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New Orleans Saints run defense presents formidable wall

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Saints haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 49 consecutive games

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

The best way to frame it is, it's a grown-man thing.

Defensively, the New Orleans Saints simply will not allow a breakout running day, from a team or individual.

Proof of the former: After holding Carolina to 37 rushing yards (on 14 attempts) in Sunday's 27-24 victory, New Orleans (4-2) is limiting opponents to 89.7 rushing yards per game, fourth-fewest in the league this season entering Sunday's game against the Bears (5-2) at Soldier Field in Chicago. And that falls in line with New Orleans holding teams to 93.9 rushing yards per game last year, and 80.2 in 2018.

Proof of the latter: The Saints have not allowed a 100-yard runner in 49 consecutive games, a streak that dates to Washington's Samaje Perine gaining 117 on Nov. 19, 2017.

Grown-man stuff.

"We take pride in that, especially if you're an interior guy," defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. "Rushing the passer is great, I love to do that with the best of them.

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Saints X-Factors in Week 8

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By BtBoylan | SI

The New Orleans Saints (4-2), riding a three-game win streak, travel to Soldier Field to battle the Chicago Bears (5-2) on Sunday afternoon. These two teams met last season at Soldier Field but with two different starting QBs to take the field this weekend.

The Teddy Bridgewater led Saints defeated Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears 36-25 in Week 7 last season. With slightly different personnel and circumstances than a season ago, there are three X-factors for the Saints for their 2020 matchup with the Bears.

OFFENSIVE X-FACTOR: WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY

Callaway stepped up in a big way for the Saints in Week 7, hauling in 8 receptions for 75 yards while the team was without their top 2 WRs in Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19 List). With both the fore-mentioned wideout's status in question for Week 8, the Saints could rely heavily on Callaway for the second consecutive week.

While Sean Payton is known for his success in finding diamonds in the rough, particularly in UDFAs, rarely does one shine as bright as Callaway did in his first two weeks as a prominent part of the game-plan. Over the past two games, the former Tennessee Volunteers WR has hauled in 12 receptions for 109 yards but has yet to find the end zone.

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Saints vs Bears Wednesday Injury Report

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By Scott Prather | KPEL - ESPN 1420

Wednesday injury reports, the first of a Sunday game week for NFL teams, often give a glimpse into what the lineup could look like Sunday.

If a player is able to practice on a limited basis, they're trending in the right direction, barring a setback. If they can't practice, it's worth following on the next few days of injury reports.

The first injury report of the week for New Orleans and Chicago was released today, and it has several Pro Bowlers on the list.

All-Pro Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) did not practice, while Pro Bowl starting left tackle Terron Armstead was able get on the field on a limited basis.

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Saints Defense vs. Bears Offense Preview

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By Bob Rose | SI

The 4-2 New Orleans Saints trek north to the Windy City this Sunday to take on the 5-2 Chicago Bears. New Orleans is coming off a 27-24 home win over the Carolina Panthers, their third consecutive victory, while the Bears are looking to rebound from a 24-10 loss on the road to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Saints own the league's 7th ranked defense in total yardage, allowing 328 yards per game, but the 29 points per game against them ranks 24th. More concerning is the defense's inability to get stops on 3rd down or keep opponents out of the end zone in the red zone.

New Orleans is 29th in 3rd down defense, letting opposing offenses convert over 50% of their opportunities. They're worst in the league when an opposing offense gets inside their 20-yard line - allowing a touchdown on over 86% of the time.

The Saints have created only one turnover in the past four contests after gathering three takeaways in the season opener.

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FOX assigns Joe Buck, Troy Aikman to call Week 8's Saints-Bears game

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Two big names in NFL broadcasting will be in the booth for Week 8’s matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman of FOX Sports, per John Hendrix of SI.com. As always, Erin Andrews is expected to complete the “America’s Game of the Week” crew while reporting from the sidelines.

Buck will be coming off of a lengthy seven-game World Series stint, but the veteran play-by-play man has already fit in a Thursday night Giants-Eagles game into his schedule last week. He’ll have a few days to rest between Wednesday’s Dodgers-Rays championship game before getting on the mic for this Saints kickoff. ...

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Saints-Bears Injury Reports: Thomas, Callaway return to practice on limited basis Thursday

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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There is at least a glimmer of hope for the Saints and their injury-riddled wide receiver corps for Sunday’s game at Chicago.

Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway each returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday after missing practice Wednesday. Thomas continues to nurse both ankle and hamstring issues while Callaway has an ankle injury. Terron Armstead was also limited today with an elbow problem.

Meanwhile, Nick Easton did not practice today after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday. Easton is recovering from a concussion.

The Bears had three players out Thursday, including...
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Saints WR Michael Thomas returns to practice, Marquez Callaway goes through stretching

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas returned to practice Thursday, running routes with the rest of the receiver group four days before the Saints take on the Chicago Bears.

Thomas missed a week of practice after suffering a hamstring injury near the start of Wednesday's practice. He has not appeared in a game since injuring his ankle in the fourth parter of a Week 1 win against Tampa Bay.

The fifth-year wide receiver did not appear to hold back while participating during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday. The team will release an injury report Thursday...
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Michael Thomas returns to practice for the Saints

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Saints receiver Michael Thomas last played in Week One. It remains to be seen whether he’ll play in Week Eight, at Chicago.

Thomas has taken a step in that direction on Thursday, returning to practice for the first time in eight days.

In addition to the ankle injury Thomas sustained during the first game of the season, Thomas recently has developed a hamstring problem. He was limited last Wednesday before not practicing on Thursday and Friday.

