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Drew Brees excellent throughout, Marcus Davenport comes up with big sack in New Orleans Saints victory against Panthers

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Brees completed 29 of 36 passes, Davenport's first sack of season knocks
Carolina out of FG range

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Big-time players made a few big-time plays in some of the biggest moments Sunday for the New Orleans Saints.

That's a good way to describe how the Saints (4-2) managed to pull out their 27-24 victory over Carolina (3-4) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans' third straight victory of the season.

A couple of noteworthy individuals helped pave the way.

OFFENSE: Drew Brees was really, really good against the Panthers. Did I say really good? I meant, REALLY good. Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran – actually, dived – for New Orleans' third touchdown. The Saints converted 12 of 14 third-down attempts; on third down, Brees completed all nine pass attempts for 110 yards and seven first downs. And his 1-yard touchdown run came on third down, too. The Saints needed Brees to be as accurate as he was Sunday, especially playing without receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. In fact, rookie free agent receiver Marquez Callaway (eight catches for a team-leading 75 yards) could have been a pick here, as well as running back Alvin Kamara (148 yards...

Marquez Callaway 'just went out there and had fun' in win vs. Panthers

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By Amos T Morale III | WWL Radio

Undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway wears the same number, 12, as a former Saints great Marques Colston.

“Well obviously everybody knows who he is,” Callaway said. “And coaches and players told me as soon as I got here, when they found out I was wearing number 12… I think the coaches RC (Ronald Curry) and CJ (Curtis Johnson), the receiver coaches, told me it was some big shoes to fill. But, ain’t no backing down, I'm ready to step up to the challenge. And have fun doing it.”

And much like Colston, who was also a longshot to make the roster led New Orleans his first season, did many times throughout his career, Callaway led the Saints in receiving, hauling in eight receptions for 75 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win against the Panthers.

“He played well today,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “If he’s finding open areas, it’s probably because it’s zone. If it’s man (coverage), we are moving. We saw him have a good training camp and we have seen him progress. A handful of guys really stepped up today and played, maybe, a different role than they are used to. That is just part of the deal right now.”

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Saints' Cam Jordan takes shot at Antonio Brown: 'He's got to get to Week 9'

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By John Healy | RADIO.COM

Antonio Brown is eligible to return to the field Week 9 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which would be a game against division rival New Orleans Saints.

But one Saints player isn’t banking on seeing Brown then just yet.

Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan raised skepticism about Brown with what appeared to be a shot at the wide receiver in a comment to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio on Sunday night.

“He’s got to get to Week Nine,” Jordan said.

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3 Takeaways from Saints Victory Over Panthers

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By BtBoylan | SI

The New Orleans Saints (4-2) defeated the Carolina Panthers (3-4) by the score of 27-24 in front of 3,000 fans inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. The victory is New Orleans' third consecutive win and their second over an NFC SOUTH opponent this season. The Saints now sit a half-game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated the Raiders Sunday afternoon, for first place in the NFC SOUTH.

Below are three takeaways from the Saints Week 7 victory over the Panthers...


The New Orleans Saints entered Sunday's action without their two top wide receivers, Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (reserve/COVID-19). With questions on who would catch passes from Brees, WR Marquez Callaway, RB Alvin Kamara, and WR Tre'quan Smith provided the “next man up mentality,” eclipsing nearly 200 yards receiving against the Panthers.

Brees threw for 287 yards and 2 TDs en route to become the first player in NFL history to complete 7,000 passes. The Saints' offense has begun humming again after a slow start to the season. New Orleans entered the week averaging over 30 points per game and were right on average scoring 27 on Sunday.

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Brees' clutch precision lifts Saints past Panthers, 27-24

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By Brett Martel (AP) | WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees’ veteran savvy and enduring skill as a passer were enough for the Saints to overcome the loss of two top receivers in the past few days.

