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Time for New Orleans Saints to go all-in for Super Bowl run | Detillier

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

Since the end of the 2019 season, it has been a wild ride for the New Orleans Saints.

They dealt with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC wild-card round last year. They went through COVID-19 issues, social issues and no preseason games before the 2020 season.

But the Saints are back in the playoffs for the fourth straight season, posting a 12-4 record and winning the NFC South Division title. They’ve won 12 or more games in the regular season for the fifth time under Sean Payton.

But we know this season is different.

This will be the last football ride for quarterback Drew Brees. The Saints will have to make some tough personnel decisions with the salary cap cut from $198.2 million in 2020 to most likely around $175 to $179 million in 2021. The Brees credit card bill will account for $22.65 million.

Several top executives, such as Jeff Ireland and Terry Fontenot, already have been interviewed for general manager posts, and several assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and secondary coach Aaron Glenn, have gotten interest from teams about head coaching jobs.

There is a chance someone in the college or pro ranks will try to land Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen, as well.

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Blair Walsh, John Denney return to Saints practice squad among 8 roster moves

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

There’s never a dull moment with the New Orleans Saints, especially on the eve of a playoff game. The Saints announced eight roster moves before Sunday’s kickoff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including the return of several backup specialists. Here’s the latest on each transaction:

C/G #64 Will Clapp designated to COVID-19 reserve

Clapp tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, and the team was fortunate to avoid an outbreak or the loss of any high-risk close contacts. Hopefully the backup lineman can enjoy a full recovery.

WR #10 Tre'Quan Smith activated from injured reserve

Smith's return was anticipated after he joined the team for practice this week, but officially getting him back in the lineup is good to see. It's unclear how many snaps he'll play or how often he'll be targeted, but the Saints have to be happy to have their receiving corps back at its full capacity.

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Saints and Buccaneers have high-powered offenses, but battle in the trenches could decide outcome

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By Brett Martel (AP) | Boston Globe

NEW ORLEANS — For all the extraordinary talent the Saints and Buccaneers have at quarterback, running back, and receiver, defensive end Cameron Jordan figures that what happens in the trenches will be the decisive factor in their divisional-round playoff clash on Sunday night.

Recent history backs him up.

The Saints’ defensive front was in Tom Brady’s face constantly in both meetings during the regular season. The Saints won each by double digits, the last a 38-3 rout in Tampa Bay in Week 9.

“If you say, ‘What’s the most important part of any game,’ I’m going to say, ‘Physicality with the D-line and how we affect the quarterback,’” Jordan asserted after practice this past week.

Five of the 12 interceptions Brady threw in his first season with Tampa Bay came against the Saints. One came on a ball deflected at the line of scrimmage by defensive ends Marcus Davenport and Jordan before being caught by defensive tackle David Onyemata. The Saints also sacked Brady six times this season.

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Podcast: Can the Saints peak at the right time?

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By Nick Underhill & Kevin Washington | NewOrleans.Football

We get you ready with everything you need to know for this weekend’s game against the Bucs.

How is playing well, how the offense looked and why the defense should be taken seriously — we cover it all.

If you enjoy the podcast, please consider subscribing to NewOrleans.Football.

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Sunday’s games are cleared to proceed

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Another Sunday, another green light for football.

With all 256 regular-season games played in the original 17-week structure and with the first eight playoff games accomplished without postponement, Sunday’s games are cleared to proceed, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

The Browns have had persistent COVID-19 issues over the past several weeks, and Saints offensive lineman Will Clapp tested positive on Friday.

Those issues won’t stop Browns-Chiefs and Buccaneers-Saints from moving forward later today.

The NFL’s has managed to get all games played amid an ever-worsening...
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Saints vs. Buccaneers Divisional Round: Game Time, TV, Radio, Online Streaming, Mobile, and Odds

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Saints face Tampa in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in today’s NFC Divisional Playoff. The Saints swept the season series against the Bucs, but this is the playoffs and the Saints know they cannot take Tampa lightly. Next week’s NFC Championship Game awaits the Saints with a victory today, which takes them another step closer to their ultimate goal. The game can’t kickoff soon enough!

Here are your links to follow all of today’s Saints Divisional Playoff action:

Game time:

Sunday, January 17th - 3:40pm PST / 5:40pm CST / 6:40pm EST


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New Orleans Saints are three-point favorites in Divisional Game vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The New Orleans Saints get ready to host a Sunday night Divisional Round bout with the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the right to move on to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Conference Championship Game.

The Saints swept the regular season series against the Bucs as well as the rest of the NFC South; a feat never before achieved in the division. Now, as the NFL landscape prepares for Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady part III of the season, the Saints are a three-point favorite to advance one step closer to the Super Bowl.

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Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray unlikely to play Sunday against the Buccaneers: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Officially, New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Latavius Murray are questionable for the divisional playoff game against the Buccaneers, but multiple reports early Sunday morning indicated they are unlikely to play.

The Athletic first reported that Hill is not likely to play with a knee injury that briefly knocked him out of last week's game against the Bears. Later, the NFL Network reported that Murray (thigh) is also not likely to play.

