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    <span style="">                 <span style="text-decoration: underline;">NEW ORLEANS SAINTS NEWS, NOTES AND THINGS TO LOOK FOR THIS SUNDAY AGAINST THE CAROLINA PANTHERS (3:05 pm)</span>                
            <span style="">DID YOU KNOW? </span>The 2009 New Orleans Saints are the first team from the currently constituted NFC South to begin a season with a 7-0 record since the 1991 New Orleans Saints squad achieved the mark. The Saints, who were members of the NFC West until the conclusion of the 2001 NFL regular season along with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, moved into the NFC South during realignment in 2002. The Saints, Panthers, Buccaneers and Falcons currently constitute the NFC South.   

  • If the Saints beat the Panthers, it will be the first time that they have started a season 8-0. The 1991 Saints won their first seven contests. It would also mark the first time they have won eight consecutive games since a nine-game winning streak that occurred from December 23, 1990-October 20, 1991. The Saints also had a nine-game winning streak from November 1-December 27, 1987.
  • If the Saints beat the Panthers, their deficit in the all-time series will improve to 16-13. A win would also be their first at home against their divisional rivals since the 2001 campaign.
  • QB Drew Brees has 28,264 passing yards to ranked 42nd all-time in the NFL's record books. With 76 yards he will move past former New York Giants great Y.A. Title into 41st place. If he throws for 212 yards, he would move into 40th place past Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskin and Miami Dolphin Trent Green.
  • With 184 touchdown passes, Brees is ranked 40th all-time in league history. With three more scoring touchdowns, he would move into a tie for 39th place with former Washington Redskins legend Sammy Baugh.
  • RB Reggie Bush is tied for tenth on the club's all-time list with 28 touchdowns. With one more touchdown, he will move into a tie for ninth with RB Chuck Muncie. Bush is currently tied with Ricky Williams and Wayne Wilson for ninth in club record books with 16 rushing touchdowns. With one more rushing touchdown, he will move into sole possession of ninth. Additionally Bush has 233 receptions to rank tenth all-time in club history. With two more grabs, he will move into ninth place, passing former backfield mate RB Deuce McAllister.
  • WR Marques Colston has 30 career touchdowns to tie for seventh place on the club's all-time list with Wayne Wilson. With one touchdown, Colston will move into sole possession of seventh spot in the team record books.
  • With 45.5 sacks, DE Charles Grant is tied for seventh all-time with Jim Wilks in the club record books. With his next takedown, Grant will move into sole possession of seventh place on the list.
  • WR Devery Henderson has 15 career touchdowns to tie for 11th place on the club's all-time list with Wes Chandler and John Tice. With one touchdown grab, Henderson will move into a tie for ninth with Dave Parks and Torrance Small.
  • With 11 interception returns for a touchdown, S Darren Sharper is ranked second all-time in NFL record books and with his next interception returned for a touchdown Sharper will tie recent Pro Bowl Football inductee Rod Woodson (Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Oakland, Baltimore) for 12th all-time. Sharper currently has three in 2009 as a member of the Saints.
  • With one more interception returned for a touchdown, Sharper would tie for the highest single season total all-time.
  • Sharper has 61 career interceptions, the ninth-highest total in NFL record books. With one more pick, he will move into a tie for seventh with Dave Brown and Dick LeBeau (62). Ronnie Lott, currently sixth all-time, owns 63 career interceptions on his resume, while Ken Riley owns the fifth spot (65). The NFL's all-time interception leader is Hall of Famer Paul Krause (1964-1979), who had 81 career interceptions.
  • TE Jeremy Shockey currently has 5,087 receiving yards, the 25th highest total by an NFL tight end in league history. With 14 receiving yards, he would surpass former New York Jet Mickey Shuler and move into 24th. With 20 yards, he would surpass Charlie Young into 23rd and with 40, he would move past Frank Wycheck into 22nd.
  • Shockey has 452 receptions, the 12th highest total in NFL history by a tight end, and with ten more catches, he will move into 11th place past former Todd Christensen and with 11 grabs he would move into the top ten past Shuler.
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