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Forecast: I hate the NFL canned crowd noise - plus Saints will be OK, just not this week

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By Ralph Malbrough / Contributing Writer | WWL

I don't how to say this and it might be the most controversial football opinion in the history of the world but the fake crowd noise being pumped into these NFL games with no fans is lame, annoying, and stupid. The artificial crowd noise has the authenticity of imitation crab meat in your mama's gumbo.

Why is the NFL intent on trying to give us a television presentation that pretends 2020 football is anything close to normal? Sure having absolutely zero crowd noise would be weird at first, but I'd rather a completely unique football experience than what I've been given the first two weeks.

The pumped in crowd noise sounds like what 2007 Madden football on a Sony PlayStation would be if it came to life and we were forced to watch it. Wouldn't the NFL experience be way more interesting in 2020 without fans at games if we could hear every player and coach? Just add in a delay for the four-letter explosions. ...

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How have the Saints' 2021 free agents performed early in 2020?

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints have gotten off to an uneven start in the 2020 season, handling their business against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before getting upset by the Las Vegas Raiders. And much of that instability has been drawn from how 2021 free agents-to-be are playing.

To their credit, the Saints identified the most important names on their 2021 list and signed them to contract extensions: running back Alvin Kamara and linebacker Demario Davis were their top priorities.

But where do they go from here? Let’s check in on each pending free agent:

FS Marcus Williams

There have been some ups and downs to Williams’ first two games, but that really tells the story of his career so far. He created the first turnover of the season by intercepting Tom Brady in Week 1, and he’s already credited with double-digit tackles while playing predominately as a single-high free safety. ...

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Saints Offense vs. Packers Defense Preview

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Bob Rose | SI

With questions swirling around their legendary quarterback, the New Orleans Saints return to the field this Sunday night, hosting the Green Bay Packers in front of a prime-time audience. The Saints lost their last game, a 34-24 defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders on the road last Monday night.

After starting that game strong, the New Orleans offense sputtered through the middle part of the contest. Especially their once-vaunted passing attack, which struggled for the second week in a row. Quarterback Drew Brees has received the brunt of the criticism, with several circles speculating that the 41-Yr old icon is amid a steep decline. New Orleans ranks 21st in total yardage after the first two games and has looked like a shadow of what this feared unit had been over the previous 14 years.

The Saints offense now goes at a Green Bay defense that ranked middle of the pack in most defensive categories in 2019, keeping about that same pace after two games this year. The 2-0 Packers have won each of their games handily, allowing their defense to play softer late in games. Here's how the New Orleans offense matches up against that Green Bay defense. ...

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Super Bowl LV Odds: Saints Are Down, Not Out

  • News source: JR Ella
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“It ain’t no party if you ain’t got that Lombardi!”

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NFL football is both fun and excruciating. And that’s why we love it as much as we do. Your team wins and you’re on top of the world, headed to the Super Bowl. They lose, and the season is over and you should get ready for the draft. There is no shortage of emotions, overreactions, profanity uttered, copious amounts of alcohol ingested, hugs given to friends and strangers. In the end, we all just want one thing: for our team to earn an invitation to the Big Game and play for that coveted Lombardi trophy.

So, through two regular...
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Why haven't Hall of Fame locks Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers won more Super Bowls?

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers secured their legacies long ago.

They were Super Bowl MVPs in back-to-back years after the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Then they followed up with two of the most epic statistical seasons in NFL history in 2011.

Brees ranks first all time in passing yards (77,888), passing touchdowns (550) and completion percentage (67.6), while Rodgers ranks first in passer rating (102.6). The point being, these two could choose to retire at halftime of Sunday night's marquee matchup between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) in the Superdome -- and...
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Saints expect Emmanuel Sanders production to pick up

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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It would be reasonable to expect more from Emmanuel Sanders, especially in the absence of Michael Thomas from the Saints lineup last week.

But they’re confident the veteran wide receiver will find his place soon, and become a more productive part of their offense.

“We are [just] two weeks in,” Saints coach Sean Payton said, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “So, I see him being a big part of what we do offensively. We didn’t have enough snaps the other night, unfortunately. That time of possession was a big factor in it. . . .

“His touches are going to come.”

Sanders...
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Fleur-de-Links, September 25: Saints look for ways to improve before Week 3 challenge

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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The Saints plan to host 750 family members of players, coaches, and staff during the Week 4 game against the Green Bay Packers as a way to test “health and safety protocols” in place.

Michael Thomas is still set to miss the Saints’ game against the Green Bay Packers.

The latest injury report for the Saints has both Michael Thomas and defensive tackle Malcolm Brown missing practice with tackle Terron Armstead, defensive end Trey Hendrickson, and linebacker Chase Hansen as limited.

A brief preview of the offenses of both the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers ahead of their week 3...
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Former Saints defensive lineman Derland Moore dead at 68 after battle with cancer

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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There is this sobering fact to report.

Former New Orleans Saints star defensive lineman Derland Moore has passed away after a battle with cancer. Moore was 68.

