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Saints players post-practice interviews as the Saints prepare for their week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Interviews with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Taysom Hill & Cameron Jordan


Opponents view: Matt Ryan on re-match with Saints, blocking Cam Jordan and what's changed for Falcons

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By Kelsey Conway |

When Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons (4-7) last saw the New Orleans Saints (9-2), it was a game that didn't go as planned. Ryan was sacked a season-high eight times, three of them coming from All-Pro defensive end Cam Jordan.

Ryan is hoping for a different outcome on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and knows the responsibility of blocking Jordan so he doesn't wreck the game doesn't fall on just one person.

He's tough, there's no question about it," Ryan said. "Unfortunately I've got to know him well. Our guys will do a good job, we'll have a good plan. We've all got to do our part though, we've all got to pull our weight. It's going to be a collective effort for us to do better than the last time we saw these guys."

Jordan has sacked Ryan 21 times in his career, the most a single player has sacked a quarterback in NFL history.

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New Orleans Saints 31-3 rout over Broncos delivers big TV ratings

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The New Orleans Saints' 31-3 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon was a ratings winner for Fox.

The New Orleans market delivered a 45.7 household rating and a 64 share.

The victory, the team's eighth straight, improved the Saints' record to 9-2, giving New Orleans a one-game lead atop the NFC with five games to play.

Cameron Jordan, Saints defense surge to No. 1: 'It's a we thing'

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- Whatever it is about Matt Ryan that brings out the best in New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, he isn’t saying.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about this week. This week I’m only focused on the next W,” said Jordan, who will get another crack at the Atlanta Falcons quarterback on Sunday after sacking him three times in Week 11, four times last Thanksgiving and a whopping total of 21 times in his career.

That’s more than any player has sacked any one quarterback since it became an official statistic in 1982, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Jordan surpassed Hall of Famers such as Bruce Smith (17.5 against Ken O’Brien) and Derrick Thomas (17 against John Elway) to earn that unique spot in NFL history.

“I think it’s gonna take a collective team effort to not only keep Matt Ryan in the pocket, as well as contain the likes of Julio [Jones] and Calvin [Ridley],” Jordan added. ...

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Falcons face dominant Saints D Sunday: 'Everyone that's playing these guys is struggling'

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By Kevin Patra | Around the NFL Writer

The Atlanta Falcons know first-hand how good the New Orleans Saints defense has played in recent games. In the Week 11 matchup between division rivals, the Saints pummeled Matt Ryan, sacking the QB eight times, earned two interceptions, and allowed zero TDs and just 248 total yards in a 24-9 win.

Squelching the Falcons has come amid the Saints defense ascending to the top of the league in most counting stats.

"Everyone that's playing these guys is struggling. Look at the Saints' numbers; they're fantastic," Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said, via the Associated Press. "I've never seen a defense ranked in the top 10 in so many categories. They're playing with a lot of confidence."

The Saints rank No. 1 in total yards allowed, fewest big plays allowed, No. 2 in yards per played allowed and rushing yards allowed, tied for fourth in turnovers forced per game, and fifth in passing yards and scoring. ...

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Saints DE Marcus Davenport misses Thursday's practice with a concussion

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints placed a high-profile new name on their injury report Thursday.

Defensive end Marcus Davenport missed Thursday’s practice with a concussion, leaving room for doubt about his availability this Sunday against Atlanta.

Davenport missed the first four games this season with elbow and toe injuries. Since returning to the lineup, the 2018 first-round pick has been a valuable rotational piece along the defensive line, recording 1.5 sacks and 13 pressures in seven games.

He finished each of his first two seasons on injured reserve, and has not yet played more than 13...
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Marcus Davenport misses practice with concussion

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Saints added defensive end Marcus Davenport to the injury report with a concussion Thursday. He did not practice.

That would seem to put his availability for Sunday’s game against the Falcons in doubt.

Running back Alvin Kamara (foot) and receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) remained limited. The Saints likely will continue to be deliberate in how much they use Kamara and Thomas in practice to keep them as fresh and healthy as possible the rest of the way.

Receiver Marquez Callaway (knee), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee), receiver Deonte Harris (neck) and running back Ty Montgomery...
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Rodgers, Mahomes among Rooney nominees

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From star quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes to standout center Jason Kelce to dynamic defensive end Joey Bosa, 32 players have been nominated for the seventh annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

Each NFL team nominated one player for the award, which recognizes players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. It is named for Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney Sr., the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A panel of former players that includes Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler will select four...
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No practice for Julio Jones Thursday

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Wide receiver Julio Jones was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice due to a hamstring injury, but things took a step in the wrong direction on Thursday.

Jones did not take part in practice. He did not play in last Sunday’s win over the Raiders because of the injury and he missed two games earlier in the season because of hamstring trouble.

Jones could be resting Thursday in hopes of increasing his chances of playing on Thursday, so his status at Friday’s practice will likely be a significant sign of his chances of facing the Saints this Sunday.

The game will be the second in...
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Saints Week 13 Power Rankings: NFL world unsure about Saints status in after Broncos win

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No, it wasn’t pretty. But the Taysom Hill-led Saints are 2-0. While nearly every NFL analyst agrees that the Steelers and Chiefs are one and two in the league right now, the uncertainty of Drew Brees’ status has the NFL world unsure about just what to do with the Saints. The Packers are hot on their heels in the NFC, and they look “better” winning games. With that being said, the Saints aren’t losing, so they’re understandably a hard team to evaluate.

