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Why the Saints defensive snap counts looked different than usual against Buccaneers

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By Amie Just | The Advocate / Picayune

— The snap counts for several New Orleans Saints went against the grain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Starting defensive end Marcus Davenport had limited usage on Sunday, totaling just 23 snaps for 34% of New Orleans' defensive plays. Both of those marks tied his career lows. He didn't register a single tackle against the Buccaneers, something he's only done four times in his two years as a Saint.

Saints coach Sean Payton said on Monday that the discrepancy in Davenport's playing time was based on the packages the defensive front was using, one of which being how the Saints used three down linemen on several occasions since the Buccaneers abandoned their run game.

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PFF grades Nick Easton as the Saints' best offensive player vs. Bucs

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers boasted the NFL’s best run defense, but it didn’t matter against a New Orleans Saints offensive line that bullied them on Sunday. It’s not uncommon to see the Saints’ big blockers doing damage up front — four of the unit’s five starters were recognized at last year’s Pro Bowl or on the All-Pro lists. But what’s unexpected is how well the unit’s newest addition performed.

According to snap-by-snap charting from Pro Football Focus, backup left guard Nick Easton was the best Saints player on offense. Their grading system credited him with an 83.5 overall mark (third-best in the league this week, going into Monday Night Football) and a no-hitter in pass protection, with 37 snaps logged against the Buccaneers pass rush but no quarterback pressures allowed. Easton’s aggressiveness on run plays was a big part of New Orleans’ success, with the veteran often moving the man across from him before advancing to the second level.

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Detillier: Saints secondary stepped up with Marshon Lattimore out

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By Jordan Fiegel | WWL Radio

The New Orleans Saints harried and harassed Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throughout their 34-17 win. The New Orleans defense only sacked Winston twice, but they landed another 12 QB hits.

“The Saints put constant pressure on Winston. They were after him from start to finish, and you had to be without [cornerback] Marshon Lattimore in the line-up.” WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier told WWL’s Tommy Tucker. “I thought the secondary held up pretty well. Tampa has some big time receivers with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.”

Evans and Godwin were targeted 14 times, but only caught 7 of those balls. Those 7 receptions did go for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. Still, Detillier was pleased with the performance.

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Saints snap counts, Week 11: Was Marcus Davenport demoted?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, but they did so with some uncommon splits in their snap counts. Second-year pass rusher Marcus Davenport was the third wheel in the defensive end rotation. Backup left guard Nick Easton played a full game in his first appearance on offense this season. Linebacker Kiko Alonso played the second-most snaps at his position group. Six difference defensive backs played more than 50% of snaps. Here’s how everything shook out against the Buccaneers:

Offensive backfield
  • QB Drew Brees, 67 (96%)
  • RB Alvin Kamara, 43 (61%)
  • RB Latavius Murray, 29 (41%)
  • FB Zach Line, 23 (33%)
  • QB Taysom Hill, 10 (14%)
  • FS Marcus Williams, 2 (3%)
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David Tepper: All options on table for Cam Newton, Panthers

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By Steven Taranto | 247 Sports

If you were to listen to most of the media following Cam Newton's trip to Injured Reserve, you would have thought that his days as QB1 for the Carolina Panthers were surely numbered. And there's a chance that they very well could be. But that's just one scenario in a situation that has no clear cut answers, and a franchise with a future hard to forecast.

Monday evening, following a demoralizing 29-3 loss for his team to their NFC South rivals in the Atlanta Falcons, Panthers owner David Tepper held a "for context" meeting with local media, discussing current events with his team while not offering direct quotes. During that period of time, Tepper discussed the future of his injured quarterback, and offered some level of insight into the situation the Panthers are and continue to be faced with.

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4 takeaways after the Saints' win in Tampa

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By Doug Mouton / WWL-TV Sports Director

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints win in Tampa was an excellent win — across the board.

The 4 Takeaways begin with our two pregame questions. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Left Guard Andrus Peat were both out, and the Saints got great performances stepping up.

No. 4 For Lattimore, the entire Saints secondary stepped up

The Saints secondary picked off Jameis Winston 4 times, and one number demonstrates how good the secondary was.

Coming into the game, Winston's quarterback rating was a mediocre 83.8. Against the Saints on Sunday, it was a terrible 57.1. That's one of the three worse games, quarterback rating wise, Winston has had all season, and the Saints didn't have their best cornerback.

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Saints favored by 8.5 points over Panthers for Week 12 opening lines

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints rebounded in a big way this week, but the Carolina Panthers look like they’ve regressed hard. This always-tough NFC South rivalry series is set to pick up again in Week 12, and the Saints are clearly favored to win.

Per the opening line from BetMGM, the Saints are 8.5-point home favorites over the Panthers. With an over/under set at 47.5, that implies a final score in the neighborhood of Saints 28, Panthers 19. Not too shabby.

With Cam Newton sidelined for the rest of the year, Carolina has had to rely on Kyle Allen, which has produced mixed results. Allen’s initial success trailed off over the last month, and the Panthers’ record has fallen with it. Allen threw seven touchdown passes against zero interceptions in his first four starts, giving Carolina a four-game unbeaten stretch. ...

