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David Tepper: All options on table for Cam Newton, Panthers

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By Steven Taranto | 247 Sports

If you were to listen to most of the media following Cam Newton's trip to Injured Reserve, you would have thought that his days as QB1 for the Carolina Panthers were surely numbered. And there's a chance that they very well could be. But that's just one scenario in a situation that has no clear cut answers, and a franchise with a future hard to forecast.

Monday evening, following a demoralizing 29-3 loss for his team to their NFC South rivals in the Atlanta Falcons, Panthers owner David Tepper held a "for context" meeting with local media, discussing current events with his team while not offering direct quotes. During that period of time, Tepper discussed the future of his injured quarterback, and offered some level of insight into the situation the Panthers are and continue to be faced with.

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New Orleans Saints fan rooting guide for every game in Week 11

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The NFL’s calendar is turning towards Week 11, with plenty of action ahead outside of the New Orleans Saints’ road game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here’s who Saints fans should pull for in every game this weekend. All odds are sourced from BetMGM.

Around the NFC South

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers. Tough as it may be to accept, Saints fans should pull for a Falcons win on Sunday. It’s fine if that’s unacceptable; it’s never fun to root for the enemy. Especially when the Panthers are favored by 5.5 points. Ideally, both rival NFC South teams would lose. But Carolina is a closer threat to New Orleans’ lead on the division title, and a Falcons victory here hurts their draft positioning — possibly keeping them from landing some real help like Ohio State Buckeyes prospect Chase Young. Hold your nose and root for Atlanta.

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NFC Playoff Picture: Where do the Saints stand after Week 10?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Week 10 delivered plenty of surprises to the NFL, painting the playoff picture in sweeping, sometimes-erratic strokes. It brought big changes for some Super Bowl contenders and a painful reality check for other playoff hopefuls, the New Orleans Saints among them. The Saints may have fallen flat against the Atlanta Falcons, but they weren’t the only favorite to get upset this week. Let’s run through the games that impacted this week’s standings.

Green Bay Packers 24, Carolina Panthers 16

What a game for the Packers, who were able to run often and effectively on what’s been a mostly-strong Panthers defense. Their two-headed attack of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams combined for 156 rushing yards in a game that saw snow pile up as the afternoon drew on. Green Bay’s defense showed up with several sacks and frequently pressured newly-minted starting Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen, who put up a fight but wasn’t able to clinch a tough win on the road. Christian McCaffrey was effective as ever but ultimately came up short at the goal-line on the game’s final play.

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New pass interference reviews lead to lots of confusion

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By DAVE CAMPBELL (AP) | Concord Monitor

MINNEAPOLIS – When the yellow flag flew for defensive pass interference on Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes in a recent game, coach Mike Zimmer immediately contested the call.

His newfound right to seek a replay, however, went unexercised. The email Zimmer received earlier in the day from the NFL, containing current statistics on the experimental penalty reviews, had already dashed that hope.

“They haven’t overturned any, so I said, ‘Screw it,’ ” Zimmer said after Minnesota beat Washington on Oct. 24.

None of the 11 reviews of defensive pass interference calls around the league over the first nine weeks of the season resulted in a reversal, with officials ordered to adhere to a standard of “clear and obvious visual evidence” for any overturns. There were 63 pass interference replay reviews overall, including 26 for offense and 37 for defense and 22 for calls and 41 for non-calls. Only nine resulted in a reversal.

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New Orleans Saints Under Pressure to Finish the Season Strong

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By Cassandra Spiller | LWOS

Are the New Orleans Saints feeling the pressure to finish strong? The Saints generally play NFC opponents coming towards the end of the season. The team will have to go up against the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans with double appearances from those who are in the NFC South division.

Of the remaining games, a highly anticipated contest may be the now undefeated 49ers. The Saints last played the 49ers in 2016 ending with a Saints victory. The two teams are almost completely different teams since playing each other. For example, the 49ers have had an extreme makeover moving from last in their division in 2016 to leading the NFC so far in this season. The Saints have found themselves to be a solid contender for the Super Bowl two years straight. This will be a highly anticipated game, but until then, the Saints have to make it through its contenders...

NFL Week 9: Who fans should root for during Saints' bye

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are resting during their bye week, but there’s plenty of NFL games to watch. The playoffs race is beginning to take shape, and the Saints have a commanding lead at 7-1; but they aren’t the top seed, with the undefeated San Francisco 49ers looking to hold onto that spot.

Like the Saints, a few other teams are also off this week, including the Atlanta Falcons (who are 1-7 this year, but have declined to fire coach Dan Quinn), Los Angeles Rams, and Cincinnati Bengals. With all this in mind, here’s your Week 9 rooting guide. All odds are sourced from BetMGM.

NFC South

Tennessee Titans (4-4) at Carolina Panthers (4-3). So, the Panthers got hideously exposed by the 49ers as very much a non-contender in the NFC after last week’s 51-13 loss. It’s too soon to celebrate, however, so get ready for a game between two backup quarterbacks (Ryan Tannehill for Tennessee, Kyle Allen for Carolina). The Panthers are favored by 3.5 points in what should be a low-scoring affair. Root for the Titans to bury Carolina’s playoffs bid before it can get back to its feet. This game will be broadcast at noon CT on CBS in the New Orleans market.

