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Mike Detillier: Saints face huge challenge in Chicago

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

In the 2019 season, we have seen the best coaching job done by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his staff since the 2006 season.

In Payton’s first season, the Saints went through a complete overhaul, going from 3-13 in 2005 to 10-6 in 2006. They made it to the NFC Championship Game versus the Chicago Bears in Payton’s first season with the Saints.

Now in 2019, the Saints have won four straight games with defense, special teams, and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback since Brees went down to a thumb injury versus the Los Angeles Rams.

In two of the last three weeks, the Saints have won with “small-ball” football. You get nothing extra during the season for style points, but in the Payton era in New Orleans, he has mostly won with offense, Brees and a high powered offensive attack.

Now they are winning with a relentless flock to the ball defense, a terrific special teams unit and just enough offense with few turnovers. That will be the gameplan on Sunday in a game that looks similar to the 12-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys and the 13-6 victory last Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Saints promote Dan Arnold to their active roster

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints promoted tight end Dan Arnold to their active roster on Saturday in anticipation of their Week 7 kickoff with the Chicago Bears, as first reported by Mike Triplett of ESPN. In a corresponding move, they waived veteran tight end Brian Parker, who was signed earlier this week as a free agent.

Arnold’s promotion isn’t surprising given the status of starting tight end Jared Cook, who was preemptively ruled out against the Bears with an ankle injury. With Cook and running back Alvin Kamara (who is battling knee and ankle issues) on the sidelines, the Saints will be without two of their top three leaders in receptions this season.

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Saints look to keep rolling with Bridgewater against Bears

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By Andrew Seligman / The Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The New Orleans Saints kept their sights set on a Super Bowl even after Drew Brees went down with an injury.

While their star quarterback continues to recover following thumb surgery, the NFC South leaders will try to remain unbeaten without him.

The Saints look to improve to 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater as their starter in Brees’ place when they visit Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“It just shows this is a team that’s determined to win and do whatever it takes,” Bridgewater said.

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New Orleans Saints could be in for another low-scoring affair Sunday against Chicago

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

The evidence suggests that whatever form the game between the New Orleans Saints (5-1) and Chicago Bears (3-2) assumes Sunday at Soldier Field, that the Saints will be ready for it.

That has been true of each victory during New Orleans’ four-game winning streak, and it has been educating to watch. When class is in session against the Bears, here are a few items on the syllabus that could help the Saints emerge victorious:

1. Defensively, the Saints have managed to choke off opposing offenses for the better part of the last four games. Other than a leaky fourth quarter against Seattle (New Orleans led 27-7 after three quarters) and a generous touchdown drive allowed to Tampa Bay while it held a 14-point lead in the fourth, the defense has been lights out. In the last three games, the Saints have given up 13.3 points and 245 yards per game, and there’s a chance that the Saints defense will shine again in this one....

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How to watch Saints vs. Bears: Get broadcast info, key storylines, more for big test on road

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The New Orleans Saints take on the Chicago Bears in their second road game in as many weeks Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

If they want to extend their Drew Brees-less win streak to five games, though, they'll have to do this one also without Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook, who are sidelined along with Brees with injuries.

Scroll below for all the broadcast info you'll need to watch, listen to or stream the game, as well as pregame storylines and more.

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Saints promote TE Dan Arnold to active roster, waive TE Brian Parker

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CHICAGO — The New Orleans Saints have elevated tight end Dan Arnold to the active roster from the practice squad, a source confirmed to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

The corresponding move was to waive tight end Brian Parker, who the Saints acquired this week.

The Saints confirmed the roster moves Saturday evening.

Arnold, a Wisconsin-Platteville product, has been on the practice squad all season so far for the Saints, and was on the active roster...
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Saints promote Dan Arnold from practice squad, waive Brian Parker

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The New Orleans Saints are banged up on offense, and there’s no other way to put it. The team previously ruled out five players ahead of their NFC clash with the Chicago Bears up in Soldier Field on Sunday, which included Jared Cook (ankle), Alvin Kamara (ankle/knee), and Tre’Quan Smith (ankle). Now, they’ve turned to a somewhat familiar face from the practice squad to most likely play, Dan Arnold. The first mention of this came from ESPN’s Mike Triplett.

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Walker: Sean Payton returns to Soldier Field — the place his brief NFL career came to an end

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It was the final pass Sean Payton would ever throw as an NFL quarterback.

It was more than three decades ago, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.

"I remember the last pass in that game was me throwing an interception and they were on a knee," Payton said Friday, the 32-year anniversary of that game.

Payton was playing quarterback for the Chicago Bears, who were hosting the New Orleans Saints on that Oct. 18 afternoon in 1987.

