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Strief: Saints defense playing like the Dome Patrol days

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By Jordan Fiegel | WWL Radio

Zach Strief, the Voice of the Saints, was thrilled with the way the New Orleans Saints defense played in a 24-9 beat down of the Atlanta Falcons.

“The defense has been about as good as you could possibly ask for the last three games. They've been outstanding defensively. The secondary has been absolutely phenomenal. The pass rush has been fantastic. They're really coming together.”

The Saints' secondary limited Matt Ryan to 232 yards passing and nabbed two interceptions (though one was on a last-second Hail Mary at the end of the first half). The pass rush sacked Ryan eight times and registered 11 total QB hits. New Orleans also shut down the run game, holding Atlanta to just 52 rushing yards on 14 carries.

“It is dominant defensive football, the likes of which we have not seen here since the Dome Patrol, really,” Strief said. “You see it three weeks in a row, and you start saying this is who you some point, it becomes who you are.”

Strief's praise didn't end there.

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Game Balls from the Saints Frying of the Falcons, 24-9

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By Bob Rose | SI

For the first time since 2005, the New Orleans Saints would face their archenemy, the Atlanta Falcons, without Drew Brees behind center. Saints head coach Sean Payton shocked most of the football world at mid-week when he announced that Taysom Hill would get the start for the injured Brees over the more experienced Jameis Winston.

Amid reports of a divided locker room over their preference at quarterback, the Saints responded with a dominant defensive and offensive performance in pummeling the Falcons 24-9.

Atlanta began this contest with a 65-Yd march, bolstered by a 45-Yd completion to WR Calvin Ridley, which ended with a short field goal. New Orleans would go three-and-out on their first possession, with Hill taking a sack on 3rd and short. The Saints defense took control of the game after that.

After that opening drive, New Orleans allowed just 183 yards through the rest of the game and held a potent Atlanta offense to only three field goals. The Falcons were just 2 of 14 on 3rd downs and had negative yardage in the third quarter. New Orleans sacked Atlanta QB Matt Ryan 8 times and intercepted him twice, putting a stranglehold on the game.

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Studs and Duds, Week 11: Saints standouts vs. Falcons

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

While Taysom Hill was the talk of the town in his first start for the New Orleans Saints, several teammates turned in great tape for their efforts against the Atlanta Falcons — and a few others left something to be desired. Here are our picks for standouts from Week 11:

STUD | Kwon Alexander

The most impressive plays may have been the ones Alexander didn’t make. He correctly read two passes into the flat and broke on the ball near-perfectly, coming within inches of an interception and likely running it back for a touchdown both times. He just couldn’t seal the deal. If he keeps his head up when crashing down on the receiver to better track the pass, he might have two turnovers to his credit. But Alexander has added so much athleticism and improved eye discipline to the Saints defense while patrolling the middle of the field that it’s easy to see why the team traded for him.

DUD | Erik McCoy

McCoy didn’t have a bad game, but an offensive lineman is going to catch some flak if his holding foul wipes out a 57-yard touchdown pass. He was also dinged for allowing pressure in pass protection, but on the whole, there isn’t much to complain about for McCoy. The Saints had success running behind him and he mostly played clean football whenever Hill was looking to throw. It’s just a shame that his penalty took such a great play (and the points that came with it) off the board.

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Photos: Game Action #1 | Saints-Falcons Week 11 2020

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New Orleans Saints franchise quarterback Drew Brees joined CST's Mike Nabors on Sunday afternoon to discuss Taysom Hill's performance in the team's Week 11 win over the Atlanta Falcons and how Brees is recovering from injury.

"I thought he played great," Brees said about Hill, "I thought he managed everything about this week, about the preparation and then obviously, the way he played today, I thought it was magnificent. I felt like he was great in and out of the huddle. All-in-all, I felt like our offense had great tempo and great rhythm, and obviously, that starts at the quarterback position."

Hill, in his fourth season out of BYU, completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards and rushed 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. It was his first NFL start at quarterback and he led the Saints (8-2) to their seventh consecutive victory.

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Sean Payton Is The NFL's QB Whisperer

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By Martin Rogers | FOX Sports

It is supposed to be a major problem in pro football when your quarterback goes down. It just is. There is a reason why the men under center get the big bucks, bigger with each passing year, to the point where “pretty good” can now get you close to $30 million a season.

By extension, the common logic holds ... the better the quarterback is, the greater the hole that needs to be filled, and the larger the corresponding headache when he is absent. Makes sense, right?

Absolutely, except for in the case of the New Orleans Saints, where a recent injury to Drew Brees hasn’t slowed down the team’s flow. At 8-2, the Saints have the best record in the NFC following their victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and by the time they play next, it will be more than two months since they tasted defeat.