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Vegas currently sees a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl

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The folks at the Westgate Superbook have updated their Super Bowl odds. And they currently project a matchup of the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl LIV.

The Saints are 7/5 favorites to win the NFC title, and the Patriots are 6/5 favorites to win the AFC Championship.

Elsewhere in the NFC, the 49ers have 7/2 odds, followed by the Packers at 6/1, the Vikings at 7/1, the Seahawks at 8/1, and the Cowboys at 10/1. The Rams, who opened as...
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Saints offensive line gets back on track with a strong performance against Buccaneers

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A proud New Orleans Saints offensive line was mortified when re-watching its performance against the Atlanta Falcons last week, like they were watching imposters wearing their uniform on the field.

The ugly film was quantified by some ugly numbers. Six sacks allowed, four penalties accepted against them and nine points on the scoreboard.

“That Atlanta game was not what we're about and something we weren’t proud of at all,” right tackle Ryan Ramczyk said. “There's a...
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Antonio Brown is hoping for a decision “very soon”

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Lost in the Myles Garrett and Colin Kaepernick sagas of last week was the fact that Antonio Brown had his interview with the NFL last Thursday in South Florida.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Brown remains hopeful that a decision will come “very soon.” There’s a sense of optimism from Brown’s perspective that he will be cleared to return to the NFL before the 2019 regular season ends.

Brown, who is a free agent, can sign with any team at any time. He...
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Video: John Fourcade breaks down Saints season

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Against the Saints, Devin White treasured his chance to play against 'hometown hero' Drew Brees

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Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was special for one player on the field in particular.

Rookie Buccaneers linebacker Devin White finally had his chance to go against his home-state team.

White, the first LSU player to win the Butkus Award, was active for the team's first meeting this season in New Orleans, but he was held out due to a sprained MCL in his left knee.

On Sunday, White tore up the field in his fifth game...
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NFC South after Week 11

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At the end of the day, the New Orleans Saints lead in the NFC South has grown to three games. Here’s how it all went down:

In Week 11, the division kept all of their fighting in-house. The third-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) hosted the first-place New Orleans Saints (7-2) while the second-place Carolina Panthers (5-4) hosted the fourth-place Atlanta Falcons (2-7). Both games were in the Sunday early slate.

Both away teams won their games in dominating fashion...
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Fleur-de-Links, November 19: Cameron Jordan on career best pace in sacks for Saints | News around NFL

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Marcus Williams protecting the back end in New Orleans Saints secondaryInterception against Tampa Bay was his team-leading fourth this season

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Thanksgiving feast for the Saints? It's possible they could clinch the NFC South in Atlanta | Saints |...
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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus each team's most underrated player

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The NFL Power Rankings are all about evaluating teams every week. Since we have to rank all 32, there aren't teams that fall through the cracks. That's not the case with individual players, though.

Some players, no matter what they do, don't get the big headlines. Whether they are stars who aren't fully appreciated or role players who defer the praise to their more celebrated teammates, our NFL Nation writers identified that guy on the team they cover who quietly...
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Saints revive offense with heavy dose of Alvin Kamara

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METAIRIE, La. -- Coach Sean Payton didn’t specifically plan for running back Alvin Kamara to touch the ball on 11 of the New Orleans Saints' first 19 plays in Sunday’s 34-17 win at Tampa Bay (including a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty).

But it wasn’t an accident either.

Payton knew his offense needed a jolt after a dreadful loss to the Atlanta Falcons a week earlier. And what better player to provide it than the dynamic Kamara, who needed a bit of a jolt...
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Thanksgiving feast for the Saints? It's possible they could clinch the NFC South in Atlanta

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The New Orleans Saints might be able to celebrate an NFC South division title in just two weeks on its fiercest rival's home turf.

Here's how that scenario could unfold...

First, a win Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome vs. the Carolina Panthers would propel the Saints to a 9-2 record and drop the Panthers to 5-6, giving the black and gold a four-game lead (plus the tiebreaker) with five games left.

And that sets up this possibility: A few weeks after being...
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Buccaneers abandoning the run makes Saints defensive snap counts look different than usual

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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TAMPA, Fla. — The snap counts for several New Orleans Saints went against the grain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Starting defensive end Marcus Davenport had limited usage on Sunday, totaling just 23 snaps for 34% of New Orleans' defensive plays. Both of those marks tied his career lows. He didn't register a single tackle against the Buccaneers, something he's only done four times in his two years as a Saint.

Saints coach Sean Payton said on Monday...
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Emmanuel Zanders to appear Sunday at Saints Hall of Fame Museum

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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A star at Jackson State, Zanders played for the Saints for seven seasons from 1974-80 and was a team captain from 1976-79. Zanders was voted the Saints offensive lineman of the year in 1979. He played in 87 games, starting 78 for the Saints. Zanders He went on play one season with the Chicago Bears in 1981. Zanders was inducted into the Jackson State Hall of Fame in 2004.

Those with tickets to the game will be admitted free of charge to the museum Sunday. Only those...
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