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For the Packers, the Saints are like looking in the mirror

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By Peter Bukowski | Packer Report

An offensive guru, a Hall of Fame quarterback, star running back and receiver walk into a bar. Presumably this week that bar is on Bourbon Street and those four guys will run into a foursome who look remarkably similar. Matt LaFleur hopes to get where Sean Payton already cemented himself as one of the best coaches in the game with a Super Bowl trophy and bonafides as one of the best offensive minds in the game. Davante Adams and Aaron Jones likewise view their counterparts as aspirational, but in recognition more than productivity. Adams and Jones already play on the level of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, but haven't been recognized as such. And when it comes to Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, their paths followed remarkably similar trajectories for a long time, with Brees nabbing his Lombardi Trophy in 2009, the year before Rodgers and the two battling it out for MVP in 2011.

Since then though, Brees went through a wandering in the wilderness yet faced no criticism and the last few years, reascended in the league hierarchy with Rodgers tumbling down in the public eye. This season though, Rodgers' rejuvenated play lands him back in the MVP race while Brees' erratic throws and juiceless arm have raised questions. Winning a game like Sunday's tilt at the Superdome would help answer that question and all of those above. It would also give the winning foursome a headstart on that next Lombardi.

The Rodgers vs. Brees storyline couldn't be more different from 2011 when these two teams squared off at Lambeau in a Week 1 thriller. Both quarterbacks played at...

Saints stayed late in Las Vegas as team held review of loss to Raiders

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By Curtis Crabtree | PFT

The New Orleans Saints were not happy with their performance Monday night against the Las Vegas Raiders. Head coach Sean Payton made the team get a jump start on their breakdown of the game before returning to New Orleans on Tuesday.

According to Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com, the Saints had been scheduled to depart Las Vegas on a charter flight at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Instead, the team had a morning review session of the loss to the Raiders before ultimately leaving town in the afternoon.

Additionally, head coach Sean Payton scrapped his weekly radio appearance on WWL.

Payton has not been pleased by the performance of the offense over the first two weeks of the season. He called their performance “average at best” after the loss to the Raiders. He was also displeased with the game that he called in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Quarterback Drew Brees said the offense is “not even close to what we are capable of.” ...

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Saints Defense vs. Packers Offense Preview

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Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints return home this Sunday, hosting the Green Bay Packers in a Week 3 matchup on Sunday Night Football. New Orleans comes into the game with a 1-1 record after their defense was taken apart by the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night. The Saints rank 8th in total defense after two weeks but have allowed opponents to convert 50% of their 3rd down chances. The Raiders pushed around the Saints for the final three quarters on Monday in a listless performance.

New Orleans takes on a 2-0 Packers team whose offense has been firing on all cylinders through the first two games. Green Bay has more total yards than any other team so far this season and has scored 42 points in both outings, best in the league. The Packers have yet to turn the ball over, and after finishing 15th in total offense last year, appear to have a better grasp of second-year coach Matt LaFleur's offensive system.

Both teams are coming off 13-3 seasons in 2019 and once again favorites in their respective divisions. We will focus on how the New Orleans defense matches up against the Green Bay offense in this potential early-season playoff preview. ...

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Saints normally dynamic offense looking sluggish in 2020

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By Brett Martel | AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn't quibble with the notion that New Orleans' normally dynamic offense has looked somewhat out of sync to start the 2020 season.

That was arguably the case even before Michael Thomas was sidelined by an ankle injury in Week 1, and the absence of the two-time All-Pro receiver only seemed to further hamper the Saints' aerial attack during a loss in Las Vegas on Monday night.

''We're not even close to what we are capable of,'' Brees asserted. ''We're just inconsistent right now.''

Inconsistency makes it tough to sustain drives and score points. That mattered less in Week 1, when the Saints' defense came up with a pair of interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in a victory over Tampa Bay.

