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Reports: Saints believe Eli Apple hyperextended his knee

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Disaster nearly struck the New Orleans Saints late in their game against the Chicago Bears when starting cornerback Eli Apple slipped on a piece of the turf at Soldier Field, injuring his knee. He immediately limped to the Saints locker room flanked by team medical staff, and while Apple expressed optimism in the locker room after the game, he wouldn’t go into specifics on his condition.

John Hendrix of SB Nation first reported that the Saints initially believed Apple simply hyperextended his knee, escaping major injury. Nick Underhill of The Athletic also reported the same diagnosis. ...

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Game recap: New Orleans Saints smother Chicago Bears 36-25 as defense delivers another strong performance

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Chicago - Just like the vast expanse of fog that blanketed downtown Chicago and Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon, the New Orleans Saints defense, clad again in their all-white uniforms, swallowed another NFL offense, this time the Chicago Bears and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

It was the fourth consecutive game the defense has suffocated an opposing offense, strangling any signs of life with a strong pass rush, sure tackling and step-for-step pass coverage. After holding Dallas, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville to an average of 245 yards per game, the defense stayed the course vs. the Bears, limiting them to 252 yards of offense. It took the Bears until the fourth quarter to break the 100-yard mark.

The result: a 36-25 victory, the team's fifth consecutive. Sunday's result - which wasn't as close as the final score indicated, the Bears (3-3) recovered an onside kick late in the game - was all the more impressive considering which players weren't on the field. Franchise quarterback Drew Brees missed his fifth consecutive game and he was joined on the sideline by star running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook, the team's prized pickup in free agency. ...

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Saints working out cornerback Kayvon Webster

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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The Saints may have lost a cornerback late in last night’s win over the Bears, so they’re already looking at potential replacements.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints are bringing in veteran cornerback Kayvon Webster for a visit today.

Webster was in camp with them this summer, so he’s at least a known commodity. He spent last year with the Texans, and has also played for the Rams and Broncos.

Eli Apple suffered a knee injury late in the game, and it’s...
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Week 7 snap counts: Latavius Murray, C.J. Gardner-Johnson step up

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — Rookie safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson said on Wednesday that he was ready to step up to the occasion after starting cornerback P.J. Williams was suspended.

On Sunday, the Florida product played on 59 of the Saints' defensive snaps and 20 special teams plays, racking up more playing time than any other New Orleans player.

Gardner-Johnson officially got the start as well, lining up with cornerback Marshon Lattimore, cornerback Eli Apple, safety Vonn Bell and...
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Game balls from the Saints 36-25 pummeling of the Bears

  • News source: BobRose
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The New Orleans Saints won their fifth game in a row, moving their record to 6-1 with a 36-25 pounding on the road of the Chicago Bears. The Saints were in firm control of the game from the opening moments, and delivered dominating performances on both sides of the ball. They administered this beating not only without Drew Brees once again, but also without injured offensive stars Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook. New Orleans got their day started by forcing the Bears...
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3 Ups and 1 Down from yesterday’s win over the Bears

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The final score does not do justice for this game. The Saints dominated throughout.

It was still a roller coast of a game, though, with plenty of “Ups” and “Downs” along the way, though. Here are a few that stood out:

Up: Coaching

The New Orleans Saints had no business winning this game on paper. They were without their Hall of Fame quarterback, one of the most electric running backs in the game, their top receiving tight end (coming off back-to-back weeks with a...
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Beignets and Café au Lait: “Teddy Two Gloves” Tames the Bears

  • 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...
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Mitchell Trubisky: We’re just searching offensively

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Bears had quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back in the lineup on Sunday, but his return from a left shoulder injury didn’t result in an offensive spark against the Saints.

New Orleans won 36-25 and that’s a bit deceiving as the Bears had just 10 points and 120 offensive yards when there were just over four minutes left to play in the game. Trubisky was 34-of-54 for 251 yards and head coach Matt Nagy said after the game that he might have been a little rusty after...
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Brees set to resume practice, eyes Week 8 return

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CHICAGO -- Drew Brees said he plans to return to practice this week and hopes to be able to play as early as next Sunday's Week 8 home date with the Arizona Cardinals.

