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New Orleans Saints, Pelicans score Christmas Day double-header

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Pro sports in New Orleans will be given a national spotlight on Christmas Day this year, with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that the New Orleans Pelicans will visit the Miami Heat for a tilt at 11 a.m. CT on Dec. 25. It’s one of five games tentatively scheduled for this year’s NBA holiday slate, likely to be broadcast nationally on either ABC or ESPN. We’ll know more once the league reveals its full schedule.

The New Orleans Saints, of course, were already scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. CT kickoff with the Minnesota Vikings at home. It’s an exciting rematch at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome between the Super Bowl-contending Saints and the team that knocked them out of the postseason last year, with Offensive Player of the Year candidates — running backs Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook, who rank first and third in scrimmage yards with 26 combined touchdowns scored between them — on both sides. ...

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After beating 31 NFL teams, Sean Payton jokes he deserves blame for a Saints loss, too

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

After defeating the Denver Broncos last week, Sean Payton joined an exclusive group of NFL head coaches to have beaten every team in the league except for their own. And when the accomplishment was brought up during an appearance on WWL Radio this week, the New Orleans Saints coach had to take a moment and laugh at his own expense.

“It’s 32 teams, including the Saints,” Payton assured hosts Bobby Hebert and Zach Strief, looking back at one of his worst blunders in the first years of his tenure in New Orleans.

He continued: “Tampa Bay at home, 2007, we’re up by four, we run the double reverse and fumble it. I beat the Saints, too.” ...

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3 Things to Watch Week 13: Saints vs. Falcons

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By Brendan Boylan

The New Orleans Saints (9-2) head to Atlanta, GA for an NFC South battle with the Atlanta Falcons(4-7) for the second time this season. The two teams met just two weeks ago where the Saints were victorious by the final score of 24-9. Below are three things to watch in the second matchup of the season between the heated rivals.

New Orleans can clinch a Playoff Berth

At 9-2 heading into Week 13, the New Orleans Saints can become the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff berth into the 2020 playoffs. Last season, on Thanksgiving, the Saints clinched a playoff berth defeating the Atlanta Falcons inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the same venue that will host the 104th meeting between the division rivals.

The Saints cannot clinch a playoff berth with just a victory; they will need help from other NFC teams. New Orleans would clinch a playoff spot with a win and a Chicago loss to Detroit in the most straightforward scenario. However, the Saints can also tie and clinch a spot with various results from around the league. ...

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Saints doing just fine with Brees sidelined again by injury

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By Bret Martel | AP

ATLANTA (AP) — The New Orleans Saints can't wait to have Drew Brees taking snaps again.

In the meantime, they're doing just fine without him.

The Saints (9-2) have won two straight games since Brees went down with a rib injury, stretching their overall winning streak to eight in a row heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by the Bears.

Going back to last season, New Orleans is 7-0 when Brees hasn't been able to suit up.

“Obviously when it's the quarterback, it draws more attention,” said coach Sean Payton, whose team could clinch its fourth straight playoff appearance with a win if the Bears lose or tie vs. Detroit. “But our job as coaches is teaching the whole roster, from the practice squad to the starters. We're developing all these players.”

Last year, it was Teddy Bridgewater who filled in so ably when Brees went down. This year, Taysom Hill stepped into the starting role. ...

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Thursday Practice Report (Davenport has a concussion)

Saints players post-practice interviews as the Saints prepare for their week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Saints at Falcons Thursday injury report: Marcus Davenport has a concussion

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Not practicing for the New Orleans Saints were WR Marquez Callaway (Knee), CB Janoris Jenkins (Knee), WR Deonte Harris (Neck), RB Ty Montgomery (Hamstring), and DE Marcus Davenport. No information has come out exactly when Davenport suffered the concussion but he was added to the report today. Concussions are tricky and signs can occur days after the injury is incurred.

WR Michael Thomas (Ankle) and RB Alvin Kamara (Foot) were limited for the second day.

G Andrus Peat (Concussion) was full.

Missing practice for the Atlanta Falcons were TE Hayden Hurst (Ankle), CB Kendall Sheffield...
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Saints OL James Hurst was ready to fill in for Terron Armstead because, well, this is 2020

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New Orleans Saints offensive tackle James Hurst went to sleep last Friday night as a backup offensive tackle who figured to get some work as a situational sixth offensive lineman that Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Then All-Pro left tackle Terron Armstead learned Sunday of his positive COVID test, and with about 24 hours notice, Hurst realized he would be starting and protecting quarterback Taysom Hill’s blindside.

Asked about what that experience was like last week, Hurst just shrugged his shoulders and summed up the unexpected circumstances the way a lot of people have this year...
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The Edge: Saints have a solid shot to sweep Falcons for 8th time under Sean Payton

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Because of a scheduling quirk, the New Orleans Saints face the Atlanta Falcons for the second time in just three weeks.

Last time around, the Saints beat the Falcons 24-9 in Taysom Hill's first-ever NFL start at quarterback to move the all-time ledger between the two teams even closer.

The Falcons still lead the all-time series, but now it's just 53-50 in Atlanta's favor. But with the Saints on a hot streak coupled with several injuries to key pieces for the Falcons, the Saints are primed to close the gap a little more this week.

If that holds true, this would be the first time the...
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Jenkins, Davenport, three others still out Thursday for Saints

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It is beginning to look like Saints starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins may not play Sunday against the Falcons.

