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Saints Look To Continue Winning Ways Against Baltimore

Saints Look To Continue Winning Ways Against BaltimoreNew Orleans (5-1) also is coming off a bye, hopeful its momentum has not been deterred after consecutive three-point victories over Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. The 27-24 win on Oct. 15 over an Eagles team which had been 4-1 seemed to cement the Saints' status as a team to truly be reckoned with, as opposed to one that would revert back to the form it showed last season when it finished 3-13.

The victory also made the Saints 3-0 playing in front of the raucous crowd at the Superdome, which underwent $185 million worth of repairs following Hurricane Katrina. The unbeaten Chicago Bears are the only NFC team with a better record than New Orleans and the only other one that has not lost at home.

"They were fantastic," first-year Saints coach Sean Payton said of the home fans after the win over Philadelphia. "You just have to understand the impact crowd noise has in that dome on another team."

It could make Billick's new role that much tougher, trying to get his play calls out to McNair as his more hands-on approach with the offense sees its first game action.

New Orleans has found a new star receiver in rookie Marques Colston, who leads the team with 414 yards and four touchdowns.

While the seventh-round pick has been a surprise, first-rounder Reggie Bush has been slowly developing. He could face his toughest challenge against a Ray Lewis-led Ravens run defense which leads the AFC with 74.5 yards allowed per game.

Bush has been limited to 3.0 yards per carry, running for only 196 yards this season, while sharing carries with Deuce McAllister. Bush has been more effective as a receiver for Drew Brees, who has completed 66.7 percent of his passes and is benefitting from good protection while getting rid of the ball quickly.



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