But when New Orleans' defense struggled against the Raiders, the Saints offense couldn't keep up. An early 10-point lead was gone by halftime after Brees' first interception of the season led to a Raiders field goal. And by the end of the Raiders' 34-24 triumph, Las Vegas had possessed the ball for 12:36 more than New Orleans.

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Sean Payton on the late Gale Sayers: 'He was so explosive and dynamic'

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Gale Sayers, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, died Wednesday after living the past few years with dementia.

Sayers, who played all seven years of his career with the Chicago Bears, was 77.

Sean Payton was 8-years old when Sayers played his final NFL game in 1971.

"I remember him vaguely, mostly highlights," said Payton. "You hear stories and you see videos. He was so explosive and dynamic. He didn't have the years relative to a long career, but man it was special."

Despite a short career, Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the age of 34, making...
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Davante Adams: “Too early to tell” if I can play this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Packers head coach Matt LaFleur didn’t make wide receiver Davante Adams‘ hamstring injury sound overly serious when he spoke to reporters earlier this week, but he also didn’t rule Adams in for this Sunday’s game against the Saints.

LaFleur said before Wednesday’s practice that Adams would not participate in the session, but suggested that the wideout would not need to practice this week in order to play if he’s feeling well. Adams said that he’s progressed since Sunday and that all involved will see how the rest of the week goes before making any decisions.

“It’s too early to tell,”...
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Saints' injury report: Team doesn't practice, but 3 new injuries to report for key players

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints did not practice on Wednesday, so the practice report is an estimation of what participation would have looked like for full drills had they suited up, and three new faces were added to the injury list.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson wouldn't have practiced due to a groin injury. Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (foot) and offensive tackle Terron Armstead (groin) would have been limited participants.

No change was made to the statuses of wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle), defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow) and linebacker Chase Hansen (hip). If practice had...
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Payton accepts blame for not wearing mask on sidelines, addresses Saints issues ahead of Packers test

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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In a weekly press briefing Wednesday, Saints head coach Sean Payton commented on being fined by the NFL for not wearing a mask enough during the New Orleans loss Monday night at Las Vegas.

“I’ve just got to do a better job when we’re not on offense,” Payton said. “It’s okay if you’re pulling it down when you’re calling plays but what happens is, I get caught up in the game and half the time, forget that it’s down so I’ve just got to be more diligent with it.

“It’s something we’re just going to have to remind ourselves to do,” Payton added. “Maybe you change the type of mask you’re...
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Brees remains confident, feels 'borderline great'

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- Drew Brees has been under the microscope this week after looking mortal in his first two starts of the season.

But the New Orleans Saints quarterback insisted Wednesday, "I feel good, I feel good. Borderline great."

Brees, 41, has become a popular talking point because of his age and the fact that he and the Saints' offense have looked out of sync early in the year -- especially in the prime-time spotlight during Monday night's 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Brees' passing yards (472) and completion percentage (64.7) are both below his usual standard. But Brees...
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After fine, Sean Payton admits he needs 'to be more diligent' with face covering during games

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The black gaiter emblazoned with a fleur-de-lis that Sean Payton chose to wear Monday didn't spend much time on his face.

Instead, it rested around his neck more than the league would have liked it to during the New Orleans Saints' Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

For that, the NFL fined him $100,000 and the Saints organization $250,000. Four other coaches and teams were levied the same discipline over the weekend for their respective face covering infractions.

Payton, on Wednesday, admitted he didn't do the best job of remembering to pull his face covering back up after calling...
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Drew Brees still confident, feels “Borderline great”

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees may not have looked like himself last week, but he remains confident.

Via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Brees said Wednesday: “I feel good, I feel good. Borderline great.”

He’s looked anything but, with just 472 yards and 64.7 percent completions with 6.9 yards per attempt, well off his normal numbers. He didn’t put much credence in the statistical measures, however.