Derland was one of the most competitive players and persons I have known in my lifetime.

He was also one of the nicest men I have known.

Derland Moore was not the biggest defensive linemen in the NFL, far from it.

Moore was not one of the fastest defensive linemen in the NFL, far from it.

Moore was not one of the quickest defensive linemen in the NFL, far from it.

What Derland Moore was as a player was one of the hardest...
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Saints DE Davenport returns to practice Wednesday, Packers WR Adams again sits out

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Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport took an important step Thursday towards making his season debut.

The former first round pick returned to practice for the first time in the regular season. He was listed as limited on the official injury report.

Davenport has been been out for several weeks with an elbow injury. He started 13 games for the Saints last season, recording six sacks and three forced fumbles.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson, who has started in place of Davenport in the first two games of the season, was limited with a groin injury. The Saints hope to have one or both of...
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Saints vs Packers Thursday injury report: Marcus Davenport limited

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WR Michael Thomas (Ankle) and DT Malcom Brown (Foot), both didn’t practice for the Saints. This is the second day this week for Thomas but Brown was limited on Wednesday.

T Terron Armstead (Groin), Trey Hendrickson (Groin), and LB Chase Hansen (Hip) were all limited for the second day.

WR Davante Adams (Hamstring) and TE Josiah Deguara (Ankle) missed practice for the Packers. Deguara was limited on Wednesday. TE Marcedes Lewis and P J.K. Scott also did not practice but they weren’t injury related. Better know as the vet day.

DT Kenny Clark (Groin), LB Randy Ramsey (Groin), and LB Randy...
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The Saints will host family members of staff and players in test mode for opening stadium to fans.

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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The following statement concerning this development and guidelines was released by the Saints.

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DeAndre Hopkins’ natural chemistry with Kyler Murray has led to 22 receptions

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Saints receiver Michael Thomas set the NFL record last season with 149 catches. He made 20 of those in the first two weeks.

Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins has 22 catches already this season. His previous best through the first two games was 14 receptions, which he accomplished three times with the Texans.

Yes, it’s early, but it has Hopkins on pace for 176 catches. His career high is the 115 receptions he made in 2018 with Houston.

“I really don’t look at stats too much, but just the way my body feels and the game plan going into it, this is the best I’ve felt on a Week Three,”...
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Davante Adams remains out of practice Thursday; Kenny Clark limited

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Packers receiver Davante Adams said Wednesday his hamstring was better, but he was uncertain about his status for Sunday.

It would seem that it remains that way a day later.

Adams did not practice again Thursday.

He played 38 of 73 snaps before his injury, catching three passes for 36 yards.

Defensive lineman Kenny Clark (groin) practiced for the first time since his injury in Week One. He was limited after missing Wednesday’s work.

Clark was inactive in Week Two.

Tight end Josiah Deguara (ankle) went from limited Wednesday to missing practice Thursday. Tight end Marcedes Lewis...
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The Edge: Assessing how New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers stack up for Week 3

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints return home after an ugly loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, and have a short week to prepare for the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers roll into New Orleans with a 2-0 record on the year, topping the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions to start off the year.

Historically, the two teams have met just 25 times, and the Packers hold the all-time ledger at 16-9. Though, the Saints have won the last two matchups with the most recent coming in October 2017.

Let's see who has the edge this go-round.

Saints offense: Corners of the internet have decided that Drew Brees...
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Saints injury report: Marcus Davenport returns to practice, Michael Thomas held out again

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport was present on the practice field Thursday for the first time since training camp.

Davenport (elbow) missed each of the Saints first two games while recovering from an injury he sustained during training camp. Though he was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice, seeing him back on the field was a sign he is at least getting closer to being back in the lineup.

The 2018 first-round pick missed three games in both his first and second seasons, but was a disruptive presence when he was on the field. He recorded six sacks while forcing...
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Michael Thomas out of another practice Thursday

  • News source: Josh Alper
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It looks like the Saints are likely going to be without wide receiver Michael Thomas against the Packers this weekend.

Thomas was listed as not participating on Wednesday’s estimated practice report and he didn’t take part in Thursday’s actual return to the practice field. Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Buccaneers in Week One and didn’t practice at all last week before missing Monday night’s loss to the Raiders.

The Saints opted not to put Thomas on injured reserve, which would have ruled him out for three games. That suggested they expected him back inside that...
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Emmanuel Sanders is off to a slow start, but Saints are 'very confident in his ability'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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With Michael Thomas sitting out the Week 2 contest against the Las Vegas Raiders, the New Orleans Saints planned to get wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders involved in the offensive attack.

The game just didn’t unfold according to plan.

"I honestly don't feel like there have been a ton of opportunities,” said quarterback Drew Brees. “We've called some downfield shots. For example, we called two in that game that were designed to go to him down the field, unfortunately, the coverage didn't really dictate that, didn't really allow that.

“There was a couple other opportunities that for whatever...
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