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Drew Brees excellent throughout, Marcus Davenport comes up with big sack in New Orleans Saints victory against Panthers

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Brees completed 29 of 36 passes, Davenport's first sack of season knocks
Carolina out of FG range

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Big-time players made a few big-time plays in some of the biggest moments Sunday for the New Orleans Saints.

That's a good way to describe how the Saints (4-2) managed to pull out their 27-24 victory over Carolina (3-4) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans' third straight victory of the season.

A couple of noteworthy individuals helped pave the way.

OFFENSE: Drew Brees was really, really good against the Panthers. Did I say really good? I meant, REALLY good. Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran – actually, dived – for New Orleans' third touchdown. The Saints converted 12 of 14 third-down attempts; on third down, Brees completed all nine pass attempts for 110 yards and seven first downs. And his 1-yard touchdown run came on third down, too. The Saints needed Brees to be as accurate as he was Sunday, especially playing without receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. In fact, rookie free agent receiver Marquez Callaway (eight catches for a team-leading 75 yards) could have been a pick here, as well as running back Alvin Kamara (148 yards...

Marquez Callaway 'just went out there and had fun' in win vs. Panthers

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By Amos T Morale III | WWL Radio

Undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway wears the same number, 12, as a former Saints great Marques Colston.

“Well obviously everybody knows who he is,” Callaway said. “And coaches and players told me as soon as I got here, when they found out I was wearing number 12… I think the coaches RC (Ronald Curry) and CJ (Curtis Johnson), the receiver coaches, told me it was some big shoes to fill. But, ain’t no backing down, I'm ready to step up to the challenge. And have fun doing it.”

And much like Colston, who was also a longshot to make the roster led New Orleans his first season, did many times throughout his career, Callaway led the Saints in receiving, hauling in eight receptions for 75 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win against the Panthers.

“He played well today,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “If he’s finding open areas, it’s probably because it’s zone. If it’s man (coverage), we are moving. We saw him have a good training camp and we have seen him progress. A handful of guys really stepped up today and played, maybe, a different role than they are used to. That is just part of the deal right now.”

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Saints' Cam Jordan takes shot at Antonio Brown: 'He's got to get to Week 9'

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By John Healy | RADIO.COM

Antonio Brown is eligible to return to the field Week 9 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which would be a game against division rival New Orleans Saints.

But one Saints player isn’t banking on seeing Brown then just yet.

Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan raised skepticism about Brown with what appeared to be a shot at the wide receiver in a comment to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio on Sunday night.

“He’s got to get to Week Nine,” Jordan said.

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3 Takeaways from Saints Victory Over Panthers

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By BtBoylan | SI

The New Orleans Saints (4-2) defeated the Carolina Panthers (3-4) by the score of 27-24 in front of 3,000 fans inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. The victory is New Orleans' third consecutive win and their second over an NFC SOUTH opponent this season. The Saints now sit a half-game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated the Raiders Sunday afternoon, for first place in the NFC SOUTH.

Below are three takeaways from the Saints Week 7 victory over the Panthers...


The New Orleans Saints entered Sunday's action without their two top wide receivers, Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (reserve/COVID-19). With questions on who would catch passes from Brees, WR Marquez Callaway, RB Alvin Kamara, and WR Tre'quan Smith provided the “next man up mentality,” eclipsing nearly 200 yards receiving against the Panthers.

Brees threw for 287 yards and 2 TDs en route to become the first player in NFL history to complete 7,000 passes. The Saints' offense has begun humming again after a slow start to the season. New Orleans entered the week averaging over 30 points per game and were right on average scoring 27 on Sunday.

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Brees' clutch precision lifts Saints past Panthers, 27-24

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By Brett Martel (AP) | WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees’ veteran savvy and enduring skill as a passer were enough for the Saints to overcome the loss of two top receivers in the past few days.

