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Saints Eyeing Up the Enemy: Minnesota Vikings

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints hope to give their fans a 2020 Christmas gift when they host a longtime postseason nemesis on Christmas Day in Week 16 of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings. It will be the 36th meeting between the Saints and Vikings all-time, which includes five playoff showdowns, with Minnesota holding a 23-12 advantage in the series, including a 4-1 record against the Saints in the postseason. The Vikings also have a 9-8 record against the Saints in New Orleans, site of this holiday clash, where the Saints have just a 1-2 record in the playoffs against their conference rivals. Minnesota has snuffed out the Saints chances for a second Super Bowl championship in two of the last three seasons in the final seconds of regulation or overtime.

The Vikings defeated the Saints on January 14, 2018, during a divisional-round matchup in Minnesota 29-24 when WR Stefon Diggs took advantage of a blown coverage and missed tackle to score a game-winning 61-Yd touchdown reception on the game's final play. Last season, Minnesota marched into New Orleans and upset the heavily favored Saints in the 1st round of the playoffs, 26-20 in overtime. Head coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees are 5-4 against Minnesota, 3-2 at home, since their arrival to New Orleans in 2006, including a 31-28 dramatic home victory in overtime of the 2010 NFC Championship Game that sent the Saints to their only Super Bowl.

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Marcus Williams ranked among NFL's best safeties

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’s tough to overlook the few bad moments that Marcus Williams has turned in during his New Orleans Saints career, considering how bright the spotlights have been on him at times. But fans should remember that there is more to Williams than a missed tackle here or an ugly facemask penalty there. He’s one of the NFL’s brightest young stars at safety for his consistent, high level of play on a snap-by-snap basis.

That’s the argument made by Mark Schofield over at Touchdown Wire, where he listed Williams among the game’s top tier of talented safeties. Williams is on the same level as players like Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Harrison Smith. Here’s some of what Schofield wrote to justify that lofty praise:

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Alvin Kamara Reacts To Derrick Henry’s New Contract

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By Matt Hladik | The Spun

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was just one of many people to offer his reaction to Derrick Henry’s new contract.

The running back fraternity is a tight one. Whenever one standout at the position gets paid, it elicits positive reactions from many other stars. They know that in an NFL landscape that increasingly devalues running backs, its good for everybody if one guy gets big money.

Henry and the Tennessee Titans came in just before the deadline with a four-year, $50 million contract. Over $25 million of that pact is guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

No sooner did news of the deal become public, Kamara took to Twitter to shout out his buddy Henry.

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Biggest sleeper on Saints defense is an injury question mark

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The New Orleans Saints defense has steadily improved over the years, due in no large part to key contributors like Demario Davis, Cam Jordan, and Marshon Lattimore. Other key contributors help round out the defense, with names like Sheldon Rankins, Marcus Williams, and AJ Klein have been solid, if unspectacular, pieces around them.

To make the jump from “good” to “great” defenses, it usually takes one of those solid-but-unspectacular pieces taking a leap into Pro Bowl territory. For the 2020 Saints defense, linebacker Alex Anzalone could very well be that key piece that helps determine...
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Respect: It’s paramount in sports and our lives

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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For our society, Ed Orgeron feels football is important. Dabo Swinney expressed a similar sentiment.

Coach O did so in the presence of Vice President Mike Pence, a Republican, and Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat.

Fans of the New Orleans Saints and LSU, among others, are highly concerned about whether they will be able to attend games of the teams they support adamantly, rabidly and passionately.

Is that a surprise for coaches of teams with the aggression and intimidation of a Tiger as their mascot? The pair of outstanding head coaches of teams are respected coaches and men and are...
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Janoris Jenkins on Bucs: It’s paper, you have to produce on the field

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski is predicting a fun season in Tampa and his arrival along with Tom Brady‘s decision to sign with the Bucs has a lot of others thinking that the team can have a successful 2020 season.

One defensive starter from one of the team’s divisional rivals is waiting to see what the team actually looks like on the field before drawing any big conclusions. Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins made an appearance on NFL Network Thursday and said that the only thing he’s concerned with at the moment is his own team.

“We only worry about the New Orleans Saints,” Jenkins...
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The Saints New Era Summer Sideline hat collection has dropped!

  • News source: Kevin Skiver
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With everything going on in the world, it’s easy to forget that training camp is fast approaching. Now that it’s July, it’s time for an annual tradition: New Era’s release of the New Orleans Saints’ Summer Sideline hats!

The hats are all in the $35-$40 range, with the adjustable 9FORTY hat being the lowest and the shaded straw hat being the most expensive. As usual, the 39THIRTY and 9FIFTY flex and snapback hats are in the middle at $36 and $37 (respectively).

The hats this year feature every team’s first primary color as a base. The name is then broken up by the team’s other two colors...
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Why the Saints could win it all, Part II: Running backs

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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To see previous Parts, click below:

Part I: Offensive Line

Regardless of who was to blame, Mark Ingram, the 2011 1st round pick of the New Orleans Saints, became a 1,000 yard rusher for the Baltimore Ravens. The Saints signed former Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray to be Ingram’s replacement.

