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Saints check division title off list, now turn attention to top seed, home field advantage

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The victories just kept on coming for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

First, there was the 28-14 come-from-behind road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to give the Saints their second straight NFC South championship.

Then, a few hours after arriving back in New Orleans, the Saints got another win of sorts some 900 miles away in Chicago, where the Bears beat the Los Angeles Rams 15-6.

The Rams loss vaulted the Saints back to the No. 1 spot in the NFC standings...

Source: Eagles signing Boston Scott to 53-man roster from Saints' practice squad

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ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT

New Orleans Saints rookie running back Boston Scott is signing with the Eagles' 53-man roster, sources confirmed with The Advocate.

Scott, a sixth round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech who prepped at Zachary High School, has been on the Saints' practice squad this season.

The Saints initially waived Scott in the beginning of September. He was later signed to the practice squad.

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Taysom Hill plays lowest snap percentage since Week 3 against Bucs

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

For the second week in a row, the Saints did not showcase a heavy package of plays involving Taysom Hill on offense.

The quarterback only logged seven plays, many of which came late in the game as the team was burning block. He also only played seven against the Dallas Cowboys.

The 10.9 percent of the snaps played by Hill is his lowest total since a Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons when he was on the field for 6.3 percent of the offensive snaps.

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Of all things, passing game biggest issue for Saints

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By Kevin Foote | The Adevrtiser

In terms of the results, Sunday couldn't have gone any better for the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints beat Tampa Bay by two touchdowns to get to 11-2 on the season, while the Chicago Bears handled Los Angeles 15-6 to drop the Rams to 11-2.

If the season ended today, or if the Saints run the table, New Orleans will be the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

But most of us saw the Dallas Cowboys game. The defense looked great at times. The passing game was non-existent.
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Mark Ingram dragging a Buccaneers defender a fitting way to tie Deuce McAllister's TD record

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Mark Ingram thought his physical 17-yard touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a fitting way for him to etch his name in the New Orleans Saints record book.

With that score, Ingram tied Deuce McAllister for the most rushing touchdowns in franchise history, and Ingram said McAllister “set the standard” for all Saints running backs with his powerful playing style from 2001-08.

“Obviously, Deuce is the epitome of the great backs that have come through New Orleans,” Ingram said after Sunday’s game, a 28-14 win over the Buccaneers...

Saints switch up the return game, putting Kamara at kick returner and Lewis at punt returner

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By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints made a couple notable personnel changes on their return teams prior to last week’s win against Tampa Bay.

For the first time since returning from injured reserve three weeks ago, Tommylee Lewis was plugged back into the lineup as the primary punt returner. The man he replaced, Alvin Kamara, took over the kick returner job Taysom Hill has held since Week 2.

“By and large it went well,” said Saints coach Sean Payton.

Prior to Sunday’s win against Tampa Bay, New Orleans was not generating much on their return teams...

Quotes from Sean Payton's conference call - December 10, 2018

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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton - Conference Call with New Orleans Media - Monday, December 10, 2018

Is this as good a groove you’ve seen from this defense with five straight games with 17 or less points? I think the first time that's happened that's 2006.

“Certainly it has been important here down the stretch. You are hopefully improving each week, you are hopefully making the corrections and I think that they are playing with confidence. By no means is it perfect to put the tape on. There are a lot of things you want to clean up and correct, but I felt like especially in the game yesterday they did a great job in the second half. The...

New Orleans Saints have been fueled by stingy, improving defense

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

We have seen close approximations of this before.

Last season, when the New Orleans Saints won the first of two straight NFC South Division titles, there was a four-game stretch of stinginess in which the Packers, Bears, Buccaneers and Bills averaged 12.3 points.

Or the opening four games of 2013, when the Falcons, Bucs, Cardinals and Dolphins combined to score 13.8 points per game.

But for the nearest fit, we have to look back 12 seasons, to 2006, when the Saints went on this kind of defensive run. From Nov. 26 through Dec. 24, while posting a 4-1 record...

Can Saints' offense 'dominate' again after disturbing slump?

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

TAMPA, Fla. -- In the end, the drought lasted less than 100 minutes.

