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Mike Detillier: Regaining some Black and Gold confidence

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

In the Atlanta Falcons’ 26-9 win over the New Orleans Saints last weekend, the score was no indication of just how badly the Falcons beat the Saints.

The Falcons just didn’t beat the Saints, but beat them up in the trenches.

In all the categories the Saints were successful in that led them to win seven games so far this season, they failed in them versus a then one-win Falcons’ team.

The Saints ran the ball only 11 times and the Falcons ran the ball over 30 times.

The Falcons had just seven sacks entering the game and got six sacks versus the Saints. Matt Ryan had been sacked 21 times entering the game versus New Orleans and the Saints got to him just one time.

The Saints lost the battle in the trenches but it was even more than that.

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New Orleans Saints fan rooting guide for every game in Week 11

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The NFL’s calendar is turning towards Week 11, with plenty of action ahead outside of the New Orleans Saints’ road game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here’s who Saints fans should pull for in every game this weekend. All odds are sourced from BetMGM.

Around the NFC South

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers. Tough as it may be to accept, Saints fans should pull for a Falcons win on Sunday. It’s fine if that’s unacceptable; it’s never fun to root for the enemy. Especially when the Panthers are favored by 5.5 points. Ideally, both rival NFC South teams would lose. But Carolina is a closer threat to New Orleans’ lead on the division title, and a Falcons victory here hurts their draft positioning — possibly keeping them from landing some real help like Ohio State Buckeyes prospect Chase Young. Hold your nose and root for Atlanta.

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Who returns punts with Deonte Harris injured?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Breakout rookie punt returner Deonte Harris was an unexpected absentee on the New Orleans Saints injury report, with the team ruling him out for their Sunday game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harris’s loss is huge; he’s been the best to do it for New Orleans since Sean Payton was hired as head coach, and the rookie is the only player in the NFL with 200-plus yards on both punts and kickoffs.

Unfortunately, a late-game hamstring injury versus the Atlanta Falcons has put his availability in doubt, though the team already put him on the shelf this week. Hopefully this won’t become a lingering issue that derails his promising NFL debut.

In the meantime, who will the Saints roll out to fill in for him against the Buccaneers?

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NFL Network analyst James Jones makes a shocking prediction for the Saints-Bucs game

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By Colin Liotta | Bucs Wire

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers halted their four-game losing streak last Sunday by taking down the Arizona Cardinals, but didn’t have time to celebrate long.

With their season still on life support at 3-6, the Buccaneers will now face the challenge of trying to take down the New Orleans Saints, who sit atop the NFC South at 7-2.

The Saints are coming off a stunning home loss in Week 10 to the Atlanta Falcons, which dropped them to 7-2, meaning they still sit behind the San Francisco 49ers (8-1) in the race for the top spot in the NFC. A Drew Brees-led offense playing in desperation mode can only spell bad news for the Buccaneers, who have the league’s worst pass defense.

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4 reasons the New Orleans Saints will defeat the Buccaneers in Week 11

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By Skyler Carlin | Clutch Points

The New Orleans Saints will be traveling to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. The Saints are looking to avenge their surprising loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10.

Last week, New Orleans was heavily favored at home versus the 1-7 Falcons. Despite all of the signs pointing towards the Saints blowing out the Falcons, Atlanta was able to pull off the upset by the score of 26-9.

Even with the loss, the Saints still sit atop the NFC South with a 7-2 record. While New Orleans holds a comfortable two-game lead, they will look to get back on track offensively against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Buccaneers currently have a 3-6 record under Bruce Arians and always tend to give the Saints a tough game every year. With that being said, here are four reasons why the Saints will defeat the Buccaneers in Week 11.

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P.J. Williams' stats in covering the slot versus lining up outside

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Marshon Lattimore may be the most important player on the New Orleans Saints defense, but they’ll be without him on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lattimore injured his hamstring last week versus the Atlanta Falcons and missed practice throughout the week, with New Orleans ruling him out for their road game in Tampa. When Lattimore is playing at his best, there isn’t a receiver in football who can beat him — including Falcons superstar Julio Jones and Buccaneers big-play threat Mike Evans.

So the Saints have to adapt to life without him, at least temporarily. That means a change of responsibilities for starting slot corner P.J. Williams, who slides into Lattimore’s spot. While he’s definitely best suited to defending routes from the inside, Pro Football Focus charting over the last few years suggests Williams is hardly helpless when lined up outside.

When defending the slot in his last 24 games (including the playoffs), Williams has allowed 68 of 102 passes (66.7%) thrown into his coverage to be completed, gaining 810 yards (11.9 yards per catch). He’s forced 11 incomplete throws (11.8% of his total targets) in that time. That’s a passer rating allowed of 103.0.

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How to watch Saints vs. Buccaneers: See broadcast info, predictions, more in division rematch

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The New Orleans Saints look to bounce back from last week's loss when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road Sunday afternoon.

