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Colts seek a critical win against injury-plagued Saints on Monday night

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By Brett Martel / AP

NEW ORLEANS — Saints coach Sean Payton is trying not to let New Orleans’ latest bout with key injuries undermine his club’s Super Bowl aspirations.

A pair of starting defensive linemen who are both former first-round draft choices — end Marcus Davenport and tackle Sheldon Rankins — left last week’s loss to San Francisco with what turned out to be season-ending injuries.

But as the Saints (10-3) prepare to meet Indianapolis (6-7) on Monday night, they do so having already demonstrated how resilient they can be without prominent players in the lineup.

The Saints went 5-0 while record-setting quarterback Drew Brees was out with a thumb injury early this season. Star running back Alvin Kamara, top receiving tight end Jared Cook, left tackle Terron Armstead, left guard Andrus Peat, top cornerback Marshon Lattimore and return specialist Deonte Harris have missed games with injuries this season as well. Rankins also sat out the season’s first three games while completing his recovery from an Achilles tendon tear in last season’s playoff opener.

Yet by Thanksgiving, the Saints were NFC South title holders for a third season running and are still in contention to capture one of the top two playoff seeds in the conference. ...

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Clutch Lutz: New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz has been integral to team's success

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Wil Lutz figures he has no choice. Which, in turn, has helped make him one of the best choices the New Orleans Saints ever have made.

Twice this year, the fourth-year kicker has made walk-off field goals – a 58-yarder as time expired in New Orleans’ 30-28 victory over Houston in the season opener, and a 33-yarder as the clock struck zeroes in a 34-31 win against Carolina on Nov. 24.

He scored all of the Saints’ points in their 12-10 victory over Dallas on Sept. 29, and kicked four field goals against Atlanta on Thanksgiving night in a 26-18 win.

And currently, Lutz, the Pro Bowl leader in votes at his position, has made 14 straight and is 29 for 33 (87.9 percent) this season. He made a franchise-record 26 straight field goals last year, when he finished 28 of 30 during the regular season, and earlier this season he set an NFL record by making his 35th straight road kick. ...

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A Tribute to New Orleans Saints Great Vaughan Johnson

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By Bob Rose |

The New Orleans Saints lost a member of the family on Thursday when former linebacker Vaughan Johnson passed away at age 57 due to kidney disease. Johnson, a member of both the Saints and Louisiana Hall of Fame, was a star on a New Orleans defense that dominated the NFL from 1986 to 1993. He was a key member of the famed “Dome Patrol” linebacking corps that included Pat Swilling, the late Sam Mills, and NFL Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson. I caught up with a few of Vaughan’s former teammates and opponents; Here’s what they had to say about their fallen friend. ...

Toi Cook (CB - New Orleans Saints 1987-93, 49ers ‘94-95, Panthers ‘96-97)

“Wow! Vaughan was not only a great player but like Rickey Jackson said: ‘For as ferocious as he was on the field he was more laid back off of it’. He was a great teammate and hilarious friend! I loved hanging with Vaughan off the field. He was extremely intelligent, which he proved with his business ventures post-football. Everyone thought he was the athlete and Sam Mills was the intellect when in fact they were the same player just different heights.”

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Saints Gameday Guide 2019: Week 15 vs. Colts

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The Saints (10-3), who have won three of their past four games, host the Colts (6-7) this Monday night in a battle that kicks off at 7:15 p.m. from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints lead the all-time series with the Indianapolis Colts, 7-5 in the regular season, while also picking up the 31-17 victory in Super Bowl XLIV. Of the 11 regular contests between the two clubs, five have been decided by six points or less, with New Orleans winning four including escaping Lucas Oil Field Stadium with a 27-21 win on October 25, 2015.


Fans can catch the action on ESPN (WDSU 6 locally) with Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Anthony McFarland (color analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline). The game will air on local radio's WWL-870 AM and 105.3 FM with Zach Strief (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (color analyst) and Steve Geller (sideline) as well as nationally on Westwood One with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (color analyst) and Hub Arkush (sideline). For Spanish language radio, tune in to KGLA 830 AM and 105.7 FM with Mario Jerez (play-by-play), Juan Carlos Ramos (color analyst) and Victor Quinonez (sideline).

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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Answers about Vonn Bell, injuries

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

Every week I hand pick a few questions for my Twitter mentions and emails to attempt to satisfy y'alls Saints curiosities.

Additionally, I'll answer one off-the-beat question each week.

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...
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Week 15 NFL Late Games Thread

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There are five late games. Of special interest to us for playoff seeding, will been our favorite NFC South foe the Atlanta Falcons. The rest of the games don’t particularly affect our playoff standings but if ever there was a time you could pull for the Falcons, this is the week. Falcons win and the 49ers drop. Also the Falcons potentially lower their order in the draft. A win-win in my opinion.

