sando ranks which surprise teams have the best chance of maintaining their success.

Stephen A. Smith is ashamed of the Steelers (1:52)
Youth sports had positive impact on Payton (1:28)
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The Big Story for every NFL team

After a four-touchdown first half, Aaron Rodgers showed that he's back to his old self. A Russell Wilson injury, meanwhile, showed that the Seahawks could have issues.

Time to panic about Cobb? (1:42)
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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 3

Bears running back Jeremy Langford left Sunday night's game against the Cowboys with an ankle injury. Here are the other big names who went down with injuries in Week 3.

Is Marvin Jones now a top fantasy wide receiver? (1:36)
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9hDave Tuley

What we learned: Week 3 NFL betting recap

Missed any of the NFL action on Sunday? Dave Tuley runs through all 13 games to give a recap from a betting perspective, including which teams covered easily and which games were toss-ups.

Young quarterbacks keep momentum in Week 3 (1:25)


Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints put together a smart and efficient opening drive to take a 7-0 lead over the Falcons. With multiple personnel groupings and balanced calls, the Saints controlled the line of scrimmage. And Sean Payton went to the gadget call early on the flea-flicker for an explosive play.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints lean on two things that have been missing so far this year to take 7-0 lead over Falcons on opening drive -- the run game and new TE Coby Fleener. Mark Ingram ran five times for 19 yards and Fleener caught two passes for 7 yards, including a 2-yard TD on play-action. ... The biggest play of the drive, though, was a 28-yard flea-flicker pass to WR Brandon Coleman, with a roughing-the-passer penalty tacked on.

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Much better start for TE Coby Fleener, who snags his first TD as a Saint on the team's opening drive.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

That roughing-the-passer standard is frustrating. Drew Brees was in no danger of injury.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Nice run call by the Saints on second-and-5. New Orleans had passed a league-high 61.9 percent of the time on second-and-5 during the Sean Payton era (since 2006).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Gleason the honorary captain for coin toss before Saints-Falcons – on the 10-year anniversary of his unforgettable blocked punt the night the Superdome reopened after Hurricane Katrina on Monday Night Football against the Falcons. And quarterback Drew Brees leads the crowd in the "Who Dat" chant before kickoff.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Powerful display of unity between the rival Saints and Falcons after the national anthem – the two teams joining hands in a wide circle around the field. Saints RB Mark Ingram said he and other players wanted to do something in the wake of more police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte and support the cause of growing protestors around the NFL. But they wanted it to be a sign of unity and not take be something of division or controversy.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Marlins' Dee Gordon legs out an infield single in his second at bat. He's having a big night.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

"Really good chance" Rams CB E.J. Gaines plays this Sunday against the Cardinals, Jeff Fisher said. He wasn't as definitive about WRs Nelson Spruce or Pharoh Cooper, but they will practice.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

After the Marlins' Dee Gordon gets his first homer of the season in the first inning, Justin Bour gets his first career triple in the second inning. Interesting.