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6 takeaways from the Saints' 28-14 division-clinching victory vs. Bucs

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By Jeff Duncan, Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints clinched their second consecutive NFC South title on Sunday with a 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints scored 25 unanswered points in the second half to rally from a 14-3 halftime deficit and defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-14 at a soggy Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

The victory clinched the NFC South Division title for the Saints, marking the first time in club history that they've won consecutive division championships.

A look at my takeaways from the victory...

Saints clinch second consecutive NFC South title

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By Jeremy Bergman, NFL.Com

The New Orleans Saints clinched their second consecutive NFC South title on Sunday with a 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New Orleans (11-2) had never before won back-to-back division titles.

The Saints are still in contention to clinch a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. New Orleans defeated the current top seed Los Angeles Rams (11-1) earlier in the season.

New Orleans plays in Carolina in Week 15, hosts Pittsburgh in Week 16 and takes on Carolina again in Week 17.

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What a rush: The Saints have recorded 20 sacks in their last four games

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By Luke Johnson, NOLA.Com

Cam Jordan was lying comfortably on one of the giant bean bag chairs in the New Orleans Saints locker room, eyes closed, when a statistic was brought to his attention: In their last four games, the Saints have recorded 20 sacks.

“Is that true?” Jordan said, perking up just a bit.

Indeed it is. As the 2018 season reaches its final leg, the New Orleans Saints defense has ramped up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Thirteen of those 20 sacks have come in the last two weeks.

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‘It’s going to rain.’ Saints banking on adverse weather this weekend in Tampa Bay

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By Luke Johnson, NOLA.Com

As far as New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is concerned, there is no “chance” of rain for his team’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to rain — it’s going to rain,” Payton said.

Indeed, the forecast for the Tampa Bay area calls for 100 percent chance of rain Sunday (Dec. 9) with thunderstorms in the morning.

With that in mind, the coach is planning to put his team through an outdoor practice Thursday (Dec. 6) to prepare for some less than ideal weather conditions in Tampa Bay this weekend — “wet ball drills, the whole nine yards,”...

New Orleans Saints News: Playoff And NFC South-Clinching Scenarios For Week 14 Vs Buccaneers

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By Danny Cox, Inquisitr.Com

The New Orleans Saints are coming off of a down week in which they saw their 10-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. After brushing off that loss on Thursday Night Football, the Saints have had some extra time to rest and practice for Week 14. On Sunday, the Saints will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and there is a lot on the line as far as things go for the playoffs and the NFC South.

Despite the fact that the Saints are coming off of a loss, they still have a record of 10-2 and sit on top of the NFC South. Their closest competition in the division is from the Carolina Panthers who are 6-6 and they are followed by the...

A Guy In Cowboys Gear Wearing A Headset And Using A Cell Phone Was On The Saints Sideline All Night

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By Danny Cox, Inquisitr.com

On this week’s Thursday Night Football, the New Orleans Saints saw their 10-game win streak ended by the Dallas Cowboys — who are on a great run of their own. Drew Brees and the Saints appeared totally off of their game, and this was evident by the fact that they were held to just 10 points. Now, a conspiracy theory is making the social media rounds — and it has to do with a Dallas Cowboys staffer who was spotted on the Saints’ sideline all night.

New Orleans almost ended up coming back to win, but they ended up leaving Dallas with a 13-10 defeat, and an end to their win streak. Drew Brees started the game with four incomplete pass attempts, which is...

Drew Brees named NFC Offensive Player of the Month

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.Com, Nola.Com

Add another honor to Drew Brees' incredible 2018 season.

The NFL announced on Thursday that Brees was the NFC Player of the Month for November after helping lead the Saints to a 4-0 record.

The New Orleans Saints actually play a fifth game in the month when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night, but with most teams having their next game on Sunday, Dec. 2, the league already named its November players of the month.

In the first four games of November, Brees completed 74.3 percent of his passes, gained 1,145 passing yards, threw 15 touchdown and just one interception and amassed a passer rating of 142.1...

Saints vs. Cowboys: Picks, predictions for Week 13 matchup

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By Amos Morale III, Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints have now won 10-straight games since their season opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a strong win against the Atlanta Falcons. They'll look to stretch the streak to 11 games when they take on the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday at 7:20 p.m. in AT&T Stadium. The Saints are favored by more than a touchdown in the matchup.