QB crisis? What crisis?

“It is the process we go through every week,” head coach Sean Payton said when asked what alterations had been required for the installation of Taysom Hill in place of Brees last weekend. “This happens a lot to other positions and I understand when it happens to the QB there is more attention drawn to it. But these guys handled it well, we’ve been playing well, and good to get another win.”

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Taysom Hill matches Daunte Culpepper's historic feat in first career start; Sean Payton evaluates performance

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By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

Taysom Hill made his highly anticipated first career start Sunday, which netted a familiar result for the New Orleans Saints -- another win. Hill certainly wasn't Drew Brees in New Orleans' 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but he was efficient.

Hill finished 18 of 23 for 233 yards and recorded a 108.9 passer rating, with no touchdown passes and no interceptions. Hill is just the seventh quarterback in the NFL since 1950 to have completed over 78% of his passes in his first career start (minimum 20 attempts). Of those seven quarterbacks in that category, he joins Stan Humphries as the only quarterback to average over 10 yards per pass attempt (Hill averaged 10.1 yards per attempt Sunday).

Hill also rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns (and a lost fumble), leading the Saints in both categories. He joined Daunte Culpepper as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 40 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in their first start at quarterback (Culpepper accomplished the feat in Week 1 of the 2000 season).

"I thought that he played well," said Saints head coach Sean Payton, evaluating Hill's performance. "He had the one turnover late in the game. ... We had a big touchdown pass called back. It's a good team win.


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New t-shirt available to commemorate Taysom Hill sticking it to the haters

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“He’s just a gimmick player.”

“He’s just a gadget quarterback.”

“There’s no way Taysom Hill can be an NFL starting quarterback.”

The haters were out there for New Orleans Saints QB/WR/RB/TE Taysom Hill, both outside of the New Orleans Saints fanbase and within. And what did Taysom do Sunday against the division rival Atlanta Falcons?

Hill silenced the haters with 284 yards of offense, completing 78% of his passes, and scoring two touchdowns on his way to leading the Saints to victory.

Not bad for a QB/WR/RB/TE, right?

That’s exactly what our pals at BreakingT, the home of real-time...
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Rams vs. Buccaneers: Monday Night Football open thread

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Rams tonight in Tampa. These are two of the stronger contenders in the NFC this season and this should make for quite the game. Will this be an offensive shootout? Can these defenses dominate the tempo? Let’s tune in to find out!

Follow the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!

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Say goodbye to 'flex' Taysom Hill: Saints QB to lose fantasy TE eligibility, ESPN says

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His first NFL start at quarterback was likely a fantasy fulfilled for Taysom Hill, but a change to his fantasy football role is based on reality.

Barely six months after ESPN first announced it'd grant the Saints' do-it-all player eligibility at tight end and flex positions in its fantasy football leagues, he's now back to a quarterback-only option.

Hill started at quarterback in place of the injured Drew Brees in Week 11, and had a productive day both on the field and in the virtual game. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards, and ran 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns. When...
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Saints leapfrog Packers, Falcons back to NFC South cellar; see where things stand after Week 11

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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The Saints win a vast majority of their games with Drew Brees at quarterback. But they win ALL of them with their backups.

Taysom Hill continued the backup tradition in leading the Saints to a 24-9 victory against the Falcons in Week 11, improving New Orleans' record to 6-0 in games Brees missed due to injury over the past two seasons.

But the kicker came in the afternoon matchup when the Colts came back from a 14-point deficit to fell the Packers. That result left the Saints as the only 8-win team in the conference and the No. 1 seed headed into Week 12. That top spot is particularly...
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Payton does not confirm Taysom Hill as Saints QB starter for Broncos game

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If you wanted an anointing of Taysom Hill as the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints moving forward until (and if) Drew Brees returns, you can perish the thought.

Addressing the media Monday, Payton discussed his difficult and much-talked about decision to start Taysom Hill over Jameis Winston in the 24-9 win over Atlanta Sunday.

“Here’s what no one else is privy and it’s hard,” Payton said. “What the fans and other people are privy to are the special teams snaps, the Wildcat quarterback snaps, the tight end receiver snaps. They don’t get a chance to see the same snaps that...
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Saints QB Drew Brees details injury, says that his 'body just locked up' against 49ers

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees knew something didn't feel right as soon as he stood up after getting sacked in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers last week, reflexively touching his ribcage.

He pushed through to finish the half, but ultimately pulled himself out of the game for the second half — where quarterback Jameis Winston came in to finish the contest.