Brees completed 80.6% of his passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and the 41-year-old rushed for a 1-yard score to lead New Orleans to a 27-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The vintage performance by the NFL’s all-time leading passer came after the Saints had to adjust their game plan because of Michael Thomas’ hamstring injury on Wednesday and Emmanuel Sanders’ positive COVID-19 test following Thursday’s practice.

“Each week, it’s finding a different way to win,” Brees said. “Each week, it’s finding different guys that are having to step up and contribute in ways that maybe they haven’t in the past.

“So I can’t say enough about guys’ resolve and resilience to be able to do that,” Brees added.

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Saints fans celebrate a win after fans allowed inside dome for the first time this season

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By Amanda Roberts | WVUE - FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Today was the first home game where Saints fans were allowed inside the dome. While fans say they were the deciding factor in the win, Superdome coordinators say everything behind the scenes ran seamlessly.

Even with only 3,000 fans, the energy was palpable coming out of the dome, especially coming off of a win against the Carolina panthers.

“It’s so great, like a regular Sunday all over again feels great it’s like my second home,” Tim Branch said.

“It was a blessing it was like something exciting, and I love the Saints, I’m the number one Saints fan,” Valerie Myles said.

For Kenny and Trisha Earskin coming from Texas, this was their first experience inside the Dome, though they say they wouldn’t change it for anything.

“It was the first game back we couldn’t miss it and this is the first of many first many,” Kenny and Trisha Earskin said.

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Game recap - New Orleans Saints defeat Carolina Panthers 27-24

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By Sam Shannon |

The New Orleans Saints earned a hard fought 27-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers with 3,000 fans in attendance for the first time this season at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees found a rhythm on the opening possession, driving 75 yards which ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jared Cook. The score marked the first time the Saints scored a touchdown on the opening possession of a game in the 2020 season.

With two of his top targets inactive for Sunday's contest, Brees relied on undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, Tre'Quan Smith and Alvin Kamara in the passing game. Star receivers Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (Covid-19) were absent. Thomas hasn't played since the team's opening week win over Tampa Bay.

Brees completed 29-of-36 passes for 287 yards and two scores. In a standout performance, Callaway hauled in eight catches for 75 yards. The Saints were 12 of 14 on third down and never punted. ...

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Saints Panthers Postgame Show | Week 7 2020

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Includes post game pressers with Payton, Brees, Kamara, Davenport, Callaway, Ruiz and Demario Davis.

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Sean Payton Talks Win | Saints-Panthers Postgame | 2020 Week 7

Saints Edge Panthers in Game of Inches

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Photo Credit - Matthew Hinton - Charlotte Observer

Schuyler Callihan | SI

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints got off to a great start by striking first on the opening drive, which ate up nearly eight and a half minutes off the clock. Brees was a perfect 6/6 on the drive with four of those completions coming out of the backfield to running back Alvin Kamara. The drive ended with a beautiful catch by tight end Jared Cook in the back corner of the end zone that was tightly contested by safety Tre Boston.

Carolina responded with a score of their own on their first drive of the day but as the theme has been all season long, a nice drive that stalled out, resulting in a Joey Slye 43-yard field goal. However, the field goal try would not have been possible if Teddy Bridgewater hadn't escaped from pressure, rolling to his left and delivered a strike to a diving Curtis Samuel earlier in the drive. Bridgewater took a healthy hit on the throw but put the ball right on the money.

The Saints continued their offensive prowess on the next drive as running back Latavius Murray ripped off a 25-yard run up the middle to get the offense in motion and Brees sliced and diced the Panthers' secondary up the field before calling his own number on a QB sneak to punch in a one yard touchdown. ...

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Tom Brady, Drew Brees may pass the NFL TD pass record back and forth many times

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady broke a major NFL record on Sunday, and it hardly got any attention. Perhaps because that record is likely to be broken again the following Sunday — and then broken again the day after that.

The record is the most career passing touchdowns, which is now owned by Brady with 559. The record previously belonged to Drew Brees, who currently has 558.