Jeff Duncan, Columnist
Saints 27, Cowboys 26: The Cowboys are treating this game as their Super Bowl so it will important for the Saints to match their intensity, especially after playing back-to-back emotional games against Philadelphia and Atlanta. The Saints will need to...

'TNF' preview: What to watch for in Saints-Cowboys

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By Jeremy Bergman, NFL.Com

1. This clash between division-leading opponents has some important implications. With a win Thursday evening against Dallas, New Orleans can become the first team to clinch a playoff berth. That result coupled with a Panthers loss or tie against the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon would secure the Saints their second consecutive NFC South title. It would be the first time New Orleans has ever claimed back-to-back division crowns. The fighting fleurs-de-lis are likely to win the division eventually, save for an historic meltdown, but to have a home playoff game locked up by the first week of December would be a welcome comfort. The Saints have bigger...

Grading the New Orleans Saints vs. the Atlanta Falcons

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By Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


The Saints recorded their 10th consecutive win of the season in a 31-17 victory against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

A look at home each position group graded out in the game:

Quarterbacks
It speaks to the incredible run Drew Brees has been on that he could complete 68 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and people would view it as a sub-par effort. The yardage output was the second lowest of the season for Brees, and he even threw his second interception of the season. But he again showed his resourcefulness by hitting seldom-used secondary targets...

New Orleans Saints Have Won 10 Games In A Row: ‘This Team Is Terrifying’

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By Danny Cox, Inquisitr.com

The late game on Thanksgiving night saw the New Orleans Saints handle the Atlanta Falcons 31-17, keeping their grip on the lead in the NFC South. While it wasn’t the huge blowout that the Saints have been delivering lately, it was indeed a one-sided game, one which resulted in New Orleans’ tenth win in a row. With only five games remaining in the 2018 NFL regular season, some are beginning to realize that this team is actually quite “terrifying.”

As recapped by NFL.com, the Saints went out onto the field and were led by the rushing attack of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. Not only can the Saints destroy teams through their...

Saints reveal uniform combo vs. Falcons

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By James Parks, 24/7 Sports.com

Thanksgiving night will find two NFC South rivals renewing their hostilities.

On Thursday, the New Orleans Saints will look to make it 10 in a row on the year when they host the Atlanta Falcons to the Superdome in the National Football League’s Week 12 action.

Drew Brees leads an offense that has scored over 45 points in three straight games, tying a league record, and is coming off a blowout over the Eagles that saw them win against a defending Super Bowl champion by the widest margin in NFL history.

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Thanks to Sean Payton's lost bet, Saints to sport popular color rush jerseys vs. Eagles

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By Advocate Staff, TheAdvocate.Com

Remember when New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton lost that bet in the offseason to Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson?

Long story short, Payton was paired with Pederson in a charity golf match at the NFL meetings in March. Rather than settle on a buck-a-hole or something mundane, the coaches agreed to bet traditional home colors on the outcome. After a three-hole carryover, Pederson came out on top.

As a result, the Eagles will wear their home green jerseys when the two teams face off at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome...

New Orleans Saints Targeting Brandon Marshall After Dez Bryant Injury

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By Danny Cox, Inquisitr.Com

The New Orleans Saints have had a very interesting week in the middle of the 2018 NFL regular season. First of all, they extended their win streak to seven games by handing the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season. Next, they signed wide receiver Dez Bryant before losing him just two days later to an injury. Now, they’re looking in another direction with hopes that receiver Brandon Marshall can add more to their offense.

It’s not like the Saints need much help on offense as they have one of the most explosive units in the entire NFL. The problem is that number one receiver Michael Thomas could use some help and Drew Brees could use another...

Mark Ingram looks like his old self in a big game against the Bengals

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

CINCINNATI — The Mark Ingram who caught a screen pass and rumbled 28 yards for a touchdown, the one who finished with more than 160 yards from scrimmage and tallied his first 100-yard rushing game in almost a year, that is the Mark Ingram the New Orleans Saints figured would arrive at some point this season.

It has taken a little time for Ingram to get back in the groove he was in last season, when he made the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. But then he served a four-game suspension earlier this season.

“You come back and you just haven't been doing it and there's really no way, unless you've been playing...

Saints are getting better each week, more confident with each win

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By Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

CINCINNATI -- Sean Payton and Drew Brees talk often about the eternal quest for a perfect game.

On Sunday, they nearly achieved it.

The New Orleans Saints weren’t perfect in their 51-14 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. But they were about as close as a team can get to fault-free football for four quarters in an NFL game.

This is what a near-perfect football game looks like:

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