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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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New Orleans Saints YouTube Channel

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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WATCH: CSC’s What Just Happened talks Saints 27-24 win against Carolina Panthers

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The Saints close out another divisional win to improve to 4-2 on the season after a 27-24 victory over the Teddy Bridgewater-lead Carolina Panthers. The Saints defense struggled early but tightened up for a couple of clutch plays by Marcus Davenport. A young wideout keeps the New Orleans passing attack lethal and the run game keeps churning. The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Saints’ win.

Top performers, things we liked, and things that still bother us even when we expect them all in this week’s What Just Happened?

In our newest YouTube video, Ross Jackson recaps the action around...
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3 Biggest takeaways from the New Orleans Saints vs the Carolina Panthers

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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I will start this by being completely honest, I thought this matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers was going to be a massive stumble for the Saints. New Orleans was lacking its top two wide receivers, the secondary was and continues to be in shambles, and Teddy Bridgewater had been lighting it up the past few weeks. It was a perfect recipe for disaster, luckily, I was dead wrong.

However, this matchup did highlight some incredible highs, especially for the offense, while also showcasing the biggest weaknesses this team has moving forward. Here are my biggest...
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NFL, NFLPA: 19 positive COVID-19 tests between October 18-24

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The NFL and NFL Players Association have given weekly updates on the COVID-19 testing numbers around the league and the latest release came out on Tuesday.

Over a period between October 18 and October 24, the league administered 42,687 tests to a total of 7,817 players and team personnel. There were 19 positive tests in that group.

Eight of the positive tests belonged to players. There were 16,799 tests taken by 2,491 players.

The Raiders, Saints, Panthers, Jaguars, Bills, and Falcons all placed players on the reserve/COVID-19 list over the last week. Some of the players were deemed...
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Life of a Saint: Morten Andersen

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Just picture it. The movie opens like this:

You hear the thumps of a foot hitting the pigskin a few times. But then, as the movie fades in, you don’t see some hot shot kid on campus, but rather a 45-year old veteran practicing at a local park. He’s 20-months removed from his NFL career, and refuses to let go.

As the little leaguers arrive to that same park, the kicker is met with strange looks by both the young players and their parents. Whether it was simply because of his age or his mis-matched uniform, there was noticeable scrutiny in their eyes. He is forced to defer the field to the...
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Watch Saints fans reflect on 1st live game in Superdome: 'I feel safe' ... 'we can fit more'

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The Saints' win was only one major storyline from Week 8 in New Orleans. The other: 3,000 Who Dats getting into the building for the first time in the 2020 season.

That number in attendance for the Saints' victory over the Carolina Panthers represented less than 5% of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's capacity, but represented a significant benchmark as city and team officials move forward in the new normal amid coronavirus pandemic.

Reflecting outside the Superdome after the game, several fans applauded the team's handling of the gameday experience, feelings of safety with the many...
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Saints vs. Panthers: Five Numbers That Do Not Lie

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Someone said: “Numbers Never Lie.” And that was a lie, because sometimes numbers do lie. But they don’t lie all the time, and that’s the truth.


In what was perhaps their best offensive game of the season, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-24 on Sunday afternoon to move to 4-2, a half-game behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Bucs (5-2). New Orleans converted a remarkable 12-of-14 third down attempts (86%), ran up 415 yards on Carolina, with 138 yards of those on the ground, and a juicy 4.8 yard-per-rush average. Drew Brees threw the ball downfield and had a...
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New Orleans Saints: Important quotes from Week 7

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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The New Orleans Saints are perfecting the art of winning ugly this season; if there’s anything we learned in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Carolina Panthers, it’s that they never panic. New Orleans knows how to win when it matters. The Saints have stumbled along the way to a 4-2 record, but, sloppily or not, they know how to remain methodical and execute. In the face of adversity, the Saints are at their best. When the chips are down, Drew Brees is at his best – in control, decisive, and flawless in execution.

