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Yahoo Sports NFL Week 13 picks: How far can the Saints go with Taysom Hill?

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By Frank Schwab | Yahoo Sports

The focus of last Sunday was on the Denver Broncos and the spectacle of them having to use a practice squad receiver, Kendall Hinton, at quarterback. He completed one pass and the Broncos lost 31-3.

Had Denver been using a regular quarterback, we might have focused more on what was happening with the Saints’ offense.

Taysom Hill was 9-of-16 for 78 yards. He threw one interception and had a 43.2 passer rating. Until a 24-yard pass to Michael Thomas in the final seconds before halftime, Hill had just 14 passing yards in the first half.

There’s more nuance to Hill’s quiet passing day than just the stats. The Saints clearly were conservative, knowing the Broncos wouldn’t score much. They had a run-heavy approach, and Hill helped them there as usual. Hill had also passed his first test as a starter with a very good game running and throwing against the Atlanta Falcons a week before. Maybe there’s nothing to worry about.

But if we assume Drew Brees might not be back — regardless of any optimistic reports, hearing “11 broken ribs” doesn’t sound like a short-term injury — it’s fair to wonder what the Saints’ ceiling is with Hill.

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C.J. Gardner-Johnson having standout second season for New Orleans Saints

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'He's playing at a high level'

John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

One hand was all C.J. Gardner-Johnson needed.

One hand to take down San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens – 6-foot-1, 210-pound Nick Mullens – for a 6-yard loss in the New Orleans Saints' 27-13 victory Nov. 15.

"One finger," Gardner-Johnson said, with a smile.

He's probably right, because he has been right about a lot of things lately. And that has made the Saints' defense be as right as any in the NFL the last several weeks, which has helped New Orleans to climb to No. 1 in the league (284.9 yards per game allowed) entering Sunday's game against Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Gardner-Johnson is a skilled man, and many of them have been on display in his second season while he has registered 53 tackles, four tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, an interception, seven passes defensed and the sack.

"He's playing at a high level," Saints Coach Sean Payton said of the second-year defensive back. "I thought he has gotten better and better this year. He's rushing, he's taking it away, he's an important part of what we're doing defensively. So I'm pleased with the progress he's made." ...

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Saints try out a few offensive linemen after losing players to COVID-19 reserve

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints offensive line took a huge hit this week after starting left tackle Terron Armstead was designated to the COVID-19 reserve list, with backup guard Derrick Kelly following him. Neither player was available for their win with the Denver Broncos and their status is in doubt ahead of Sunday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons.

So it makes sense for the Saints to host a few free agents on tryouts. They reported two visitors on the daily NFL transactions wire:

Brady Aiello

A college teammate of Saints rookie Calvin Throckmorton (a member of the practice squad), Aiello mostly started games at left and right tackle for Oregon with a few spot-starts here and there at right guard. He weighed in at 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds before signing with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. He also joined the Cleveland Browns for training camp before trying out for the Saints and Washington Football Team earlier this season. ...

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Saints vs. Falcons injury report: Janoris Jenkins among 4 DNP's

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The first injury report for Week 13’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons listed a series of issues for both sides to manage, with four Saints players sidelined by injuries — including all of their returns specialists. Starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins was also sidelined after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos. The good news is that Pro Bowl left guard Andrus Peat was able to return from a concussion after missing the Broncos game.

Here’s the full injury report from both teams after Wednesday’s practice sessions:

From the Saints

Player, injuryWed.Thurs.Fri.Game status
CB Janoris Jenkins, kneeDNP
WR Marquez Callaway, kneeDNP
WR Deonte Harris, neckDNP
RB Ty Montgomery, hamstringDNP
RB Alvin Kamara, footLimited
WR Michael Thomas, ankleLimited
G Andrus Peat, concussionFull

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Didn't the Saints just play the Falcons? Yes. Here's the lowdown their second game in three weeks

