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Saints Pass Defense vs. Falcons Pass Offense

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Previewing the aggressive New Orleans pass defense against the dynamic Atlanta passing game in their crucial Week 13 rematch.


Bob Rose | SI

The 9-2 New Orleans Saints have vaulted to the top of the NFL's defensive rankings and enter this Sunday's game at the Atlanta Falcons in search of their 10th straight victory. They rank first in total defense, giving up 285 yards per contest.

They are fifth-best in points allowed, surrendering 20.5 points per game. New Orleans has been among the league's top rush defenses for the past four years and rank second in that capacity this season. What has transformed this defense from good to elite in the last five games is their improvement against the pass. ...

The Saints have the league's 5th ranked pass defense, allowing 208 yards per game and 62% completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks. Over the last four games, New Orleans has allowed 156 net yards passing per contest, intercepting 9 passes and recording 14 sacks. They've contained two of the NFL's most respected quarterbacks and dangerous receiving units over that span, including this Atlanta unit in a 24-9 victory two weeks ago. ...

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PFF: Marcus Williams ranks 4th-best in tackling efficiency in 2020

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Free safety Marcus Williams has caught heat from New Orleans Saints fans for his missed tackles over the years, but Pro Football Focus is encouraged by his 2020 performance. As first pointed out by Andrew Bell over at Canal Street Chronicles, PFF has negged Williams with just two misses this season — on 45 attempts, a rate of one miss per every 22.5 tries.

It’s good enough for fourth-best in the league among 66 qualifying safeties (those who have played 50% or more of the position’s snaps leader, Tre Boston, at 757 snaps played; for context, Williams has played 643 snaps, or 84.9%). That group includes his teammate Malcolm Jenkins, who has averaged a missed tackle every 11.0 attempts, and former Saints starters Kenny Vaccaro (5.8) and Vonn Bell (22.8).

And it’s a marked improvement over his past results. In 2019, Williams averaged a whiff every 6.2 attempts, worse than his 2018 rate (7.9) and a far cry from his 2017 rookie performance (15.6). That’s because he has put in the work; Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football spoke with his position coaches and personal trainers to get into the lengths Williams went to improve that aspect of his game. ...

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Cameron Jordan named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November

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By John Sigler | Saintswire


An impressive string of performances from Cameron Jordan put the league on notice, and the New Orleans Saints defensive end has been named November’s NFC Defensive Player of the Month. Jordan bagged 5 sacks and 12 tackles (9 solo, 6 tackles for loss of yards) over the last month, totaling 235 snaps played in 5 games. Pro Football Focus credits him with 20 quarterback pressures created in that span, third-most in the conference (NFC South rivals Brian Burns and Shaquill Barrett are tied for the lead with 25).

Not bad for a 31-year old in the 10th year of his NFL career. To take things into greater perspective, Jordan has 6.5 sacks on the year so far, and 93.5 in his career. If he can find a way to double that season total over these last five games, he’ll become just the second player in Saints history to record 100 sacks — trailing only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and “Dome Patrol” legend Rickey Jackson, who left the black and gold with 115 sacks to his name. ...

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Week 13 NFL experts picks: Falcons a trendy pick to avoid Saints' sweep

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Can the New Orleans Saints sweep the Atlanta Falcons with a Week 13 win? Sure, they can. But it might not be the likeliest outcome. The Saints have only swept Atlanta once in the last four seasons, winning both matchups in 2018. There’s good reasons for this rivalry being the NFL’s best: unlike, say, Packers-Bears, it’s actually competitive.

And per NFL Pickwatch, the experts are taking notice. While the Saints manhandled the Falcons in their Week 11 meeting, Atlanta’s surprising blowout win against the Las Vegas Raiders has the experts conflicted. While 75% of picks are coming in for the Saints to pull off the sweep, a solid 25% minority are taking the Falcons. ...

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Julio Jones practices Friday, feels “really good” heading into Sunday

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones took a step backward when he went from a limited practice on Wednesday to not practicing at all on Thursday, but things headed in a better direction on Friday.

Jones returned to practice and told reporters that “every route I ran today, I didn’t feel anything” wrong with the hamstring that kept him from playing in Week 12. The lack of bad feelings left Jones with good feelings about Sunday’s game against the Saints.

“I feel really good going into Sunday’s game,” Jones said at his press conference.

Jones had two catches for 39 yards against the Saints in...
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5 questions for the Saints before Week 13 - Will the real Taysom Hill please stand up?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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In Week 13, the New Orleans Saints are travel to Georgia to face the division rival Atlanta Falcons, facing the Falcons for the second time in two weeks. If the Saints could wind up sweeping the season series, and if the Chicago Bears can beat the Detroit Lions, your New Orleans Saints would be the first NFC team to clinch a playoff berth.

Here are the biggest questions I have for the team heading into Sunday’s game:

So those are the things I’m looking at in the game. What about you? What are you looking at specifically in this game? Something different? Tell me in the comments. Send me...
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CSC’s Fantasy Start/Sit, Saints vs. Falcons: should you start Latavius Murray?

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Hill did not have a good game throwing the ball against the Denver Bronocs, but salvaged his fantasy performance by again rushing for two touchdowns. The Atlanta Falcons defense looked superb against the Las Vegas Raiders last week, causing Derek Carr to turn the ball over four times. However, Hill’s escapability in the pocket and the New Orleans Saints solid offensive line should prevent anything like what happened to the Raiders last week from happening to the Saints on Sunday. Hill’s heavy involvement in the running and passing games once again makes him a must start against a week...
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NFL Picks Week 13: Run It Back

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New Orleans Saints once again face the hated Atlanta Falcons after beating them senseless in the Superdome just two weeks ago. Now they face off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Saints’ home away from home, where they embarrassed Atlanta last Thanksgiving just as bad as the beating two weeks ago. The Saints and the fans are ready to see it happen again.

