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Lions-Saints Key Matchups: Detroit Must Pressure Drew Brees

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By Max DeMara |

The Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints are ready to go for another week of their season, and this battle takes on an added importance given the record of both teams so far this season.

Neither team has gotten off to the start they want on the field, but all of those negative feelings from early on can change in a hurry this weekend with a win either way. The Lions have a good chance to make their season feel just a bit more positive with a win in their return to Ford Field.

What key matchups will determine a winner this week? Here’s a look.

Lions Linebackers vs. Alvin Kamara
Detroit’s linebacking group had a solid day against the Cardinals and managed to keep an explosive offense in check for the most part. The bad news? There’s another major test waiting this week in Kamara. Not only is he a dangerous runner, but he is the team’s leading receiver through Week 3 with 285 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. That points to the fact that he remains probably the league’s most dangerous player in the wide open field. Detroit’s second level will have to be ready for Kamara, and he will be a very tough cover for the team and arguably present the biggest challenge within the New Orleans offense.

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Saints’ Michael Thomas one step closer to returning to action with practice reappearance

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By Christopher Denson | Clutch Points

New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas is making progress towards returning to the field, which is good news for a Saints team that so desperately needs his services (via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport).

Thomas has been away from action since Week 1 when he sustained an ankle injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His return to practice doesn’t put him at an immediate return to the field for the Saints Week 4 bout against the Detroit Lions, but it surely does release a breath of fresh air into a New Orleans squad that could surely use his talents sooner than later.

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Saints at Lions: Michael Thomas, Marcus Davenport limited on first injury report

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions issued their official injury report for Wednesday, Sept. 30, and one side appears to be in considerably greater health.

New Orleans practiced without either of it starting cornerbacks turning in a full day’s work; Janoris Jenkins missed practice with an undefined illness, while Marshon Lattimore was limited with a hamstring injury. Hamstring issues have dogged Lattimore back to his college days at Ohio State, but it’s something he’s played through before, so stay tuned throughout the week for updates.

But the big news of the day was the return of wide receiver Michael Thomas, whose ankle injury limited his participation. If Thomas can turn in three solid days of work, he could suit up against Detroit this Sunday, which would be a huge addition to the Saints offense.

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1 Up, 2 Downs and 1 “?” from Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers

  • News source: Xavier Eeswaran
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The Saints lost their second straight game, falling 37-30 to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. It was a back and fourth game, but penalties and defensive woes continued to haunt the Saints as they did last week against the Raiders.

Alvin Kamara continued to prove he’s worth $75 million, as he flexed his dual threat abilities all night for the Saints. Kamara rushed for 58 yards on six carries, with his longest run coming at 49 yards. He was also a threat in the air receiving 139 yards and two touchdowns on 13 receptions. The highlight for the Saints came when Kamara received a short...
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Week 4: State of the NFC South - at least we’re not the Falcons?

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The Falcons managed to capture late game meltdowns for the second weekend in a row. Atlanta put themselves last in the division, but they weren’t the only team to lose on Sunday. The Saints lost their second game in a row: 37-30 against an excellent Packers squad.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also known as “Tompa Bay”, ran away with the division lead. The Buccaneers edged out the Denver Broncos, by a score of 28-10. The Carolina Panthers even got their first win, with a victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Let’s take a closer look each NFC South team’s direction heading into Week 4...
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New Orleans Saints rookie roundup: Week 3 against the Packers

  • News source: Anthony Mocklin
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The New Orleans Saints hosted the Green Bay Packers for a back-and-forth Sunday Night Football showdown between two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks: Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. New Orleans could not overcome Green Bay’s offensive onslaught, falling 37-30.

Both quarterbacks put up extremely similar numbers. Rodgers threw for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns while Brees had 288 yards and 3 touchdowns. With star receiver Davante Adams out, Rodgers looked to Allen Lazard, who scorched the Saints secondary. Lazard caught 6 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Michael Thomas, arguably the best...
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Film Study: Drew Brees’ refusal to pass the ball deep is hurting the Saints offense

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The short answer to the question “when should Saints fans freak out” is “not yet.” The slightly longer answer is “wait and see what happens in Detroit.” When Alvin Kamara isn’t on the field, the Saints’ offense looks anemic, and part of that is a seeming refusal from Drew Brees to throw the ball downfield.

Part of this, of course, is by design. The Saints’ offense is built in such a way that it accounts for Brees’ waning arm and instead relies on his pinpoint accuracy. However, as this season — in which the Saints have started 1-2 with two straight losses — wears on, defenses are going to...
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Five Questions as the New Orleans Saints look to rebound at the Detroit Lions

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After an uncharacteristic two straight losses for the New Orleans Saints, they’ll look to bounce back an right the ship against the Detroit Lions. Here are five questions we have heading into the matchup in Motown.

