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Where are Cardinals, Chargers, other potential Sean Payton suitors picking in 2023 draft?

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By John Sigler | SaintsWire

Week 12 is in the books and the 2023 NFL draft order projections have updated, so it’s as good a time as any to speculate on which teams might be in the hunt for Sean Payton — and what the New Orleans Saints could gain should he move on to a new team in a few months.

But let’s start with the Saints. They traded their 2023 first round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles so they could get another first rounder in 2022 (which became left tackle Trevor Penning), and right now that draft choice is projected to fall at No. 6 overall. That gives the Super Bowl-contender Eagles a highly valuable draft pick which the Saints could dearly use.

The good news is the Saints could end up with a high first rounder of their own should Payton be traded to a new team in 2023. Some franchises have already been linked to his interests, and others make sense as long-shot suitors, so let’s take a look at where each of them are slotted in: ...

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Allen wants Saints focused more on execution than standings

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By Brett Martel - AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As difficult as Dennis Allen’s first year as the Saints’ coach has been, New Orleans could climb right back into the NFC South race by winning its next game.

Just don’t expect Allen to be touting that fact this week.

While technically accurate, it’s not necessarily representative of the product the Saints (4-8) have put on the field.

“I don’t think we can pay attention to the standings too much,” Allen said Monday after reviewing video of yet another loss this season in which his team was plagued by botched execution at critical moments.

Two turnovers, untimely penalties and a missed field goal during a 13-0 loss at San Francisco on Sunday provided the latest examples of the mistake-prone play that has plagued the Saints much of this season. ...

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Saints Blanked by 49ers: By The Numbers

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On Sunday, the New Orleans Saints (4-8) were blanked 13-0 by the San Francisco 49ers (7-4). Despite the shutout, New Orleans remains 1.5 games out of first place in the NFC South.

With the loss, the Saints drop to 1-4 on the season away from home and have another difficult road test in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans still plays their three NFC South foes one more time this season, leaving the door open for the NFC South crown. But their offense will need to show signs of life and fast.

Let's dive inside the numbers of the Saints' Week 12 loss to the 49ers.

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Saints Playoff Hopes Are Alive and Kicking, Here's How!

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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The Who Dat Nation has fans with the biggest hearts in the National Football League. Loyal, passionate, and praying for a miracle! Remember, these residents have persevered through hurricanes, floodings, and numerous heartbreaks from the New Orleans Saints over the years.

Well, it's the holiday season, and we're spreading statistical hope for Saints fans and the team's playoff dreams.

My SNN colleague Bob Rose says the Saints are playing in the "Woeful" and "Incredibly Dreadful" NFC South. Well, he had a few other choice words, but we can't print them here.

Five games remain in the...
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The Starting 11 — NFL dives into December with three games pairing first-place teams

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It’s the gutsiest decision in all of sports.

With little or no time left on the fourth-quarter clock, after a touchdown cuts your deficit to one point, do you kick a game-tying point-after and play for the win in overtime? Or, do you go for two?

After JUSTIN HERBERT threw a touchdown pass to AUSTIN EKELER with 15 seconds left, pulling the Chargers to within 24-23 last week at Arizona, head coach BRANDON STALEY made the call.

And the byproduct of Staley’s faith and trust in his players was their faith and trust in him.

“It just goes to show how much he really believes in us, the courage...
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Saints vs 49ers rewatch: Anatomy of a smothering

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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There are no moral victories for a 4-8 football team.

So while there were some positive things to take away from the New Orleans Saints’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers, they don’t really matter in the grand scheme of this season. The Saints went into a road game against a tough opponent desperate to get a win, and they ensured they would not get one when they went the entire game without scoring.

We’ve already gone over the myriad ways the Saints were their own worst enemy in Sunday’s loss, committing numerous mistakes that contributed in a big way to them going scoreless. But the 49ers...
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Saints' worst 10 defensive players in Week 12, per PFF

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The New Orleans Saints fell to 4-8 on the season after a 13-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers this week, in what was arguably their most frustrating game of the year so far. A strong defensive effort was squandered by their inept offense, and even their poorly-graded defenders at Pro Football Focus had some big plays. Here are the 10 lowest-graded Saints players on defense from Week 12:
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Saints' worst 10 offensive players in Week 12, per PFF

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The New Orleans Saints lost because of their offense this week. Their defense did its job in limiting the San Francisco 49ers to just 13 points through four quarters of play — the offense had multiple opportunities to get on the scoreboard and squandered them. So it isn’t too surprising to see some prominent names listed in the lowest player grades this week from Pro Football Focus.

Here are the 10 lowest graded players on offense from Week 12, per PFF:
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Former Saints QB Chase Daniel talks up Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett

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Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Chase Daniel is pulling double-duty these days as a panelist on the NFL GameDay postgame show while backing up Justin Herbert with the Los Angeles Chargers, offering his insight as someone who’s been in the league for 13 years. You could say he’s seen a thing or two in-between trips to the bank cashing checks from six different teams as a veteran backup.

