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Strief: Saints defense playing like the Dome Patrol days

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By Jordan Fiegel | WWL Radio

Zach Strief, the Voice of the Saints, was thrilled with the way the New Orleans Saints defense played in a 24-9 beat down of the Atlanta Falcons.

“The defense has been about as good as you could possibly ask for the last three games. They've been outstanding defensively. The secondary has been absolutely phenomenal. The pass rush has been fantastic. They're really coming together.”

The Saints' secondary limited Matt Ryan to 232 yards passing and nabbed two interceptions (though one was on a last-second Hail Mary at the end of the first half). The pass rush sacked Ryan eight times and registered 11 total QB hits. New Orleans also shut down the run game, holding Atlanta to just 52 rushing yards on 14 carries.

“It is dominant defensive football, the likes of which we have not seen here since the Dome Patrol, really,” Strief said. “You see it three weeks in a row, and you start saying this is who you some point, it becomes who you are.”

Strief's praise didn't end there.

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Game Balls from the Saints Frying of the Falcons, 24-9

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By Bob Rose | SI

For the first time since 2005, the New Orleans Saints would face their archenemy, the Atlanta Falcons, without Drew Brees behind center. Saints head coach Sean Payton shocked most of the football world at mid-week when he announced that Taysom Hill would get the start for the injured Brees over the more experienced Jameis Winston.

Amid reports of a divided locker room over their preference at quarterback, the Saints responded with a dominant defensive and offensive performance in pummeling the Falcons 24-9.

Atlanta began this contest with a 65-Yd march, bolstered by a 45-Yd completion to WR Calvin Ridley, which ended with a short field goal. New Orleans would go three-and-out on their first possession, with Hill taking a sack on 3rd and short. The Saints defense took control of the game after that.

After that opening drive, New Orleans allowed just 183 yards through the rest of the game and held a potent Atlanta offense to only three field goals. The Falcons were just 2 of 14 on 3rd downs and had negative yardage in the third quarter. New Orleans sacked Atlanta QB Matt Ryan 8 times and intercepted him twice, putting a stranglehold on the game.

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Studs and Duds, Week 11: Saints standouts vs. Falcons

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

While Taysom Hill was the talk of the town in his first start for the New Orleans Saints, several teammates turned in great tape for their efforts against the Atlanta Falcons — and a few others left something to be desired. Here are our picks for standouts from Week 11:

STUD | Kwon Alexander

The most impressive plays may have been the ones Alexander didn’t make. He correctly read two passes into the flat and broke on the ball near-perfectly, coming within inches of an interception and likely running it back for a touchdown both times. He just couldn’t seal the deal. If he keeps his head up when crashing down on the receiver to better track the pass, he might have two turnovers to his credit. But Alexander has added so much athleticism and improved eye discipline to the Saints defense while patrolling the middle of the field that it’s easy to see why the team traded for him.

DUD | Erik McCoy

McCoy didn’t have a bad game, but an offensive lineman is going to catch some flak if his holding foul wipes out a 57-yard touchdown pass. He was also dinged for allowing pressure in pass protection, but on the whole, there isn’t much to complain about for McCoy. The Saints had success running behind him and he mostly played clean football whenever Hill was looking to throw. It’s just a shame that his penalty took such a great play (and the points that came with it) off the board.

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Photos: Game Action #1 | Saints-Falcons Week 11 2020

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New Orleans Saints franchise quarterback Drew Brees joined CST's Mike Nabors on Sunday afternoon to discuss Taysom Hill's performance in the team's Week 11 win over the Atlanta Falcons and how Brees is recovering from injury.

"I thought he played great," Brees said about Hill, "I thought he managed everything about this week, about the preparation and then obviously, the way he played today, I thought it was magnificent. I felt like he was great in and out of the huddle. All-in-all, I felt like our offense had great tempo and great rhythm, and obviously, that starts at the quarterback position."

Hill, in his fourth season out of BYU, completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards and rushed 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. It was his first NFL start at quarterback and he led the Saints (8-2) to their seventh consecutive victory.

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Sean Payton Is The NFL's QB Whisperer

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By Martin Rogers | FOX Sports

It is supposed to be a major problem in pro football when your quarterback goes down. It just is. There is a reason why the men under center get the big bucks, bigger with each passing year, to the point where “pretty good” can now get you close to $30 million a season.

By extension, the common logic holds ... the better the quarterback is, the greater the hole that needs to be filled, and the larger the corresponding headache when he is absent. Makes sense, right?

Absolutely, except for in the case of the New Orleans Saints, where a recent injury to Drew Brees hasn’t slowed down the team’s flow. At 8-2, the Saints have the best record in the NFC following their victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and by the time they play next, it will be more than two months since they tasted defeat.

