New Orleans offense gets some help

There's still work to be done, but the Saints' D proved it can rise up when challenged

Originally Published: November 14, 2011
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- They can't block out the noise. New Orleans Saints players hear the criticism -- how they can't get off the field, can't stop anyone in the red zone, can't stop the run and can't help an offense that is as explosive as any this side of Green Bay.

There are two extremes to the Saints. The defensive players get it.

But they've grown sick of hearing it, and when Falcons coach Mike Smith brazenly decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Atlanta 29-yard ...

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