Both Murray and Hill practiced in a limited capacity Friday after missing the first two days of practice this week.

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Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray unlikely to play

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The Saints will be at less than full strength today against the Buccaneers.

Saints quarterback/running back/receiver/special teamer Taysom Hill and running back Latavius Murray are both unlikely to play today, according to NFL Network. Both were listed as questionable.

As PFT previously reported, some of Hill’s teammates had concluded he won’t be able to play through his knee injury. With Hill out, the Saints won’t take Drew Brees out in red zone and short yardage situations, when they’ve often gone to Hill because of his ability to make plays with his legs.

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Will Saints or Bucs defense answer the bell in first Drew Brees-Tom Brady playoff matchup?

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Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET | FOX

Matchup rating: 97.0 | Spread: NO -3 (52)

What to watch for: You may have heard this game will feature a pair of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks named Tom Brady and Drew Brees. It's their first-ever playoff meeting, and it might be their last since Brees is contemplating retirement after the season. Brady is trying to reach a conference championship game for a staggering 14th time, while Brees is seeking his fourth. They're both flanked by top-six defenses, too. And while New Orleans dominated the regular-season series (winning 34-23 and 38-3), the Bucs have...
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Saints playoff hype video: Get ready for Bucs with Drew Brees, Demario Davis and big plays

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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You likely don't need any help from us to get hyped for the New Orleans Saints' showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round this weekend ... but we cut this together just in case.

Get a pep talk from Drew Brees and Demario Davis, and another look at some of the biggest moments from the wild card victory over the Bears.

Drew Brees and the Saints host Tom Brady and the Bucs at 5:40 p.m. Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans won the first matchup 34-23 when the Bucs visited in Week 1, and the Saints destroyed Tampa Bay 38-3 on the road in Week 9.

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How to watch Saints vs Buccaneers: Get broadcast info, picks, more before playoff showdown

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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It's time for Round 3. The Saints vs the Bucs in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. You ready?

The Saints defeated the Bucs both times they played in the regular season, and they'll be looking to become the 16th team post-merger to go 3-0 against one team in a season. The most recent team to do it? The Saints in 2017 when they defeated the Carolina Panthers in the wild card round.

But this time it's 6-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady on the opposing sideline for a matchup of the two oldest active quarterbacks in the league. Brady is 43, while Brees turned 42 earlier this week...
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Packers await winner of Saints-Bucs for NFC championship game next week

  • News source: BY KYLE WHITFIELD | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints' potential path to the Super Bowl will go through Green Bay.

The No. 1-seed Packers defeated the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday in an NFC divisional round game.

To advance to the NFC championship game, the Saints will first need to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC divisional round game Sunday at 5:40 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The NFC championship game will be Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2:05 p.m. at Lambeau Field.

The Packers defeated the Saints, 37-30, in late September in New Orleans.

NOAA forecasts only go out a week, but the forecast high next...
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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 16th, 2021

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Looking for New Orleans Saints podcasts? We have got you set with all the local podcasts such as Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Bleav in Saints and so much more!

Canal Street Chronicles

Locked On Saints

Bleav in Saints

Saints Happy Hour

Who Dat Confessional
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Bills vs. Ravens: Divisional Playoff open thread

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Tonight, the Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens in the second of two Divisional Playoff games. It’s a solid matchup of Buffalo’s high-powered passing attack against Baltimore’s stout defense. This game features two of the AFC’s best offenses in Buffalo’s third-ranked passing offense and Baltimore’s first-ranked rushing offense, which will make for a great showdown. It will be fun to see which of these outstanding quarterbacks leads their team to Championship Sunday. This should be a great way to conclude the first day of the Divisional Round!

#5 Baltimore Ravens at #2 Buffalo Bills...
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Saints make flurry of roster moves, activate WR Tre'Quan Smith off injured reserve

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints announced a series of roster moves ahead of Sunday's divisional round playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which included key receiver Tre'Quan Smith being officially activated from injured reserve.

The Saints also officially placed backup interior offensive lineman Will Clapp on the reserve/COVID-19 list, elevated linebacker Chase Hansen and offensive lineman Cameron Tom from the practice squad and signed kicker Blair Walsh and long snapper John Denney to the practice squad.

To make room for Walsh and Denney, the Saints terminated the contracts of...
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Saints get healthier at WR, activate Smith off IR

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' receiving corps keeps getting healthier by the week.

Third-year receiver Tre'Quan Smith was activated off of injured reserve Saturday -- a day before the Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a divisional-round playoff game -- after fellow receivers Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris returned from IR last week. Smith missed the past three games with an ankle injury before returning to practice this week.

Smith caught a career-high 34 passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games this season. But the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is equally valuable...
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Saints activate WR Tre’Quan Smith for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith has been activated for Sunday’s showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Smith’s last appearance with the Saints was in the Week 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game he was targeted twice, catching one pass for 25 yards. He was only able to play 24 snaps before leaving with his lower leg injury. There was concern about how soon or even if at all he’d be coming back this season after a photo of his leg cast was posted on his Instagram story.

The 2018 third-round selection has put together some of the best numbers of his career...
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