Locker Room Buzz: New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS -- Observed in the locker room after the New Orleans Saints' 35-17 victory against the Buffalo Bills.

'Bowl eligible': Saints coach Sean Payton's message to his team after a sometimes-sloppy performance -- Moving to 6-1 is nice, but the Saints don't want to settle for just being "bowl eligible" with six victories. He was especially upset by the Saints' eight penalties, many of which moved the offense out of scoring position.

"I was pleased we got the win, but that certainly wasn't our best effort," Payton said.

Payton not alone: Saints guard Ben Grubbs' response to Payton’s comments: "We didn't meet his bar. We didn't meet our bar either."

Injury optimism: Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins left in the second quarter with an unspecified leg injury, but said it was mostly as a precaution and referred to the injury as a "tweak." Meanwhile, tight end Jimmy Graham insisted he'll be able to keep playing through pain. And receiver Lance Moore and end Cameron Jordan said they felt good after returning from injuries.

Speed readers: The Saints' defense was prepared to face a lot of read-option. But on the first play of the game, linebacker David Hawthorne nailed Bills quarterback Thad Lewis on a read-option keeper, forcing a fumble and causing an apparent rib injury. Saints defenders marveled at Lewis' toughness after absorbing several big hits. But they didn't see much read-option after that. "When you shut it down, don't go back," Jordan said.