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FMIA Week 11—Embedded in New Orleans: The Ritz, the Rout and the Reason the Saints Are Unstoppable

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By Peter King | PFT | NBS Sports

NEW ORLEANS — “This is the first time in NFL history a play like this has been run from this formation! Ever!” jovial Saints coach Sean Payton called out to his offensive team Saturday night in a second-floor ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton on Canal Street. This was a man in love with his job.

The NFL’s state-of-the-art offense was doing a final walk-through in the Salon II ballroom before facing the Eagles on Sunday in the Superdome. (New Orleans embarrassed Philadelphia, 48-7, the worst loss ever by a defending Super Bowl champion.) Quite a sight, as the players lined up and...

Saints' defense is suddenly starting to look like the one everyone expected after last year's success

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Sheldon Rankins and Tyeler Davison are expecting another critical meeting when they watch this week’s film with New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen.

The Saints allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to wear their home uniforms to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, but that was only so the Saints could evict them from the Superdome following a 48-7 defeat that saw the defense surrender 196 yards.

Not only that, the Saints intercepted three passes, had three sacks, seven tackles for a loss, five quarterback hits and eight passes defensed. It was a total...

Tag team, back again: Kamara and Ingram inflict heavy damage against Eagles

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

Alvin Kamara loves it.

At this point, he said, he is asking for plays like the first one the New Orleans Saints ran from scrimmage Sunday (Nov. 18) against the Eagles, when the Saints took their explosive second-year running back and used him in one of the most vicious ways possible.

As a decoy.

“It’s unselfish football, that’s it,” Kamara said.

And this is why Kamara is so believable when he says he enjoys these decoy plays: On that first play from scrimmage, a healthy chunk of the Eagles defense flowed with Kamara when he motioned in from out wide and pretended to take a handoff wide to the...

Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith steps up vs. Eagles: ‘This was my time to shine’

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

Even Tre’Quan Smith didn’t see this coming.

In his first nine NFL games, the New Orleans Saints receiver had just 12 catches, and the most he’d caught in a single game was three.

Last week against the Bengals, Smith had zero targets. The Saints scored 51 points and threw the ball 27 times, but it never went in the direction of the rookie who has become the team’s No. 2 receiver.

Things changed on Sunday. Drew Brees frequently looked to Smith, and in the end, he had 10 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown, helping lead the Saints (9-1) to a dominant 48-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at...

Rabalais: Who is going to beat dem Saints? After throttling the Eagles it's a fair question

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By Scott Rabalais | The Advocate

This is what the New Orleans Saints reduced the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to during their 48-7 win Sunday:

• The Eagles went for it on fourth-and-5 from their own 41 with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter — not because they were being crafty, but because they were already desperately behind 31-7.

• Their punter, Cameron Johnston, made a pile-driving tackle on Alvin Kamara out of apparent frustration, a play that after Josh Adams’ lonely 28-yard touchdown run was probably Philly’s next best highlight.

• Eagles quarterback...

Report: Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins explains why he gave middle finger to Sean Payton after Alvin Kamara TD

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Advocate Staff Report

The competitive side of Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins got some extra screen time Sunday afternoon after he was burned by New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara for a touchdown in the Saints' blowout win.

NBC Sports Philadelphia cameras caught Jenkins, a former Saint, flashing the middle finger to Saints coach Sean Payton after the 37-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Kamara on a 4th-and-7 play.

The reason? Jenkins told NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark that it was nothing personal, and more so done out of frustration and his competitive nature. Jenkins...

Saints notebook: Jenkins is the one who got away

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By Advocate Sportswriters

Sunday’s game marked the first trip back to the Superdome for Eagles and former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.

Payton wishes he had never let him leave.

“I hate that he got out of here. That’s probably as big a mistake as we’ve made in our 13 years here,” Payton said candidly.

