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Continued disappointment for fans, businesses after another no-fans Saints home game

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Saints home game without fans (Source: WVUE)

By Amanda Roberts | WAFB

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Saints Sunday looked very different with only family and friends allowed inside the dome for the game. Businesses in the area say without fans, it was almost painfully noticeable.

It’s hard to believe these are the scenes of a Saints home game outside the dome: there’s no music, no cheering, no fans in Champions square, and no tailgaters to be found.

“A year ago, right now the streets would be flooded you won’t be able to cross Poydras because there be fans everywhere,” Allen Larkin said.

Even visiting fans were at a loss of where to go.

With approval from the state, the Saints were initially preparing to host some socially distanced fans in the Dome against the Packers until New Orleans' phase two status prevented that. The Saints instead hosting more than 700 family and friends of the team. But that’s no consolation to Who Dats.

“It’s very sad, very sad but we’re just trying to have faith that things will change before the end of the season and go back to normal and we can have a good time again,” Julie Helmstetter said. ...

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Updated Saints practice squad after signing cornerback Ken Crawley

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Well, he’s back: the New Orleans Saints are reuniting with cornerback Ken Crawley, a former starter who is signing with the practice squad. NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill first reported the addition, which was confirmed by’s John Hendrix. Crawley himself acknowledged the news from his official Twitter account.

Crawley fills one of two vacancies on the 16-man practice squad after wide receiver Bennie Fowler and defensive lineman Margus Hunt were promoted to the 53-man roster, so another move is coming. He’s also the third practice squad cornerback in New Orleans behind rookie training camp standout Keith Washington Jr. and free agent pickup Grant Haley.

A starter for the Saints from 2016 to 2019, Crawley’s tenure was filled with highs and lows; he would shut down Julio Jones in coverage one game before yielding dozens of penalty yards a week later. His inconsistency is what prompted the Saints to trade for cornerback Eli Apple, and ultimately what cost him his roster spot. ...

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By the Numbers: Packers vs. Saints in Week 3

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By BT Boylan | SI

The New Orleans Saints (1-2) fell to the Green Bay Packers (3-0) by the 37-30 score in a Sunday Night Football matchup inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers both threw for over 280 yards and 3 TDs in the contest, but the two-time league MVP was the one to lead his team to victory.

The Packers outscored the Saints by 11 in the second half, putting the game on ice late in the fourth quarter, converting the game's lone turnover into points. The Saints travel to Detroit to battle the Lions next Sunday at 12 PM CST.

Below is a look inside the numbers from the New Orleans Saints' Week 3 loss.

10: Only 34% of Brees' Completions went to Saints WRs

Think the Saints miss Michael Thomas yet? The Saints offense progressed from last week, due largely to the rushing attack and the pure greatness of Alvin Kamara, but something is still missing. ...

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Forecast: The Saints offense is not what has me worried

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The Saints defense the last 17 times on the field has allowed 8 touchdowns, 5 field goals, and forced just 1 turnover and 1 punt.

By Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer | WWL

NEW ORLEANS — There is some sort of brain eating amoeba in the water supply in the county where I live in Texas this weekend, and yet experiencing that seems more appealing than watching the New Orleans Saints play defense at the moment.

The Saints wasted the most magical night of Alvin Kamara's career in a 37-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Saints should give Alvin another raise and the defense should all apologize to him at work this morning. The Saints are 1-2 and they are a loss to Detroit next Sunday away from full on PANIC, sky is falling, 2020 just got even worse situation.

So, what the heck is happening to our Super Bowl dreams 3 weeks into the season?

An avalanche of penalties and the Saints star players on defense being invisible has the Saints stumbling out the gate. The Saints defense the last 17 times on the field has allowed 8 touchdowns, 5 field goals, and forced just 1 turnover and 1 punt. The 2020 Saints defense looks a lot like a terrible version of Rob Ryan or Steve Spagnuolo unit but with the added terrible ingredient of penalties. The Saints had another 8 flags Sunday night. ...

