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New Orleans Saints run defense presents formidable wall

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Saints haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 49 consecutive games

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

The best way to frame it is, it's a grown-man thing.

Defensively, the New Orleans Saints simply will not allow a breakout running day, from a team or individual.

Proof of the former: After holding Carolina to 37 rushing yards (on 14 attempts) in Sunday's 27-24 victory, New Orleans (4-2) is limiting opponents to 89.7 rushing yards per game, fourth-fewest in the league this season entering Sunday's game against the Bears (5-2) at Soldier Field in Chicago. And that falls in line with New Orleans holding teams to 93.9 rushing yards per game last year, and 80.2 in 2018.

Proof of the latter: The Saints have not allowed a 100-yard runner in 49 consecutive games, a streak that dates to Washington's Samaje Perine gaining 117 on Nov. 19, 2017.

Grown-man stuff.

"We take pride in that, especially if you're an interior guy," defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. "Rushing the passer is great, I love to do that with the best of them.

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Saints X-Factors in Week 8

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By BtBoylan | SI

The New Orleans Saints (4-2), riding a three-game win streak, travel to Soldier Field to battle the Chicago Bears (5-2) on Sunday afternoon. These two teams met last season at Soldier Field but with two different starting QBs to take the field this weekend.

The Teddy Bridgewater led Saints defeated Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears 36-25 in Week 7 last season. With slightly different personnel and circumstances than a season ago, there are three X-factors for the Saints for their 2020 matchup with the Bears.


Callaway stepped up in a big way for the Saints in Week 7, hauling in 8 receptions for 75 yards while the team was without their top 2 WRs in Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19 List). With both the fore-mentioned wideout's status in question for Week 8, the Saints could rely heavily on Callaway for the second consecutive week.

While Sean Payton is known for his success in finding diamonds in the rough, particularly in UDFAs, rarely does one shine as bright as Callaway did in his first two weeks as a prominent part of the game-plan. Over the past two games, the former Tennessee Volunteers WR has hauled in 12 receptions for 109 yards but has yet to find the end zone.

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Saints vs Bears Wednesday Injury Report

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By Scott Prather | KPEL - ESPN 1420

Wednesday injury reports, the first of a Sunday game week for NFL teams, often give a glimpse into what the lineup could look like Sunday.

If a player is able to practice on a limited basis, they're trending in the right direction, barring a setback. If they can't practice, it's worth following on the next few days of injury reports.

The first injury report of the week for New Orleans and Chicago was released today, and it has several Pro Bowlers on the list.

All-Pro Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) did not practice, while Pro Bowl starting left tackle Terron Armstead was able get on the field on a limited basis.

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Saints Defense vs. Bears Offense Preview

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By Bob Rose | SI

The 4-2 New Orleans Saints trek north to the Windy City this Sunday to take on the 5-2 Chicago Bears. New Orleans is coming off a 27-24 home win over the Carolina Panthers, their third consecutive victory, while the Bears are looking to rebound from a 24-10 loss on the road to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Saints own the league's 7th ranked defense in total yardage, allowing 328 yards per game, but the 29 points per game against them ranks 24th. More concerning is the defense's inability to get stops on 3rd down or keep opponents out of the end zone in the red zone.

New Orleans is 29th in 3rd down defense, letting opposing offenses convert over 50% of their opportunities. They're worst in the league when an opposing offense gets inside their 20-yard line - allowing a touchdown on over 86% of the time.

The Saints have created only one turnover in the past four contests after gathering three takeaways in the season opener.

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FOX assigns Joe Buck, Troy Aikman to call Week 8's Saints-Bears game

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Two big names in NFL broadcasting will be in the booth for Week 8’s matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman of FOX Sports, per John Hendrix of As always, Erin Andrews is expected to complete the “America’s Game of the Week” crew while reporting from the sidelines.

Buck will be coming off of a lengthy seven-game World Series stint, but the veteran play-by-play man has already fit in a Thursday night Giants-Eagles game into his schedule last week. He’ll have a few days to rest between Wednesday’s Dodgers-Rays championship game before getting on the mic for this Saints kickoff. ...