Here’s what major outlets have to say about where the Saints stand in the Week 13 Power Rankings. (Change from each week will be in...
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Steelers, Chiefs can clinch playoff spots this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Steelers took a step closer to the postseason with a win over the Ravens on Wednesday and they can sew up a berth on Monday night.

If the Steelers beat or the Washington Football Team, they will secure one of the seven playoff spots in the AFC. Even if the Steelers lose, they can end up with a spot in the postseason. If the Raiders, Dolphins, or Colts lose or tie this weekend, the Steelers would be in even if they lose for the first time this season.

The No. 2 team in the AFC can also punch its ticket this week. The Chiefs will be in if they win. There are a variety of scenarios...
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The Saints and Taysom Hill have used this old-school play to gash NFL defenses

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With about three minutes remaining in the third quarter of their 31-3 win against the Denver Broncos, the New Orleans Saints called what has been one of their bread and butter plays this season.

Operating out of the shotgun in a jumbo formation, quarterback Taysom Hill sent fullback Michael Burton in motion from the left slot to the right side, which should have alerted the Denver defense to what was coming, but it didn’t really matter. The Broncos had seven defenders in the box, the Saints had eight blockers for their ball carrier.

Hill snapped the ball just before Burton crossed in...
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3 daily fantasy players from Week 13: Saints vs Falcons

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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If you’re a daily fantasy player, before each game I will look at four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results).

Is Saints QB Drew Brees still safe QB for daily fantasy leagues? Even still, spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster.

Normally I try to find four players for your daily fantasy lineups from each week’s Saints game, but this week, the pickings are slim. So here is two Saints and one Falcon that...
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Saints rookie roundup, Week 12 - Ruiz slowly gaining confidence

  • News source: Anthony Mocklin
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The New Orleans Saints traveled to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Broncos in Week 12. Running back Latavius Murray’s 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns led the way in a 31-3 victory over a handicapped Denver team.

The Broncos were left without an active quarterback due to COVID-19 protocols. Denver was forced to activate undrafted receiver Kendall Hilton from their practice squad to lead the offense.

The Saints made it a pretty tough day for Denver, who did not complete a pass in the first half. Taysom Hill once again got the start under center for New Orleans. While his...
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WATCH: Week 13 preview video, Taysom Hill and the Saints look to sweep rival Falcons

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The New Orleans Saints could clinch a playoff berth on Sunday.

The Saints travel to Atlanta to face to the division rival Atlanta Falcons for the second time in two weeks, and if the Saints are able to take care of business, and if the Chicago Bears fall to the Detroit Lions, the Saints will be guaranteed a playoff spot in the postseason.

But focusing just on this week, the Saints defense could have their hands full on Sunday, facing a Falcons team that just hung a 40-burger on the Las Vegas Raiders. Remember: in Week 2, the Saints - led by Drew Brees - lost 24-34 to the Raiders, and...
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CSC Staff Picks, Week 13: Are the Falcons for real?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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With the 2020 NFL season now entering Week 13, we’re continuing our new weekly bit where some of the staff here at Canal Street Chronicles tries to pick winners and losers for every NFL game each week.

In Week 12, it was generally a good week for the New Orleans Saints. The 1st place Saints were able to take care of business against the quarterback-less Denver Broncos. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2nd place in the NFC South, fell to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 3rd place Carolina Panthers lost to the Minnesota Vikings, and the Atlanta Falcons got one win closer to 7-9 by embarrassing the Las...
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Saints @ Falcons key matchups - What could stop Taysom Hill? Taysom Hill.

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The New Orleans Saints march over to Atlanta & face their arch-nemesis for the second time in three weeks. It didn’t go so swiftly for the Falcons in their last date with Taysom Hill’s Saints. Saints closed out the dome win with a 24-9 victory.

Looking ahead—the Saints will see a slightly different Falcons squad. Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Todd Gurley have all been limited in practice this week. If the Falcons lose a couple of stars from their team for this game, it will be very, very difficult to come back even better than last losing result.

All in all, Atlanta will need to win...
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Cam Jordan: Saints D elevating play at the right time

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints are bringing an eight-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Falcons and the team’s defense has played a leading role in making that happen.

They have allowed the fewest yards of any team in the league and the last five games have seen them allow opponents 10.2 points per game, a 25 percent conversion rate on third downs, rack up 19 sacks, and force 13 turnovers. Defensive end Cam Jordan has five of those sacks

“I think we’ve put together a stretch where our secondary, our linebackers, our defensive line have really elevated our play. So it’s not more of an ‘I’...
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Fleur-de-Links, December 3: Saints favored to beat the Falcons at home

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A new t-shirt from BreakingT is now available, commemorating Taysom Hill’s debut game, a victory of rival Atlanta Falcons.

With Drew Brees’ absence, the Saints are still predicted to win four of their next 5 games.

Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, Ty Montgomery, and Janoris Jenkins all missed practice, while Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were limited.

The Saints are currently favored by 3 points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons at home.

The Saints currently have 3 separate paths to the playoffs.

Cameron Jordan and his “God Iz Love Foundation” are teaming with Crescent City Corps to...
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