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NFL Week 12: Saints on top of the NFC playoff picture before MNF

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Week 12’s matchup for “Monday Night Football” will help solidify the NFC playoff picture a little more, but for the New Orleans Saints have positioned themselves to where it doesn’t matter who wins between the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles.

The same can’t be said for the rest of the contenders in the NFC. An expected Seahawks victory would put Seattle in the second seed, ahead of the Green Bay Packers; an Eagles home upset would send a ripple effect throughout the standings. If Philadelphia surprises with a win, they would replace the New York Giants at the fourth seed as NFC East leaders and Seattle would fall to the fifth seed, with the Los Angeles Rams surpassing them in the NFC West.

Then again, we’re only in Week 12. There are still five weeks of football ahead, and plenty of time for the Saints to either lock up or lose the first seed, and the valuable first-round bye that comes with it. Here are your current NFC playoff standings ahead of Monday night’s kickoff: ...

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Sean Payton: Coach of the Year Candidate?

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Sean Payton's coaching in 2020 goes beyond the "X's and O's" and "W's and L's." Instead, the intangibles of coaching and leadership are the reasons he deserves candidacy for 2020 Coach of the Year.

By Kyle.T. Moseley | SI

A look back at how it all started for Payton in New Orleans. It began with a coup is signing a franchise quarterback in free agency away from Nick Saban and the Miami Dolphins. Next, the Texans GM Charley Casserly makes a conservative pick and selects defensive end, Mario Williams over college superstar and Heisman trophy winner Reggie Bush in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Without a doubt, Payton and Loomis were drafting Bush at #2 overall. The remainder of the 2006 Saints Draft Class went on to have solid careers in the NFL - Reggie Bush (1st-Saints HOF), Roman Harper (3rd-Saints HOF), Jahri Evans (4th-potential Hall of Famer), Rob Ninkovich (5th), Mike Hass (6th), Josh Lay (6th), Zach Strief (7th-Saints Radio Announcer), and Marques Colston (7th-Saints HOF). Only the 2017 Draft Class rivals 2006's.

Sean Payton has one Super Bowl Championship, a 2006 Coach of the Year honor, three NFC Championship appearances, and many NFL offensive records as a coach. After 15 years in New Orleans, this may be his finest season of all, and should be considered for the 2020 NFL Coach of the Year. ...

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Saints defenders tip their hats to Broncos WR-turned-QB Kendall Hinton

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Everyone appreciated how difficult a situation Kendall Hinton was thrust into — including his New Orleans Saints opponents. The practice squad wide receiver and former Wake Forest passer woke up this weekend and learned that he was going to start at quarterback for the Denver Broncos without having taken a single snap in practice after Denver’s entire depth chart was wiped out by COVID-19.

No, his numbers were not impressive. He went just 1-of-9 as a passer for 13 yards, adding 7 rushing yards on a pair of carries. But there aren’t many people who can go into a game and even complete a pass on such short notice against such a stout defense, which Saints captains Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis found commendable:

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Sean Payton Shares Honest Admission With Taysom Hill’s Passing

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By Tzvi Machlin | The Spun

Through his first two NFL stars, Taysom Hill really hasn’t needed to do all that much as a passer. That may be a problem for head coach Sean Payton in the evaluation process heading into 2021. But he addressed the issue today.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Payton called it “a Catch-22” for Hill to do so little as a passer against the Denver Broncos in their 31-3 win. But Payton was in no mood to discuss that aspect of the game on his Victory Monday.

Instead, Payton admonished the media for not giving his team enough credit for how good they were in the running game. Hill, Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara combined for over 220 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

But Taysom Hill rarely decided to air out the ball. He threw the ball just 16 times, completing nine passes for 78 yards and tossing an interception. ...

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Taysom Hill admits Saints went to conservative game plan after finding out Broncos quarterback situation

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The Saints ran the ball 44 times in their Week 12 win over the Broncos

By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

Taysom Hill has won both his starts as the New Orleans Saints quarterback, even if has last game left a lot to be desired throwing the football. Hill was just 9 of 16 for 78 yards with an interception (43.2 passer rating) in New Orleans' 31-3 victory over Denver -- missing a few reads and struggling to release the football over the course of the game.

The Saints ran the football 44 times -- or 69.9% of the time -- in the victory, which wasn't a direct result of Hill struggling to throw the football. Running the ball was part of the game plan, thanks to the Broncos' quarterback dilemma regarding COVID-19.

"Going into the game, the game plan changed in the last 24 hours so my mindset changed as well," Hill said. "I really became a game manager at that point and certainly the way Sean [Payton] called the game reflected that. We're not going to take any unnecessary risks that put our defense in a bad situation. ...

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Latest Saints News

Fleur-de-Links, December 1: Saints are still poised to win the NFC South

  • 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.

Sean Payton has excused Taysom Hill’s performance against the Denver Broncos, saying, “Taysom played this thing just how I wanted him to play it.”

In Kevin Hart’s recent interview with Reggie Bush, Bush revealed that he was excited to be drafted by the Houston Texans, and when that fell through, his agents were excited for him to go to the New York Jets, but Sean Payton picked up Reggie Bush instead.

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Walker: Saints DL Ryan Glasgow earns bragging rights over big brother, Broncos OL Graham Glasgow

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Sports columnist
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When Ryan Glasgow returns home to DeKalb, Illinois, he'll still have the household bragging rights.

Glasgow plays defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints.

Big brother Graham plays guard for the Denver Broncos.

On Sunday, the two went head-to-head on several plays in the Saints' 31-3 victory.

It's the second time the two have played each other in an NFL game. The first time was three seasons ago during Ryan's rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals when Graham was with the Detroit Lions.

Ryan and the Bengals won that one too, giving him a 2-0 edge in the Glasgow series.

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Seahawks vs. Eagles: Monday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Philadelphia Eagles host the Seattle Seahawks tonight in the City of Brotherly Love. This is a rematch of their Wild Card matchup this past January. Will Russell Wilson dominate the Philly defense? Can Philly find a way to exploit the Seattle defense? Let’s tune in to find out!

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Payton not about winning seasons, downplays Saints top-rated defense ranking

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The Saints clinched a fourth straight winning season with the 31-3 win Sunday at Denver, but head coach Sean Payton appreciates it but downplayed its significance.

“There’s a lot of things that you look back on and get excited about,” Payton said. “Four straight winning seasons, that probably tells me that coming from a program that hasn’t had much success or history of success. I’m being just honest. I’m glad that four in a row. Our aspirations are much higher than that, than having a winning season. That’s all. I don’t really look at that and footnote it.”

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Walker: Saints clinching winning record doesn't mean much now, but that wasn't always the case

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Sports columnist
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At one time when a winning season was a big deal for the New Orleans Saints.

Just ask Bobby Hebert, the Saints' quarterback in 1987 when the team went to Pittsburgh and beat the Steelers to earn their eighth win in a strike-shortened 15-game season to clinch the franchise's first winning season ever.

"I'll never forget how emotional coach (Jim) Mora was in the locker room after the game," Hebert said. "I remember him saying 'No one can ever say again the Saints haven't had a winning season.' He was getting all choked up about it."

The Saints had spent 20 seasons, most well below the...
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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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