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Yahoo Sports NFL Week 13 picks: How far can the Saints go with Taysom Hill?

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By Frank Schwab | Yahoo Sports

The focus of last Sunday was on the Denver Broncos and the spectacle of them having to use a practice squad receiver, Kendall Hinton, at quarterback. He completed one pass and the Broncos lost 31-3.

Had Denver been using a regular quarterback, we might have focused more on what was happening with the Saints’ offense.

Taysom Hill was 9-of-16 for 78 yards. He threw one interception and had a 43.2 passer rating. Until a 24-yard pass to Michael Thomas in the final seconds before halftime, Hill had just 14 passing yards in the first half.

There’s more nuance to Hill’s quiet passing day than just the stats. The Saints clearly were conservative, knowing the Broncos wouldn’t score much. They had a run-heavy approach, and Hill helped them there as usual. Hill had also passed his first test as a starter with a very good game running and throwing against the Atlanta Falcons a week before. Maybe there’s nothing to worry about.

But if we assume Drew Brees might not be back — regardless of any optimistic reports, hearing “11 broken ribs” doesn’t sound like a short-term injury — it’s fair to wonder what the Saints’ ceiling is with Hill.

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C.J. Gardner-Johnson having standout second season for New Orleans Saints

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'He's playing at a high level'

John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

One hand was all C.J. Gardner-Johnson needed.

One hand to take down San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens – 6-foot-1, 210-pound Nick Mullens – for a 6-yard loss in the New Orleans Saints' 27-13 victory Nov. 15.

"One finger," Gardner-Johnson said, with a smile.

He's probably right, because he has been right about a lot of things lately. And that has made the Saints' defense be as right as any in the NFL the last several weeks, which has helped New Orleans to climb to No. 1 in the league (284.9 yards per game allowed) entering Sunday's game against Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Gardner-Johnson is a skilled man, and many of them have been on display in his second season while he has registered 53 tackles, four tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, an interception, seven passes defensed and the sack.

"He's playing at a high level," Saints Coach Sean Payton said of the second-year defensive back. "I thought he has gotten better and better this year. He's rushing, he's taking it away, he's an important part of what we're doing defensively. So I'm pleased with the progress he's made." ...

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Saints try out a few offensive linemen after losing players to COVID-19 reserve

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints offensive line took a huge hit this week after starting left tackle Terron Armstead was designated to the COVID-19 reserve list, with backup guard Derrick Kelly following him. Neither player was available for their win with the Denver Broncos and their status is in doubt ahead of Sunday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons.

So it makes sense for the Saints to host a few free agents on tryouts. They reported two visitors on the daily NFL transactions wire:

Brady Aiello

A college teammate of Saints rookie Calvin Throckmorton (a member of the practice squad), Aiello mostly started games at left and right tackle for Oregon with a few spot-starts here and there at right guard. He weighed in at 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds before signing with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. He also joined the Cleveland Browns for training camp before trying out for the Saints and Washington Football Team earlier this season. ...

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Saints vs. Falcons injury report: Janoris Jenkins among 4 DNP's

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The first injury report for Week 13’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons listed a series of issues for both sides to manage, with four Saints players sidelined by injuries — including all of their returns specialists. Starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins was also sidelined after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos. The good news is that Pro Bowl left guard Andrus Peat was able to return from a concussion after missing the Broncos game.

Here’s the full injury report from both teams after Wednesday’s practice sessions:

From the Saints

Player, injuryWed.Thurs.Fri.Game status
CB Janoris Jenkins, kneeDNP
WR Marquez Callaway, kneeDNP
WR Deonte Harris, neckDNP
RB Ty Montgomery, hamstringDNP
RB Alvin Kamara, footLimited
WR Michael Thomas, ankleLimited
G Andrus Peat, concussionFull

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WATCH: Week 13 preview video, Taysom Hill and the Saints look to sweep rival Falcons

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The New Orleans Saints could clinch a playoff berth on Sunday.

