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Mike Detillier: Saints face huge challenge in Chicago

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

In the 2019 season, we have seen the best coaching job done by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his staff since the 2006 season.

In Payton’s first season, the Saints went through a complete overhaul, going from 3-13 in 2005 to 10-6 in 2006. They made it to the NFC Championship Game versus the Chicago Bears in Payton’s first season with the Saints.

Now in 2019, the Saints have won four straight games with defense, special teams, and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback since Brees went down to a thumb injury versus the Los Angeles Rams.

In two of the last three weeks, the Saints have won with “small-ball” football. You get nothing extra during the season for style points, but in the Payton era in New Orleans, he has mostly won with offense, Brees and a high powered offensive attack.

Now they are winning with a relentless flock to the ball defense, a terrific special teams unit and just enough offense with few turnovers. That will be the gameplan on Sunday in a game that looks similar to the 12-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys and the 13-6 victory last Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Saints promote Dan Arnold to their active roster

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints promoted tight end Dan Arnold to their active roster on Saturday in anticipation of their Week 7 kickoff with the Chicago Bears, as first reported by Mike Triplett of ESPN. In a corresponding move, they waived veteran tight end Brian Parker, who was signed earlier this week as a free agent.

Arnold’s promotion isn’t surprising given the status of starting tight end Jared Cook, who was preemptively ruled out against the Bears with an ankle injury. With Cook and running back Alvin Kamara (who is battling knee and ankle issues) on the sidelines, the Saints will be without two of their top three leaders in receptions this season.

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Saints look to keep rolling with Bridgewater against Bears

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By Andrew Seligman / The Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The New Orleans Saints kept their sights set on a Super Bowl even after Drew Brees went down with an injury.

While their star quarterback continues to recover following thumb surgery, the NFC South leaders will try to remain unbeaten without him.

The Saints look to improve to 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater as their starter in Brees’ place when they visit Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“It just shows this is a team that’s determined to win and do whatever it takes,” Bridgewater said.

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Sunday NFL Football: Week 7 early games thread

  • News source: John J. Hendrix
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After a couple of weeks where the New Orleans Saints play at noon, we’re back to a late afternoon kickoff that will be heavily featured on FOX. Until then, we have eight matchups to look forward to while we wait to see what awaits us in Chicago. Here’s what we’re working with.

Not many of these matchups jump out as must-see action, but there will be tons of interest in seeing if the Falcons can get a win or not. There’s a realistic possibility of them staring at 1-9...
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Saints vs. Bears: Game Time, TV, Radio, Online Streaming, Mobile, and Odds

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Saints face the Bears in Chicago this afternoon in what is widely expected to be a low-scoring, defensive battle. Outside of Michael Thomas, the Saints will be missing their best offensive weapons, which will make their job even more difficult against Chicago’s vaunted defense. On the other side, the Bears pedestrian offense will be in for a long day as well, against the Saints’ highly underrated defense. This one won't be pretty but it should be pretty good...
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Chiefs plan to stand pat at quarterback, for now

  • News source: Mike Florio
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It’s Sunday Splash! time, and anyone and everyone who covers the NFL is trying to produce a Triple Lindy regarding Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The better approach is to focus on the facts. And here they are, as of right now.

The Chiefs currently are expected to stand pat at quarterback, making Matt Moore the starter and promoting Kyle Shurmur (son of Giants coach Pat Shurmur) from the practice squad for next Sunday night’s game against the Packers. Kyle...
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Mitchell Trubisky set to play on Sunday

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Bears played without quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in their Week Five loss to the Raiders, but it appears that week off and a bye in Week Six were all the time off his injured left shoulder needed.

Trubisky was listed as questionable after full participation in all three of the team’s practices this week and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he is set to start against the Saints in Sunday’s home game.

Chicago has not found strong offensive footing to this...
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New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears: Series history and game prediction

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The New Orleans Saints blow into the Windy City this afternoon to take on the defending NFC North champion Chicago Bears. The Saints come into the game with a 5-1 record, winners of four straight despite the absence of injured quarterback Drew Brees. Chicago enters the game with a 3-2 record, and is coming off a bye week.

