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NFL best bets: Third time won’t be charm for Bucs at Saints

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By Todd Dewey | Las Vegas Review-Journal

It’s been said that cliches are cliches because they are true. But the cliche that “it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season” doesn’t ring true.

Since 1970, teams that have faced a divisional opponent in the playoffs after beating them twice in the regular season are 14-7 in the third matchup (66.7 percent).

The Saints were the last team in that spot in 2018, when they finished a three-game sweep of the Panthers. New Orleans will try to top Tampa Bay for the third time this season Sunday after winning 34-23 and 38-3 in the regular season.

Professional sports bettors Cris Zeniuk and Jeff Whitelaw each like the Saints to cover as 3-point home favorites.

Zeniuk (@lasvegascris) tied for second place in the Circa Sports Million II contest with a 56-28-1 ATS mark (66.7) under the alias DV8-1. He tied for fifth place with his other entry (DV8-2) and tied for second place in the fourth quarter with a 19-5-1 ATS mark for total winnings of $244,444. ...

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Drew Brees, the Saints, and Playing the Bucs Three Times

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The Saints and Bucs meet for a third time in the NFL season, with it being the first time they square up in the postseason.

John Hendrix | SI

It wasn't perfect, but the Saints passed their first postseason exam after knocking off the Bears 21-9 on Sunday. New Orleans was powered by a strong defensive effort, and the offense started hot and then overcame some struggles to find its groove to improve to 4-2 in the Wild Card Round under Sean Payton.

Now comes the Divisional Round, where they're 3-3 under Payton. The Saints are 3-0 at home under him, but those road losses are the ones that incite all the feelings. Naturally, this matchup against the Bucs will get magnified even more since it's Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees, and then there's a lazy narrative about how hard it is for a team to beat the same one three times in a season.

Divisional Round History: Sean Payton Era

1/13/19 - Saints 20, Eagles 14
1/14/18 - Vikings 29, Saints 24
1/11/14 - Seahawks 23, Saints 15
1/14/12 - 49ers 36, Saints 32
1/16/10 - Saints 45, Cardinals 14
1/13/07 - Saints 27, Eagles 24 ...

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Brett Favre on Drew Brees, Tom Brady matchup: 'You couldn’t ask for a better setup'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Plenty of eyes will be fixed on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Sunday in anticipation of what could be the last game between New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Sunday's game between the two marks Brees' first game as a 42-year-old, while Brady has been 43 years old all season.

One person excited for the matchup is Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who retired (for the final time) at the age of 41.

“I think it’s awesome," Favre said on Thursday on the SiriusXM Blitz. "I said this at the start of the year, and even the...
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Saints vs. Buccaneers predictions: Check out our staff's divisional round picks

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When: Sunday, Jan. 17 (5:40 p.m. CT)

Series record: Saints lead, 37-21

Last meeting: 2020, Saints win, 38-3

Bucs in 2020: 12-5, 2nd in NFC South

Saints in 2020: 13-4, 1st in NFC South.

5: The number of times the Saints picked off Tom Brady this season — which accounts for nearly half of Brady's season total (12).

6: The number of times the Saints sacked Tom Brady this season — more than a quarter of Brady's season total (21).

80.9: The average yards rushing allowed by Tampa Bay's top-ranked run defense.

85: The combined age of quarterbacks Drew Brees (42) and Tom Brady (43).

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Saints vs. Bucs Divisional Round Friday injury report: Trey Hendrickson good to go

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The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released their Friday injury report which also features game designations

The Saints get their top pass rusher back on Sunday and more good news despite having to rule out CB Patrick Robinson. Meanwhile, the Bucs rule out two piece within their trenches on both sides of the ball. The designations are in, the stage is set, and Sunday’s action grows a bit more clear.

Remember, no designation generally means the player is good to go.

Why it’s important: Seeing Taysom Hill and Latavius Murray back at practice is huge for the Saints. But...
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Saints' Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray questionable for Bucs, Trey Hendrickson good to go

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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After missing two practices in the lead up to Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saints running back Latavius Murray and quarterback Taysom Hill returned to practice in a limited role on Friday.

Murray (quad) and Hill (knee) were listed as questionable for Sunday's game, while veteran cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring) was listed as out.

The other three Saints on this week's injury report all practiced fully on Friday, and weren't given game designations, so defensive end Trey Hendrickson (neck), left tackle Terron Armstead (elbow) and tight end Jared Cook (back) should...
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The Edge: How does 3rd game between Saints, Bucs shape up for matchups?

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints are facing a familiar foe this week in NFC South rival Tampa Bay, a team they swept in the regular season.

The Saints won the first go-round, topping the Bucs in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 34-23 — in what raised some eyebrows after watching Tom Brady play, but that skepticism was short lived after he put up near-league-high numbers by the end of the regular season.

