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0-2, 4th in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints re-signed veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp to fill the vacated roster spot after trading linebacker Stephone Anthony to Miami. Tapp, 33, played all 16 games for the Saints with two starts and a half-sack after joining them last year. He has the versatility to play both end positions and move inside to tackle on passing downs.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton explained the Stephone Anthony trade, saying they had reached a point in their development of the former first-round pick and roster depth at linebacker. And unfortunately they didn't get the snaps they wanted to see from Anthony during the preseason because of an ankle injury. “I think the world of him,” Payton said, adding that he hopes he can “bounce back in Miami.”

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Power Rankings: Saints fall four spots

After another convincing loss, New Orleans slipped into the bottom 10 of our rankings and now sits 10 or more spots behind each of its division foes.

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Which 0-2 team has the best playoff chances?

Unfortunately, the Saints are stuck in a division in which the other three teams are undefeated. Even their high-ranked offense can't save their dismal playoff odds.

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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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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)

Team Stats

Passing Yards316.02nd
Rushing Yards70.528th
Points For19.5Tied-16th
Points Against32.531st

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