QB crisis? What crisis?

“It is the process we go through every week,” head coach Sean Payton said when asked what alterations had been required for the installation of Taysom Hill in place of Brees last weekend. “This happens a lot to other positions and I understand when it happens to the QB there is more attention drawn to it. But these guys handled it well, we’ve been playing well, and good to get another win.”

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Taysom Hill matches Daunte Culpepper's historic feat in first career start; Sean Payton evaluates performance

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By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

Taysom Hill made his highly anticipated first career start Sunday, which netted a familiar result for the New Orleans Saints -- another win. Hill certainly wasn't Drew Brees in New Orleans' 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but he was efficient.

Hill finished 18 of 23 for 233 yards and recorded a 108.9 passer rating, with no touchdown passes and no interceptions. Hill is just the seventh quarterback in the NFL since 1950 to have completed over 78% of his passes in his first career start (minimum 20 attempts). Of those seven quarterbacks in that category, he joins Stan Humphries as the only quarterback to average over 10 yards per pass attempt (Hill averaged 10.1 yards per attempt Sunday).

Hill also rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns (and a lost fumble), leading the Saints in both categories. He joined Daunte Culpepper as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 40 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in their first start at quarterback (Culpepper accomplished the feat in Week 1 of the 2000 season).

"I thought that he played well," said Saints head coach Sean Payton, evaluating Hill's performance. "He had the one turnover late in the game. ... We had a big touchdown pass called back. It's a good team win.


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The PFT PM Week 11 awards

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The NFL will announce its weekly awards on Wednesday morning, three players each per conference (offensive player, defensive player, special-teams player). We announced our weekly awards tonight.

Both have the same cash prize. As in, no cash prize.

MDS, Charean Williams, and I listed offensive players of the week, defensive players of the week, rookies of the week, and coaches of the week for the week that was.

Check out the video below. Chime in with your comments.

And be sure to check out PFT PM, every week at 5:00 p.m. ET on Peacock.

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The Saints have been forced to mix and match along their offensive line, but are seeing improvement

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It seemed like each new report that came out last week about the status of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ health contained the discovery of an additional broken rib, with the final tally before Sunday’s kickoff against Atlanta set at 11, with a collapsed lung to boot.

Try tracing all those broken ribs back to the source, and there’s too many still images to choose from featuring Brees lying on the ground with an opposing defender over him for offensive tackle Terron Armstead’s liking.

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Walker: Sean Payton pushing all right buttons, deserves to be in Coach of Year conversation

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It's been 14 seasons since Sean Payton was named NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.

The year was 2006, his first season as a head coach and his first season in New Orleans.

He took a team that was 3-13 the year before his arrival and led it all the way to the NFC championship game.

Payton hasn't won the award since.

And he probably won't win it this year.

But what he has done through the first 10 weeks of this season shouldn't go unnoticed, though outside of New Orleans it has.

According to one oddsmaker, he is pretty far down the list of those likely to win it this year...
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Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Sam Mills, Alan Faneca, Eric Allen among 25 semifinalist for 2021 Canton induction

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The semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021 have a definite, dominant New Orleans flavor.

New Orleans native Peyton Manning of Newman High School, New Orleans native Reggie Wayne of John Ehret High School, New Orleans native Alan Faneca of LSU, Saints Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Mills and former New Orleans Saints cornerback Eric Allen have been announced as among the 25 Modern-Era Player Semifinalists for the Class of 2021.

Manning is one of four first-year eligible players and is a lock to earn induction in his first opportunity.

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Peyton Manning, Alan Faneca, Sam Mills, Reggie Wayne named semifinalists for 2021 Hall of Fame class

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New Orleans native Peyton Manning is among the four first-year candidates among the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021.

Defensive end Jared Allen, receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive back Charles Woodson join Manning as among the group of first-year nominees to make the list.

Four others — cornerback Eric Allen, tackle Willie Anderson, linebacker Cornelius Bennett and safety Rodney Harrison — were named semifinalists for the first time, though they had been previously eligible for the Hall of Fame.

The 17 other semifinalists have advanced to this stage...
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Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson headline Hall of Fame semifinalists for 2021

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Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Jared Allen and Calvin Johnson headline the list of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. Manning, Woodson, Allen and Johnson are in their first year of eligibility.

The list also includes four players – Eric Allen, Willie Anderson, Cornelius Bennett and Rodney Harrison – who are semifinalists for the first time after previously being eligible for the Hall of Fame. All other players on the 2021 list made the semifinalist list at least once previously.