"The toughest part about it is when you feel like your body just shuts down on you, which is basically what happened," Brees told Cox Sports TV's Mike Nabors on Sunday. "When you have broken ribs on both...
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Drew Brees calls Taysom Hill’s performance “magnificent”

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Taysom Hill has gotten many pats on the back and congratulatory messages since leading the Saints to a 24-9 victory over the Falcons in his first start at quarterback. Perhaps, though, it was Drew Brees‘ compliment that was the most meaningful.

Brees gushed about his protégée.

“Listen, I thought he played great,” Brees told Mike Nabors, the TV host for the team, on Sunday night. “I thought he managed everything about this week, about the preparation and then obviously just the way he played. I thought it was magnificent. Obviously, we know the role that Taysom has played up to this...
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Saints' snap counts: A look at general offense, secondary, rookies vs. Falcons in Week 11

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The New Orleans Saints' snap counts are in from Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons, and there are a few things that stand out.

Here's a look at the offense in general, the secondary and the weekly snap count tracker for the Saints' rookie class.

Snap counts wise, a lot looked the same on paper for the Saints' offense with Taysom Hill (66, 100%) at quarterback, but there were a few notable differences

One difference was with the running backs. Running back Latavius Murray's snap counts increased to a season-high 50%, while running back Alvin Kamara's snap counts (32, 48%) were a...
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Lance Moore highlights unique, underrated aspect of Taysom Hill critical to immediate success

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Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore broke down the Saints season, the Falcons matchup, and all things Taysom Hill on Sunday in a Q&A with fans hosted by Panini America, the official trading card partner of the NFL. While this is now retroactive, his confidence in Hill’s abilities was palpable. The decision to start Hill was controversial to say the least. Lance Moore iterated that he wasn’t surprised by the decision at all. Moore’s perspective – as someone who’d once been in the locker room – proved quite illuminating.

In comparison to the overly complicated takes on the...
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Even with added pressure, Taysom Hill delivered

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A week ago, common sense and the depth chart pointed to Taysom Hill starting on Sunday for the Falcons. Even so, many insisted it would be Jameis Winston.

It wasn’t. It was Taysom all along; Hill told PFT after Sunday’s win that he first got a pretty good idea that he’d be starting last Monday night.

Was Hill surprised that coach Sean Payton kept it all under wraps for so long?

“We know Coach,” Hill said. “So knowing Coach Peyton I wasn’t too surprised.”

Whether Payton intended it or not (and Payton probably intended it), the way things happened added pressure to the situation. What...
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Beignets and Café au Lait: How you like me now?

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Hi Y’all!

As always, for our novice readers or non-New Orleanians, welcome!

Let’s start with some definitions:

Beignets (English: /bɛnˈjeɪ/; French: [bɛɲɛ], ben-YAY literally bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately connected to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily powdered with sugar.

Café au lait (/ˌkæfeɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˌfeɪ, kə-/; French: [kafe olɛ]; French for “coffee with milk”) is a delicious New Orleans way to start your day.

This is your “After-Saints-Game” brunch, where we talk about the state of the Black and Gold, we debate the goings-on with the...
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Saints' Sean Payton adds to legacy by betting on Taysom Hill

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NEW ORLEANS -- Sean Payton probably didn’t need a Week 11 win against the 3-7 Atlanta Falcons to cement his legacy as one of the NFL’s all-time great offensive coaches.

But let’s face it. The New Orleans Saints coach had a lot riding on his decision to start Taysom Hill over Jameis Winston at quarterback on Sunday.

It wasn’t just about this one game -- which the Saints wound up winning fairly easily, 24-9, thanks as much to their defense as their dual-threat quarterback. It was more about Payton’s unwavering faith in Hill over the course of four years now.

At every turn, Payton was...
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CSC’s fantasy studs and duds from Week 11

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The Saints have secured a victory over the Falcons despite using a tight end at quarterback. Taysom Hill looked fine in his NFL debut at QB but the Saints defense was the heart and soul of the team on Sunday afternoon. The New Orleans defense sacked Matt Ryan 8 times and did not allow a touchdown en route to scoring 17 fantasy points against the 4th ranked fantasy offense. Michael Thomas looked like he is finally back in form as he logged his first 100 yard game of the year to go along with 9 receptions. Alvin Kamara managed only 10 fantasy points but he did so in the first game of his...
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Social media reactions to Saints dominating win over rival Falcons

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The New Orleans Saints were supposed to lose this game.

They were without their future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. They were starting a 30-year-old quarterback making his first NFL start. The Atlanta Falcons were going to be starting both of their top-tier wide receivers in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, and the Saints defense was going to be without their number one cornerback in Marshon Lattimore.

The Saints were supposed to lose this game.

But the Falcons just wanted to lose more.

The Saints were able to put a whooping on their division rivals, beating the Falcons like a...
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