September 24, 2014
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) is tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints safety Jairus Byrd is certain New Orleans' defense has corrected costly early season errors.

If he's wrong, the Saints could be in for a long Sunday night against a Dallas offense driven by Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray.

Byrd says proof of New Orleans' defensive improvement ''showed up'' on coaches' video of the Saints' Week 3 victory over Minnesota, even though the Vikings' offense was undermanned.

Byrd says it's clear the Saints have eliminated tackling and communication problems that plagued them in Weeks 1 and 2.

This week, the Saints say their defensive line will have to be disciplined to contain a good scrambling quarterback like Romo, while defensive backs will have to have the stamina to keep covering receivers when Romo keeps plays alive.

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