The Saints travel to Atlanta to face to the division rival Atlanta Falcons for the second time in two weeks, and if the Saints are able to take care of business, and if the Chicago Bears fall to the Detroit Lions, the Saints will be guaranteed a playoff spot in the postseason.

But focusing just on this week, the Saints defense could have their hands full on Sunday, facing a Falcons team that just hung a 40-burger on the Las Vegas Raiders. Remember: in Week 2, the Saints - led by Drew Brees - lost 24-34 to the Raiders, and...
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CSC Staff Picks, Week 13: Are the Falcons for real?

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With the 2020 NFL season now entering Week 13, we’re continuing our new weekly bit where some of the staff here at Canal Street Chronicles tries to pick winners and losers for every NFL game each week.

In Week 12, it was generally a good week for the New Orleans Saints. The 1st place Saints were able to take care of business against the quarterback-less Denver Broncos. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2nd place in the NFC South, fell to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 3rd place Carolina Panthers lost to the Minnesota Vikings, and the Atlanta Falcons got one win closer to 7-9 by embarrassing the Las...
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Saints @ Falcons key matchups - What could stop Taysom Hill? Taysom Hill.

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The New Orleans Saints march over to Atlanta & face their arch-nemesis for the second time in three weeks. It didn’t go so swiftly for the Falcons in their last date with Taysom Hill’s Saints. Saints closed out the dome win with a 24-9 victory.

Looking ahead—the Saints will see a slightly different Falcons squad. Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Todd Gurley have all been limited in practice this week. If the Falcons lose a couple of stars from their team for this game, it will be very, very difficult to come back even better than last losing result.

All in all, Atlanta will need to win...
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Cam Jordan: Saints D elevating play at the right time

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The Saints are bringing an eight-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Falcons and the team’s defense has played a leading role in making that happen.

They have allowed the fewest yards of any team in the league and the last five games have seen them allow opponents 10.2 points per game, a 25 percent conversion rate on third downs, rack up 19 sacks, and force 13 turnovers. Defensive end Cam Jordan has five of those sacks

“I think we’ve put together a stretch where our secondary, our linebackers, our defensive line have really elevated our play. So it’s not more of an ‘I’...
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Fleur-de-Links, December 3: Saints favored to beat the Falcons at home

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A new t-shirt from BreakingT is now available, commemorating Taysom Hill’s debut game, a victory of rival Atlanta Falcons.

With Drew Brees’ absence, the Saints are still predicted to win four of their next 5 games.

Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, Ty Montgomery, and Janoris Jenkins all missed practice, while Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were limited.

The Saints are currently favored by 3 points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons at home.

The Saints currently have 3 separate paths to the playoffs.

Cameron Jordan and his “God Iz Love Foundation” are teaming with Crescent City Corps to...
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Cameron Jordan, Saints defense surge to No. 1: 'It's a we thing'

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METAIRIE, La. -- Whatever it is about Matt Ryan that brings out the best in New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, he isn’t saying.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about this week. This week I’m only focused on the next W,” said Jordan, who will get another crack at the Atlanta Falcons quarterback on Sunday after sacking him three times in Week 11, four times last Thanksgiving and a whopping total of 21 times in his career.

Jordan Has Ryan's NumberHere are the most sacks by one player against a quarterback since 1982. Defensive playerQBSacksCameron JordanMatt Ryan21.0Bruce...
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Didn't the Saints just play the Falcons? Yes. Here's the lowdown their second game in three weeks

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The New Orleans Saints may have played the Atlanta Falcons two games ago, but it's rivalry week again between these NFC South foes — this time with the Saints traveling to Atlanta for a noon kickoff Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The scheduling quirk of having two games in three weeks against the same team isn't completely out of the ordinary, as it's happened four times before to the Saints in the Sean Payton era, though it has been more common as of late — 2013 vs. Carolina (Weeks 14 and 16); 2016 vs. Tampa Bay (Weeks 14 and 16); 2017 vs. Falcons (Weeks 14 and 16); 2018 vs...
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Saints at Falcons Wednesday injury report: Marquez Callaway misses practice

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Four players missed practice for the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. WR Marquez Callaway (Knee), WR Deonte Harris (Neck), RB Ty Montgomery (Hamstring), and CB Janoris Jenkins (Knee). That’s three of our potential returners not practicing.