Brees completed 80.6% of his passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and the 41-year-old rushed for a 1-yard score to lead New Orleans to a 27-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The vintage performance by the NFL’s all-time leading passer came after the Saints had to adjust their game plan because of Michael Thomas’ hamstring injury on Wednesday and Emmanuel Sanders’ positive COVID-19 test following Thursday’s practice.

“Each week, it’s finding a different way to win,” Brees said. “Each week, it’s finding different guys that are having to step up and contribute in ways that maybe they haven’t in the past.

“So I can’t say enough about guys’ resolve and resilience to be able to do that,” Brees added.

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Saints fans celebrate a win after fans allowed inside dome for the first time this season

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By Amanda Roberts | WVUE - FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Today was the first home game where Saints fans were allowed inside the dome. While fans say they were the deciding factor in the win, Superdome coordinators say everything behind the scenes ran seamlessly.

Even with only 3,000 fans, the energy was palpable coming out of the dome, especially coming off of a win against the Carolina panthers.

“It’s so great, like a regular Sunday all over again feels great it’s like my second home,” Tim Branch said.

“It was a blessing it was like something exciting, and I love the Saints, I’m the number one Saints fan,” Valerie Myles said.

For Kenny and Trisha Earskin coming from Texas, this was their first experience inside the Dome, though they say they wouldn’t change it for anything.

“It was the first game back we couldn’t miss it and this is the first of many first many,” Kenny and Trisha Earskin said.

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Game recap - New Orleans Saints defeat Carolina Panthers 27-24

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By Sam Shannon |

The New Orleans Saints earned a hard fought 27-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers with 3,000 fans in attendance for the first time this season at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees found a rhythm on the opening possession, driving 75 yards which ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jared Cook. The score marked the first time the Saints scored a touchdown on the opening possession of a game in the 2020 season.

With two of his top targets inactive for Sunday's contest, Brees relied on undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, Tre'Quan Smith and Alvin Kamara in the passing game. Star receivers Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (Covid-19) were absent. Thomas hasn't played since the team's opening week win over Tampa Bay.

Brees completed 29-of-36 passes for 287 yards and two scores. In a standout performance, Callaway hauled in eight catches for 75 yards. The Saints were 12 of 14 on third down and never punted. ...

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Saints Panthers Postgame Show | Week 7 2020

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Includes post game pressers with Payton, Brees, Kamara, Davenport, Callaway, Ruiz and Demario Davis.

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Sean Payton Talks Win | Saints-Panthers Postgame | 2020 Week 7

Saints Edge Panthers in Game of Inches

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Photo Credit - Matthew Hinton - Charlotte Observer

Schuyler Callihan | SI

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints got off to a great start by striking first on the opening drive, which ate up nearly eight and a half minutes off the clock. Brees was a perfect 6/6 on the drive with four of those completions coming out of the backfield to running back Alvin Kamara. The drive ended with a beautiful catch by tight end Jared Cook in the back corner of the end zone that was tightly contested by safety Tre Boston.

Carolina responded with a score of their own on their first drive of the day but as the theme has been all season long, a nice drive that stalled out, resulting in a Joey Slye 43-yard field goal. However, the field goal try would not have been possible if Teddy Bridgewater hadn't escaped from pressure, rolling to his left and delivered a strike to a diving Curtis Samuel earlier in the drive. Bridgewater took a healthy hit on the throw but put the ball right on the money.

The Saints continued their offensive prowess on the next drive as running back Latavius Murray ripped off a 25-yard run up the middle to get the offense in motion and Brees sliced and diced the Panthers' secondary up the field before calling his own number on a QB sneak to punch in a one yard touchdown. ...

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Fleur-de-Links, October 27: Saints keeping an eye on Hurricane Zeta

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A look at the way Michael Thomas, Cameron Jordan, and Saints fans reacted to the Saints’ win over the Carolina Panthers.

