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New Orleans Saints (9-2) Control NFC Playoff Race with Strong Defense

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New Orleans Saints (9-2) controls the NFC playoff race after their defense held a hapless Denver Broncos (4-7) offense to 3 points on Sunday, winning 31-3.

By Kyle.T. Moseley | SI

New Orleans Saints (9-2) controls the NFC playoff race after their defense held a hapless Denver Broncos (4-7) offense to 3 points on Sunday, winning 31-3. The complementary styles of linebackers Demario Davis and Kwon Alexander have been key factors in the Saints' last two routs of the Falcons and Broncos. Since Alexander's insertion into the starting lineup over Alex Anzalone, the players have combined for 22 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 2 passes defended, 2 quarterback hits, and 1 thrown for a loss in those two games. They have also affected the opposing offensive playcalling because of their sideline-to-sideline speed, pressures, tackling, and pass coverage skills.

Defensive ends Cam Jordan, Trey Hendrickson, and Marcus Davenport, along with defensive tackles David Onyemata, and Malcom Brown are notable defensive linemen contributing to New Orleans defensive success in their eight-game winning streak. We should also mention the improved play of the defensive secondary, especially safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, over the past several weeks has aided in the Saints' rise to the top of the NFC playoff standings. ...

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Saints cruise past QB-less Broncos, 31-3

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By Field Level Media | Reuters

Taysom Hill and Latavius Murray ran for two touchdowns each and visiting New Orleans took advantage of the absence of all Denver quarterbacks in a 31-3 victory Sunday. ...

Hill won his second straight start in the absence of injured Drew Brees as the NFC-leading Saints improved to 9-2 with their eighth consecutive victory.

The Broncos (4-7) played without all four quarterbacks on their roster because starter Drew Lock, backup Brett Rypien and practice squad player Blake Bortles were designated as close-contact risks after third-string quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton, who played quarterback as a freshman at Wake Forest, was expected to start, but running back Phillip Lindsay took the first three snaps in the shotgun formation and ran the ball, gaining a first down with a 14-yard run on the second play. ...

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Saints Ground Game Helps Trot Over Broncos

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The Saints did not disappoint in their road game against the Broncos, cruising to victory with a dominant ground game.

John Hendrix | SI

DENVER -- The New Orleans Saints improved to 9-2 on the season after a dominant road win over the Denver Broncos in Week 12. It was a game that had a bit of controversy leading up to it with the Broncos losing all three of their quarterbacks and having to turn to a practice squad wide receiver who had experience at Wake Forest. Regardless, Sean Payton's offense was dominant on the ground, which helped fuel a win for New Orleans.

Game Recap

New Orleans won the coin toss and elected to defer, putting the Broncos offense out on the field with Kendall Hinton. However, it was Phillip Lindsay who took the first several direct snaps for Denver. Royce Freeman took the other, and Hinton finally entered the game on a short yardage 3rd down situation, but didn't connect.

The Saints got their first opportunity with the ball and ended up going backwards in five plays, which saw a delay of game penalty and sack on Taysom Hill to force a Thomas Morstead punt. ...

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Rheem Morris “hopeful” Julio Jones, Todd Gurley will return Sunday

  • News source: Myles Simmons
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Though wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Todd Gurley were out on Sunday, you’d never have known based on Atlanta browbeating Las Vegas 43-6.

Both former All-Pros could be back against New Orleans in Week 13. Jones was out with a hamstring injury and Gurley with a knee injury.

“I’m definitely hopeful for everybody to get back, particularly the guys that missed the game,” Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris said Monday, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “See where they are at, see if they can get ready for the Saints.”

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Drew Brees got mental reps by watching Saints on TV with play sheet in hand

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees did not attend Sunday’s game against the Broncos as he continues to recuperate from broken ribs and a punctured lung, but he was in the game mentally.

Brees said he watched the game on TV not on his couch with a beer, but on his feet, holding a play sheet and trying to anticipate what coach Sean Payton would call and how each play would work.

“I didn’t sit down. I had my call sheet in hand and as the situations would arise, based on what I knew from the week and our conversations last night, just tried to anticipate what was gonna be called. Honestly, just...
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Saints grow NFC South lead on Bucs, Panthers eliminated; see where things stand after Week 12

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Things change, standings change, but one thing stays the same: The Saints are still free and clear in the NFC playoff race after Week 12.

With a full game cushion on the Packers in the pursuit of the NFC's top seed and an even wider gap developing in the NFC South, as long as the wins come, so will a 4th consecutive NFC South title and the lone bye in the playoffs.

The Saints and Packers both won in Week 12, while the Bucs, Rams and Cardinals each suffered tough losses that worsened their positioning in the playoff race.

The Falcons blew out the Raiders to keep their slim NFC South...
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Taysom Hill played how the Saints wanted in 2nd start, even if style points were lacking

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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DENVER — Taysom Hill had to search for the right way to qualify start No. 2 as an NFL quarterback.

On one hand, his top priority is to ensure his team won, and the New Orleans Saints did just that, cruising to what felt like an easy 31-3 victory considering his Broncos counterpart was a receiver on the practice squad just a day before.

On the other hand, the Saints decided late — Saturday night, or early Sunday morning — that the best way to get to that end was to have Hill execute a conservative game plan.

Hill attempted only 16 passes against the Broncos, completing nine of them for...
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Plenty of jumbo and 2 tight end sets: Takeaways from the Saints' snap counts vs. Broncos

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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DENVER — Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos was an atypical contest in which not much can — or should — be gleaned.