These traits were perhaps best displayed in Week 7’s nail-biting win. Brees...
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Antonio Brown officially signs with the Buccaneers

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Antonio Brown will be getting his latest second chance in Tampa.

Per multiple reports, the Buccaneers officially have signed Brown to a one-year deal.

He’ll be eligible to practice and play after Tampa Bay’s Week Eight game at the Giants. Which means he’ll make his debut on Sunday, November 8 against the Saints on Sunday Night Football.

It was against the Saints in December 2018 that the football-following world last saw Brown perform at a high level. In a game at the Superdome, Brown caught 14 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. A late fumble from receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster...
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CSC’s Week 8 fantasy football waiver wire

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The Saints seem to have found another late draft day gem of a wide receiver wearing the number 12 in the form of Tennessee product Marquez Callaway. The UDFA led the Saints in targets and receiving yards on Sunday, and helped the Saints offense to deal with the absences of Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. It is looking unlikely that Thomas will be able to play next week in Chicago, and Sanders may not be off the Covid-19 list by Sunday, so if you are looking for a short term replacement with some upside at WR, Callaway could be your guy.

Shepard returned from injury Thursday night and...
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Fleur-de-Links, October 27: Saints keeping an eye on Hurricane Zeta

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A look at the way Michael Thomas, Cameron Jordan, and Saints fans reacted to the Saints’ win over the Carolina Panthers.

The Saints became the only team to have two games with more than an 85% conversion rate on third downs since data has been recording in 1991.

Sean Payton says they’re “certainly paying attention” to Hurricane Zeta and tracking its course as it enters the Gulf of Mexico.

FOX Sports pundit and NFL insider Jay Glazer spoke on the friction between Sean Payton and Michael Thomas, saying, “I do think there is still room for Mike Thomas and Sean Payton to get back on the...
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Bears vs. Rams: Monday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Los Angeles Rams host the Chicago Bears tonight in the “City of Champions”. These two teams, surprisingly or not, have shown to be two of the early contenders in the NFC playoff picture. Can Chicago’s defense slow this game down enough for their offense? Will the Rams offense set the tempo early? Let’s tune in and find out!

Enjoy the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!

The easiest way to watch NFL action on your TV, smartphone, or streaming device is through fuboTV. fuboTV provides you access to live sports and TV without cable. You get access to all of the major...
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Marquez Callaway may have surprised some Sunday, but the Saints have been seeing this

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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It would have been a surprise to a lot of people back in August if you would have said by Week 7, the New Orleans Saints would have been leaning on undrafted rookie wide receiver Marquez Callaway to keep their passing game afloat.

And maybe coach Sean Payton would have been surprised too, to a degree — nobody would have guessed the Saints would have been going into a game without either of their top two receivers, Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. But then again, the coach saw something in Callaway that others weren’t privy to in the shortened 2020 offseason.

“Normally, you might have...
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Payton addresses Saints secondary concerns, praises many facets of offense from win over Panthers

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Things were not looking good for the New Orleans Saints late in the first half Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers had taken a 17-14 lead with 1:37 to play in the half on a 7-yard touchdown pass from ex-Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to DJ Moore.

Then came a patented Drew Brees drive.

Brees guided the Saints on an eight play, 75-yard drive and with two seconds to play in the half, Brees connected with Deonte Harris on a 4-yard touchdown pass to give the Saints a 21-17 lead at halftime.

Sean Payton reiterated his comment Sunday that the score right before the half...
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Saints revert Austin Carr, Juwan Johnson and Will Clapp back to the practice squad

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Offensive lineman Will Clapp and wide receivers Austin Carr and Juwan Johnson all reverted back to the practice squad Monday after being elevated to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

All three played more than 10 % of the offensive snaps Sunday, as the New Orleans Saints were without regular starters Michael Thomas (hamstring), Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) and Nick Easton (concussion).

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, made his NFL debut.

New NFL rules this season allow for players to be called up twice from the practice squad in a given season and revert...
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