Over the first three games of the season Kamara has astounded and delighted just about every time he’s touched the ball. After ripping off a 49-yard scamper and a 52-yard show stopper of a catch and run against the Green Bay Packer, the third-round draft pick will size up another favorable matchup against the Detroit Lions. Matt Patricia’s defense has allowed the third-most...
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Fleur-de-Links, October 1: Michael Thomas returns to practice and Saints sign a new addition to practice squad

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While Andrus Peat, Jared Cook, and Janoris Jenkins did not practice on Wednesday, Michael Thomas returned to practice limited, and Marcus Davenport, Marshon Lattimore, David Onyemata, and Chase Hansen were also limited.

Wide receiver Malik Henry replaces Lil’Jordan Humphrey on the Saints’ practice squad.

Sean Payton answers question from Detroit Lions’ writer about the upcoming game, including thoughts on Michael Thomas’ possible return, matchups with Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson, and Adrian Peterson’s performance.

For the first three games of the regular season, Malcolm Jenkins has...
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The Saints pass rush has stalled out after its roaring start. 'It's on us to speed up'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Judging by the first five quarters of the 2020 season, the New Orleans Saints defense looked on pace to pick up right where it left off as one of the most fearsome pass-rushing units in the NFL.

New Orleans recorded three sacks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, no small feat against a quarterback such as Tom Brady who makes up for his lack of mobility with his quick decision-making and hair-trigger release. Then, in the opening quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr, they were really rolling, three more sacks.

They were playing without one of their top...
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Derland Moore funeral mass Saturday

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The funeral mass for Saints Hall of Fame inductee Derland Moore is set for Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mandeville.

Moore died last Wednesday at his home in Mandeville after battling cancer. He was 68. Click here for his obituary.

Moore played 13 years for the New Orleans Saints (1973-85) and was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 1991.
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'Use your voice to vote:' Saints' Cameron Jordan tackles voter registration with NFL Votes initiative

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Cameron Jordan was getting ready to drink his post-workout turmeric juice when one of his younger New Orleans Saints teammates walked up to pick his brain.

It’s not unusual for Jordan to field questions at random times, especially in the lead up to the 2020 general election, because Jordan’s doing everything he can personally do, as one of the spokesmen for NFL Votes, to raise awareness around voter registration and being involved in the political process.

“A lot of people think that 1.) their votes don’t even matter, or 2.) they don’t have somebody that they fully believe in, in this...
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Drew Brees isn't lying: Saints ran 'shot plays' vs. Packers. Here's what happened.

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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You know the drill: Drew Brees drops back, looks downfield, waits, waits, pumps the ball, then checks it down to Alvin Kamara.

The broadcast didn't show the routes downfield, but someone had to be open, right? Cris Collinsworth said he had a chance. Why didn't he throw it?

Those are among the questions Saints fans and analysts have been attempting to answer after the trendy Super Bowl favorite stumbled to a 1-2 start with a glaring lack of downfield passing. Brees has only thrown three official passes targeting a player 20 or more yards downfield, completing one of them.

That mark is...
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Alvin Kamara on criticism of Drew Brees: I don’t really give a damn

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Everyone knows the criticism of Drew Brees and talk that, at 41, the Saints quarterback is on his last legs.

He is averaging an NFL-low 4.8 air yards per throw through three games, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, and his completion percentage of 70.2 is his lowest since 2016. His passer rating of 106.3, while still above 100, ranks only ninth and is below what he did in 2018 (115.7) and 2019 (116.3).

He doesn’t care, having said a week ago that his job is “not to have the most air yards or throw the ball down the field most.”

Running back Alvin Kamara said Wednesday he doesn’t care...
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Malcolm Jenkins launches initiative to feed 504 families a month through end of 2020

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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This year has taken its toll on so many, but as New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins sees it, 2020 has hit those who were already struggling with limited resources have been hit especially hard.

That is why, through his foundation and in partnership with Winn-Dixie, Second Harvest Foodbank and the Broadmoor Improvement Association Food Pantry, Jenkins began a new initiative Tuesday called Feed the 504, which plans to feed at least 504 New Orleans families every month between now and the end of the year.

Every year Jenkins said his organization focuses an idea around food, which he...
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Saints Wednesday injury report: Michael Thomas practicing, Jared Cook, Janoris Jenkins not.

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G Andrus Peat (Ankle), TE Jared Cook (Groin), and CB Janoris Jenkins (Illness) did not practice for the Saints on Wednesday. Since Jenkins hasn’t been sent to IR we can assume it’s not Covid-19 related.

WR Michael Thomas (Ankle), DE Marcus Davenport (Elbow), CB Marshon Lattimore (Hamstring), DT David Onyemata (Calf), and LB Chase Hansen (Hip) were limited.

It’s good to see Michael Thomas back at practice and speculation has already started that he will be playing Sunday against the Lions. The Saints sure need any spark they can get to turn things around.

The Lions only have 4 players on...
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Saints' Thomas (ankle) practices on limited basis

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METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday after missing the past two games with a high ankle sprain.

It's unclear if Thomas will be able to play Sunday at the Detroit Lions. But the Saints obviously targeted this week as a realistic possibility because they never placed him on injured reserve (which would have required him to miss at least three games).

The Saints (1-2) could certainly use the offensive boost. In Thomas' absence, they have lost two straight games for the first time in three years. And they rank last in...
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