2017 SeasonAll times ET

2017 Schedule
0-2, 4th in NFC South
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Time for Brees to leave Saints behind? (2:00)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro said he didn't get any further explanation for his benching. “But I've been here before,” said Vaccaro, who was also temporarily demoted in 2014. “When you don't win, you don't play, and you're giving up 390 yards passing, emotional things happen. So like I said, I'm just trying to be professional, take it day by day, just trying to be a good pro, a good teammate. There's nothing really else I can do. You know I've been here through it all, through a thousand different members in the secondary, I'm still here standing. And I'm staying here until they don't want me no more.”

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Vote: The best (and worst) so far from Week 2

What's been the best performance so far this week? What's been the most surprising result? And which teams off to a 2-0 start look most playoff-ready? Vote now.

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Future of NO; Olsen injured; Cowboy concern?

Field Yates discusses a busy NFL Sunday, including big injuries to Greg Olsen and Jordy Nelson, among others. Plus, the future of the Saints. And, Will Brinson of CBS calls-in.

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Teams in the dreaded 0-2 hole

The road to the playoffs has already gotten much tougher for the 49ers, Bears, Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Colts, Jets and Saints. Since the postseason field expanded to 12 in 1990, just 12 percent of teams to start 0-2 have made the playoffs.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' No. 1 worry through two weeks is obvious – the pass defense. They have allowed 777 yards through two games (the most in franchise history), and they have been plagued by repeated breakdowns in coverage leading to explosive plays. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Saints have allowed more touchdowns (3) on pass plays of 15-plus yards than incompletions (2). The Saints have a lot of youth in their secondary, but veteran safety Kenny Vaccaro was also singled out with a temporary benching Sunday.

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Saints bench safety Vaccaro amid trade rumors

Safety Kenny Vaccaro was benched in the second half Sunday against the Patriots, with Saints coach Sean Payton explaining that the team needs to get "more consistent play" out of the position.

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Saints' D can't get much worse vs. deep throws

Through two games, opposing quarterbacks have absolutely feasted on New Orleans down the field, throwing more touchdowns than incompletions on attempts that travel 15-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

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Vaccaro: 'Got to get better' (0:34)

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The Saints are 1-11 in September since 2014. That's the worst record in the NFL in that span.

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Saints' defense failing to live up to optimism (0:57)
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Brady's 3 TD passes help Pats improve to 1-1 (1:18)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton acknowledged that safety Kenny Vaccaro was benched for his inconsistent play, dating back to last week -- though Payton brushed off reports that Saints were looking to trade Vaccaro by saying it's "not unusual for teams to call" this time of year. Vaccaro, meanwhile, said he accepted full responsibility for the mistakes he made in Week 1 but said he was surprised to be pulled from the game Sunday. He said he hadn't gotten an explanation yet.

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September woes continue for Saints, Bears

Neither New Orleans nor Chicago has won a game in the month of September since Week 3 of the 2014 season. They share the NFL's longest active losing streak in the month (nine games) after both fell Sunday. (Elias Sports Bureau)

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Coleman spikes Brees' TD pass (0:21)

2017 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(11)Marshon LattimoreCBOhio State
1(32)Ryan RamczykOTWisconsin
2(10)Marcus WilliamsSUtah
3(3)Alvin KamaraRBTennessee
3(12)Alex AnzaloneILBFlorida
3(39)Trey HendricksonDEFlorida Atlantic
6(12)Al-Quadin MuhammadDEMiami (FL)

Team Stats

Passing Yards316.02nd
Rushing Yards70.528th
Points For19.5Tied-16th
Points Against32.530th