But, man, did it feel like an eternity while it was happening.

The New Orleans Saints' offense suddenly looked lost for nearly seven straight quarters after a historic start to the season. A total of 10 points, 287 yards and three turnovers over the course of 15 possessions.

The Saints lost 13-10 at Dallas in Week 13, then they fell behind 14-3 midway through the...

Saints snap counts vs. Buccaneers: Kurt Coleman’s reduced role continues

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints safety Kurt Coleman played a season-high 48 defensive snaps in Week 7 against the Ravens, but since then, his snap count has plummeted significantly.

The following game against the Vikings, Coleman played just 28 snaps. Then, he played 21 snaps against the Rams followed by 20 against the Bengals.

Since then, Coleman has played less than 20 snaps in four consecutive games, including just 14 in Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Vonn Bell has been the Saints’ primary strong safety since Week 2. In Week 1, Coleman played 37 snaps compared to...

New Orleans Saints Turning Point in win over Buccaneers

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

the third quarter Sunday in Raymond James Stadium against Tampa Bay.

Taysom Hill turned the tide.

The Saints trailed 14-3 and, frankly, opened the second half offensively as flat as they had completed the first half. The first possession, to open the third quarter, ended on the second play when Buccaneers defensive end Carl Nassib sacked Drew Brees and caused a fumble that was recovered by teammate Jason Pierre-Paul. New Orleans averted danger when the defense held and forced a 40-yard field goal attempt by Cairo Santos, which Santos missed wide right...

Mike Detillier’s column: The Saints-Bucs rivalry

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

The New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers rivalry game in the NFC South has been an interesting matchup since Dirk Koetter became the head coach of the Buccaneers.

Koetter was the offensive coordinator under then-Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith, and when the Glazer family felt another NFL team might hire Koetter as its own head coach, they decided to fire Smith and elevate their offensive coordinator to head coach.

Koetter has gone head to head against Sean Payton five times since he was named the head coach in early 2016 and he has a 3-2 mark versus the Saints...

Super Demario: Saints' LB Davis making his mark on, off field in first season in New Orleans

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

It's been nine months since Demario Davis decided to play for the New Orleans Saints.

His reason was simple.

Through seven NFL seasons, the linebacker watched the Saints from afar while playing six years with the New York Jets and another with the Cleveland Browns.

"We've got to put another ring on Drew's finger," Davis said that day in March after signing a three-year deal reportedly worth $24 million. "I think they are on the cusp of something special, and I wanted to come in and be a part of that."...

Saints center Max Unger providing security, comfort for Drew Brees the past 4 seasons

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

To see how much New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees appreciates center Max Unger, go back and watch the play when Brees broke the NFL’s career passing yardage record in Week 5.

After the play, a 62-yard touchdown, the first person to congratulate Brees was left tackle Terron Armstead, who wrapped Brees in a hug. Then, tight ends Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill as well as right guard Larry Warford joined in on a group hug. From there, about 20 Saints players surrounded Brees and jumped for joy.

Unger wasn’t in that group. Instead, Unger was down the field, trying to separate wide receiver...

Key ingredients to a New Orleans Saints victory vs. Buccaneers, presented by Papa John's

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

Sure, payback might be on the New Orleans Saints’ mind. That wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility, since their 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay in the regular-season opener now stands as one of their two losses this season, came against a team they were favored to beat and is a reason they currently are a game behind the Rams for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

But, primarily, there’s this: With a win, the Saints are in.

A victory Sunday in Raymond James Stadium would raise the Saints’ record to 11-2, give them the NFC South Division title for the second straight...

The biggest difference between the Saints and Buccaneers isn’t what you think

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By Thomas Bassinger | Tampa Bay Times

In 2011, the Saints became the fourth team in NFL history to average 34 points a game. This season, they’re averaging 35, putting them on pace to set a new team points record.

Is it Drew Brees? Alvin Kamara? Michael Thomas?

Those are all good reasons. But there’s something more elementary to their success. Something really, really boring. Something that only coaches talk about.

The single greatest difference between the Buccaneers and Saints isn’t who is playing quarterback, running back or receiver.

No, the difference is that before the Saints touch the ball, before...


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