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Tony Chachere's Key Ingredients to a New Orleans Saints victory vs. Carolina Panthers

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By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

The early bye week possibly came at a fortuitous time for the New Orleans Saints.

Several bodies needed the rest, recovery and rehabilitation, and the Saints (3-2) needed to iron out a few wrinkles before entering their season-ending 11-game marathon, beginning with Sunday's game against Carolina (3-3) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

There should be a quick indication in the game of how much the Saints improved and shored up during the break. The Panthers likely will be a stern test.

Here are a few keys to the game:
  1. GROUNDED: The Saints aren't exactly ground-and-pounders when it comes to the running game, but that doesn't mean they can't do it. Against the Lions, in a 35-29 win, New Orleans had 42 attempts for 164 rushing yards and three touchdowns, significantly above the team's season averages of 28 attempts and 115 rushing yards per game. The reason to mention this is because the Panthers allow 121.7 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. Alvin Kamara (281 yards, 4.6 per carry) and Latavius Murray (218 and 4.2) could have busy days for the Saints as runners.
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Sean Payton feels "Good" about Saints depleted Receiver Corps

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

It's been a tough week for the New Orleans Saints wide receiving corps. On Wednesday, many were surprised when the team listed All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas with a hamstring injury. Thomas confirmed with his social media posting, saying it was a "setback."

On Friday, New Orleans was dealt another blow. Wideout Emmanuel Sanders became ill on Thursday, got tested, and was confirmed positive with COVID-19. Coach Payton confirmed the report on Sanders with media. He said tests were ordered for approximately 20 people who electronic tracers had them in contact or near Sanders. At this point, no other Saints player had a confirmed COVID-19 test stemming from contact with Sanders.

Finally, Sanders' close friend and teammate Bennie Fowler was placed on injured reserve by the Saints because of a shoulder injury.

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Behind Enemy Lines, Week 7: Previewing Saints vs. Panthers

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

There’s a big matchup brewing between Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints against Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers, so we previewed the game by going to the best source of Panthers analysis we know: Tim Weaver over at Panthers Wire.

We exchanged a series of questions and answers to touch on several topics in this week’s game, which could get interesting considering how much star talent isn’t available for either team. Both squads will have to adjust and find new ways to win on Sunday, and the more creative team just might come out ahead. Here’s what we learned:

1. So how has Teddy Bridgewater looked? He became a Saints fan favorite in short order and still has a lot of good will going his way, but not this week. Has he lived up to expectations after signing a big contract with Carolina in free agency?

It’s still early to say if he’ll live up to the contract he signed. Bridgewater has been mostly what we expected. He’s a solid QB who generally makes good decisions and is a very accurate passer. Teddy’s deep ball has also been pretty on-point this year, even if there haven’t been too many of them. He’s also a tremendous fit for Joe Brady’s offense.

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Saints call up two practice squad receivers as COVID-19 replacements

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Both wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and cornerback Ken Crawley were placed on the COVID-19 reserve list this week, prompting the New Orleans Saints to promote a pair of wide receivers from the practice squad: veteran Austin Carr and rookie Juwan Johnson. NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill first reported the roster moves.

Per an NFL rules tweak, these will not count against each other player for future promotions (the new CBA allows for two practice squad call-ups per player each season). Because they are filling in for teammates on COVID-19 reserve, both players are granted a temporary exemption. Carr has already had one game-week promotion so he is still allowed one more, while Johnson retains both of his future opportunities.

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Saints vs. Panthers live scoreboard, updates: See time, channel, picks, more for NFC South showdown

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Fresh off a bye week, the New Orleans Saints return to action against their divisional foe Carolina Panthers in the first game of the 2020 NFL season that will allow fans inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Get important gameday information, including how to watch, stream and follow the game, below.

When: Sunday, Oct. 25 (noon CT)

Series record: Saints lead, 26-25.

Last meeting: 2019, Saints win, 42-10

Panthers in 2020: 3-3, 3rd in NFC South

— New Orleans: WVUE-TV (FOX - 8)

— Baton Rouge: WGMB-TV (FOX - 44)

— Lafayette: KADN-TV (FOX - 15)

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Three things to watch as Saints and Panthers rivalry hits its refresh button

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For a long time, the games between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints were a representation of two of the NFC’s more stable franchises.

The Saints have had the same coach and quarterback in place since the start of the 2006 season. From 2011 to 2019, the Panthers were coached by Ron Rivera and quarterbacked by Cam Newton. Since that 2011 season, either the Panthers or the Saints have won the division in all but two seasons.

That has changed a bit this year. While the Saints have managed very little turnover yet again, the Panthers they will face this year will look almost...
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Teddy Bridgewater may be a 'frenemy' now, but there's still plenty of love for him in New Orleans

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Start this Teddy Bridgewater story where most of them probably should start: Not with his accomplishments on a football field, but with the way he made somebody feel.

This was last year, when Bridgewater was still wearing a No. 5 New Orleans Saints uniform on Sundays. Joe Lombardi served as Bridgewater’s position coach with the Saints, and his son, Joe Jr., broke his foot in the lead up to his senior year at Jesuit High School. He was devastated when he found out he’d miss most of his senior football season.

Bridgewater knew the feeling — he was just really starting to re-emerge on the...
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Missing Sanders and Thomas, Saints add WRs Carr and Johnson to roster ahead of Panthers game

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Missing both starting wide receivers for Sunday’s NFC South matchup with the Panthers, the Saints made two additions to the active roster Saturday.

