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New Orleans Saints, Pelicans score Christmas Day double-header

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Pro sports in New Orleans will be given a national spotlight on Christmas Day this year, with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that the New Orleans Pelicans will visit the Miami Heat for a tilt at 11 a.m. CT on Dec. 25. It’s one of five games tentatively scheduled for this year’s NBA holiday slate, likely to be broadcast nationally on either ABC or ESPN. We’ll know more once the league reveals its full schedule.

The New Orleans Saints, of course, were already scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. CT kickoff with the Minnesota Vikings at home. It’s an exciting rematch at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome between the Super Bowl-contending Saints and the team that knocked them out of the postseason last year, with Offensive Player of the Year candidates — running backs Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook, who rank first and third in scrimmage yards with 26 combined touchdowns scored between them — on both sides. ...

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After beating 31 NFL teams, Sean Payton jokes he deserves blame for a Saints loss, too

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

After defeating the Denver Broncos last week, Sean Payton joined an exclusive group of NFL head coaches to have beaten every team in the league except for their own. And when the accomplishment was brought up during an appearance on WWL Radio this week, the New Orleans Saints coach had to take a moment and laugh at his own expense.

“It’s 32 teams, including the Saints,” Payton assured hosts Bobby Hebert and Zach Strief, looking back at one of his worst blunders in the first years of his tenure in New Orleans.

He continued: “Tampa Bay at home, 2007, we’re up by four, we run the double reverse and fumble it. I beat the Saints, too.” ...

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3 Things to Watch Week 13: Saints vs. Falcons

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By Brendan Boylan

The New Orleans Saints (9-2) head to Atlanta, GA for an NFC South battle with the Atlanta Falcons(4-7) for the second time this season. The two teams met just two weeks ago where the Saints were victorious by the final score of 24-9. Below are three things to watch in the second matchup of the season between the heated rivals.

New Orleans can clinch a Playoff Berth

At 9-2 heading into Week 13, the New Orleans Saints can become the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff berth into the 2020 playoffs. Last season, on Thanksgiving, the Saints clinched a playoff berth defeating the Atlanta Falcons inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the same venue that will host the 104th meeting between the division rivals.

The Saints cannot clinch a playoff berth with just a victory; they will need help from other NFC teams. New Orleans would clinch a playoff spot with a win and a Chicago loss to Detroit in the most straightforward scenario. However, the Saints can also tie and clinch a spot with various results from around the league. ...

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Saints doing just fine with Brees sidelined again by injury

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By Bret Martel | AP

ATLANTA (AP) — The New Orleans Saints can't wait to have Drew Brees taking snaps again.

In the meantime, they're doing just fine without him.

The Saints (9-2) have won two straight games since Brees went down with a rib injury, stretching their overall winning streak to eight in a row heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by the Bears.

Going back to last season, New Orleans is 7-0 when Brees hasn't been able to suit up.

“Obviously when it's the quarterback, it draws more attention,” said coach Sean Payton, whose team could clinch its fourth straight playoff appearance with a win if the Bears lose or tie vs. Detroit. “But our job as coaches is teaching the whole roster, from the practice squad to the starters. We're developing all these players.”

Last year, it was Teddy Bridgewater who filled in so ably when Brees went down. This year, Taysom Hill stepped into the starting role. ...

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Thursday Practice Report (Davenport has a concussion)

Saints players post-practice interviews as the Saints prepare for their week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Russell Wilson continues to fade as MVP candidate

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Overtaken in recent weeks by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has now been leapfrogged again in the MVP odds.

Wilson, via PointsBet, now has +700 odds to win the top annual individual award. The bet-$100-win-$700 proposition puts him behind both Mahomes (-400) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (+600).

Next on the list is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, at +2500. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has plunged considerably since the Hail Murray moment; he’s now at +3300. Also at +3300 is Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

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Saints Cam Jordan named NFC Defensive Player of the Month after a 5-sack November

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After recording five sacks and six tackles for loss in five November games, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

This marks the second time Jordan, now in his 10th NFL season, has earned this award. He was also named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November 2017.

Three of those sacks came two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons, when Jordan paced a team effort that dropped Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan eight times. In his last two games against Atlanta, Jordan has seven sacks.

Jordan ranks eighth among active NFL...
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Saints fans still confident in team despite shaky win over Broncos

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Saints fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

After another dominant win, confidence among New Orleans Saints fans remains extremely high.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, a full 100 percent of responding Saints fans said they are confident the Saints are headed in the right direction. That has held steady now for three of the last four weeks, as the Saints continue to ride an eight-game winning streak.

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Week 13 Bold Predictions - Can Taysom shake back against the Falcons defense?

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Here are the Canal St. Chronicles staff’s bold predictions for the Week 13 matchup of the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

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Maddy Hudak

Chad LeBlanc

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What are your bold predictions? Let us know in the comments. Make sure you follow Canal Street Chronicles on Twitter at @SaintsCSC, “Like” us on Facebook at Canal Street Chronicles, follow us on Instagram at @SaintsCSC, and make sure you’re subscribed to our new YouTube channel. As always, you can follow me on...
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees proves why the intangibles set him apart

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is in the midst of his 15th season with the New Orleans Saints. During those years he has helped his team win a Super Bowl, won the Super Bowl MVP award for that game, and holds nearly every meaningful passing record in the league’s history. However, there is one achievement that Brees has never been awarded: NFL MVP. And while his chances for winning it in 2020 are virtually non-existent due to multiple broken ribs, it is still a shame the trophy doesn’t sit in one of his numerous cases.