The NFL Players Association...
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Saints LB Demario Davis fined $28K for unnecessary roughness against Jaguars: source

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis was fined $28,075 for unnecessary roughness in Week 6, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

The fine stemmed from his fourth-quarter hit to Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Geoff Swaim. Davis was flagged for unnecessary roughness, hit on a defenseless player, on the play, and Swaim left the game and was placed in concussion protocol.

“First of all, I want to say my thoughts and prayers to...
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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Answers about P.J. Williams, Keith Kirkwood, more

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Welcome back to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate's Saints mailbag.

Every week I hand pick a few questions for my Twitter mentions and emails to attempt to satisfy y'alls Saints curiosities.

Additionally, I'll answer one off-the-beat question each week. This week?

If you want your weekly question included in my weekly mailbag, send them to me on Twitter at @Amie_Just or email them my way at

Here are some questions you asked...
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Football Gumbo: Brace for Another Defensive Slugfest in Saints-Bears Game

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“But there’s nothing like sampling a little gumbo, a little jambalaya and then diving face-first into a shrimp boil.” - Chris Low,

Hello folks and welcome to this new Saturday feature: a tasty mix of news and stories related to the Saints’ upcoming game. Like a good gumbo, it is full of all sorts of awesome ingredients and I will even occasionally add the slightly odd piece of news in the stew. Let’s dive in face-first!
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How Saints' Ryan Ramczyk went from a convenience store clerk who quit the game to an All-Pro

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Ryan Ramczyk has a plan.

Yes, the New Orleans Saints right tackle has all those physical traits you want. He’s big (a listed 6-foot-6, 314 pounds) and he moves with an athletic grace that is usually not associated with his bulk. But it’s the plan — how he studies the favorite moves of the guy who will line up across from him, then figures out the best way to deploy the techniques he’s spent so many hours honing — that makes him so tough to beat.

“You have to do...
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New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears: Bold Predictions

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It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius!

So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 7 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: staying out on the road to face the vaunted...
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Saints at Bears matchups: New Orleans defense vs. Chicago offense

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The New Orleans Saints are on a four game winning streak, without their Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, in large part because of a defense playing at an elite level. The 5-1 Saints have forced five turnovers in the last four contests, and have held two of their last three opponents to just 2 scores. New Orleans now takes on the 3-2 Chicago Bears in Chicago this Sunday afternoon. The Bears are 30th in the league in total offensive yardage, average only 17.4...
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Faulk, McCleskey, Korte, Duncan, Monica to speak Tuesday at GNO QB Club

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Former LSU and New England Patriots great Kevin Faulk, former New Orleans Saint J.J. McCleskey of Tulane, former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Steve Korte, University of New Orleans athletic director Tim Duncan and St. Charles Catholic head coach Frank Monica will be the featured speakers at the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Rock’n’Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Avenue.

A former Carencro High and LSU great, Faulk is...
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Walker: No Drew, no Kamara, no Zion, but sports in New Orleans will still go on

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If someone asked you to make a Mount Rushmore of the most popular pro athletes currently playing in New Orleans, three of the four would be no-brainers.

Drew Brees. Zion Williamson. Alvin Kamara.

So to see all three of them on the shelf at the same time because of injuries is about as tough a blow as a sports-crazed city can take.

A city that always seems to be proving its resiliency gets another chance to do so.

Williamson, the Pelicans' rookie forward who has...
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Walker: Saints' special teams ace Justin Hardee always hungry for more

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The gold championship boxing-styled belt, the one the Saints give to the best special teams player after each game, was draped across the back of Justin Hardee's locker this week.

It's the second time it's been there this season.

Is it something he takes pride in?

"Hell yeah," he responds.

But for Hardee, two times in six games isn't enough.

"I want it all 16 weeks," Hardee said. "That's what we play the game for."

Hardee takes his special teams play seriously...
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Saints at Bears Final Injury Report: Five Out Including Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook, and Trey Hendrickson

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The Saints have ruled out everyone on the injury report: QB Drew Brees (Right Thumb, Wr Tre’Quan Smith (Ankle), RB Alvin Kamara (Ankle/Knee), TE Jared Cook (Ankle), and DE Trey Hendrickson (Neck). Hendrickson was limited all week at practice.

Listed as questionable for the Bears are OL Ted Larsen (Knee). DT Bilal Nichols (Hand), and QB Mitchell Trubisky (Shoulder). Trubisky was full all week so take this one with a grain of salt. Everyone else on the report this...
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Kamra, Cook among five Saints ruled out for Sunday versus Bears

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The Saints will be without their top running back and top tight end on Sunday when they take on the Chicago Bears.

New Orleans ruled out Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook for the Sunday 3:25 p.m. kickoff. Kamara is listed on the team’s injury report with knee and ankle injuries while Cook is listed with an ankle injury.

The duo joins Drew Brees, Tre’Quan and Trey Hendrickson as Saints already declared out this week.

Despite practicing all week, Chicago starting...
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