"We'll see how it goes. I'd love to [play]. It's a goal," Brees told ESPN after the New Orleans Saints won their fifth straight game without him on Sunday at Chicago.

When asked if he considers it a realistic goal, based on the medical evaluations of his thumb injury and how he has felt throwing the...
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Breakdown of duties for NFL game officials

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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Much like many NFL and college football fanatics, you worry about the quality of officiating. It’s all contingent on human decisions. There is a push to make officials on the NFL level full time. Will that solve all the problems? The human error scenario will always enter into it.

For those ardent fans watching the action, I thought that this may be an opportune time to give you a little history of NFL officiating and explain what their responsibilities entail...
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Drew Brees planning to practice this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints moved to 6-1 with Sunday’s 36-25 win in Chicago and they have gotten the last five of those wins without quarterback Drew Brees in the lineup.

That record is a testament to how well Bridgewater has done in Brees’s absence. That absence appears to be nearing its end, however.

Brees’s recovery from a right thumb injury progressed to working with a regulation-sized football this week and he told Mike Triplett of that he plans to practice this week...
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Rod Walker: Let's just give Sean Payton the Coach of the Year award now after big win vs. Bears

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — Just go ahead and start etching Sean Payton's name onto the Coach of the Year award already.

Even if Bill Belichick's New England Patriots or Kyle Shanahan's San Francisco 49ers finish the regular season undefeated, give it to Payton.

Nothing Belichick and Shanahan have done or will do this season will trump what Payton has somehow been able to pull off these past five weeks.

Just when you thought the New Orleans Saints had done the unthinkable by...
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Saints by the Numbers: Only garbage time spoils Saints’ stellar defensive effort

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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Only a pair of effectively meaningless late touchdown drives by the Chicago Bears denied the Saints defense an even better statistical effort than they produced Sunday in an impressive victory.

The two Bears touchdowns in the final 2:31 were the first allowed by the Saints defense since the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay game.

It has been 19 years since New Orleans has gone back-to-back games without allowing an offensive touchdown (the Bears’ first TD came on a...
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With Alvin Kamara out, Latavius Murray stepped up in a big way with 119 rushing vs Chicago

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — It was Latavius Murray’s turn in the New Orleans Saints’ backfield.

Coming into Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, he hadn’t had much of a chance to show what he could do. He was coming off his best game in a Saints uniform last week, but he still only had 11 touches.

Sunday against Chicago, with star running back Alvin Kamara sidelined by an ankle injury, Murray needed to be more. He needed to be The Man, and he needed to do it against one of the...
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Saints march on without slew of starters, top Bears at home

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — It didn't matter that the New Orleans Saints didn't have quarterback Drew Brees, running back Alvin Kamara or tight end Jared Cook.

The Saints marched on, topping the Chicago Bears 36-25 to move to 6-1 on the year and 5-0 without Brees.

It wasn't smooth sailing near the end, though.

The Bears recovered one onside kick, scoring a late touchdown to pull within 11 points and nearly recovered a second one with 46 seconds to play.

To add insult to injury...
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Saints surprise, impress with dominant effort to drop Bears

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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When discussions begin about football games, everyone talks about and compares offenses and defenses. Seldom do they discuss the third and very important aspect of the game.

The kicking game was a focal point Sunday at Soldier Field.

It was a crazy momentum game for the New Orleans Saints and its kicking game. New Orleans blocked a punt, resulting in a safety but it could have been a touchdown, losing five points. New Orleans allowed a kickoff return for a...
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No Drew Brees, no Alvin Kamara -- and Saints somehow keep surging

  • News source: - New Orleans Saints
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CHICAGO -- The "plan" is for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to return from his thumb injury in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals, according to Sunday’s FOX broadcast.

But, man oh man, do these Saints just continue to prove each week that they’re going to be alright if he doesn’t rush back.

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