Drew has had some phenomenal seasons, whether it be any one...
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How Taysom Hill affects Alvin Kamara’s value

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After two games of starting Taysom Hill as the chief signal-caller, it’s no secret he isn’t the prolific passer New Orleans Saints fans have grown accustomed to in Drew Brees. In his first career start at quarterback, Hill threw for 233 yards with a 78.3% completion percentage and 70.4 QBR rating.

Before exiting the ninth game of the season, Brees had been averaging 244 yards per game with a 73.5% completion percentage and 81.1 QBR rating. At first, it appeared as though Hill was capable of producing at a similar rate, but last Sunday against the Denver Broncos, it appeared that the...
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Cam Jordan named NFC defensive player of the month

  • News source: Myles Simmons
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For the first time since 2017, Saints defensive end Cam Jordan is the NFC defensive player of the month.

In five November games, Jordan recorded 5.0 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and six tackles for loss. Jordan’s best game came against the Falcons on Nov. 22, as he posted 3.0 sacks and three tackles for loss in the contest.

Jordan was a key cog for the surging New Orleans defense, which has let up an average of just seven points over the last four games. He has a total of 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 13 quarterback hits in 2020.
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Fleur-de-Links, December 4: The Saints have the highest-rated defense in the NFL

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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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.

The Saints are just one team that could clinch a spot in the playoffs in week 13.

A look at how the Saints could game plan to beat the Falcons for the second time in 3 weeks.

The Saints are on track to win 50 regular season games in a row.

Marcus Davenport joined Marquez Callaway, Janoris Jenkins, Deonte Harris, and Ty Montgomery as players that did not practice on Thursday.

Cameron Jordan speaks on the Saints having the number #1 defense on the NFL.

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Saints at Falcons Thursday injury report: Marcus Davenport has a concussion

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Not practicing for the New Orleans Saints were WR Marquez Callaway (Knee), CB Janoris Jenkins (Knee), WR Deonte Harris (Neck), RB Ty Montgomery (Hamstring), and DE Marcus Davenport. No information has come out exactly when Davenport suffered the concussion but he was added to the report today. Concussions are tricky and signs can occur days after the injury is incurred.

WR Michael Thomas (Ankle) and RB Alvin Kamara (Foot) were limited for the second day.

G Andrus Peat (Concussion) was full.

Missing practice for the Atlanta Falcons were TE Hayden Hurst (Ankle), CB Kendall Sheffield...
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Saints OL James Hurst was ready to fill in for Terron Armstead because, well, this is 2020

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints offensive tackle James Hurst went to sleep last Friday night as a backup offensive tackle who figured to get some work as a situational sixth offensive lineman that Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Then All-Pro left tackle Terron Armstead learned Sunday of his positive COVID test, and with about 24 hours notice, Hurst realized he would be starting and protecting quarterback Taysom Hill’s blindside.

Asked about what that experience was like last week, Hurst just shrugged his shoulders and summed up the unexpected circumstances the way a lot of people have this year...
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The Edge: Saints have a solid shot to sweep Falcons for 8th time under Sean Payton

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Because of a scheduling quirk, the New Orleans Saints face the Atlanta Falcons for the second time in just three weeks.

Last time around, the Saints beat the Falcons 24-9 in Taysom Hill's first-ever NFL start at quarterback to move the all-time ledger between the two teams even closer.

The Falcons still lead the all-time series, but now it's just 53-50 in Atlanta's favor. But with the Saints on a hot streak coupled with several injuries to key pieces for the Falcons, the Saints are primed to close the gap a little more this week.

If that holds true, this would be the first time the...
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Jenkins, Davenport, three others still out Thursday for Saints

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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It is beginning to look like Saints starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins may not play Sunday against the Falcons.

Jenkins missed Thursday’s practice with his knee injury suffered in the win at Denver last Sunday. Ace return man and wide receiver Deonte Harris remains out with his neck injury while wide receiver Marquez Callaway (knee) and running back Ty Montgomery (hamstring) were also out again.

Of greater concern is the fact that defensive end Marcus Davenport also missed practice with a concussion, making his participating Sunday doubtful. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were limited...
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Saints DE Marcus Davenport misses Thursday's practice with a concussion

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints placed a high-profile new name on their injury report Thursday.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport missed Thursday’s practice with a concussion, leaving room for doubt about his availability this Sunday against Atlanta.

Davenport missed the first four games this season with elbow and toe injuries. Since returning to the lineup, the 2018 first-round pick has been a valuable rotational piece along the defensive line, recording 1.5 sacks and 13 pressures in seven games.

He finished each of his first two seasons on injured reserve, and has not yet played more than 13...
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Marcus Davenport misses practice with concussion

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Saints added defensive end Marcus Davenport to the injury report with a concussion Thursday. He did not practice.

That would seem to put his availability for Sunday’s game against the Falcons in doubt.

Running back Alvin Kamara (foot) and receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) remained limited. The Saints likely will continue to be deliberate in how much they use Kamara and Thomas in practice to keep them as fresh and healthy as possible the rest of the way.

Receiver Marquez Callaway (knee), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee), receiver Deonte Harris (neck) and running back Ty Montgomery...
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