RB Alvin Kamara (Foot) and WR Michael Thomas (Ankle) were limited. Kamara would be another option in the kicking return game but I hope we don’t have to go there.

The good news is G Andrus Peat who has been in the concussion protocols practiced fully.

CB Kendall Sheffield (Illness) and G James Carpenter (Groin) did not practice for the Atlanta...
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Four Saints on week’s first injury report ahead of trip to Atlanta

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The first injury report for the New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Sunday is out and, if the game were held today, Austin Carr would be the punt return man for New Orleans.

Deonte Harris (neck) and Marquez Callaway (knee) did not practice. Harris missed last week’s game in Denver. Also not practicing, a key note, was starting corner Janoris Jenkins, who hurt his knee at Denver as well. Running back Ty Montgomery remains out with a hamstring problem.

As has been the came the last few weeks both Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were limited, as they were during the week the last few weeks...
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Four Saints miss Wednesday's practice, including CB Janoris Jenkins, WR Marquez Callaway

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Four New Orleans Saints players did not practice on Wednesday due to their respective injuries, including starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins and receiver/returner Marquez Callaway.

Jenkins and Callaway both sustained their respective knee injuries against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and did not return to the game.

All-Pro returner Deonte Harris (neck) and running back Ty Montgomery (hamstring) also missed Wednesday's practice after their injuries held them out of Sunday's game. Harris sustained his injury against the Atlanta Falcons and Montgomery sustained his sometime last week...
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Ravens vs. Steelers: Wednesday Afternoon Football open thread

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The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens tonight in the City of Steel. This game had been pushed back thrice from Thanksgiving night due to the Ravens’ positive COVID tests. Will Pittsburgh continue their unbeaten streak? Can Baltimore get revenge on their arch-rivals? Let’s tune in to find out!

Enjoy the games with the CSC family and join the thread below!

The easiest way to watch NFL action on your TV, smartphone, or streaming device is through fuboTV. fuboTV provides you access to live sports and TV without cable. You get access to all of the major networks including CBS...
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Roger Goodell: NFL won’t reschedule games for competitive considerations

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Without an NFL quarterback, the Broncos didn’t have a chance in Sunday’s game against the Saints. The NFL is not apologizing for that.

“Let me be crystal clear as we have been with our clubs since March: All medical decisions have and always will take precedence over competitive considerations and business interests,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on a conference call Wednesday.

Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and the team’s other three quarterbacks were quarantined because of high-risk close contact with Driskel.

The Broncos, with...
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Saints improve their grip as Las Vegas favorites to win the NFC championship

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After thrashing the short-handed Denver Broncos last week 31-3, the Saints strengthened their grip as BetOnline's favorite to represent the NFC in this year's Super Bowl.

The Saints' odds to win the Super Bowl improved to 6/1 (up from 7/1 the previous week), which are the third-best odds of any team according to BetOnline, behind the Kansas City Chiefs (11/4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (11/2). The Seattle Seahawks (9/1) and Green Bay Packers (10/1) rounded out the top five.

When looking strictly at the odds for who will win the NFC Championship, the Saints are the favorites at 5/2 odds, up...
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Running game key part of eight-game Saints win streak

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Among the many impressive statistics the New Orleans Saints have posted in the midst of winning eight straight games to stand currently at 9-2 comes in the running game.

New Orleans is ranked seventh in the league in rushing yards per game with 134.7 yards per contest, led by Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.

Of course, those numbers are improving weekly with Taysom Hill at quarterback and running it more.

Speaking with media Wednesday morning, Saints coach Sean Payton says the improvement is not by accident.

“In the game we just played, that plan shifted with the news of who was going...
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