The late games are:

Falcons at 49ers

Browns at Cardinals

Jaguars at...
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Best bets for Colts-Saints

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The 2019 NFL season has reached the stretch run, and we're here with a betting preview for Monday night's game on ESPN between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
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Next Saints game comes full circle for Krishawn Hogan, Indianapolis native, former Colts player

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Krishawn Hogan completed a rare trifecta.

He played football at every level in Indianapolis: A Warren Central Warrior. A Marian University Knight. An Indianapolis Colt.

For the Naptown native, everything comes full circle on Monday when he suits up against his hometown team with the majority of his family in the stands.

Hogan holds no ill will toward the Colts after the franchise waived him after training camp in September. He'd been with the team for roughly two...
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Plenty of candidates for coach of the year

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After flagging the candidates to get canned in two weeks, it’s only fair to flip it around to look at the coaches who are doing it better than anyone else. And in a season where the MVP is already obvious, the coach of the year is anything but.

Here’s a look at the candidates, in alphabetical order.

Pete Carroll, Seahawks: The Seahawks have overachieved for a second straight year, and they could end up being the No. 1 seed in the NFC. If they are, Carroll deserves...
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Week 15 NFL Early Games Thread: Join Us

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Well if you are like me the weekend is a disappointing one for football. The LSU Tigers don’t play, and our Saints are on Monday Night Football. Still you can chime in on the following early games in your viewing area.

You either have:Bears at Packers

Broncos at Chiefs

Texans at Titans

Dolphins at Giants

Patriots at Bengals

Eagles at Redskins

Seahawks at Panthers

or Buccaneers at Lions

None of these NFC South games affect our playoff standings but there are...
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Peyton Manning’s all-time passing touchdown record could fall today, and tomorrow

  • News source: Mike Florio
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“Records are made to be broken.”

That’s what guys whose records are about to be broken tend to say. Deep down, they’d prefer to hold those records as long as possible.

Peyton Manning set an important record five years and two months ago, when touchdown pass No. 510 put him beyond Brett Favre. Manning retired with 539, and he has not one but two quarterbacks about to pass him by.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has 537; with three today at Cincinnati, the record...
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Number nine throws for five: Drew Brees vs the San Francisco 49ers

  • News source: Don Kellum
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The game against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend seemed more like a game from the 2016 season than the post-Lattimore perennial-playoff team we’ve come to see the past three seasons.

As in those 7-9 seasons (2014-2016), we saw Drew Brees have nearly a perfect performance just to keep the team in the game while the defense gave up explosive plays through the air and on the ground. Yet the biggest déjà-vu of all was seeing Craig Robertson and Stephone Anthony...
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Week 15 NFL playoff picture: How the bracket looks headed into Sunday's games

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Sunday promises to be a busy day for the NFL playoff picture. Up to six teams could have their fortunes impacted by various outcomes during Week 15. Here's your cheat sheet, to be updated throughout the day and with full analysis by Sunday night:

Note: X denotes a team that has clinched a playoff berth, Y shows a team that has clinched its division, and Z indicates a team that has secured a first-round bye. An asterisk shows home-field advantage.

Football Power...
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Ahkello Witherspoon fined $28,075 for hit that left Jared Cook with concussion

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The NFL fined 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon $28,075 for his illegal hit sent Saints tight end Jared Cook to the sideline with a concussion.

The hit came with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter on Cook’s second touchdown.

Officials threw a flag on Witherspoon for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cook, and the Saints tried a two-point conversion after accepting the 1-yard penalty instead of choosing 15 yards on the kickoff.

The league fined two Saints out of that...
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Saints rule out five, but Drew Brees is “all good” for Monday night

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Saints didn’t have a good week, coming off a loss to the 49ers and all banged up. They ruled out five players for Monday night’s game against the Colts.

But New Orleans will have its top weapon healthy and ready.

Quarterback Drew Brees was a full participant in Saturday’s practice, as he was Friday when he popped up on the injury report with a right elbow injury.

Brees said it was related to a hit he took during the final drive of last week’s game. But Brees...
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Colts rule out Kenny Moore, call T.Y. Hilton game-time decision

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Colts ruled out cornerback Kenny Moore II (ankle) for Monday night’s game against the Saints.

They list cornerback Pierre Desir (groin) and receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) as questionable.

Moore injured his ankle in Week 13. He missed last week’s game against Tampa Bay and has yet to return to practice.

Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell III or Quincy Wilson will see more snaps at outside corner.

Colts coach Frank Reich calls Hilton a game-time decision.

Hilton initially...
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