The Saints can't simply do everything they did two weeks ago to pick up another victory over the Falcons, but they have everything they need to run it back and sweep their rivals this season. A loss here would be more than...
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Russell Wilson continues to fade as MVP candidate

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Overtaken in recent weeks by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has now been leapfrogged again in the MVP odds.

Wilson, via PointsBet, now has +700 odds to win the top annual individual award. The bet-$100-win-$700 proposition puts him behind both Mahomes (-400) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (+600).

Next on the list is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, at +2500. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has plunged considerably since the Hail Murray moment; he’s now at +3300. Also at +3300 is Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Titans running back...
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Saints Cam Jordan named NFC Defensive Player of the Month after a 5-sack November

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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After recording five sacks and six tackles for loss in five November games, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

This marks the second time Jordan, now in his 10th NFL season, has earned this award. He was also named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November 2017.

Three of those sacks came two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons, when Jordan paced a team effort that dropped Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan eight times. In his last two games against Atlanta, Jordan has seven sacks.

Jordan ranks eighth among active NFL...
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Saints fans still confident in team despite shaky win over Broncos

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Saints fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

After another dominant win, confidence among New Orleans Saints fans remains extremely high.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, a full 100 percent of responding Saints fans said they are confident the Saints are headed in the right direction. That has held steady now for three of the last four weeks, as the Saints continue to ride an eight-game winning streak.

This week, the Saints...
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees proves why the intangibles set him apart

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is in the midst of his 15th season with the New Orleans Saints. During those years he has helped his team win a Super Bowl, won the Super Bowl MVP award for that game, and holds nearly every meaningful passing record in the league’s history. However, there is one achievement that Brees has never been awarded: NFL MVP. And while his chances for winning it in 2020 are virtually non-existent due to multiple broken ribs, it is still a shame the trophy doesn’t sit in one of his numerous cases.

Drew has had some phenomenal seasons, whether it be any one...
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How Taysom Hill affects Alvin Kamara’s value

  • News source: Monty602
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After two games of starting Taysom Hill as the chief signal-caller, it’s no secret he isn’t the prolific passer New Orleans Saints fans have grown accustomed to in Drew Brees. In his first career start at quarterback, Hill threw for 233 yards with a 78.3% completion percentage and 70.4 QBR rating.

Before exiting the ninth game of the season, Brees had been averaging 244 yards per game with a 73.5% completion percentage and 81.1 QBR rating. At first, it appeared as though Hill was capable of producing at a similar rate, but last Sunday against the Denver Broncos, it appeared that the...
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Cam Jordan named NFC defensive player of the month

  • News source: Myles Simmons
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For the first time since 2017, Saints defensive end Cam Jordan is the NFC defensive player of the month.

In five November games, Jordan recorded 5.0 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and six tackles for loss. Jordan’s best game came against the Falcons on Nov. 22, as he posted 3.0 sacks and three tackles for loss in the contest.

Jordan was a key cog for the surging New Orleans defense, which has let up an average of just seven points over the last four games. He has a total of 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 13 quarterback hits in 2020.
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Fleur-de-Links, December 4: The Saints have the highest-rated defense in the NFL

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A new t-shirt from BreakingT is now available, commemorating Taysom Hill’s debut game, a victory of rival Atlanta Falcons.

The Saints are just one team that could clinch a spot in the playoffs in week 13.

A look at how the Saints could game plan to beat the Falcons for the second time in 3 weeks.

The Saints are on track to win 50 regular season games in a row.

Marcus Davenport joined Marquez Callaway, Janoris Jenkins, Deonte Harris, and Ty Montgomery as players that did not practice on Thursday.

Cameron Jordan speaks on the Saints having the number #1 defense on the NFL.

For the...
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Saints at Falcons Thursday injury report: Marcus Davenport has a concussion

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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Not practicing for the New Orleans Saints were WR Marquez Callaway (Knee), CB Janoris Jenkins (Knee), WR Deonte Harris (Neck), RB Ty Montgomery (Hamstring), and DE Marcus Davenport. No information has come out exactly when Davenport suffered the concussion but he was added to the report today. Concussions are tricky and signs can occur days after the injury is incurred.

WR Michael Thomas (Ankle) and RB Alvin Kamara (Foot) were limited for the second day.

G Andrus Peat (Concussion) was full.

Missing practice for the Atlanta Falcons were TE Hayden Hurst (Ankle), CB Kendall Sheffield...
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Saints OL James Hurst was ready to fill in for Terron Armstead because, well, this is 2020

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints offensive tackle James Hurst went to sleep last Friday night as a backup offensive tackle who figured to get some work as a situational sixth offensive lineman that Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Then All-Pro left tackle Terron Armstead learned Sunday of his positive COVID test, and with about 24 hours notice, Hurst realized he would be starting and protecting quarterback Taysom Hill’s blindside.

Asked about what that experience was like last week, Hurst just shrugged his shoulders and summed up the unexpected circumstances the way a lot of people have this year...
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The Edge: Saints have a solid shot to sweep Falcons for 8th time under Sean Payton

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Because of a scheduling quirk, the New Orleans Saints face the Atlanta Falcons for the second time in just three weeks.

Last time around, the Saints beat the Falcons 24-9 in Taysom Hill's first-ever NFL start at quarterback to move the all-time ledger between the two teams even closer.

The Falcons still lead the all-time series, but now it's just 53-50 in Atlanta's favor. But with the Saints on a hot streak coupled with several injuries to key pieces for the Falcons, the Saints are primed to close the gap a little more this week.

If that holds true, this would be the first time the...
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