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No Saints, not even Michael Thomas, leading in votes at their position in Pro Bowl fan voting

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Michael Thomas has been by far the most productive receiver in the NFL this season.

But you wouldn't know it based on the early Pro Bowl voting by the fans.

Thomas, who leads the league in both receptions and receiving yards, isn't leading the NFC in the Pro Bowl fan voting at his position.

In fact, no Saints are leading at their respective position in the voting thus far.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl concludes on Dec. 12 and can be done online on at...
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Saints sign practice squad LB Andrew Dowell, release CB Trae Elston

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints made a change on their practice squad on Wednesday, as the team signed linebacker Andrew Dowell and released cornerback Trae Elston, according to the NFL's transaction report.

Dowell is a rookie out of Michigan State. The North Ridgeville, Ohio, native started for three years at strong-side linebacker and totaled 260 tackles as a Spartan. Dowell earned All-Big Ten honorable mention his senior season and was presented with Michigan State's...
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4 Saints held out of Wednesday's practice with injuries

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Four New Orleans Saints players didn't go through Wednesday's practice due to injuries.

Offensive lineman Andrus Peat (forearm), cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) and return specialist Deonte Harris (hamstring) were held out for the fourth practice in a row due to their respective ailments, and fullback Zach Line did not practice due to a knee injury.

Line's been hampered with a knee injury off and on this season, being limited in several practices through...
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Why was Nick Easton so excited for his first start in a Saints uniform?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Nick Easton started his Sunday with his usual ritual, some eggs and oatmeal for breakfast before heading to the stadium and going to work.

But last week was a little different for the New Orleans Saints offensive lineman, at least when compared to his past few years. This time, he knew he was going to play, earning a start in place of injured left guard Andrus Peat.

And he was amped.

“He played with a lot of energy, a lot of passion,” left tackle Terron Armstead...
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No Wednesday off for Christian McCaffrey this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Panthers practiced without running back Christian McCaffrey on the last two Wednesdays and he’s sat out others over the course of the regular season, but there’s a different approach in place for this practice week.

McCaffrey, who was listed with a knee, foot and back issues at various points this season, was not on Wednesday’s injury report at all. Per reporters at head coach Ron Rivera’s press conference, Rivera said that McCaffrey told the team’s coaches that...
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Winner of Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation raffle will live Louisiana sports fan's dream

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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If you're a sports fan in Louisiana, it's the raffle of all raffles.

The long list of prizes seems almost too good to be true, especially if you are a fan of the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, LSU or Tulane.

For just $100, the lucky winner of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation's Premiere Season Ticket Raffle will win two tickets to all of the following:

- New Orleans Saints 2020 regular season home games

- New Orleans Pelicans 2020-2021 regular...
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New Orleans Saints unchanged in Week 12 Power Rankings

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Week 12 of the NFL regular season is almost upon us. Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (change from last week’s ranking is in parentheses)
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49ers could be starting a historically difficult stretch

  • News source: Mike Florio
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As the 9-1 49ers prepare to face the 8-2 Packers, 8-2 Ravens, and 8-2 Saints, they could be embarking on the most difficult three-game, late-season stretch that any modern NFL team has ever endured.

Via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, no team in the Super Bowl era has had a trio of consecutive games against teams that have won at least 80 percent of their games this late in the season.

For that to happen, the Ravens and Saints both must maintain their winning percentage...
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Walker: Injury bug keeps on biting Saints and Pelicans, but show must go on

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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"Next man up."

If you're in the New Orleans sports media and someone gave you a dollar every time you heard a coach or athlete use those three words this season, you'd likely be a millionaire.

You'd think the injury bug wouldn't have much of an appetite left the way it has bitten both the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans at such a mind-boggling rate over the past three months.

The Pelicans trotted their 11th different starting lineup onto the court at the Smoothie...
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Vegas currently sees a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The folks at the Westgate Superbook have updated their Super Bowl odds. And they currently project a matchup of the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl LIV.

The Saints are 7/5 favorites to win the NFC title, and the Patriots are 6/5 favorites to win the AFC Championship.

Elsewhere in the NFC, the 49ers have 7/2 odds, followed by the Packers at 6/1, the Vikings at 7/1, the Seahawks at 8/1, and the Cowboys at 10/1. The Rams, who opened as...
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Saints offensive line gets back on track with a strong performance against Buccaneers

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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A proud New Orleans Saints offensive line was mortified when re-watching its performance against the Atlanta Falcons last week, like they were watching imposters wearing their uniform on the field.

The ugly film was quantified by some ugly numbers. Six sacks allowed, four penalties accepted against them and nine points on the scoreboard.

“That Atlanta game was not what we're about and something we weren’t proud of at all,” right tackle Ryan Ramczyk said. “There's a...
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Antonio Brown is hoping for a decision “very soon”

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Lost in the Myles Garrett and Colin Kaepernick sagas of last week was the fact that Antonio Brown had his interview with the NFL last Thursday in South Florida.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Brown remains hopeful that a decision will come “very soon.” There’s a sense of optimism from Brown’s perspective that he will be cleared to return to the NFL before the 2019 regular season ends.

Brown, who is a free agent, can sign with any team at any time. He...
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