The Saints became the only team to have two games with more than an 85% conversion rate on third downs since data has been recording in 1991.

Sean Payton says they’re “certainly paying attention” to Hurricane Zeta and tracking its course as it enters the Gulf of Mexico.

FOX Sports pundit and NFL insider Jay Glazer spoke on the friction between Sean Payton and Michael Thomas, saying, “I do think there is still room for Mike Thomas and Sean Payton to get back on the...
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Bears vs. Rams: Monday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Los Angeles Rams host the Chicago Bears tonight in the “City of Champions”. These two teams, surprisingly or not, have shown to be two of the early contenders in the NFC playoff picture. Can Chicago’s defense slow this game down enough for their offense? Will the Rams offense set the tempo early? Let’s tune in and find out!

Enjoy the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!

The easiest way to watch NFL action on your TV, smartphone, or streaming device is through fuboTV. fuboTV provides you access to live sports and TV without cable. You get access to all of the major...
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Marquez Callaway may have surprised some Sunday, but the Saints have been seeing this

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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It would have been a surprise to a lot of people back in August if you would have said by Week 7, the New Orleans Saints would have been leaning on undrafted rookie wide receiver Marquez Callaway to keep their passing game afloat.

And maybe coach Sean Payton would have been surprised too, to a degree — nobody would have guessed the Saints would have been going into a game without either of their top two receivers, Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. But then again, the coach saw something in Callaway that others weren’t privy to in the shortened 2020 offseason.

“Normally, you might have...
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Payton addresses Saints secondary concerns, praises many facets of offense from win over Panthers

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Things were not looking good for the New Orleans Saints late in the first half Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers had taken a 17-14 lead with 1:37 to play in the half on a 7-yard touchdown pass from ex-Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to DJ Moore.

Then came a patented Drew Brees drive.

Brees guided the Saints on an eight play, 75-yard drive and with two seconds to play in the half, Brees connected with Deonte Harris on a 4-yard touchdown pass to give the Saints a 21-17 lead at halftime.

Sean Payton reiterated his comment Sunday that the score right before the half...
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Saints revert Austin Carr, Juwan Johnson and Will Clapp back to the practice squad

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Offensive lineman Will Clapp and wide receivers Austin Carr and Juwan Johnson all reverted back to the practice squad Monday after being elevated to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

All three played more than 10 % of the offensive snaps Sunday, as the New Orleans Saints were without regular starters Michael Thomas (hamstring), Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) and Nick Easton (concussion).

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, made his NFL debut.

New NFL rules this season allow for players to be called up twice from the practice squad in a given season and revert...
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Why did the Saints call a timeout after the break between the 1st and 2nd quarters?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The Saints burned one of their first-half timeouts in unusual fashion Sunday, calling for a timeout when coming out of the commercial break between the first and second quarters.

Coach Sean Payton said it was to avoid a delay of game penalty after taking too long to get the play in.

“It was one of the wordier (play) calls, and by the time we got out there relative to the motion we needed, I just went over and called the timeout,” Payton said. “You don’t want to use one like that, but (you use it) rather than take a delay.”

Though they certainly could have used that lost timeout on their...
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Once again, Saints game-week preparations include hurricane contingency plans

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Yet again, the New Orleans Saints are preparing for what is in front of them while keeping an eye trained on the gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Zeta is forecasted to make landfall in Southeastern Louisiana as a Category 1 storm Wednesday, right in the midst of the Saints’ preparations for Sunday’s road game against the Chicago Bears.

Saints coach Sean Payton said the team has not made any concrete plans regarding the storm yet.

“We've discussed it. And yet, I would say in the early stages, so we're certainly paying attention to it. And we'll have a plan in the event we feel like it's...
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Saints survive, Bucs cruise, Falcons blow lead (again); see where things stand after Week 7

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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The Saints are surviving without several key players while the Bucs' offensive machine rolls on -- with yet another weapon soon to join -- but New Orleans remains in excellent shape to contend for its fourth consecutive NFC South title.