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The New Orleans Saints may have played the Atlanta Falcons two games ago, but it's rivalry week again between these NFC South foes — this time with the Saints traveling to Atlanta for a noon kickoff Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The scheduling quirk of having two games in three weeks against the same team isn't completely out of the ordinary, as it's happened four times before to the Saints in the Sean Payton era, though it has been more common as of late — 2013 vs. Carolina (Weeks 14 and 16); 2016 vs. Tampa Bay (Weeks 14 and 16); 2017 vs. Falcons (Weeks 14 and 16); 2018 vs...
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Saints at Falcons Wednesday injury report: Marquez Callaway misses practice

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Four players missed practice for the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. WR Marquez Callaway (Knee), WR Deonte Harris (Neck), RB Ty Montgomery (Hamstring), and CB Janoris Jenkins (Knee). That’s three of our potential returners not practicing.

RB Alvin Kamara (Foot) and WR Michael Thomas (Ankle) were limited. Kamara would be another option in the kicking return game but I hope we don’t have to go there.

The good news is G Andrus Peat who has been in the concussion protocols practiced fully.

CB Kendall Sheffield (Illness) and G James Carpenter (Groin) did not practice for the Atlanta...
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Four Saints on week’s first injury report ahead of trip to Atlanta

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The first injury report for the New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Sunday is out and, if the game were held today, Austin Carr would be the punt return man for New Orleans.

Deonte Harris (neck) and Marquez Callaway (knee) did not practice. Harris missed last week’s game in Denver. Also not practicing, a key note, was starting corner Janoris Jenkins, who hurt his knee at Denver as well. Running back Ty Montgomery remains out with a hamstring problem.

As has been the came the last few weeks both Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were limited, as they were during the week the last few weeks...
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Four Saints miss Wednesday's practice, including CB Janoris Jenkins, WR Marquez Callaway

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Four New Orleans Saints players did not practice on Wednesday due to their respective injuries, including starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins and receiver/returner Marquez Callaway.

Jenkins and Callaway both sustained their respective knee injuries against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and did not return to the game.

All-Pro returner Deonte Harris (neck) and running back Ty Montgomery (hamstring) also missed Wednesday's practice after their injuries held them out of Sunday's game. Harris sustained his injury against the Atlanta Falcons and Montgomery sustained his sometime last week...
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Ravens vs. Steelers: Wednesday Afternoon Football open thread

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The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens tonight in the City of Steel. This game had been pushed back thrice from Thanksgiving night due to the Ravens’ positive COVID tests. Will Pittsburgh continue their unbeaten streak? Can Baltimore get revenge on their arch-rivals? Let’s tune in to find out!

Enjoy the games with the CSC family and join the thread below!

The easiest way to watch NFL action on your TV, smartphone, or streaming device is through fuboTV. fuboTV provides you access to live sports and TV without cable. You get access to all of the major networks including CBS...
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Roger Goodell: NFL won’t reschedule games for competitive considerations

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Without an NFL quarterback, the Broncos didn’t have a chance in Sunday’s game against the Saints. The NFL is not apologizing for that.

“Let me be crystal clear as we have been with our clubs since March: All medical decisions have and always will take precedence over competitive considerations and business interests,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on a conference call Wednesday.

Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and the team’s other three quarterbacks were quarantined because of high-risk close contact with Driskel.

The Broncos, with...
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Saints improve their grip as Las Vegas favorites to win the NFC championship

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After thrashing the short-handed Denver Broncos last week 31-3, the Saints strengthened their grip as BetOnline's favorite to represent the NFC in this year's Super Bowl.

The Saints' odds to win the Super Bowl improved to 6/1 (up from 7/1 the previous week), which are the third-best odds of any team according to BetOnline, behind the Kansas City Chiefs (11/4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (11/2). The Seattle Seahawks (9/1) and Green Bay Packers (10/1) rounded out the top five.

