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NFL Week 12: Saints on top of the NFC playoff picture before MNF

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Week 12’s matchup for “Monday Night Football” will help solidify the NFC playoff picture a little more, but for the New Orleans Saints have positioned themselves to where it doesn’t matter who wins between the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles.

The same can’t be said for the rest of the contenders in the NFC. An expected Seahawks victory would put Seattle in the second seed, ahead of the Green Bay Packers; an Eagles home upset would send a ripple effect throughout the standings. If Philadelphia surprises with a win, they would replace the New York Giants at the fourth seed as NFC East leaders and Seattle would fall to the fifth seed, with the Los Angeles Rams surpassing them in the NFC West.

Then again, we’re only in Week 12. There are still five weeks of football ahead, and plenty of time for the Saints to either lock up or lose the first seed, and the valuable first-round bye that comes with it. Here are your current NFC playoff standings ahead of Monday night’s kickoff: ...

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Sean Payton: Coach of the Year Candidate?

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Sean Payton's coaching in 2020 goes beyond the "X's and O's" and "W's and L's." Instead, the intangibles of coaching and leadership are the reasons he deserves candidacy for 2020 Coach of the Year.

By Kyle.T. Moseley | SI

A look back at how it all started for Payton in New Orleans. It began with a coup is signing a franchise quarterback in free agency away from Nick Saban and the Miami Dolphins. Next, the Texans GM Charley Casserly makes a conservative pick and selects defensive end, Mario Williams over college superstar and Heisman trophy winner Reggie Bush in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Without a doubt, Payton and Loomis were drafting Bush at #2 overall. The remainder of the 2006 Saints Draft Class went on to have solid careers in the NFL - Reggie Bush (1st-Saints HOF), Roman Harper (3rd-Saints HOF), Jahri Evans (4th-potential Hall of Famer), Rob Ninkovich (5th), Mike Hass (6th), Josh Lay (6th), Zach Strief (7th-Saints Radio Announcer), and Marques Colston (7th-Saints HOF). Only the 2017 Draft Class rivals 2006's.

Sean Payton has one Super Bowl Championship, a 2006 Coach of the Year honor, three NFC Championship appearances, and many NFL offensive records as a coach. After 15 years in New Orleans, this may be his finest season of all, and should be considered for the 2020 NFL Coach of the Year. ...

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Saints defenders tip their hats to Broncos WR-turned-QB Kendall Hinton

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Everyone appreciated how difficult a situation Kendall Hinton was thrust into — including his New Orleans Saints opponents. The practice squad wide receiver and former Wake Forest passer woke up this weekend and learned that he was going to start at quarterback for the Denver Broncos without having taken a single snap in practice after Denver’s entire depth chart was wiped out by COVID-19.

No, his numbers were not impressive. He went just 1-of-9 as a passer for 13 yards, adding 7 rushing yards on a pair of carries. But there aren’t many people who can go into a game and even complete a pass on such short notice against such a stout defense, which Saints captains Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis found commendable:

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Sean Payton Shares Honest Admission With Taysom Hill’s Passing

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By Tzvi Machlin | The Spun

Through his first two NFL stars, Taysom Hill really hasn’t needed to do all that much as a passer. That may be a problem for head coach Sean Payton in the evaluation process heading into 2021. But he addressed the issue today.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Payton called it “a Catch-22” for Hill to do so little as a passer against the Denver Broncos in their 31-3 win. But Payton was in no mood to discuss that aspect of the game on his Victory Monday.

Instead, Payton admonished the media for not giving his team enough credit for how good they were in the running game. Hill, Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara combined for over 220 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

But Taysom Hill rarely decided to air out the ball. He threw the ball just 16 times, completing nine passes for 78 yards and tossing an interception. ...

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Taysom Hill admits Saints went to conservative game plan after finding out Broncos quarterback situation

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The Saints ran the ball 44 times in their Week 12 win over the Broncos

By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

Taysom Hill has won both his starts as the New Orleans Saints quarterback, even if has last game left a lot to be desired throwing the football. Hill was just 9 of 16 for 78 yards with an interception (43.2 passer rating) in New Orleans' 31-3 victory over Denver -- missing a few reads and struggling to release the football over the course of the game.