The Saints dominated the Bucs in their rematch, putting together arguably their most complete win on Nov. 8, winning 38-3 on Sunday Night Football.

Here's how the two teams match up this time and who...
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Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray questionable for Sunday

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The Saints got a couple of key offensive pieces back on the practice field Friday.

Quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Latavius Murray were both limited participants in their only on-field work of the week. Hill hurt his knee last weekend and Murray injured his quad.

Both players have been listed as limited for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

The only player ruled out for the Saints is cornerback Patrick Robinson. He returned from injured reserve last week, but is back out with a hamstring injury.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson is set to return after missing last week with a...
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Ronald Jones officially questionable for Sunday

  • News source: Myles Simmons
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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said earlier on Friday that Ronald Jones will be a game-time decision. Officially, the running back is listed as questionable.

Jones (quad/finger) did not practice on Wednesday, but was a limited participant on Thursday and Friday. He was active for last Saturday’s win over Washington, but did not play a snap in the contest due to his quad injury.

Leonard Fournette will start at running back.

The Buccaneers have also listed safety Andrew Adams (not injury related) and safety Jordan Whitehead (knee) as questionable. Whitehead was not on the injury...
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Report: Saints assistant Dan Campbell considered favorite to be become Lions head coach

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Once a tight end on Detroit’s 0-16 team of 2008, Dan Campbell may return to the Lions as their new head coach.

The current Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach is favored to be the replacement for Matt Patricia, reports NFL Network.


Campbell has prior head coaching experience in an interim role with Miami in 2015, posting a 5-7 mark. He has served in his current roles on the New Orleans staff since leaving the Dolphins.
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Saints assistant Dan Campbell is the favorite to become Detroit Lions head coach: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell is the favorite to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, according to an NFL Network report.

With the Saints still in the midst of a playoff run and Campbell being unable to interview in person with the organization, an official announcement is not expected to be made until after the Saints season comes to a close.

Campbell has been on the Saints' coaching staff since the 2016 season. He took that position after serving as the interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins to close out the final 12 games of the...
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Report: Dan Campbell the favorite to become Lions head coach

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It looks like one more head coaching vacancy is off the board.

Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell is the favorite to become the next Lions head coach, according to a report from NFL media’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Campbell interviewed with the Lions on Monday. He’s not able to have a second interview with Detroit, which hired Brad Holmes to be its G.M. on Thursday, until the Saints’ season is over.

A former tight end in the league from 1999-2009, Campbell has been with the Saints since 2016. Before that, he was the Dolphins tight ends coach from 2011-2015...
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Saints to allow 3,500 fans for Buccaneers showdown; how does that compare to other playoff games?

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints are bumping up attendance a bit for this weekend's NFC divisional game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as 3,500 people will be at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome instead of 3,000, the team announced Friday.

The additional 500 will be vaccinated healthcare workers from Ochsner Health and LCMC Health, the team said.

"This is just a small gesture to recognize the incredible work these men and women have completed over the last year," Saints owner Gayle Benson said in a statement. "These front line workers are absolutely critical to the health and safety of our...
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Bruce Arians: Leonard Fournette to start, Ronald Jones a game-time decision

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Leonard Fournette‘s time as a starter will continue for Tampa Bay.

Head coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Friday that Fournette will be the Buccaneers’ first running back up for Sunday’s contest against the Saints. Ronald Jones, who returned to practice on Thursday, will be a game-time decision.

Jones was active for last week’s win over Washington, but didn’t play a snap due to a quad injury. Fournette was instead the lead back, and registered 93 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

“He’s a helluva a player, he played really, really well last week and we’ve trusted him all year,”...
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NFL sending COVID-19 monitors to each of the final four teams

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As of Sunday night, the NFL postseason will shrink to four teams, with three games to play. The NFL is determined to have those final games not impacted by COVID-19.

Per a league source, the NFL will send monitors to each of the final four teams to ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols as the conference championship games and, after that, the Super Bowl approach.

Of course, this will apply only to compliance in and around the team. It will be impossible to monitor the movements and behavior of players, coaches, and essential staff away from the facility or stadium. As the spread...
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NFL Playoff Picks 2021: Divisional Round

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The 2021 NFL Playoffs continue with this weekend’s Divisional Round. After defeating the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card Round, the New Orleans Saints are now ready to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the Divisional Round. Who Dat Nation has waited a long time for this game to finally get here, so let it finally begin! Let’s take a look at this marquee matchup as well as the other three games this Divisional Playoff weekend!

Last week I went 3-3

I told you so: Saints over Bears!

What do I know: Steelers over Browns?

Saturday, January 16th - 3:35pm CST -...
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