When Brees and the Saints play on Sunday against the Bears, Brees (who averages about two touchdown passes a game this season) is likely to break the record once again. And then Brady and the Buccaneers play on...
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Fleur-de-Links, October 26: Saints emerge victorious against Carolina Panthers following bye week

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A recap of the Saints victory of the Carolina Panthers from Canal Street Chronicles.

After testing positive for COVID-19, Emmanuel Sanders missed the Saints week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers.

With Emmanuel Sanders and Ken Crawley on the COVID/Reserve list, the Saints called up Juwan Johnson and Austin Carr as replacements.

In addition to Ken Crawley and Emmanuel Sanders, Michael Thomas, Nick Easton, D.J. Swearinger, Malcolm Roach, and Derrick Kelly all missed the Saints game against the Carolina Panthers.

Marquez Callaway, who was seen limping and hopping off the field late in...
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Tom Brady passes Drew Brees for NFL passing touchdowns record

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady's four passing touchdowns on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders leapfrogged him ahead of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for the NFL's career passing touchdowns record.

Brady broke Brees' record with a short pass to Tyler Johnson in the fourth quarter of the Buccaneers' decisive win over the Raiders.

Brees first broke Peyton Manning's old record of 539 last season in the Saints' win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15. Brady tied Manning's mark in Week 16 of last season, ending the 2019 season with 541 career touchdowns, while...
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How was Saints' 1st game with fans in Superdome? For these lucky Who Dats, it was 'phenomenal'

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Michelle Pohlmann did a split on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome plaza before the Saints-Panthers matchup on Sunday. She was celebrating the first game of the season Who Dats were allowed to attend. “It’s my signature party move,” she said. “I haven’t done it in a while, since there hasn’t been a lot of partying because of the coronavirus.”

Pohlman’s gymnastic feat was all the more remarkable because she’s 8½ months pregnant. “I said, 'I bet I still got it,'” she said. “And I did.” Pohlman said jokingly that the stress of the 27-24 Saints victory was so intense that “I could have gone into...
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NFL, Buccaneers will be monitoring pending sexual assault lawsuit against Antonio Brown

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Receiver Antonio Brown can join the Buccaneers after Week Eight. That doesn’t put him in the clear, however.

The league reserves the right to impose further discipline against Brown based on evidence developing during the civil sexual assault lawsuit still pending against Brown. The lawsuit, filed in September 2019 by Britney Taylor, is due to go to trial in December.

“No conclusions have been reached in the ongoing investigation of that matter,” an NFL spokesman told PFT by email on Sunday. “We are monitoring developments and we will evaluate any additional information that we receive...
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How the 1st sack of the season for Saints DE Marcus Davenport changed the game

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints only had one sack on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but it came when it counted the most.

The Panthers were facing a third-and-11 situation from the 39-yard line, trying to win or tie the game with a little over two minutes to play.

With quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the shotgun formation, he looked downfield to pass upon receiving the snap.

But Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport — in his second game back from injury — made a beeline toward Bridgewater as he cut inside inside while safety Malcolm Jenkins battled with the left tackle, leaving...
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Teddy Bridgewater's return: From big plays to a seat on Saints' bench; here's how it happened

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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There were no chants of "Ted-dy, Ted-dy" this time around.

Perhaps there would have been — at least during pregame — if the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was packed like it was this time a year ago when Teddy Bridgewater led the Saints to five consecutive victories when he replaced an injured Drew Brees.

Saints fans and players still appreciate what Bridgewater did last year.

And Bridgewater appreciates his time in New Orleans.

Bridgewater, now the starter for the Carolina Panthers, did his best to treat his return to the city he called home the past two seasons as normal as possible.

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Saints show Panthers that there’s no substitute for the real thing

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NEW ORLEANS – When Matt Rhule took over as Carolina Panthers head coach in the offseason, he followed the blueprint for success of the New Orleans Saints.