Murray went on to set a career-best rushing yards per attempt since his rookie year. Alvin Kamara, on the other hand, set career low marks in yards and touchdowns in 2019. As Pro Football Focus’s Seth Galina pointed out, Kamara seemed to struggle with his explosiveness and elusiveness...
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Ranking the NFL's top 10 cornerbacks: The new wave of shutdown stalwarts

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To preview the 2020 NFL season, we asked more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to help us stack the top 10 players at 11 positions (sorry, special-teamers). The results might surprise you. They surprised me.

Here's how it worked: Voters gave their best 10 to 15 players at a position, then we compiled the results and ranked candidates based on number of top-10 votes, composite average, interviews and research. We had several ties, so we broke them by isolating the two-man matchup with additional voting and follow-up calls. Each section is packed with quotes and...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 16: Saints “Madden 21” rating released and Marcus Williams receives high praise

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

The New Orleans Saints are the highest-rated team in Madden 21, with players like Michael Thomas, Cam Jordan, and Drew Brees coming in at an overall of 98, 96, and 93, respectively.

A look at the depth at cornerback on the New Orleans Saints roster, with small profiles on Marshon Lattimore, Janoris Jenkins, P.J. Williams, and Patrick Robinson.

A look at some of Emmanuel Sanders’ traits, such as route running, and how he can benefit the Saints at...
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Tyrann Mathieu to pay for funeral for 9-year-old New Orleans shooting victim

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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New Orleans will always be a part of Tyrann Mathieu, and he’s doing his part to help during a tragedy that hit his hometown.

Via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Chiefs safety will pay for the funeral of a 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed Monday.

Devante Bryant was killed during a triple shooting in the 7th Ward, and two other children were injured. Police don’t have a suspect at the moment. The funeral is scheduled for July 31, which would have been Devante’s 10th birthday.

“I wanted to help the Bryant family because I am from the 7th Ward and I felt that...
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Judge denies request to unseal records from Tom Benson competency proceedings

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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A New Orleans judge dismissed a request to unseal records related to the competency of former Saints owner Tom Benson on Tuesday.

According to Jim Mustian of the Associated Press, multiple news organizations had been seeking the release of the records as a corollary to the team lending assistance to the Archdiocese of New Orleans regarding the public relations response to a clergy sex abuse scandal.

Benson had rewritten his will to grant ownership of the team to his third wife, Gayle, upon his passing. Benson’s family fought the will as they alleged he wasn’t mentally fit to author a new...
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Report: Tyrann Mathieu to pay funeral costs for 9 year old shot in New Orleans

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Kansas City Chiefs safety and New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu is paying the funeral costs for Devante Bryant, a 9-year-old who was shot and killed in the 7th Ward Monday.

"I wanted to help the Bryant family because I am from the 7th Ward and I felt that pain," Mathieu said in a TMZ report. "I have a 7-year-old son that lives in New Orleans and I couldn’t imagine something happening to him at that age. He is only 2 years younger than Devante."

Bryant was fatally shot in a triple shooting Monday evening in the 7th Ward. Two other children were wounded in the shooting, for which police do...
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NFL's top offensive weapons? Saints behind these 5 teams in ESPN ranking

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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When it comes to the NFL's top offensive arsenals the Saints don't crack the top five for the 2020 season, according to ESPN.

New Orleans clocks in at No. 6 in the annual ranking that grades each team's weapons independently of the quarterback position, up slightly from No. 7 a year ago.

"The most important thing for an NFL team is to find a franchise quarterback," writes ESPN's Bill Barnwell. "The second-most important thing might be surrounding that quarterback with weapons."

A pair of the Saints' NFC South foes rank just ahead of New Orleans in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina...
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Former Saints WR Kenny Stills among 87 arrested at protest of Breonna Taylor's killing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Eighty-seven demonstrators who gathered at the home of Kentucky's attorney general to demand justice for Breonna Taylor have been arrested, police said.

Former Saints and current Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was among those arrested.

Protesters with the social justice organization Until Freedom gathered for a sit-in on the front yard of a Louisville home owned by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Tuesday afternoon, news outlets reported.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment...
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Saints Madden 21 Ratings Revealed

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As the 2019 NFL season concluded so did Madden 20. As the new season approaches so does the next Madden. It is set to release August 28th, but they are slowly starting to reveal the player and team ratings. You can pre-order Madden 20 here.

All player ratings haven’t been leaked yet but here is what we know so far...

To most Madden fans this looks like a very low overall but the Saints are atop the NFL in team overall with the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens tied for 2nd at 84 overall and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in third with 83 overall.

Cant Guard Mike is tied for the highest...
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Judge will not unseal files on Saints owner

  • News source: - New Orleans Saints
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A judge has denied a request by news organizations including The Associated Press to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises.

The news outlets argued public interest in the 2015 case had been heightened by revelations this year that Saints executives engaged in a behind-the-scenes public relations campaign to help the Archdiocese of New Orleans contain the fallout from a clergy abuse crisis.

"Legitimate questions are being raised about...
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