The Saints ran the football 44 times -- or 69.9% of the time -- in the victory, which wasn't a direct result of Hill struggling to throw the football. Running the ball was part of the game plan, thanks to the Broncos' quarterback dilemma regarding COVID-19.

"Going into the game, the game plan changed in the last 24 hours so my mindset changed as well," Hill said. "I really became a game manager at that point and certainly the way Sean [Payton] called the game reflected that. We're not going to take any unnecessary risks that put our defense in a bad situation. ...

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CSC’s Week 13 fantasy football waiver wire

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Murray has actually received a higher share of touches than Alvin Kamara in the two games in which Taysom Hill has started. His role has increased in the last two games with the Saints going more run heavy and utilizing a true committee backfield with Brees out of the lineup. Murray should continue to see an increased role in the offense and has a chance to turn it into a high scoring output over the next two weeks against two favorable matchups.

Will Fuller V has been suspended for six games for PED usage. This now creates an opportunity for Coutee to be the Texans #2 receiver for the...
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The anger of some Broncos fans is misplaced

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As we all know, fan is short for fanatic, so irrational reactions are what characterizes sports aficionados across the globe. It is what makes fans awesome sometimes, and other times, not-so-much. Anger, ridiculous displays of elation, booing Santa, filing lawsuits because of a no call. The list of head-scratching behaviors, all linked to their team’s (mis)fortunes is long.

In the case of the 2020 Denver Broncos, it was a whole lot of anger and indignation after their team had to play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon without any of its four quarterback options, due to COVID-19...
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“Kwontifying” Alexander’s immediate impact with the New Orleans Saints

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10 combined tackles, one pass defended, and one fumble recovery.

That’s what you would see if you were to “box score scout” your way through linebacker Kwon Alexander’s immediate impact over his first three games with the New Orleans Saints. It doesn’t tell the whole story by any means.

Even the advanced statistics undersell exactly how great the former San Francisco 49er has been with the Saints’ defense.

Per Pro Football Focus, Alexander had one hurry as a pass rusher, four missed tackles and five defensive stops. In coverage, He also allowed 5/7 receiving for 36 yards and an 83.0...
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Overreactions from the Saints ugly win over the Broncos

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The New Orleans Saints won a clunker of a game on Sunday afternoon when the team defeated a quarterback-less Denver Broncos. Some will say “a win is a win” but if you watched the same game we did, you know that’s not the truth. Despite an 8-2 record after a 31-3 victory, we still have fans overreacting on every platform of social media. It’s understandable based on the offense’s performance, but at the end of the day, there is not a ton we can take away from the game.

However, that didn’t stop the entirety of Who Dat Nation from making their thoughts and feelings known. Here are some of...
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CSC Podcast: Saints Dominate in Denver 31-3

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New Orleans Saints analysts for Canal St Chronicles Brenden Ertle and Nate Williamson breakdown the Saints beating the QB-less Broncos 31-3. We discuss, not to overreact about Taysom Hill, break out game for Latavius Murray and the Saints defense has become one of the leagues best.

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 find your podcasts! The voices behind the microphones are Brenden and Nate, you can find them on Twitter, @Brendenertle and @NateJWSports.

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Fleur-de-Links, December 1: Saints are still poised to win the NFC South

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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.

Sean Payton has excused Taysom Hill’s performance against the Denver Broncos, saying, “Taysom played this thing just how I wanted him to play it.”

In Kevin Hart’s recent interview with Reggie Bush, Bush revealed that he was excited to be drafted by the Houston Texans, and when that fell through, his agents were excited for him to go to the New York Jets, but Sean Payton picked up Reggie Bush instead.

According to Westgate SuperBook, the New Orleans Saints are the...
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Walker: Saints DL Ryan Glasgow earns bragging rights over big brother, Broncos OL Graham Glasgow

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Sports columnist
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When Ryan Glasgow returns home to DeKalb, Illinois, he'll still have the household bragging rights.

Glasgow plays defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints.

Big brother Graham plays guard for the Denver Broncos.

On Sunday, the two went head-to-head on several plays in the Saints' 31-3 victory.