The Saints will have Drew Brees back under center for their second matchup with the Buccaneers this weekend, but they'll be without a couple of key defensive contributors — mainly top cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

Scroll below for all the broadcast info you'll need to watch, listen to or stream the game, as well as pregame...
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Scelfo, Rebowe, Clapp, Dorsey to speak Tueday at New Orleans QB Club

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The River Bell Classic coming up Thursday night in Hammond will take on special significance this season.

The winner of the game between Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls will win the Southland Conference championship and the automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

On Tuesday, fans will have an opportunity to see and hear from both coaches ahead of the big game.

Southeastern Louisiana coach Frank Scelfo, Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe, former LSU star Tommy Clapp, St...
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Walker: Michael Thomas' fast track to 400 receptions surpasses some of the greatest WRs ever

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Wanna hear a crazy stat about how ridiculously good Saints receiver Michael Thomas has been?

Well, here ya go.

Ted Ginn Jr. caught his very first NFL pass back in 2007.

Thomas was a 14-year old kid at the time, years away from becoming one of the richest and one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

Fast forward 12 years and Thomas, in just his fourth NFL season, has already surpassed Ginn in career receptions.

And he's done so, hitting the 400 milestone last...
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Saints WR Michael Thomas, DB J.T. Gray each fined $10K for penalties against Falcons: source

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas was fined $10,527 for unnecessary roughness last week against the Atlanta Falcons, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

Thomas, according to a source, wasn't the only Saint fined in the game.

Saints defensive back J.T. Gray was also fined $10,527 for roughing the kicker.

Thomas was flagged in the second quarter for a face mask penalty, effectively negating the 15-yard reception he had on the...
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Football Gumbo: Can the Saints Rebound in Tampa?

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“But there’s nothing like sampling a little gumbo, a little jambalaya and then diving face-first into a shrimp boil.” - Chris Low,


Hello folks and welcome to a tasty mix of news and stories related to the Saints’ upcoming game. Like a good gumbo, it is full of all sorts of awesome ingredients and I will even occasionally add the slightly odd piece of news in the stew. Let’s dive in face-first!



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Without Deonte Harris, who will the Saints turn to at returner?

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Before the New Orleans Saints acquired rookie return specialist Deonte Harris, the punt return position had been a revolving door of uninspiring performances.

Between 2016 to 2018, the Saints have had 10 different players return at least one punt, totaling 81 returns for 596 yards.

Enter Deonte Harris.

The pint-sized Division II product has now shot to the top of the charts in both punt returns and kick returns. His 309 kick return yards rank 10th in the league...
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How can the Saints rebound from an ugly loss? It starts with a tough Monday critique

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Good teams do not allow a wound to fester.

Re-live a painful loss the next day, examine it in excruciating detail, bandage it up and take lessons from it that will help you avoid a bad performance the next time around. The New Orleans Saints loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday was a bitter pill to swallow, for sure, but the team had to swallow and digest it nonetheless because that is what good teams do.

The day after the loss, the team gathered at the Saints’...
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Saints Film Review: Pass Offense

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After an almost improbable 5 game winning streak with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm that led to a very classic Drew Brees domination of Arizona, the Saints took their 8-1 record into the bye.

New Orleans then proceeded to come out of the bye and allowed one of the worst defenses in the league to suffocate Brees and the rest of the offense. It’s hard to find many worse Saints offensive performances in the Brees-Payton era than this past Sunday. It was that bad...
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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Answers about Deonte Harris, Emmanuel Butler, playoffs

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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. Though, everyone was on topic this week. Sad.

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
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Week 11's biggest fantasy football questions: 32 NFL reporters give advice

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NFL Nation answers the biggest fantasy questions -- provided by ESPN fantasy football analyst Mike Clay -- across the league for Week 11.

Scan through all 32 NFL teams by division, or click here to jump ahead to your team:

Jump to: ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | MIA | MIN | NE NO | NYG | NYJ | OAK | PHI | PIT | SF SEA | TB | TEN | WSH

Following an impressive rookie season, why has Robert...
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Walker: Here's hoping Saints, NFL players can use their heads, not helmets: 'It's a lethal weapon'

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Saints center Erik McCoy played two seasons at with Myles Garrett at Texas A&M.

So McCoy was shocked when he woke up Friday morning and saw replays of the ending of Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. The ugly incident included Garrett swinging a helmet that connected with the head of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

"That's the most uncharacteristic thing I've ever seen out of him," McCoy said about his former college...
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Without Marshon Lattimore, a tough challenge awaits the Saints in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin

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An already difficult challenge for the New Orleans Saints secondary just got a little tougher.

Friday, the Saints ruled top cover corner Marshon Lattimore out for this weekend’s contest against a Tampa Bay team that features what is arguably the NFL’s most dynamic receiving duo in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find one that is as good as those two guys are together,” Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. “They do a really good job...
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