The Saints, according to both coach Sean Payton and quarterback Taysom Hill, changed the offensive game plan to feature a more conservative approach.

The Saints' defense was only on the field for 43 plays in total — most of which came on defending the run. No defender played on all 100% of the snaps because the Saints put in their backups midway through the fourth quarter.

The Saints played a considerable amount of jumbo — their package...
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Social media reactions to Saints dominating win over QB-less Broncos

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It wasn’t pretty, but it goes down in the records books just the same.

The New Orleans Saints beat the Denver Broncos 31-3 behind another dominant performance from the New Orleans Defense. The Broncos were playing against a stacked deck as all three of the quarterbacks on their roster were deemed unable to play in yesterday’s game due to Covid concerns. That left the Broncos with no choice other than to call up Kendall Hinton, a practice squad wide receiver who had previously spent time as Wake Forest’s quarterback in college.

Hinton played admirably, but it wasn’t enough, as the Saints...
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Taysom Hill gets pass from Sean Payton after Saints' run-heavy win

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Normally, you would expect the training wheels to come off of a quarterback in his second NFL start. But in Taysom Hill's case, it was the exact opposite.

Hill was much less effective as a passer in the New Orleans Saints' 31-3 victory at Denver on Sunday, completing just 9 of 16 passes for 78 yards with one interception while also running for 44 yards and two touchdowns.

However, Saints coach Sean Payton made it clear that Hill was asked to do very little because of the unique circumstances that left the Broncos without a true quarterback on their active roster.

“Taysom played this...
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3 Biggest takeaways from Saints victory over the Broncos

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints have now won eight straight games to bring their season record to 9-2. The latest victory saw the Saints once again start quarterback Taysom Hill after Drew Brees was placed on the injured reserve prior to last Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

New Orleans faced a well-coached Broncos defense, but the biggest headline of the day was about Denver’s offense. All four quarterbacks on the Broncos roster were ineligible to play due to a possible exposure to COVID. As such, undrafted rookie wide receiver Kendall Hinton was signed from the practice squad to play...
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CSC’s Saints fantasy studs and duds from Week 12

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Hats off to Kendall Hinton. Of course it was not pretty, but to come in and start at quarterback in the NFL after playing receiver for three years and not practicing all week took major guts, and he deserves all our respect despite the way he played. The Saints pulled out a win to improve to 9-2 and remain in first place in in the NFC. However, Taysom Hill did not look great as he threw for only 78 yards and an interception. If the Saints are to have any hope of remaining undefeated without Brees this year, Hill will need to vastly improve his play in the pocket.

Murray had his best game...
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Reggie Bush wanted either the Texans or Jets to draft him

  • News source: Dean Mullen
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The story about a recent interview by Kevin Hart regarding Reggie Bush’s impending arrival to the New Orleans Saints is fascinating to say the least. If you haven’t seen it, the light hearted conversation from Kevin Hart on CTV Comedy Channel is an absolutely laugh out loud 15 minutes. Seriously, the clip starts with both men entering an ice cold tub talking about how the topic of Reggie Bush drafted by the New Orleans Saints.

Bush went into how challenging it was to be famous overnight without any real playbook to go by. People forget how a college football star becomes a multi...
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Saints Week 12: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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Well, that was a game that occurred. The New Orleans Saints transported back to 1960s football and advanced to 9-2 with their Week 12 31-3 win over the quarterback-less Denver Broncos - their first at Mile High Stadium since 1994. It had all the components of a great game for Saints fans: boring, uncompetitive, and over in less than three hours. With their eighth consecutive win, New Orleans sits comfortably atop the NFC playoff seeding; an upset by San Francisco over the Rams and Mahomes out-dueling Brady only served to widen that lead. There’s not much to unpack here. Let’s get to it.

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Sean Payton: Offense doesn’t have to be aesthetically pleasing to be effective

  • News source: Josh Alper
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There were times during Sunday’s game between the Broncos and Saints when it might have been hard for some to tell which team was playing without a quarterback.

It was the Broncos, but the Saints weren’t interested in airing the ball out. They ran the ball on 44 of their 63 offensive plays and ran for all four of their touchdowns in the 31-3 victory.

Quarterback Taysom Hill ran for two of the scores and said that the offensive plan “drastically changed” after the Saints learned the Broncos would be without a quarterback. Head coach Sean Payton said there are “a few ways to lose a game”...
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Fleur-de-Links, November 30: Saints defeat Denver Broncos but receive punishment for maskless celebration

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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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.

The Saints extend their winning streak to 8 games, defeating the Denver Broncos on the road.

Before all of the Denver Broncos quarterbacks were ruled out of the game, the Saints were 6 point favorites to beat the Broncos.

The Saints have been officially fined $500,000 and a 7th round draft pink as punishment for maskless celebration.

Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were all ruled ineligible as after being deemed high-risk following exposure to COVID...
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Kendall Hinton: Amazing to get this opportunity

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Kendall Hinton was waived by the Broncos before the start of the regular season and he spent time thinking about what he might do if a career in football was not in the cards for him.

He eventually returned as a member of the practice squad, which left him in position to make one of the most unexpected NFL debuts in recent memory. Hinton is a wide receiver now, but began his time at Wake Forest as a quarterback and that’s where the Broncos played him on Sunday after the team’s other quarterbacks all landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Hinton found out he’d be called up on Saturday...
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