“You know one of the statistics that was thrown out after the game was the yards per attempt or something like that. There are many statistics I do not pay one bit of attention to — and that would...
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Saints @ Raiders: Five Numbers That Do Not Lie

  • News source: JR Ella
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“Someone said: “numbers never lie.” And that was a lie, because sometimes numbers lie. But they don’t lie all the time, and that’s the truth.”

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Who saw this coming? The Saints went to Las Vegas a healthy 4-point road-favorite against the Raiders. A 34-24 beating later, New Orleans is 1-1 and licking its wounds back to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In truth, we should have seen it coming: the victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener was one that left many fans wanting. Drew Brees has looked as mortal as we have ever seen him in a Black and Gold uniform and...
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CSC Podcast: Raiders defeat the Saints 34-24

  • News source: BrendenErtle
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New Orleans Saints analysts for Canal St Chronicles Brenden Ertle and Nate Williamson break down the Saints surprising lose to the Las Vegas Raiders. What went wrong? Is Drew Brees washed? Tune in to hear.

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.

Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next show. Who Dat!
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CSC Staff Week 3 picks: Seahawks continue to roll, Falcons continue to perplex

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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With the 2020 NFL season now entering Week 3, we’re continuing our new weekly bit where some of the staff here at Canal Street Chronicles tries to pick winners and losers for every NFL game each week.

In Week 1, Chris and Ross picked the New Orleans Saints to lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but then each picked the Saints to beat the Las Vegas Raiders, so you can clearly blame the two of them for the Saints’ loss on Monday Night Football.

At least Ross and Chris are picking the Saints to lose on Sunday Night Football to the Green Bay Packers then, right? Maybe, but so too are others on...
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NFL, ESPN have no comment on Monday night TV cart collision

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Monday night’s first-ever NFL game in Las Vegas included the kind of gamble that never should be made in the vicinity of a football field.

An ESPN camera cart inched too close to the action, and a pair of Raiders collided with it. Safety Johnathan Abram seemed to be knocked out after colliding with the base of the device. Cornerback Damon Arnette briefly got his neck caught in a curved piece of material attached to the front of the cart.

The NFL officially has no comment on the incident. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the league’s broadcasting department has...
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1 Up and 3 Downs from the Saints MNF loss to the Raiders

  • News source: Xavier Eeswaran
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The New Orleans Saints losing to inferior teams? Is it January already? Let’s hope the Saints got their screw ups out of their system on Monday night , because if Sean Payton’s team keeps playing like they did against the Las Vegas Raiders, there might not be a January, and if the Saints do make it that far, it won’t be for long.

Michael Thomas, last year’s league leading receiver in targets, yards and receptions, missed the game with a high-ankle sprain. There’s no doubting his importance to the team, but it would be naive to blame the loss purely on his absence. After all, a lot would...
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WATCH: CSC’s week in review breaks down Saints’ surprising loss against the Las Vegas Raiders

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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In our newest YouTube video, Ross Jackson recaps the action around the New Orleans Saints’ 24-34 week two loss against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Saints struggled through and folded on Monday Night Football in Las Vegas. The offense and defense both underwhelmed with a concerning display, but is it time already to panic? Or should the veteran-lead team deserve the benefit of the doubt for another week with a big test ahead of them as the Green Bay Packers come to town?

Subscribe to the YouTube channel to get a weekly breakdown following each game and much more including hype videos, film...
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Early-season NFL QB awards: Best start, most improved, most nimble, more

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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The quarterback star of the 2020 NFL season thus far is hardly a new name. Here's the best thing I can say about Russell Wilson after the Seattle Seahawks' first two games: He has thrown almost as many touchdown passes (nine, a league high) as he has incompletions (11).

Against all odds, the campaign to "Let Russ Cook" has worked! In a dramatic departure from coach Pete Carroll's typical philosophy, the Seahawks have called the eighth-fewest designed running plays in the NFL (44). Wilson's 610 passing yards is a career high for the first two games of a season, and the Seahawks are 2-0...
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