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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Ahead of divisional round, a look at injuries, COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Welcome back to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate's Saints mailbag.

Every week, I hand-pick a few questions from my Twitter mentions and emails to attempt to satisfy y'all's Saints curiosities.

If you want your question included in my mailbag, send them to me on Twitter at @Amie_Just or email them my way at ajust@theadvocate.com.

Here are some questions you asked about the Saints ahead of the Saints' divisional round game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

A: The Brother Martin and LSU product tested positive for coronavirus this week, so he'll be out for Sunday's game. If the...
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Saints DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson fined $15K for unsportsmanlike conduct vs. Bears: source

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson was fined $15,000 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Chicago Bears last week, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

The fine stems from an incident early in the third quarter that resulted in Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller punching Gardner-Johnson. Miller, per source, was fined $8,589.

Gardner-Johnson has been fined at least five times this season, bringing his fine total to at least $35,512.

This is the third time this season Gardner-Johnson was been fined for unsportsmanlike conduct, which is why...
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Is it easier to complete a three-game sweep, or to avoid it?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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As the old saying goes, it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season. In reality, it’s not.

According to the NFL, Sunday night’s game between the Saints and the Buccaneers will be the 33rd instance of teams meeting in the postseason after one completed a two-game sweep of the other in the regular season. (The Saints beat the Bucs twice.)

The team that accomplished the sweep has a record of 20-12 in the playoff game. When playing at home, the team that swept that opponent has a record of 17-7.

The most recent meeting of teams that had met twice in the regular season, with one...
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Film Study: How the Saints shut down Bears’ RB David Montgomery

  • News source: Matthew Terry
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It’s been said a lot this season about the New Orleans Saints, and it rang true again this past Sunday during their 28-9 victory in over the Chicago Bears in the NFL playoffs. The strength of this team is the defensive line, primarily the run defense. The Saints, who boast Pro Football Focus’s top rated run defense in the league, once again shut down another opposing running back as Chicago’s 1,000-yard rusher David Montgomery. Montgomery carried the ball 12 times for just 31 yards on Sunday, being held to a longest run of just six yards and being held to one yard or fewer on four...
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As Saints face Bucs (again), is it actually harder to win a 3rd games? The math says no

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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For many New Orleans Saints players, this weekend’s upcoming playoff game against NFC South foe Tampa Bay Buccaneers felt inevitable all season long.

Between how New Orleans has had sustained success the past four seasons and how Tampa Bay injected additional talent all over its already-skilled team, it didn’t seem out of the question for these two teams to meet up for a third time — especially after the playoffs were expanded to have seven teams from each conference, rather than six.

“In the back of our minds, even after the last time we played them, we were sure that we'd see that team...
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Playoff crowds will range from 3,500 to 16,000

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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All four playoff games will have fans in the stands this weekend, all at much less than stadium capacity as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make life very different than normal.

The smallest crowd will be in New Orleans, where the Saints will host 3,500 fans against the Buccaneers. The initial plan had been for 3,000 fans, but the Saints and the city agreed to a provision that will allow 500 vaccinated health care workers to attend the game for free.

The Packers will have 6,000 fans at Lambeau Field, by far the most they’ve had this season. During the regular season the stadium was...
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The Saints ask a lot of Malcolm Jenkins, and once it clicked? The Saints took off

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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If Malcolm Jenkins had to put a finger on exactly when he started feeling like he was playing up to his ability within this New Orleans Saints defense, it was probably the Week 8 game Nov. 1 against the Chicago Bears.

Maybe this is a coincidence, and maybe it isn’t, but that’s about the time the Saints started playing their best defensive football too.

Consider this. With Jenkins serving as one highly functional cog in the Saints’ defensive machine, New Orleans enters Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the following defensive rankings among NFL teams...
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The Saints and Buccaneers are set to meet for the 3rd time. Here's 5 things to know

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints enter the divisional round of the playoffs hoping the third time’s just as charming as the first two.

After outscoring Tampa Bay 72-26 while sweeping the regular season series, New Orleans will face the Buccaneers one more time to decide which among them will earn a spot in the NFC championship game.

The Tampa Bay team it will host this weekend does not look much like the team that visited the Superdome in Week 1 on Sept. 13 — or, for that matter, like the team the Saints pummeled in Tampa on Nov. 8 in Week 9.

The Buccaneers are riding a five-game win streak into...
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Drew Brees and Tom Brady, ageless wonders and competitive as ever -- at everything

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Some of the most zealous moments in the New Orleans Saints facility have not occurred on the practice fields, but upon the approximately nine-foot long, five-foot wide table that until this season held a place of prominence inside the locker room.

Prior to its removal at some point this season, the pingpong table was where the Saints competitors gathered to assert the dominance of their skill, and perhaps none were more assertive than Drew Brees and his distinct playing style.

“He’s all forehand — all power, no finesse, no spin, nothing,” Terron Armstead said.

Armstead has been in a...
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Will Taysom Hill be available on Sunday?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Officially, Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Buccaneers. Unofficially, there’s a concern that Hill won’t be able to play with a knee injury.

Per a league source, some of Hill’s teammates privately are saying that Hill won’t play.

Hill was a limited participant in practice on Friday after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hill’s absence, if it happens, would affect the New Orleans offense in a negative way. His versatility, speed, and strength provide the Saints with an important boost.

Without Hill, if that’s indeed what...
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Walker: It's Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady, maybe their final showdown. Enjoy the moment while you can.

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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It's Brees vs. Brady, Round III.

But really, this feels more like Brees vs. Brady, the Final Chapter, one last duel between the ageless wonders who will soon (well, at least I think it will be soon) exchange their No. 9 and No. 12 jerseys for gold blazers in Canton, Ohio.

OK, so we don't know for sure if Sunday's playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the last time we'll see Drew Brees and Tom Brady on the same field. But you have to think this is the grand finale.

Neither Brees, who turned 42 on Friday, nor the 43-year-old...
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CSC Podcast: Bucs @ Saints Divisional Preview

  • News source: BrendenErtle
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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Street Chronicles Brenden Ertle previews the Saints Divisional matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We discuss the third matchup between the two teams and why the Saints have the upper hand. Let’s ride Drew Brees in the sunset (Happy birthday to Drew, by the way), and listen here to get fired up about the rivalry and this week’s game.

LET’S GO! WHO DAT! WHO DAT! WHO DAT SAY THEY GON BEAT DEAM SAINTS!

If you’re enjoying the Canal Street Chronicles Podcast, please remember to subscribe and leave a 5-star review on iTunes, Spotify, or where ever you...
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Saints backup C/G Will Clapp tests positive for coronavirus, will miss Sunday's game: report

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints interior offensive lineman Will Clapp has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source confirmed to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network first reported the news.

According to Pelissero, contract tracing so far has returned no high-risk close contacts. "There's optimism this is isolated," Pelissero reported, though the NFL will continue to monitor the situation.

It is not known at this time if Clapp is experiencing symptoms, but the source said that Clapp is "doing fine"...
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Saints’ Will Clapp tests positive for COVID-19

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Just two days before a playoff game, a Saints player has tested positive for COVID-19.

Saints backup center Will Clapp has tested positive, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Clapp doesn’t get much playing time (he didn’t play any offensive snaps, and only four special teams snaps, in the Saints’ wild card win over the Bears), but it’s obviously a concern any time a team has a positive test. When Saints running back Alvin Kamara tested positive for COVID-19, three other running backs had to go on the COVID-19 reserve list as well.

However, Pelissero reports that contact tracing...
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