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Jeff Duncan: The Saints will show Monday night why they're the best road team in the NFL

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By JEFF DUNCAN, The New Orleans Advocate Sports Columnist

METAIRIE, La. - The New Orleans Saints find themselves in an unusual position in their game at Seattle on Monday night: They’re favored.

The Saints’ 5-point spread marks just the second time they’ve been favored in 11 trips to the Emerald City.

The other time was the 2010 NFC Wild Card playoffs, when the Saints were 11-point favorites against the 7-9 Seahawks and were upset 41-36 in the infamous “Beast Mode” game.

Historically, the Saints have struggled in their infrequent trips to the Pacific Northwest. They’re won just four of 10 games all-time in Seattle, which is widely recognized as one of the most hostile road environments in the league.

And Lumen Field figures to be particularly hostile for the prime-time kickoff next week. The Seahawks are a desperate team, having lost two straight games and four of their past five. They're not used to losing in Seattle, and the Seahawks can’t afford to fall too much farther behind the Cardinals (6-0) and Rams (5-1) in the NFC West division race. ...

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Jets Insider Pegs Saints as Potential Trade Partners: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’

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By Paul A. Esden Jr.

The New York Jets are going to continue to hear their name brought up in trade talks as we approach the deadline on November 2.

Whether fairly or unfairly, this team has been labeled a seller by the masses, and NFL teams are like vultures flying over a rotting carcass. If they think they can get a deal and swipe a key piece to improve their title chances, they’ll do it.

There is a lot of speculation if the Jets will be sellers at the deadline. If history is any indication, general manager Joe Douglas will certainly answer the phone if it rings.

One team that could be calling the green and white sooner rather than later is the New Orleans Saints.

“I think the Saints should consider trading for Jamison Crowder or Denzel Mims,” said ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini on the Flight Deck podcast. “They need wide receivers and Crowder is a polished guy that could step right in. Mims is more of a long-term project but that wouldn’t surprise me if the Saints come knocking looking for some wideouts.”

New Orleans simply don’t have the horses to compete at wide receiver:

  • Chris Hogan
  • Marquez Callaway
  • Lil’Jordan Humphrey
  • Ty Montgomery
  • Kenny Stills
  • Deonte Harris
They also have a pair of talented wide receivers who are banged up in Tre’Quan Smith (injured reserve) and Michael Thomas (physically unable to perform list). It sounds like Thomas is still “a few weeks away.” So they could obviously use a ton of help in that department. ...

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Saints transcripts: Dennis Allen and Pete Carmichael media availability | Friday, Oct. 22

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New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen
Local Media Conference Call
Friday, October 22, 2021

What makes the Saints so good when battling adversity?

"I think it's the organization. So, number one is having talented players to have success. Our personnel guys have done a great job of collecting talented players. This league's a league of attrition and what I mean by that is that injuries are going to happen in this league. You are going to have to be able to have backup players that can go in and play significant snaps over the season. Getting the right players in the building's been critical and I think our personnel guys have done a great job with that. I think Sean (Payton) does a great job of creating the mindset of the team and understanding we have a job to do.

Our job is to go out and win football games regardless of what the circumstance may be. I think it's a credit to our assistant coaches who do a great job of developing these players on a daily basis. I saw where coach talked about this earlier in the week; we are constantly working to develop the players on our roster. If you are in the building and at practice with us, we're developing you to get ready to play in a game. The practice squad players are with us every day working with us to get better because you never know when your number is going to be called. With our culture, it starts at the top and through the assistant coaches, players and everybody. I think we all buy in to that. Honestly, that's life. In everything you do, if you're going to be successful, you're going to have to overcome obstacles. You can't allow things to get in your way to keep you from accomplishing what you set out to accomplish. There's a million excuses of why people in life can't have success.

There's a million exit doors for people to take the easy way out. The successful people are the ones that recognize the challenges and figure out solutions instead of an excuse of why they could not get it done."

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Could Michael Thomas Boost the Saints Offense Upon His Return?