This is the 31st meeting all-time between the Bears and Saints, with each team having 15 victories over the other. The Bears do hold a 10-8 edge...
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3 Saints vs. Bears keys, starting with the unstoppable object vs. immovable force(s)

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Who says the NFL is an offense-driven league?

Okay, that might be true in the broader sense, but in the microcosm that is this week’s matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears, it’s all about the defenses.

The Bears rank No. 3 in the NFL in scoring defense (13.8 points per game) and No. 6 in the NFL in total defense (312.2 yards per game). The Saints have held each of their last three opponents to less than 260 net offensive yards while yielding 17...
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Report: Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder injury) to play vs. Saints

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Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will play Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, according to an ESPN report.

Trubisky hasn't played since Week 4 after tearing his labrum and dislocating his left shoulder.

Former Saints quarterback Chase Daniel has filled in during the interim.

Trubisky practiced fully during the week.

The Saints (5-1) and Bears (3-2) face off at 3:25 p.m. on FOX at Solider Field in Chicago.
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How to watch Saints vs. Bears: Get broadcast info, key storylines, more for big test on road

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The New Orleans Saints take on the Chicago Bears in their second road game in as many weeks Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

If they want to extend their Drew Brees-less win streak to five games, though, they'll have to do this one also without Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook, who are sidelined along with Brees with injuries.

Scroll below for all the broadcast info you'll need to watch, listen to or stream the game, as well as pregame storylines and more.

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Saints promote TE Dan Arnold to active roster, waive TE Brian Parker

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — The New Orleans Saints have elevated tight end Dan Arnold to the active roster from the practice squad, a source confirmed to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

The corresponding move was to waive tight end Brian Parker, who the Saints acquired this week.

The Saints confirmed the roster moves Saturday evening.

Arnold, a Wisconsin-Platteville product, has been on the practice squad all season so far for the Saints, and was on the active roster...
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Saints promote Dan Arnold from practice squad, waive Brian Parker

  • News source: John J. Hendrix
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The New Orleans Saints are banged up on offense, and there’s no other way to put it. The team previously ruled out five players ahead of their NFC clash with the Chicago Bears up in Soldier Field on Sunday, which included Jared Cook (ankle), Alvin Kamara (ankle/knee), and Tre’Quan Smith (ankle). Now, they’ve turned to a somewhat familiar face from the practice squad to most likely play, Dan Arnold. The first mention of this came from ESPN’s Mike Triplett.

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Walker: Sean Payton returns to Soldier Field — the place his brief NFL career came to an end

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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It was the final pass Sean Payton would ever throw as an NFL quarterback.

It was more than three decades ago, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.

"I remember the last pass in that game was me throwing an interception and they were on a knee," Payton said Friday, the 32-year anniversary of that game.

Payton was playing quarterback for the Chicago Bears, who were hosting the New Orleans Saints on that Oct. 18 afternoon in 1987.

The NFL Players Association...
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Saints LB Demario Davis fined $28K for unnecessary roughness against Jaguars: source

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis was fined $28,075 for unnecessary roughness in Week 6, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

The fine stemmed from his fourth-quarter hit to Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Geoff Swaim. Davis was flagged for unnecessary roughness, hit on a defenseless player, on the play, and Swaim left the game and was placed in concussion protocol.

“First of all, I want to say my thoughts and prayers to...
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Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' Answers about P.J. Williams, Keith Kirkwood, more

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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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. This 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...
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Football Gumbo: Brace for Another Defensive Slugfest in Saints-Bears Game

  • News source: JR Ella
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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 this new Saturday feature: 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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How Saints' Ryan Ramczyk went from a convenience store clerk who quit the game to an All-Pro

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Ryan Ramczyk has a plan.

Yes, the New Orleans Saints right tackle has all those physical traits you want. He’s big (a listed 6-foot-6, 314 pounds) and he moves with an athletic grace that is usually not associated with his bulk. But it’s the plan — how he studies the favorite moves of the guy who will line up across from him, then figures out the best way to deploy the techniques he’s spent so many hours honing — that makes him so tough to beat.

“You have to do...
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