He hired Joe Brady to be his offensive coordinator and signed Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent to run Brady’s offense.

Brady had cut his NFL coaching teeth as an offensive assistant under Saints coach Sean Payton for two seasons before becoming LSU’s passing game coordinator and helping the Tigers win the CFP championship last season.

Bridgewater and Brady crossed paths in New Orleans in 2018, the first of Bridgewater’s two seasons...
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The Saints navigated a crisis again, and it was evident how they'd do it from the start

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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If success in the NFL is about how teams go about solving unexpected problems, then New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton’s method is to plug away at something until the full array of solutions are available, even if that means bypassing some sleep.

The Saints were faced with one of those problems that brings about sleepless nights this week. They likely had a solid indication they’d be without Michael Thomas again, but it wasn’t until after Thursday’s practice when they found out their other top receiver, Emmanuel Sanders, tested positive for the coronavirus.

In addition to the hole in...
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Saints win down top WRs with 3 a.m. game plan

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NEW ORLEANS -- Maybe the New Orleans Saints should start putting all of their game plans together at 3 a.m. on Friday mornings.

Somehow the Saints (4-2) managed their most impressive offensive performance of the year in a 27-24 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, even though they had to keep adjusting on the fly when receiver Michael Thomas suffered a hamstring injury early in the week and receiver Emmanuel Sanders tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon.

Since the Saints had already installed so much of their offense with Sanders as part of the plan, coach Sean Payton...
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Tom Brady ties Drew Brees with his 558th career touchdown pass

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The all-time passing touchdowns record is going to come down to who plays longer.

Tom Brady tied Drew Brees‘ NFL record with the 558th of his career. Brees threw two touchdown passes Sunday in the victory over the Panthers, and Brady has three so far against the Raiders.

Tampa Bay leads Las Vegas 38-20 late in the fourth quarter.

Peyton Manning finished his career with 539 before Brees and then Brady passed him.

Brady’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin with 6:40 remaining tied Brees. It followed earlier touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and Scotty Miller.

Brady is 31-of-43 for...
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Walker: 3,000 fans brought some "juice" to the Dome Sunday, and so did the Saints' offense

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Daniel Alamillo has never been in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when it's rocking with 70,000-plus fans.

So the California native settled for the next best thing, catching a flight from California to be among the 3,000 fans allowed in the Dome on Sunday for the Saints' pivotal game against the Carolina Panthers.

"An amazing experience with a beautiful crowd," Alamillo said. "The soul of the city remains alive all through COVID-19."

Alamillo, 29, says he's been a Saints fan since he was 10.

He fell in love with the colors.

"And I fell in love with the history," he said.

The Saints took...
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How clutch were Saints on 3rd down vs. Panthers? They did something NFL hasn't seen in 3 decades

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, the New Orleans Saints enjoyed one of the best offensive performances on third down by any team in the last 30 years.

New Orleans converted 12 of its 14 third down attempts, an 85.7 % success rate. Pro Football Reference has single-game third-down data going back to the 1991 season, and prior to Sunday’s game, only one team had ever converted better than 85 % of its third downs (minimum eight attempts): The 2008 Saints.

Prior to Sunday, no other NFL team had converted better than 77 % of its third down attempts this season.

Quarterback Drew Brees...
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Marquez Callaway says he's 'all good' after injury late in big game, win over Panthers

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Marquez Callaway took full advantage of his opportunity for the Saints in Week 7, and he appears to have dodged an injury scare in the process.

The rookie wide receiver told reporters after the game that he was fine after hobbling off the field and into the blue medical tent following the last of his 8-catch performance.

"I'm good," Callaway said after the Saints' 27-24 win. "Just got a little dinged up. But it's all good."

The injury occurred with just over 7 minutes remaining the fourth quarter after Callaway secured a 7-yard catch short of the first-down marker. The play helped set...
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