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Saints rewatch: How the Saints rattled Matt Ryan on 3rd down, and Taysom Hill's efficient day

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All anybody wanted to talk about after the New Orleans Saints’ thorough dismantling of the Atlanta Falcons Sunday was quarterback Taysom Hill’s performance in his first career start.

And that performance merited some discussion. But there was a reason in his post-game press conference coach Sean Payton pleaded to shift the discussion toward his defense.

So, I’ll focus some on Hill’s debut as a full-time, honest-to-God quarterback, but first let’s start with the latest sterling outing from the Saints defense, and while we’re there, let’s narrow that focus down to the crucial situation...
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At this point, let’s all just trust Sean Payton

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Sean Payton’s been the head coach of the New Orleans Saints since 2006. Over the 218 games he’s coached for New Orleans, he’s amassed a 139-79 record (63.5 win %), he’s taken the Saints to three NFC Championsip games (and was one missed tackle away from a fourth), and he’s led this franchise to its one and only Super Bowl appearance and win.

Maybe he knows what he’s doing.

When news broke that Taysom Hill was going to be the Saints starting quarterback on Friday morning, it was met with a lot of hesitation, confusion, and bewilderment. After all, when Brees went down versus the San...
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3 Biggest takeaways from the Saints thrashing of the Falcons

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The New Orleans Saints defeated defeated their rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, in an absolute thrashing that resulted in a 24-9 score. Quarterback Taysom Hill got the start over Jameis Winston and did not disappoint. Additionally, the defense was incredible and seems to have finally turned a corner.

Here are our biggest takeaways from the game:

Wow. What a healthy dose of crow I am having to eat this week. I had just finished up a piece on why Winston should start over Hill and how it wasn’t a competition. Then, head coach Sean Payton goes out and makes Hill the starter and proceeds to call...
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CSC’s Week 12 fantasy football waiver wire

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Hill had a terrific fantasy outing in his first start at QB, scoring 24 points and finishing as the fifth highest scoring player on Sunday. His next three games will come against the Broncos, Falcons, and Browns, who are the 18th, 32nd, and 15th ranked defenses against quarterbacks respectively. Hill should continue to perform well if he can cut down on the turnovers and continue to be involved in both the running and passing games.

Dobbins has steadily been getting more and more carries in the Ravens offense, but will be absent in the Ravens Thanksgiving matchup against the Steelers due...
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The Taysom Hill Saints offense looks like the best case scenario: Boring

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When word came down that Taysom Hill would be starting for the New Orleans Saints over Jameis Winston on Sunday, everyone had something to say. “He’s a gimmick,” “he’s hardly thrown any passes,” and “they’re just doing it because they paid him” were repeated ad nauseam up until kickoff.

In response, Hill came out against the Atlanta Falcons and played... Fine. In a 24-9 win, Hill went 18 of 23 passing for 233 yards. He also had 10 carries for 51 yards, but it was the quietest 10-51 possible for him as, as the starting quarterback, he’s apparently making a concerted effort to protect his...
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CSC Editorial: Could there have been a different reason for starting Taysom over Jameis?

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Time to put on my tin foil hat.

Why in the world would New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton want to start a 30-year-old gadget player in a playoff run over a 26-year-old, number one overall pick, who led the NFL in passing last year? What in the world could be his reason for not wanting to put Jameis Winston out there, and instead choose QB/RB/WR/TE/PR/KR Taysom Hill?

No matter your opinion on Taysom Hill, you have to admit the decision was at least a little curious at the time. Jameis Winston plays a style of quarterback more similar to the one run by future Hall of Famer Drew...
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Fleurd-de-Links, November 24: More reactions to Taysom Hill’s debut win

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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.

Taysom Hill’s status as the starting QB in Drew Brees’ absence means that Taysom Hill is no longer eligible as a tight end in ESPN’s fantasy football.

Taysom Hill joins Daunte Culpepper as only the second player “in the Super Bowl era with at least 40 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in their first start at quarterback.”

Drew Brees called Taysom Hill’s starting quarterback job as “magnificent.”

During an appearance on WWL Radio, Sean Payton spoke highly of...
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New t-shirt available to commemorate Taysom Hill sticking it to the haters

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“He’s just a gimmick player.”

“He’s just a gadget quarterback.”

“There’s no way Taysom Hill can be an NFL starting quarterback.”

The haters were out there for New Orleans Saints QB/WR/RB/TE Taysom Hill, both outside of the New Orleans Saints fanbase and within. And what did Taysom do Sunday against the division rival Atlanta Falcons?

Hill silenced the haters with 284 yards of offense, completing 78% of his passes, and scoring two touchdowns on his way to leading the Saints to victory.

Not bad for a QB/WR/RB/TE, right?

That’s exactly what our pals at BreakingT, the home of real-time...
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