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Ravens vs. Chiefs: Monday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Kansas City Chiefs host the Baltimore Ravens tonight in arguably the most anticipated matchup of the entire regular season. The reigning Super Bowl Champs come in to this one at 2-0 as do their counterparts from Baltimore. Despite this game coming so early in the season, there is little doubt the result could have major ramifications on who gets the lone first round bye in the playoffs this season. Can reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson outshine the Super Bowl LIV MVP ? Will Patrick Mahomes get the best of his opponents once again? Let’s tune in and find out!

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Erik McCoy reached higher speed than Alvin Kamara on 52-yard touchdown

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Erik McCoy may have missed his calling.

The Saints center had a key role in running back Alvin Kamara‘s 52-yard catch and run on Sunday night, hustling downfield to throw a block that helped fuel Kamara’s quest for the end zone.

According to the NFL’s NextGenStats account on Twitter, Kamara never moved faster than 15.28 miles per hour as he weaved through traffic en route to a touchdown. McCoy reached a maximum speed of 16.22 miles per hour.

Although McCoy deserves praise for his effort and Kamara deserves praise for his skill, the Green Bay defense deserves a public finger wag and/or a...
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Payton responds to criticism of defense, Brees after Saints loss to Packers

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The result was obviously not what the New Orleans Saints desired, losing a key conference game to a Super Bowl contender.

Still, there were some elements which Sean Payton liked from the loss Sunday night to the Green Bay Packers.

“I thought that there were a lot of positives in the first half with how we played that game,” Payton said. “We forced field goals, we took advantage of some red zone opportunities, of course, the two-minute (drive) at the end of the half was significant. But then the second half, we weren’t as consistent.”

Payton said that through film review, coaches and...
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Saints trail in NFC South for first time more than 2 years; Week 3 roundup and what's next

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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The Saints' run is over ... well, at least for now.

New Orleans lost its second consecutive game Sunday night to fall to 1-2. That result, coupled with a win by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the day, meant the Saints fall to second in the NFC South standings heading into Week 4. That's the first time since Week 2 of the 2018 season the Saints that the Saints didn't own at least a tie for the best record in the division.

The run lasted a total of 732 days overall, ending with a 37-30 defeat to the Green Bay Packers.

Here's how the rest of the action broke down across the division...
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Sean Payton opts for 'simple, $1.75 surgical mask' vs. Packers, felt 'lighter, cleaner' than gaiter

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton paid special attention to his face covering against the Green Bay Packers after getting personally fined $100,000 by the NFL last week.

He started out wearing his typical gaiter mask during warmups Sunday night's contest against Green Bay Packers, but Payton said the gaiter felt a little warm on his face and kept sliding down, so during the game, he traded in the black cloth for a surgical mask.

"The simple, $1.75 surgical mask, just felt lighter, cleaner and also I think a little bit easier to talk through without any muffled sound than the material...
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Overreactions from the Saints Week 3 game against the Packers

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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Well, here we are Monday as the New Orleans Saints sit at a 1-2 record after losing to the Green Bay Packers 37-30 on Sunday Night Football. Nearly every take away we had from last week’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders was once again on full display. It begs the question if head coach Sean Payton is becoming too rigid on his playcalling or if he is truly utilizing the strengths of his team.

Equally as disturbing is if whether or not the Saints are the team we thought they were entering the season. One thing is for sure, this is not the same caliber of team that took the field from...
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Saints' snap counts: A look at wide receivers, offensive line, general defensive usage in loss to Packers

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints' snap counts are in from Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, and a few things look vastly different than last week.

Here's a look at the wide receivers, the offensive line and the defense in general, plus the weekly snap count tracker for the Saints' rookie class.

