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The Saints' special teams are just that - special


NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints are 3-0 with the Miami Dolphins coming to town Monday.  Miami is also unbeaten in three.

Of course, the Saints got there with an impressive 31-7 Week 3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday. Outstanding defense. The offense finished the game strong.

But let's not forget the guys doing the dirty work. Special teams play was very solid. Punter/kicker Thomas Morstead used his leg as a weapon to give the defense a long field to work with. Darren Sproles and the return team, meanwhile, shortened the field for the offense. Invaluable.

"We've been harping and preaching on that," said linebacker Jonathan Vilma. "And Sean Payton does a great job of talking about that field position. If we can gain that hidden yardage within the kicking game, then we can give ourselves an opportunity to get a few first downs and a field goal as opposed to having to drive from the 20 all the way down, and then figure out how to score some points. So I thought we did a great job on special teams getting the yards and the field position."

By the way, there are reports that the Dolphins will be without two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake Monday due to a sprained MCL. Hate the injury, but the Saints won't mind missing this guy. He had 15 sacks and 53 tackles last season.

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