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The New Orleans Saints have played through a flurry of injuries before limping into the bye at 3-2. Fortunately this week, New Orleans had key players returning from injured reserve. Then again, one player may still be a couple of weeks away from practicing and could help boost the struggling Saints offense — that player is, Michael Thomas.

Since the beginning of Saints Training Camp, the All-Pro wide receiver has been out of the lineup after a June ankle surgery to repair the torn ligaments from Week 1 in the 2020 season.

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As ManningCast returns for Saints-Seahawks, here are Eli and Peyton's wildest moments so far

  • News source: BY PATRICK MAGEE | Staff writer
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After taking three weeks off, the ManningCast returns just in time for Peyton Manning and Eli Manning to provide analysis and jokes as their hometown New Orleans Saints travel to take on the Seattle Seahawks at 7:15 p.m. on Monday.

The first three weeks proved to be a successful run with ratings increasing for each game. The most dramatic bump in ratings happened between Week 1 and Week 2 with viewership increasing by 132 percent, attracting 1.86 million viewers on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

Ratings increased slightly for the Eagles-Cowboys contest in Week 3 with 1.89 million people watching the...
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Add Payton Turner to the list of injured Saints

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Even as the New Orleans Saints are starting to round into shape with the anticipated return of several injured players, the potentially bad news

Rookie defensive end Payton Turner did not participate in the team's practice Friday because of a calf injury. It is not yet clear when Turner sustained the injury, as he was not listed on the team's Thursday injury report.

Turner has played in four games, recording nine tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack while playing at least 40 % of the team's defensive snaps in each of those four games.

Punter Blake Gillikin (illness) was also...
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Payton Turner, Blake Gillikin added to updated Saints injury report vs. Seahawks

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The New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks updated their Week 7 injury report, with Saints first round pick Payton Turner suddenly absent.

Turner’s status is new after he was a full participant in Thursday’s practice session. Hopefully it’s nothing serious for the rookie, who needs all the snaps he can get to gain experience at the NFL level.
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Week 7: Saints Friday Injury Report

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The second injury report is out for Week 7's Saints-Seahawks matchup on Monday Night Football. For New Orleans, two new faces have been added to Friday's report, while one returned in full. Here's how things shape up going into the weekend.

DID NOT PRACTICE: Dwayne Washington (neck), Deonte Harris (hamstring), Taysom Hill (concussion), Chris Hogan (non-injury related, personal), Blake Gillikin (illness), Payton Turner (calf)

LIMITED: Terron Armstead (elbow), Erik McCoy (calf)

FULL: Marshon Lattimore (hand), Malcolm Roach (illness)

Gillikin and Turner are both new additions to the list...
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Seahawks designate Rashaad Penny to return from injured reserve

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The Seahawks designated running back Rashaad Penny to return from injured reserve Friday. Now, can he stay healthy?

Penny has missed almost as many games as he has played since the Seahawks’ made him a first-round choice in 2017. He has played 28 of a possible 54 games.

A calf injury is the latest in a long line of injuries for Penny, taking him out after only seven plays in the season opener.

“I’m just happy to play football again,” Penny said Friday, via Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR and PFT. “I really try not to get hurt. I prepare the right way to do everything right.”

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Saints' Malcolm Jenkins embraces new venture as minority investor in Burnley FC

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The Ted Lasso jokes have been nonstop over the past few days for New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.

He, though, is partially to blame — considering he made a few show-related quips himself in the moments after he was named a minority investor in Burnley FC, one of the original 12 teams in the Football League.

"Watch out Ted Lasso, AFC Richmond — as a new owner I'm coming for ya," Jenkins said in a tweet directed at the fictitious coach and club.

Burnley FC currently plays in the Premier League and has been in the top flight since their promotion after 2009, and was bought by...
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The Saints are the NFL's best in the red zone. That's not by accident.

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Every week, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton makes his way over to quarterback Jameis Winston to let him know he’s been cooking up something good.

“Sean comes to me every Thursday and tells me he’s got some touchdowns for me,” said quarterback Jameis Winston, “but we just have to get there.”

“There” is inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, the so-called red zone. And true to his word, Payton has had a bunch of those touchdown plays ready in his back pocket whenever Winston and his offensive teammates have gotten in position.