There was less rotation at the top of the depth chart for the wide receivers this week with Michael Thomas out for the second straight game, as only two receivers were only the field more than 50% of the time. They had three receivers used 50 or more percent of the time against the Raiders last week...
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This feels familiar, sort of: Rams players upset over pass interference 'wrong call' in Sunday loss

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams proved they’re difficult to contain once Jared Goff and Aaron Donald find their groove.

If only that had happened much earlier than the second half against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Making the second of back-to-back visits to the East Coast, the travel-weary Rams fell just short of matching the third-largest comeback an NFL regular-season game, losing 35-32. After rallying from a 25-point deficit to take a 32-28 lead with 4:30 remaining, the Rams (2-1) allowed Josh Allen’s 3-yard pass to tight end Tyler Kroft with 15 seconds remaining...
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Saints signing veteran cornerback Ken Crawley to the practice squad: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints are bringing back a familiar face, signing veteran corner Ken Crawley to the practice squad, according to an report.

Crawley spent his first three professional seasons with New Orleans, starting 23 games before the team released him last October.

Since, he bounced around to three teams. He played in four games with the Miami Dolphins last season, starting two, and he also spent time with the Las Vegas Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.
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Saints' Andrus Peat initially diagnosed with high-ankle injury: report

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints starting left guard Andrus Peat has initially been diagnosed with a high-ankle injury and will undergo further testing on Monday, according to the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Peat was carted off the field late in the second quarter with his injury and did not return.

The injury appeared to happen when a Green Bay defender and running back Alvin Kamara rolled up on his lower left leg after a Kamara carry.

After the play, Peat immediately pounded his hand on the turf and grabbed his facemask in pain. Once Peat was up on his feet, he called for the cart to be brought...
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Beignets and Café au Lait: Penalties, Turnover Doom Saints Against Packers

  • News source: JR Ella
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Good morning Y’all

As always, for our novice readers or non-New Orleanians, welcome!

Let’s start with some definitions:

Beignets (English: /bɛnˈjeɪ/; French: [bɛɲɛ], ben-YAY literally bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately connected to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily powdered with sugar.

Café au lait (/ˌkæfeɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˌfeɪ, kə-/; French: [kafe olɛ]; French for “coffee with milk”) is a delicious New Orleans way to start your day.

This is your “After-Saints-Game” brunch, where we talk about the state of the Black and Gold, we debate the goings-on...
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Saints continue to make limited use of Taysom Hill

  • News source: Mike Florio
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With each passing week, the Saints are using quarterback Taysom Hill less and less and less.

A stellar performance in the playoff loss to the Vikings provided a glimpse of what Hill could be as a dual-threat quarterback. Since that game — during which he participated in 41 percent of the offensive snaps and 84 percent of the special-teams plays — Hill’s involvement in both phases of the game has consistently dropped.

For Week One, Hill was on the field for 25 percent of the offensive snaps and 36 percent of the special-teams plays. In Week Two, the numbers fell to 23 and 19...
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CSC’s fantasy studs and duds from Week 3

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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The Saints have fallen to 1-2 for the first time since 2017 as they lose for the first time ever on Sunday Night Football at home under Sean Payton. Penalties derailed what was otherwise a decent night for the Saints offense and defense, but Aaron Rodgers is still a first ballot Hall of Famer and you are not going to beat him if you can’t play cleanly. However, the game was a shootout nonetheless and many players had great fantasy performances for both teams.

I feel like I should just write in Kamara’s name here each week before the game even starts. Kamara scored twice again and caught a...
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Aaron Rodgers: Lack of fans in New Orleans “definitely helps”

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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No NFL stadium is going to be full in the time of COVID-19.

And for Packers Aaron Rodgers, that made a tangible difference last night at the Superdome.

Via Jeff Nowak of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Rodgers said the difference was stark from his previous two trips there (both losses).

“It’s a lot different environment than in 2008 and 2014,” Rodgers said. “This place is rocking all the time. I think we all miss that in the sport, just the fan interaction, the energy of the crowd. But it definitely helps us out in an environment like this.”

The Saints typically have one of the...
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