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Saints at Bears Wednesday injury report: Marquez Callaway, Michael Thomas do not practice

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WR Marquez Callaway (Ankle) and WR Michael Thomas (Ankle/Hamstring) are the only players not practicing on Wednesday for the Saints.

T Terron Armstead (Elbow), and G Nick Easton (Concussion) were limited. This is a pretty short list for the Saints for a change but we are hurting at the wide receiver position. While it seems Nick Easton has been in concussion protocol for quite a while, they can be lingering.

Not practicing for the Bears are TE Jimmy Graham (NIR-Rest), WR Ted Ginn (NIR-Rest), LB Khalil Mack (Ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Quad), WR Allen Robinson (Concussion), C Cody...
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Saints-Bears Injury Reports: Michael Thomas, Marquez Callaway sidelined Wednesday

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Can the injury situation get any worse at wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints?

The first injury report Wednesday for the game Sunday pitting the Saints against the Bears in Chicago revealed that Michael Thomas remains out with his hamstring and ankle problems.

Emmanuel Sanders is still dealing with COVID-19 issues which Sean Payton would not comment on earlier in the day in his media conference briefing.

Meanwhile, the latest wideout to make his mark is also currently sidelined.

Marquez Callaway missed practice with an ankle problem as well. Callaway had a breakout game in the...
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Michael Thomas misses another practice

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Three wide receivers were missing from Saints practice on Wednesday.

Only two of those wideouts were on the injury report. Emmanuel Sanders remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, so he’s not on the active roster heading into Sunday’s game against the Bears.

Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway are on the active roster and they were the other two wideouts missing from practice.

Thomas has not played since hurting his ankle in Week 1 and a hamstring injury was added to his list of ailments last week. Both injuries are listed on Wednesday’s injury report.

Callaway hurt his ankle while...
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Three Saints receivers absent from Wednesday's practice, Nick Easton returns

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Three New Orleans Saints receivers were absent from Wednesday's practice during the media viewing window.

Star receiver Michael Thomas, rookie Marquez Callaway and veteran Emmanuel Sanders were not present, though Sanders remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list after his positive test last week.

Thomas injured his hamstring in practice last week while he was still dealing with an ankle injury. He hasn't practiced since Thursday. According to Wednesday's injury report, he's still dealing with both the ankle and hamstring injuries.

Callaway left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers...
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Can Emmanuel Sanders play Sunday? Sean Payton won't say. 'We're in the double secret probation'

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Taking the NFL COVID protocols into consideration, is it even possible New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders suits up Sunday against the Chicago Bears?

Coach Sean Payton did not want to get into that asked Wednesday.

“We keep getting updates and changes,” Payton said. “I think we're in the double secret probation or the next phase relative to this. … I don't know, but I'm not going to give you an answer anyway."

The Saints placed Sanders on the reserve/COVID list last Friday after he tested positive for the virus following a practice Thursday.

Players who test positive are...
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Allen Robinson in concussion protocol

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The Bears need to get more from their offense, but any attempt to improve this week may have to take place without wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Robinson left Monday night’s loss to the Rams to be evaluated for a head injury and head coach Matt Nagy updated his condition on Wednesday. Nagy confirmed that Robinson is in the concussion protocol and said, via Jeff Dickerson of, that things are “out of our hands” as they move toward Sunday’s game against the Saints.

Robinson leads the Bears with 44 catches for 544 yards and two touchdowns. He had four catches for 70 yards in the...
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Saints staying home as Hurricane Zeta comes through New Orleans

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With Hurricane Zeta approaching, the New Orleans Saints elected to stay in town ahead of Sunday afternoon’s game at Chicago. Saints coach Sean Payton is getting his players out of team facilities quickly today as the storm hits southeast Louisiana late in the afternoon and early evening.

“We’re going to try to get these guys out of here a little earlier and catch up to film work tomorrow,” Payton said. “

Payton sees the Bears pass defense as being solid.

