The New Orleans continued to show that they're made of pretty stern stuff by winning for the sixth time in nine games after starting out 0-4 and recently learning that Reggie Bush is out for the season with a knee injury. Of course, they did it against a team that had long ago lost its way.
If you stayed up to watch the Saints trounce the Falcons, 34-14 -- or at least through the beginning of the third quarter when the game was decided --- you would have seen a couple of Atlanta players supporting Michael Vick. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall had MV7 in his eye black and wide receiver Roddy White showed off a "Free Mike Vick" T-shirt (left) after scoring a touchdown.
But for the most part, on the day Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison, the Falcons showed how his troubles had affected the franchise by exhibiting how inept they are. Atlanta (3-10) had former Raven Chris Redman at quarterback. It was his first start since 2002 when he was here in Baltimore. Redman, who was out of football for three years, did OK considering the circumstances, 23-for-40, two TDs and one interception.
The Saints, meanwhile, went on drives of 99 and 94 yards in the first half, and Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns. New Orleans still has a slim shot at the playoffs, but the Saints need some breaks.
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