Last weekend, ESPN reported that Thomas likely wouldn’t play this weekend against the Bears. In response, a source with knowledge of the...
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Ken Crawley removed from COVID-19 list

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Saints removed cornerback Ken Crawley from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Crawley went on the list Oct. 23 after close contact with receiver Emmanuel Sanders. He missed Sunday’s victory over the Panthers as a “precaution.”

Crawley has played two games this season, making one tackle. He has seen action on six defensive snaps and 13 on special teams.

The Saints also designated linebacker Chase Hansen to return from injured reserve.

Hansen went on injured reserve Oct. 4 with a hip injury. He has never played a regular-season game.
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NFL Picks Week 8: The Revenant

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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This Halloween weekend the New Orleans Saints face the Chicago Bears in the Windy City. The Bears and Saints have a back-and-forth history under Payton/Brees. Chicago won the first three matchups, starting with the NFC Championship Game, but the Saints have won the last five in a row, three of which took place in Chicago, including last year. This is not the time to see that pendulum swing.

With teams like the Bucs, Packers, Seahawks, and Rams absorbing the national spotlight in the NFC, the Saints lay in wait, cast aside, presumed dead, but they are far from dead. The Saints now return...
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Saints @ Bears: Key Matchups - if the Saints can’t slow the Bears offense, we have a problem

  • News source: Jake Rajala
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Drew Brees is taking his 4-2 squad on the road to battle the 5-2 Chicago Bears. This 2006 NFC Championship rematch is juiced up and going to be the biggest NFC matchup of the weekend. This game may not be two teams aiming for the 1 seed, but the winner of this game could be at home during a potential playoff rematch.

Looking at the Bears, they have a team similar to the 2018 Bears squad. The Bears defense makes a lot of plays, while Nick Foles takes care of the football and makes 3-5 big throws to win the game. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints are built on precision on offense, pass rush...
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2 daily fantasy players from Week 8: Saints vs Bears

  • 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 one Saint and one Chicago Bear that...
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Hurricane knocks out power at Saints' facility

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints lost power at their practice facility when Hurricane Zeta hit the area on Wednesday afternoon. But otherwise the team's normal operations were not disrupted much.

Coaches stayed at the facility and did their normal game-planning work under generator power on Wednesday afternoon and evening, while players were sent home to ride out the storm.

"The power went out here, the generators came on. They worked. And we got our work done," coach Sean Payton said. "So it was relatively pretty smooth here."

Power was still out as of Thursday morning. But...
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Emmanuel Sanders fears that his case of COVID-19 could turn at any moment

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Like plenty of players, Saints receiver Emmanuel Sanders has tested positive for COVID-19. Unlike many players, Sanders has developed symptoms of the disease.

He also has a nagging concern that his situation could deteriorate at any time.

“Every night I go to sleep I’m like, ‘Lord, please, let me like wake up in the morning feeling good,'” Sanders said on the latest episode of Uninterrrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast on SiriusXM/Pandora. “Like, I don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night and like, can’t breathe. And like, sheet just goes south, right? That’s like my biggest fear in...
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New Orleans Saints rookie roundup: UDFA wide receiver impresses

  • News source: Anthony Mocklin
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The New Orleans Saints hosted the Carolina Panthers in their first home game with fans this season. New Orleans pulled out a narrow 27-24 victory coming off of their bye week over Carolina.

The Saints were without their top two wide receivers, Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19), but the offense was as efficient as ever. New Orleans converted 12 of 14 third-down attempts and scored on all but one possession.

Quarterback Drew Brees was still able to throw all over the field to the tune of 287 yards and two touchdowns while completing 29 of his 36 pass attempts...
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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders said he had a 102-degree fever; will miss Bears game due to coronavirus

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders felt "loopy," he said — his mouth watering during meetings, nauseous.

He went through practice, running routes, but something still felt off.

"I was running, but I was exhausting so much energy into running that it felt like abnormal," Sanders said on Uninterrupted's 17 Weeks Podcast on SiriusXM/Pandora. "I didn't feel like myself.”

Sanders went into significant detail about his positive COVID-19 test on "17 Weeks," adding that because of it, he will also be out this weekend for the Saints' game against the Chicago Bears.

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Buccaneers will use more four-receiver sets to accommodate Antonio Brown

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The Buccaneers have plenty of good receivers. So what will they do with receiver Antonio Brown on the team?

It’s simple. They’ll put more receivers on the field.

Appearing last night on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said the offense will find a way to get Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller and Brown available to Tom Brady at the same time.

“We started introducing a more four-wideout-package, so we could have all those guys on the field,” Arians said in reference to his team’s top four receivers, via JoeBucsFan.com.

That’s good for Brown and the other...
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CSC Staff Picks Week 8: Saints expected to handle Nick Foles and the Bears

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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With the 2020 NFL season now entering Week 8, 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 7, there were plenty of upsets and surprises across the league, but at least one thing is consistent: the Atlanta Falcons are gonna Failcon. While the CSC staff was mixed last week on Atlanta’s ability to beat the Detroit Lions, they’ve largely changed their ways this week, with only Christopher thinking the Falcons could beat Teddy Bridgewater’s Carolina Panthers.

Sticking within...
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Fleur-de-Links, October 29: Michael Thomas and Marquez Callaway do not practice on Wednesday

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Michael Thomas, still dealing with his hamstring injury, and Marquez Callaway dealing with an ankle injury were the only players that did not practice on Wednesday, while Terron Armstead and Nick Easton were limited.

For the Chicago Bears, tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receivers Ted Ginn and Allen Robinson did not practice.

Allen Robinson did not practice on Wednesday as he currently “sidelined in the NFL concussion protocol.”

Following the Saints’ victory over the Carolina Panthers, the Saints are ranked an average of #10 in NFL Power Rankings, with a high of #8 from Bleacher Report...
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