Jenkins missed Thursday’s practice with his knee injury suffered in the win at Denver last Sunday. Ace return man and wide receiver Deonte Harris remains out with his neck injury while wide receiver Marquez Callaway (knee) and running back Ty Montgomery (hamstring) were also out again.

Of greater concern is the fact that defensive end Marcus Davenport also missed practice with a concussion, making his participating Sunday doubtful. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were limited...
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Saints DE Marcus Davenport misses Thursday's practice with a concussion

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The New Orleans Saints placed a high-profile new name on their injury report Thursday.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport missed Thursday’s practice with a concussion, leaving room for doubt about his availability this Sunday against Atlanta.

Davenport missed the first four games this season with elbow and toe injuries. Since returning to the lineup, the 2018 first-round pick has been a valuable rotational piece along the defensive line, recording 1.5 sacks and 13 pressures in seven games.

He finished each of his first two seasons on injured reserve, and has not yet played more than 13...
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Marcus Davenport misses practice with concussion

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The Saints added defensive end Marcus Davenport to the injury report with a concussion Thursday. He did not practice.

That would seem to put his availability for Sunday’s game against the Falcons in doubt.

Running back Alvin Kamara (foot) and receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) remained limited. The Saints likely will continue to be deliberate in how much they use Kamara and Thomas in practice to keep them as fresh and healthy as possible the rest of the way.

Receiver Marquez Callaway (knee), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee), receiver Deonte Harris (neck) and running back Ty Montgomery...
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Rodgers, Mahomes among Rooney nominees

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From star quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes to standout center Jason Kelce to dynamic defensive end Joey Bosa, 32 players have been nominated for the seventh annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

Each NFL team nominated one player for the award, which recognizes players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. It is named for Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney Sr., the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A panel of former players that includes Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler will select four...
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No practice for Julio Jones Thursday

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Wide receiver Julio Jones was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice due to a hamstring injury, but things took a step in the wrong direction on Thursday.

Jones did not take part in practice. He did not play in last Sunday’s win over the Raiders because of the injury and he missed two games earlier in the season because of hamstring trouble.

Jones could be resting Thursday in hopes of increasing his chances of playing on Thursday, so his status at Friday’s practice will likely be a significant sign of his chances of facing the Saints this Sunday.

The game will be the second in...
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Saints Week 13 Power Rankings: NFL world unsure about Saints status in after Broncos win

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No, it wasn’t pretty. But the Taysom Hill-led Saints are 2-0. While nearly every NFL analyst agrees that the Steelers and Chiefs are one and two in the league right now, the uncertainty of Drew Brees’ status has the NFL world unsure about just what to do with the Saints. The Packers are hot on their heels in the NFC, and they look “better” winning games. With that being said, the Saints aren’t losing, so they’re understandably a hard team to evaluate.

Here’s what major outlets have to say about where the Saints stand in the Week 13 Power Rankings. (Change from each week will be in...
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Steelers, Chiefs can clinch playoff spots this week

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The Steelers took a step closer to the postseason with a win over the Ravens on Wednesday and they can sew up a berth on Monday night.

If the Steelers beat or the Washington Football Team, they will secure one of the seven playoff spots in the AFC. Even if the Steelers lose, they can end up with a spot in the postseason. If the Raiders, Dolphins, or Colts lose or tie this weekend, the Steelers would be in even if they lose for the first time this season.

The No. 2 team in the AFC can also punch its ticket this week. The Chiefs will be in if they win. There are a variety of scenarios...
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The Saints and Taysom Hill have used this old-school play to gash NFL defenses

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With about three minutes remaining in the third quarter of their 31-3 win against the Denver Broncos, the New Orleans Saints called what has been one of their bread and butter plays this season.

Operating out of the shotgun in a jumbo formation, quarterback Taysom Hill sent fullback Michael Burton in motion from the left slot to the right side, which should have alerted the Denver defense to what was coming, but it didn’t really matter. The Broncos had seven defenders in the box, the Saints had eight blockers for their ball carrier.

Hill snapped the ball just before Burton crossed in...
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3 daily fantasy players from Week 13: Saints vs Falcons

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If you’re a daily fantasy player, before each game I will look at four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results).

Is Saints QB Drew Brees still safe QB for daily fantasy leagues? Even still, spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster.

Normally I try to find four players for your daily fantasy lineups from each week’s Saints game, but this week, the pickings are slim. So here is two Saints and one Falcon that...
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Saints rookie roundup, Week 12 - Ruiz slowly gaining confidence

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The New Orleans Saints traveled to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Broncos in Week 12. Running back Latavius Murray’s 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns led the way in a 31-3 victory over a handicapped Denver team.

The Broncos were left without an active quarterback due to COVID-19 protocols. Denver was forced to activate undrafted receiver Kendall Hilton from their practice squad to lead the offense.

The Saints made it a pretty tough day for Denver, who did not complete a pass in the first half. Taysom Hill once again got the start under center for New Orleans. While his...
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WATCH: Week 13 preview video, Taysom Hill and the Saints look to sweep rival Falcons

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The New Orleans Saints could clinch a playoff berth on Sunday.

The Saints travel to Atlanta to face to the division rival Atlanta Falcons for the second time in two weeks, and if the Saints are able to take care of business, and if the Chicago Bears fall to the Detroit Lions, the Saints will be guaranteed a playoff spot in the postseason.

But focusing just on this week, the Saints defense could have their hands full on Sunday, facing a Falcons team that just hung a 40-burger on the Las Vegas Raiders. Remember: in Week 2, the Saints - led by Drew Brees - lost 24-34 to the Raiders, and...
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