By virtue of playing an extra game thus far, the Bucs sit a half-game clear of the Saints for the division lead -- but that'll change one way or another when those teams meet up in Week 9 to decide the season series.

It's possible that embattled wide receiver Antonio Brown is active for that game after signing a one-year deal with the Bucs earlier this...
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Saints' snap counts: A look at usage of receivers, defensive line, secondary in Week 7 win over Panthers

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints' snap counts are in from Sunday's close win over the Carolina Panthers, and there are a few things that stand out.

Here's a look at the receivers, the defensive line, the secondary and the weekly snap count tracker for the Saints' rookie class.

Editor's note: Because Carolina's offense and therefore New Orleans' defense played so few snaps, this week's snap counts will focus on the percentage of plays, rather than the specific number of plays.

WRs: Tre'Quan Smith (57, 81%), Marquez Callaway (51, 73%), Deonte Harris (20, 29%), Juwan Johnson (13, 19%), Austin Carr...
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Social media reactions from the Saints 27-24 win over the Panthers

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The New Orleans Saints won another nail-biter, but a win is a win, right?

The Saints were able to hang on to beat Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers 27-24 in the Superdome yesterday, in a game that looked like it could go either way early. The Saints offense didn’t seem to miss a beat, despite being down their top two wide receivers in Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (Covid). On the other hand, the Saints defense - specifically in the secondary - continued to struggle, with blown coverages and poor tackling the story of the game.

But when the final seconds ticked...
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A Michael Thomas trade most likely isn’t happening

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Given the injuries and issues surrounding Saints receiver Michael Thomas, who has played in only one game this season, some have wondered whether the Saints may be hoping someone will make the team an offer it can’t refuse.

Whether the Saints are or aren’t interested in hearing what someone may be willing to offer before next Tuesday, November 3, this much is true: The Thomas camp has tried to get another team to make the Saints an offer for the man who set the single-season receiving record in 2019.

No offer has been made to the Saints, and at this point the belief is that no offer will...
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CSC’s fantasy studs and duds from Week 7

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Of course Drew Brees would have arguably his best game of the season with both Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders sidelined with injury/Covid-19 complications. The offense and run defense look to still be elite, but the pass defense is cause for concern for the Saints. They were torched by DJ Moore on a 74 yard TD and also struggled to contain both Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel, as each receiver had 6 catches on the day. The Saints defense unfortunately looks like it could be one you would look to exploit with your pass catchers or QBs on a week by week fantasy basis. But hey, the...
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Saints Week 7: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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Another Sunday, another 11-point lead blown by the end of the third quarter. The New Orleans Saints rose to 4-2 in another nail-biting 27-24 win against the Carolina Panthers. One that came down to an NFL record 65-yard field goal attempt that fell short by a yard. Maybe it was the Popes back in the stadium that blew the football down; it was refreshing to hear a Who Dat chant, albeit soft, reverberating through the Superdome again.

Division matchups are never easy; a team can be 1-5 with a franchise-worst defense, and play like a Top 5 pass rush against a division rival. This rung very...
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Beignets and Café au Lait: Saints Remain Undefeated in the Division

  • News source: JR Ella
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Good morning, Y’all!

As always, for our novice readers or non-New Orleanians, welcome!

Let’s start with some definitions:

Beignets (English: /bɛnˈjeɪ/; French: [bɛɲɛ], ben-YAY literally bump) are distinctly New Orleans, a delicacy intimately connected to the city’s rich French heritage. Best enjoyed heavily powdered with sugar.

Café au lait (/ˌkæfeɪ oʊ ˈleɪ, kæˌfeɪ, kə-/; French: [kafe olɛ]; French for “coffee with milk”) is a delicious New Orleans way to start your day.

This is your “After-Saints-Game” brunch, where we talk about the state of the Black and Gold, we debate the...
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