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Saints favored by 8.5 points over Panthers for Week 12 opening lines

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints rebounded in a big way this week, but the Carolina Panthers look like they’ve regressed hard. This always-tough NFC South rivalry series is set to pick up again in Week 12, and the Saints are clearly favored to win.

Per the opening line from BetMGM, the Saints are 8.5-point home favorites over the Panthers. With an over/under set at 47.5, that implies a final score in the neighborhood of Saints 28, Panthers 19. Not too shabby.

With Cam Newton sidelined for the rest of the year, Carolina has had to rely on Kyle Allen, which has produced mixed results. Allen’s initial success trailed off over the last month, and the Panthers’ record has fallen with it. Allen threw seven touchdown passes against zero interceptions in his first four starts, giving Carolina a four-game unbeaten stretch. ...

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Chiefs vs. Chargers: Monday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Los Angeles Chargers “host” the Kansas City Chiefs tonight in the 1.4-mile high elevation of Mexico City. These AFC West rivals split the season series last season and meet for the first time this season. Can the Chargers gain some consistency? Will the Chiefs find their way back to offensive dominance? Let’s tune in and find out!

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Buccaneers abandoning the run makes Saints defensive snap counts look different than usual

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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TAMPA, Fla. — The snap counts for several New Orleans Saints went against the grain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Starting defensive end Marcus Davenport had limited usage on Sunday, totaling just 23 snaps for 34% of New Orleans' defensive plays. Both of those marks tied his career lows. He didn't register a single tackle against the Buccaneers, something he's only done four times in his two years as a Saint.

Saints coach Sean Payton said on Monday...
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Emmanuel Zanders to appear Sunday at Saints Hall of Fame Museum

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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A star at Jackson State, Zanders played for the Saints for seven seasons from 1974-80 and was a team captain from 1976-79. Zanders was voted the Saints offensive lineman of the year in 1979. He played in 87 games, starting 78 for the Saints. Zanders He went on play one season with the Chicago Bears in 1981. Zanders was inducted into the Jackson State Hall of Fame in 2004.

Those with tickets to the game will be admitted free of charge to the museum Sunday. Only those...
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Bruce Arians can’t criticize officiating, but his wife can

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Nearly every coach has had a reason to criticize officiating at some point this year. The league doesn’t like it. And one coach has found a loophole.

Via JoeBucsFan.com, the wife of Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians criticized NFL officiating on Sunday. But not as a result of a call or non-call in Tampa Bay’s loss to the Saints.

Christine Arians reacted to the non-call of pass interference in the Texans-Ravens game, a blatant instance of DPI that wasn’t overturned via...
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Confident P.J. Williams plays big for the Saints, thanks to a plan to frustrate Mike Evans

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The last time P.J. Williams was pressed into duty as a starting cornerback on the outside didn’t go so well.

Looking for an upgrade to an ineffective Ken Crawley, the New Orleans Saints plugged Williams into their starting lineup opposite Marshon Lattimore against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 last season. Lattimore drew Falcons star Julio Jones, leaving Williams against then-rookie Calvin Ridley.

The results were disastrous. Ridley roasted Williams, catching five...
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Game balls from the Saints 34-17 thrashing of the Buccaneers

  • News source: BobRose
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The New Orleans Saints bounced back from a surprising loss last week in a big way, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road 34-17. New Orleans scored on their opening drive for only the second time this season, going ahead 3-0 on a Wil Lutz field goal. Lutz doubled their advantage to 6-0 with a 26-Yd. kick after the defense forced a quick three and out and a Saints drive stalled in the red zone. The first of four interceptions on the day on Tampa's next drive...
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Record watch: Keep up with Saints WR Michael Thomas as he chases Marvin Harrison's single-season catches mark

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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TAMPA, Fla. — New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is having a hugely productive season. Through 10 games, Thomas has 94 receptions for 1,141 yards receiving.

And the season is far from over.

Thomas has firmly been on record watch for a while now as he's chasing Marvin Harrison's league record for receptions in a single season.

In 2002, the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver amassed a whopping 143 receptions, blowing Herman Moore's former record of 123...
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Saints by the Numbers: Four (plus a score) interceptions

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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Four interceptions. One of them returned for a touchdown.

For the first time in 33 years, the Saints defense posted that stat line in Sunday’s 34-17 victory at Tampa Bay.

The last time the Saints had at least four picks, one of them a “pick-six” – Sept. 14, 1986, against the Green Bay Packers in the Superdome. On that day, James Haynes had an interception return for a touchdown and the New Orleans defense came away with seven interceptions.

Sunday marked the first...
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3 Ups and 1 Down from yesterday’s win over the Bucs

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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That’s how a good team bounces back.

It was still a roller coast of a game, though, with plenty of “Ups” and “Downs” along the way, though. Here are a few that stood out:

Up: the replacements

The Saints are a good team, but it would not have shocked anyone if they lost against a talented Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense after getting manhandled last week by the Atlanta Falcons. They were down their best cornerback and one of the anchors of the defense, a starting...
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Barnwell makes sense of the NFC playoff race: 8 teams, 6 spots, 1 muddled mess

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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The NFC playoff picture is a beautifully muddled mess. Sunday saw the 49ers and Vikings hold serve in their divisional races by pulling out comeback victories, leaving three of the NFC's four divisions within one game at the top. The Saints reaffirmed their stranglehold on the South by all but eliminating the Buccaneers from playoff contention, then got help from the archrival Falcons when the suddenly dominant Atlanta defense stomped Kyle Allen and the Panthers.

By...
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Let's overreact to Week 11 in the NFL: The Rams are playoff contenders

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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This is a column about overreactions, as any regular Monday reader knows, but they don't always come easily. Sometimes, you're sitting in your hotel room on a Sunday night, watching a couple of teams that combined to win 25 games last season but now can't find the end zone, and you have to try hard not to underreact.

Seriously, folks. I'm old enough to remember when Matt Nagy and Sean McVay were young offensive geniuses. Now they're facing off in front of the whole...
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NFC playoff picture: Different week, same view at the top

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The NFC playoff picture wasn’t upended when the 49ers, Saints and Cowboys lost games in Week 10, but it did open the door for bigger changes if the teams couldn’t get back on track.

Sunday’s games are all in the books and everyone got back on track. All six teams that opened the weekend in playoff position end it in the same spots they occupied at this time last week. The status quo actually extended all the way down the pecking order as the only change is that the...
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