Through five games, the Saints are on a torrid scoring pace...
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Can Saints take advantage against struggling Seahawks defense? A look at how the teams match up

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The New Orleans Saints are back in action this week after having an early bye week, and will be on the road in Seattle to face the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

The Saints and the Seahawks last faced two years ago in 2019 early in the year, with New Orleans pulling off the victory for Teddy Bridgewater's first game in injury relief for Drew Brees. Plenty has changed since then, as Jameis Winston now commands the huddle for New Orleans and the Seahawks will also be under a different quarterback as Russell Wilson recovers from a finger injury.

Who comes out ahead this week? Here's how...
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Saints 53-man roster, practice squad going into Week 7

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The New Orleans Saints have exited the bye week and are now preparing for their “Monday Night Football” game with the Seattle Seahawks, which makes for a great opportunity to go over the 53-man roster and practice squad as they currently stand.

While a number of players have been designated to return from injured reserve, we’re only including those who have been activated for Monday’s kickoff. Here’s the full list of players with the team, organized by position with jersey numbers:
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Saints announce Week 7 uniform combination

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The New Orleans Saints will be wearing white jerseys and black pants for the first time this season during Monday night’s game with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Friday. It’s unclear how many different shades of highlighter green the Seahawks will be using. While the Saints won all three games in which they used this uniform combination last season, it carries an all-time record of 41-25 (.621) in the Sean Payton era.

It’s a good look, though maybe not as strong as their white jerseys-gold pants away game combo. And it certainly doesn’t match up with what the Saints wore in...
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PODCAST: The Who Dat Discussion Episode 281: Evaluating the Saints at the BYE Week

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This NFL season I have taken over as the host Who Dat Discussion Podcast, powered by AC Sports. Throughout the year I will be joined by a flurry of guests and analysts to discuss the New Orleans Saints 2020-21 season and other NFL topics.

Our latest episode (Episode #281) I was joined by former Saints News Network Intern and Current New York Giants Digital Editorial Member Andrew Gullotta to discuss the Saints' performance through five games and who to expect to return to field after the BYE.

You can listen by clicking the link provided below to your preferred podcasting destination...
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Feds push for prison time for ex-Saints player Joe Horn, who pleaded guilty to health care fraud

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | Staff writer
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Federal prosecutors in Lexington, Kentucky, are recommending that former New Orleans Saints star Joe Horn spend 10 to 16 months behind bars for his role in a scheme to defraud a health care program for retired National Football League players, according to court documents.

Horn is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 10. In preparation for that hearing, prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office in Lexington, where the retirement program’s administrator is based, filed a memo suggesting Horn serve prison time and pay a fine because his crime was “serious and presents a need for significant...
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Saints S Jenkins lassoes stake in Prem's Burnley

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Three-time Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins spent his bye week building his portfolio.

Jenkins, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles, became a minority investor in the Premier League's Burnley Football Club this week after touring historic Turf Moor stadium in England and watching the Clarets play Manchester City on Saturday.

"Burnley Football Club has a long history of being a blue-collar, tough, well-run organization, and it has a great manager and a new leadership," Jenkins said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. "And [Burnley chairman] Alan...
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Saints Run Defense vs. Seahawks Rushing Attack

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The 3-2 New Orleans Saints travel to face the 2-4 Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football to cap off week 7 of NFL action.

New Orleans is coming off a bye week after a week five victory at Washington. Seattle has lost two straight and have dropped four of their last five contests.

The Saints come into the week with the league's 15th ranked defense. They've given up an average of 354 yards per game, but the 18.2 points/game against them is the third best in the league. New Orleans has been especially impressive on third downs, ranking seventh, and red-zone defense, where they rank first...
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4 things the Saints need to improve after the bye week

  • News source: John Sigler
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The bye week has come and gone, and the New Orleans Saints are gearing up for their next game — prime-time kickoff on the road with the Seattle Seahawks. They’ve had plenty of time to evaluate themselves and find areas to improve, which, given their 3-2 record aren’t in short supply.

Still, here are four things we want to see improvement from on Monday night:
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