And he was impressed by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett in Monday night’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. Though he admitted Pickett hasn’t found many wins this year while experiencing...
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Saints' woes on third down are concerning, and struggles may continue

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Over the past few weeks the New Orleans Saints coaching staff has addressed a common thread. “We’ve got to be better on third down,” is a notion that has been commonly expressed by both head coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. Over the course of the last four game, the Saints have not converted more than four third downs in a game. The last time they did came against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 8. Against them the Saints went 7 of 12 for an impressive 58% conversion rate. If you include first downs granted by penalties, the numbers boost to 8 of 13 for 61.5%...
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Tom Brady invokes Tyson vs. Holyfield ahead of next Saints-Bucs brawl

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Tom Brady is many things, and he’s always good for a quote. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback surveyed the state of the NFC South ahead of his next game with the New Orleans Saints, who will visit them next Monday night. These games are always physical, hard-fought affairs, and both the Saints and Buccaneers are dealing with injuries and tough breaks. So his unique comparison actually checks out.

“We have a losing record but the best part is we’re still in first place in our division. Again, which is hard to imagine,” Brady told ESPN’s Jenna Laine on Tuesday. He continued, “It was like...
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Nick Bosa relieved he didn’t jump offside on perfectly timed game-clinching sack

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Nick Bosa sealed the 49ers’ win on Sunday when he sacked Saints quarterback Andy Dalton on a fourth-down play that turned out to be the Saints’ last offensive play of the game. Bosa timed the snap perfectly on that play, but he was worried he had jumped offside.

“I didn’t think it counted, but once I realized it did, I was pretty happy. I thought I jumped but I looked at it and I think it was just a good jump,” Bosa said.

Bosa said that as soon as he got off the field he checked the play and saw that he and Saints left tackle James Hurst got out of their stances simultaneously.

“I think...
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Saints report card: How we graded New Orleans in their Week 12 loss

  • News source: Ross Jackson
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It was rough weekend for the New Orleans Saints who surrendered their first shut out in nearly 20 years on Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers. Missed opportunities, the usual inconsistent and controversial officiating and self-inflicted wounds all played a role in the 13-0 loss. While some elements of the Saints game actually outperformed expectations, others found a new low. Here is out report card for the Week 12 bout between New Orleans and San Francisco.
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Rashid Shaheed making a strong case for more opportunities with the Saints

  • News source: John Sigler
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The New Orleans Saints might have found another diamond in the rough with Rashid Shaheed. They have a history of landing talented receivers as undrafted college free agents like Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harty, and Shaheed is quickly building his case to join them. He’s already playing more snaps than both of them and many other receivers on the team, but what’s most impressive is what he’s doing when given a shot.

Shaheed converted a first down on all three of his touches against the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. He caught a 35-yard reception on 2nd-and-6, followed by an 18-yard...
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Alvin Kamara has more fumbles than touchdowns scored in 2022

  • News source: John Sigler
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It’s been a rough year for Alvin Kamara. The New Orleans Saints running back was sidelined by a rib injury early in the 2022 season, and he just tied his career-high with 4 fumbles in a single season after turning the ball over twice against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. And he’s only scored 3 touchdowns all season, which is almost baffling.

Especially when you consider that Kamara entered the season needing 5 scores to claim Marquese Colston’s record for the most touchdowns scored in franchise history. It’s unlike him. Kamara only has one other season with multiple fumbles, and he’s...
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2 takeaways from the Saints’ loss to the 49ers

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Andy Dalton put forth another poor effort on Sunday, as he completed just 18 of 29 passes for 204 yards as the Saints were shutout. The next game for the New Orleans Saints is a matchup with division leading Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football. With Dalton’s well documented struggles in primetime games, and this being a homecoming of sorts for Jameis Winston against the team that cast him aside, perhaps now is the time you make the switch at QB. Winston could provide the spark needed for this offense to get moving again, and it couldn’t come at a better time either as the Saints look to...
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Eagles' C.J. Gardner-Johnson 'out indefinitely' with injury, may miss Saints game

  • News source: John Sigler
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Woah. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported that Philadelphia Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson is ‘out indefinitely’ with an injury similar to what’s sidelined Marshon Lattimore for seven games. Gardner-Johnson suffered a lacerated kidney in Sunday’s win over the Green Bay Packers in addition to the rib injury that he was officially listed with; the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane confirmed the news, adding that Gardner-Johnson is likely dealing with a rib fracture.

That puts Gardner-Johnson’s status in jeopardy for Week 17’s game with his old New Orleans Saints team on Jan. 1...
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Fantasy football waiver wire targets for Week 13

  • News source: Gregory Layfield
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Suddenly, there were only two weeks left in the fantasy football regular season. With such an unpredictable NFL season so far, there are likely many teams on the playoff bubble. These last two weeks are must-wins for countless teams. Injuries and player emergence seems to never end in the NFL and week 12 was no exception. Canal Street Chronicles is here to help you win your fantasy matchups and leagues this season. This is the waiver wire targets for week 13 of the fantasy football and NFL regular season.

Breakout star Travis Etienne left the Jaguars week 12 game early, paving the way for...
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