When looking strictly at the odds for who will win the NFC Championship, the Saints are the favorites at 5/2 odds, up...
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Running game key part of eight-game Saints win streak

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Among the many impressive statistics the New Orleans Saints have posted in the midst of winning eight straight games to stand currently at 9-2 comes in the running game.

New Orleans is ranked seventh in the league in rushing yards per game with 134.7 yards per contest, led by Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.

Of course, those numbers are improving weekly with Taysom Hill at quarterback and running it more.

Speaking with media Wednesday morning, Saints coach Sean Payton says the improvement is not by accident.

“In the game we just played, that plan shifted with the news of who was going...
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Todd Gurley, Julio Jones returning to practice

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The Falcons had no problem boat racing the Raiders 43-6 without running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Julio Jones last week. But both players appear to be trending in the right direction to play in Sunday’s matchup with the Saints.

Interim head coach Raheem Morris said both Gurley and Jones will practice on a limited basis on Wednesday.

“Hopefully, we’ll get them going. We’ll have to see where Julio goes. Obviously, we’ll take it day by day with Julio,” Morris said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ll get a chance to see those guys practice today and...
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Ups and Downs: Five players who impressed in Sunday’s win over the Broncos

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Sunday’s 31-3 win over the Denver Broncos was a strange game for the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints defense, who is now holding opponents to the lowest yards per game, was tasked with facing a practice squad wide receiver at quarterback after all four of Broncos quarterbacks missed the game due to COVID-19 complications. As expected, the defense shined, and the Saints won their eighth game in a row, moving to 9-2 on the season. Here are four players who impressed.

Demario Davis continued to make an argument for defensive player of the year in Sunday’s win. The Saints team captain was all...
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Film study: Taysom Hill needs to start trusting his arm on downfield throws

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It’s really hard to take much away from Sunday’s 31-3 rout over the Denver Broncos for the New Orleans Saints. They went up against a practice squad receiver playing quarterback, and Sean Payton responded by going completely run-centric for the duration of the game. But one thing is abundantly clear: Taysom Hill doesn’t trust his arm yet.

There were actually a lot of factors working against him on Sunday. The ball was mostly out of his hands, Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead was a scratch late in the week due to COVID-19, and the Broncos defense isn’t the Falcons. However, there are...
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State of the NFC South, Week 13 - Tampa, we have a problem

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Week 12 was a bite of games with huge implications, but mixed with some very 2020-like scenarios. For example, the football gods were on the New Orleans Saints’ side for once. I mean, not only did New Orleans have a Top-3 overall defense heading into Week 12—but, they played a 4-6 Denver Broncos team without a quarterback. It was almost like a zombie, apocalyptic movie and the Broncos locked the third-string WR Kendall Hinton out to take one for the team at QB.

So, now that the universe and UFOs hiding metal objects in the desert know the Saints won, let’s cover the other NFC South squads...
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NFC Playoff Picture: Where the Saints stand heading into Week 13

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The New Orleans Saints, with a little help from San Francisco and Kansas City, grew their lead in the NFC playoff race with their Week 12 win against the Denver Broncos. Not only that, but New Orleans potentially locks up a playoff berth with a win this weekend in Atlanta:

At this point last week, a Saints loss risked a fall from the No. 1 seed with a few different tiebreaker scenarios. Thankfully, this was all for pure exercise sake, as the Saints managed to sneak out a win against a team sans quarterback. With some upsets and divisional matchups in Week 12, the NFC playoff picture...
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Saints Film Room: Breakdown of Taysom’s shaky passing performance in Week 12

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill’s performance against the Denver Broncos in Week 12 has many layers to it.

On the surface, I know it didn’t didn’t look pretty. A 9/16 for 78 yards and 1 INT day through the air is hard to be aesthetically pleasing. But we at least got some confirmation after the game from head coach Sean Payton that Taysom was told be uber-conservative.

While that may somewhat explain the layer of hesitance and missed opportunities against an aggressive defense, it doesn’t explain the risky throws and inaccuracy.

His adjusted completion percentage was 69.2%...
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