Wide receivers Austin Carr and rookie Juwan Johnson were elevated from the practice squad.

The team also moved offensive lineman Will Clapp from the active roster to the practice squad.

Along with cornerback Ken Crawley, Emmanuel Sanders was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list this week while Michael Thomas was declared out for the fifth straight game as he deals with ankle and hamstring injuries.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Johnson was an...
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Saints to use Austin Carr, Juwan Johnson as COVID-19 replacements, activate Will Clapp too for game vs. Panthers

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The New Orleans Saints have activated three players from the practice squad ahead of their Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Saturday.

Wide receiver Austin Carr, rookie receiver Juwan Johnson and interior lineman Will Clapp got the call-up this week for different reasons.

Teams are typically limited to two call-ups per game from the practice squad, but Carr and Johnson are categorized as COVID-19 replacements, meaning they take the spots of receiver Emmanuel Sanders and cornerback Ken Crawley, who were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Michael Thomas trade rumors, receiver depth, Emmanuel Sanders on COVID-19 list

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Welcome back to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate's Saints mailbag.

Every week I hand-pick a few questions from my Twitter mentions and emails to attempt to satisfy y'all's Saints curiosities.

If you want your weekly question included in my weekly mailbag, send them to me on Twitter at @Amie_Just or email them my way at

Here are some questions you asked about the Saints ahead of Week 7's game.

Honestly, this is preposterous. ESPN's Field Yates put it more succinctly than I could: "The only place Michael Thomas is getting traded is in your fantasy league."...
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Saints favored by 7+ points for second consecutive week

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As the Saints prepare to host the Carolina Panthers at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, they earn the heavy favor of Vegas. New Orleans will enter the weekend as 7.5-point favorites according to Sports Betting Dime.

The Saints (3-2) may be playing without their star wideout Michael Thomas for the fifth game in a row after he suffered a hamstring injury during Wednesday’s practice. Without Thomas this season, New Orleans has still maintained an ability to score and move the ball. While it’s not always pretty on offense, they are still one of six teams around the league scoring more...
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College prospects to watch: Week 8

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The Big Ten Conference has joined the fray. All Power 5 conferences will finally take center stage for the first time this season in what should be an exciting weekend. Here are five NFL Draft prospects to watch in Week 8:

No. 5 Ohio State makes its season debut against Nebraska. Fields and his returning teammates are looking to avenge their loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal last season.

Fields will likely be the second quarterback off the board and for good reason. He threw for 3,273 yards, 41 touchdowns and just three interceptions while adding 484 yards and 10...
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Film Study: Panthers without McCaffrey, but Mike Davis still a threat

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I feel like a broken record at this point. The New Orleans Saints have still yet to allow a 100-yard rusher since they faced off against then-Washington running back Samaje Perine back on November 19, 2017. They’ve faced some of the top running backs in the NFL since then, including Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley (when he had knees), Christian McCaffrey multiple times, and most recently new stud Josh Jacobs. Not a single one of them has hit the 100-yard marker. This week the Saints get ready to face the Carolina Panthers without Christian McCaffrey, the highest-paid and arguably best running...
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Are Saints hoping to get offers for Michael Thomas?

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As the trade deadline approaches — and as the COVID-19 protocol as a practical matter accelerates the closing of the window for teams that hope to have new players ready to go for Week Nine — there’s an unlikely name to watch: Michael Thomas.

Some in league circles believe that the Saints could be willing to move him, and/or that Thomas could be interested in moving.

Two weeks ago, Thomas punched a teammate during practice. The Saints suspended him without really suspending him, fining him the amount of a game check and not putting him on the active roster for a Monday night game against...
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Raiders, Saints have no new positive tests

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The Raiders and Saints are trending in the right direction to be able to play tomorrow.

Both teams had no new positive tests in the latest round of COVID-19 testing, according to multiple reports.

The Buccaneers-Raiders game in Las Vegas was moved from Sunday night to Sunday afternoon, and Seahawks-Cardinals was moved into Sunday Night Football, because the NFL feared the Raiders might have to postpone their game after two players tested positive and several other players who had close contact with those two went into quarantine.

The Saints put wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on the...
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Interview with Saints’ Super Fan “Da Boom” gives hope and inspiration to many

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The New Orleans Saints have amassed plenty of fans over the years. The cast of super fans range from Elvis impersonators to wild clowns donning Saints paraphernalia. This one fan in particular stands out, after spending some time with him last week. Not many may be familiar with the name Paul Scheppf, but the outfit resembling an Air Force pilot with “Da Boom” nickname has done some great work within the community. Also, his love for the New Orleans Saints is second to none. Here is the interview with Paul Scheppf “Da Boom.”

Dean Mullen: Tell me a little about yourself and your...
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The end of the QB era, Part 3: Drew Brees’ legacy

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This three-part series explores the inevitable predicament teams face: the dreaded plight of replacing a longtime franchise quarterback. Teams that arrive at this apex, historically, take one of two distinct paths – let their franchise leader go, or allow them to leave on their terms. Ultimately, when is it time to severe ties with a team’s beloved quarterback?

In Part 1, we saw that teams who let their famous quarterbacks go early watched them lead their new franchise to postseason success; in turn, their heir successors quickly flourished, and the team remained prosperous for years...
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Back-to-back wins do nothing for Saints fan confidence

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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.

It’s been a wild ride for the New Orleans Saints so far this year and fans have been along for the ride. Despite getting back-to-back wins, confidence in the team has taken a slight dip again. Going to overtime against a rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers will likely do that.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 56 percent of Saints fans believe the team...
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