“They’re talented on the back-end, personnel-wise,” Payton said. “They give you a mixture of schemes. They’ll play some quarters-look...
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How would Drew Brees' (alleged) 'baller' condo at the Four Seasons Hotel look? Get a sneak preview

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The management of the future Four Seasons Hotel still won’t confirm that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has purchased a posh multi-million-dollar condo in their new development in the former World Trade Center building, at the river-end of Canal Street. This is in spite of the fact that in mid-October, the TMZ gossip website ran a story titled “DREW BREES COPS BALLER CONDO IN N.O. HIGH-RISE...!!!" in which they claimed to reveal his future address.

Earlier this week, Four Seasons sales director David Seerman explained that though the hotel protects the anonymity of its...
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Saints Film Room: Breaking down the 5 most important plays from Sunday

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The New Orleans Saints edged out the division rival Carolina Panthers 27-24 Sunday afternoon in a game that was dominated by offense and seemed to go by pretty quickly.

The Saints completely controlled time of possession and converted 12 of 14 third-downs, preventing Thomas Morstead from punting once. They ran 24 more plays than the Panthers.

However, the Saints defense allowed more yards per play (6.6 compared to the Saints’ 6.2) from Carolina’s O and forced no turnovers.

It seemed, like it has in many games this season, that if the offense wasn’t scoring on almost every possession...
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Film Study: How Saints QB Brees turned in a vintage performance without top receivers

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New Orleans Saints fans were sweating heading into Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, as Drew Brees was missing Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders — just as the latter appeared to be coming into his own in the Saints offense.

Brees stayed fears about how he would do without his top two targets, turning in an outstanding performance in which he went 29 of 36 for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns. Marquez Callaway stepped up in a big way, catching eight passes for 75 yards and likely supplanting Tre’Quan Smith as the third option when Thomas and Sanders return. To his credit, Smith also...
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Week 8: State of the NFC South - Atlanta is officially cursed

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If there was a compilation of the five worst game finishes of the 2020 season, the Atlanta Falcons may finish with all five spots. The Falcons/Lions matchup in Week 7 may have been a parody on display by the football gods. Todd Gurley doesn’t bleed the clock in the final 2-minutes, but he decides to reach the end zone. Detroit Lions linebacker-Jamie Collins swings his arms up in celebration for the Falcons making the mistake of surpassing the white line. Yes, that happened. The Lions and Falcons showed that they deserved each other in Week 7. Nonetheless, the Falcons managed to squeak out...
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Overreactions from the Saints Week 5 game against the Panthers

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In what could be described as a “nail biter” the New Orleans Saints pulled out a 27-24 victory over divisional rivals the Carolina Panthers. We have talked about the biggest takeaways, and what looked “ugly” so now we are going to overreact in this piece.

There was plenty to overreact to. I’ll take some of the hottest overreactions I’ve seen on social media and bring them to life! So, without further ado, let’s get to it.

Yes, Jordan has a solid PFF grade of 76.2 and has 1.5 sacks on the season. But after six games that puts him on pace for just four sacks over a full slate of 16 games...
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Saints unchanged in Week 8 Power Rankings despite divisional win over Panthers

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A win is a win, right? Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (Change from each week will be in parentheses.)

Do you agree with these rankings? Let us know in the comments. Make sure you follow Canal Street Chronicles on Twitter at @SaintsCSC, on Instagram @SaintsCSC, “Like” us on Facebook at Canal Street Chronicles, and make sure you’re subscribed to our new YouTube channel. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisDunnells.
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Fleur-de-Links, October 28: Early betting odds favor the Saints in Week 8

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The latest edition of Canal Street Chronicle’s What Just Happened with Ross Jackson is live on YouTube. (Video below)

After the Saints declined the fifth-year option his contract and being picked up by the Carolina Panthers, cornerback Eli Apple has been released from the Panthers.

Sean Payton spoke very highly of Marquez Callaway’s performance at training camp, saying, “He opened eyes.”

Troy Aikman and Joe Buck will be calling the Saints week game against the Saints; the last time Aikman and Buck called a game for the Saints was the team’s victory of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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