It's the second time the two have played each other in an NFL game. The first time was three seasons ago during Ryan's rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals when Graham was with the Detroit Lions.

Ryan and the Bengals won that one too, giving him a 2-0 edge in the Glasgow series.

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Seahawks vs. Eagles: Monday Night Football open thread

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The Philadelphia Eagles host the Seattle Seahawks tonight in the City of Brotherly Love. This is a rematch of their Wild Card matchup this past January. Will Russell Wilson dominate the Philly defense? Can Philly find a way to exploit the Seattle defense? Let’s tune in to find out!

Follow 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 networks including CBS, NBC, FOX, and now ESPN...
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Payton not about winning seasons, downplays Saints top-rated defense ranking

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The Saints clinched a fourth straight winning season with the 31-3 win Sunday at Denver, but head coach Sean Payton appreciates it but downplayed its significance.

“There’s a lot of things that you look back on and get excited about,” Payton said. “Four straight winning seasons, that probably tells me that coming from a program that hasn’t had much success or history of success. I’m being just honest. I’m glad that four in a row. Our aspirations are much higher than that, than having a winning season. That’s all. I don’t really look at that and footnote it.”

In the aftermath of a...
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Walker: Saints clinching winning record doesn't mean much now, but that wasn't always the case

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Sports columnist
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At one time when a winning season was a big deal for the New Orleans Saints.

Just ask Bobby Hebert, the Saints' quarterback in 1987 when the team went to Pittsburgh and beat the Steelers to earn their eighth win in a strike-shortened 15-game season to clinch the franchise's first winning season ever.

"I'll never forget how emotional coach (Jim) Mora was in the locker room after the game," Hebert said. "I remember him saying 'No one can ever say again the Saints haven't had a winning season.' He was getting all choked up about it."

The Saints had spent 20 seasons, most well below the...
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Rheem Morris “hopeful” Julio Jones, Todd Gurley will return Sunday

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Though wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Todd Gurley were out on Sunday, you’d never have known based on Atlanta browbeating Las Vegas 43-6.

Both former All-Pros could be back against New Orleans in Week 13. Jones was out with a hamstring injury and Gurley with a knee injury.

“I’m definitely hopeful for everybody to get back, particularly the guys that missed the game,” Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris said Monday, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “See where they are at, see if they can get ready for the Saints.”

Jones has played eight games...
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Drew Brees got mental reps by watching Saints on TV with play sheet in hand

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees did not attend Sunday’s game against the Broncos as he continues to recuperate from broken ribs and a punctured lung, but he was in the game mentally.

Brees said he watched the game on TV not on his couch with a beer, but on his feet, holding a play sheet and trying to anticipate what coach Sean Payton would call and how each play would work.

“I didn’t sit down. I had my call sheet in hand and as the situations would arise, based on what I knew from the week and our conversations last night, just tried to anticipate what was gonna be called. Honestly, just...
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Saints grow NFC South lead on Bucs, Panthers eliminated; see where things stand after Week 12

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Things change, standings change, but one thing stays the same: The Saints are still free and clear in the NFC playoff race after Week 12.

With a full game cushion on the Packers in the pursuit of the NFC's top seed and an even wider gap developing in the NFC South, as long as the wins come, so will a 4th consecutive NFC South title and the lone bye in the playoffs.

The Saints and Packers both won in Week 12, while the Bucs, Rams and Cardinals each suffered tough losses that worsened their positioning in the playoff race.

The Falcons blew out the Raiders to keep their slim NFC South...
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Taysom Hill played how the Saints wanted in 2nd start, even if style points were lacking

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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DENVER — Taysom Hill had to search for the right way to qualify start No. 2 as an NFL quarterback.

On one hand, his top priority is to ensure his team won, and the New Orleans Saints did just that, cruising to what felt like an easy 31-3 victory considering his Broncos counterpart was a receiver on the practice squad just a day before.

On the other hand, the Saints decided late — Saturday night, or early Sunday morning — that the best way to get to that end was to have Hill execute a conservative game plan.

Hill attempted only 16 passes against the Broncos, completing nine of them for...
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