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Saints’ Starting Defense Strong In Preseason Win Over Bengals

Article By on 14th August, 2009

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The Saints' middle linebacker scooped up a fumble, intercepted a Carson Palmer pass, and totaled over 110 return yards in the first half against a talented Cincinnati Bengals offense.

Newcomer Darren Sharper made two monster hits. One hit forced a fumble and another rung the bell of wide receiver Laverneus Coles.

It was the Saints offense, though, that had trouble first.

They could not punch it in the endzone after having a first and goal from the six yard line following Vilma's fumble return.

Garrett Hartley then missed a 19-yard field goal wide to the left.

Both teams had trouble scoring early on due in part to a strange sequence of events that occured with about five minutes left in the opening qua...

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