Jenkins played his first five seasons with the Saints, helping them make their winning Super Bowl run in 2009 as a rookie. But when his contract expired following the 2013 season New Orleans did not make an offer to keep him.

Jenkins instead signed a three-year deal with Philadelphia and became a stalwart on the Super Bowl-winning Eagles last season...

Saints' historic offense maintains incredible pace in rout

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints' offense has gone to ludicrous speed.

The Saints, who have been scoring points this season at the highest rate in NFL history, just routed the reigning champs for their ninth straight victory -- a 48-7 blowout against the Philadelphia Eagles that saw Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram dancing on the sideline for much of the second half.

Drew Brees threw for another 363 yards and four touchdowns Sunday to keep padding his MVP résumé. And the Saints have now scored 45, 51 and 48 points over the past three weeks, respectively -- the most in a three-game span in franchise history.

They are just...

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Saints throttle reigning Super Bowl champion Eagles 48-7 for ninth straight win

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

With about five minutes left in the third quarter on Sunday, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were shown on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome video board dancing on the sideline.

The party started much earlier than most expected.

This one, a 48-7 dismantling of the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, was over early as the Saints extended their winning streak to nine.

The last time the Saints won nine games in a row, they ended the season hoisting a Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions.

Nine seasons later, the streak has reached that number again as the Saints...

Saints vs. Eagles: What went right, what went wrong

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

There’s no stopping the New Orleans Saints right now.

When the NFL released the schedule in April, this game against the Philadelphia Eagles looked like a marquee matchup, but on Sunday (Nov. 18), the Saints proved to be legitimate contenders while making the reigning Super Bowl champions look like a JV team.

The Saints (9-1) crushed the Eagles (4-6), 48-7, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to win their ninth straight game, and they took a three-game lead in the NFC South as the Carolina Panthers lost to the Detroit Lions earlier in the day...

Nine is divine: Saints throttle the defending champion Eagles for ninth straight win

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

There was a moment in the first half when it looked like the Eagles might be about to make a game of it with the New Orleans Saints.

After a miserable start that put them in a 17-0 hole — gaining just 15 net yards on its first three drives — Philadelphia responded by putting together its first touchdown drive of the game and following that up by forcing a Saints three and out. They took the ball back and started marching downfield against the New Orleans defense.

Who knows what would have happened if Carson Wentz would have seen...

Panthers go for 2 and fail late, lose to Lions

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By The Associated Press

DETROIT — Cam Newton threw an incomplete pass on a 2-point conversion with 1:07 left, letting the Detroit Lions hold on for a 20-19 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Newton had time and receiver Jarius Wright open in the end zone, but the star quarterback sailed the pass high. Carolina coach Ron Rivera went for the win after Newton threw his third touchdown pass to DJ Moore, perhaps because usually reliable kicker Graham Gano missed an extra point and a field goal earlier in the game.

The Lions (4-6) recovered an onside kick to seal the victory and end a...

Saints offensive lineman Larry Warford leaves with possible concussion vs. Eagles

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By Christopher Dabe - | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints went into the fourth quarter Sunday (Nov. 18) without starting right guard Larry Warford because of a possible concussion, the team announced. The team later said he was probable to return.

Warford was not on the field when the Saints began their final drive of the third quarter, one that ended with a touchdown that put the Saints ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles 45-7 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. ...

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Close not good enough as Falcons' season continues to fade

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Vaughn McClure | ESPN Staff Writer

ATLANTA -- As much as the Atlanta Falcons try to preach focusing on the next game, they can't ignore what Sunday's last-second loss to the Dallas Cowboys meant in the grand scheme of things.

A team that entered the season touted to be a Super Bowl contender and possibly the first squad to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium now sits at 4-6. According to ESPN Stats & Information, only 12 teams out of 163 since 1990 have qualified for the playoffs after starting 4-6.

The last team to do it was the 2016 Green Bay Packers, who rattled of six consecutive victories to finish 10-6...


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