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Drew Brees, Darren Sproles and their 'crazy' offseason competition

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By Tim McManus | ESPN

PHILADELPHIA -- A setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury kept Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles out of his team's first matchup with the New Orleans Saints, and he was hot about it.

“We texted when they were down there in the Dome when they got blown out. He was pissed,” said trainer Todd Durkin of the Eagles’ 48-7 loss in New Orleans in Week 11. “It drove him nuts not playing.”

The Saints are Sproles’ old team, so naturally there’s going to be some extra emotion attached to a game like that. But to fully understand why Sproles’ competitive juices were in...

New Orleans Saints Friday Injury Report: NFC Divisional Playoffs vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

Nine New Orleans Saints players were listed on Friday's Injury Report for the NFC Divisional Playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles.

New Orleans Saints Injuries:

Did not Practice - 1: Injury - Game Status
Simmie Cobb - Out

Limited Practice - 0:

Full Practice - 8: Injury - Game Status
OT Jermon Bushrod - Hamstring - N/A
OT Terron Armstead - Pectoral -N/A
OT Ryan Ramczyk - Shoulder - N/A
DE Alex Okafor - Knee - N/A
G Larry Warford - Knee - N/A
G Andrus Peat -...

One high school, two Super Bowl MVPs: The Brees-Foles connection

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By Tim McManus | ESPN Staff Writer

Nick Foles has no memory of watching Drew Brees play ball at Westlake High School. He figures if he ever attended one of his games -- a distinct possibility as a native of Austin, Texas -- he was probably playing tag or tossing a miniature football around somewhere beyond the stands, seeing as he was just a young boy.

Brees definitely remembers seeing Foles play. He returned to Westlake for the 10th anniversary of the team's 1996 state championship -- still the only one in school history -- and watched as Foles led his old squad and chased down his old records.

"It was...

Reggie Bush to lead Who Dat Chant Sunday with Jonathan Vilma

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By Steve Geller, WWL.Com

The answer to who will be leading Sunday's Who Dat chant in the Superdome for the Saints vs. Eagles playoff match-up was answered on social media today. Former Black & Gold running back and Reggie Bush tweeted that he and former Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be in attendance to fire up the crowd.

Both Bush & Vilma played together on the 2009 Super Bowl team and can hopefully bring some good luck to this year's squad. Kickoff in the Dome is at 3:40pm Sunday on WWL Saints radio. The winner advances to the NFC titel game and gets one step closer to the Super Bowl in Atlanta...

Saints vs. Eagles: Saints are 11-1 with Carl Cheffers at referee

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By John Sigler, USAToday.Com / SaintsWire

The New Orleans Saints have had good luck with NFL referee Carl Cheffers officiating games, and he’s been assigned to their upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the 2018 NFL playoffs. He was the referee when New Orleans beat the Eagles 48-7 in their Week 11 meeting, as chance would have it, and the Saints’ all-time record with Cheffers overseeing the action is even better: New Orleans is 11-1 with Cheffers at referee. If you’re feeling superstitious, knock on wood.

Now, sure, that’s neat. But it’s not like Cheffers has acted with outright favoritism to the Saints: in 12 games with the referee, the...

Saints or Eagles? Here’s a betting breakdown of Sunday’s NFC playoff game.

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By Jeff Fogle | Sun Herald

Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will take the field vs. the Philadelphia Eagles (FOX, 3:40 p.m.) as favorites to win the NFC and the Super Bowl. They will likely close near 8-point favorites vs. the Eagles, would be a home favorite in the NFC Championship game vs. either the LA Rams or Dallas, and would be a slight favorite over any AFC entry to earn the Lombardi Trophy in Atlanta on the first Sunday of February.

Composite global odds to win the NFC: New Orleans even money, LA Rams 7/4, Dallas 8/1, Philadelphia 8/1

Composite global odds to win the Super Bowl: New Orleans 9/4, Kansas City 4/1, LA Rams 9/2, New England 6/1, LA Chargers 10/1, Indianapolis...

Saints head coach Sean Payton provides big visual motivation for his team

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By Steve Geller, WWL.Com

Sean Payton always seems to find unique ways to motivate his players. On Monday, 3 armed guards brought $201,000 with the Lombardi Trophy on top of it. Payton told the room that they could all have the cash and the trophy IF….they win three more games.

“If you saw that money in front of you, you would get excited to,” smiled defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. “If we get it done, I need it in twenties all in a duffle bag delivered to my front door.”

NFL players receive a $29,000 bonus for divisional playoff games and $54,000 for conference championship games. The Super Bowl champ receives an additional $118,000...

Defense Has Its Hands Full (Again) With Saints On Tap

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By Dave Spadaro | PhiladelphiaEagles.com

The New Orleans Saints' offense is as complete as any in the NFL, featuring Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees, a double-threat tandem in the backfield with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, and a slew of dangerous pass-catching threats. As Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz puts his game plan together, he knows one thing: He can’t do the same thing on every snap of the football and think it will work against the experience of Brees and the variety of the Saints' playmakers.

Schwartz, then, plans to provide some variety of his own on Sunday as the Eagles hope to slow down an offense that averages 34 points per...

NFL Playoffs: Eagles, Saints continue months of trash talking ahead of divisional-round showdown

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These are two teams who don't seem particularly fond of each other

By Cody Benjamin | CBS Sports

Less than two months after the New Orleans Saints seemingly left the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles for dead thanks to a 48-7 regular-season beat-down, the Eagles are headed back to Louisiana for a shot at returning to the NFC Championship.

Fresh off an upset of the NFL's No. 1 defense in Chicago, Nick Foles and Co. are on a four-game winning streak as they prepare to make up for Philly's Week 11 embarrassment in New Orleans. The Saints, meanwhile...

The Saints and Rams were the big winners on wild-card weekend

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By Neil Greenberg | Washington Post

A potential game-winning field goal by Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and bounced off the crossbar before hitting the turf, sending the Philadelphia Eagles, a No. 6 seed, through to the next round. A day earlier another NFC East member, the Dallas Cowboys, fended off the Seattle Seahawks to secure their berth in the divisional round. That, too, could be viewed as an upset despite the Cowboys enjoying home-field advantage over the Seahawks. According to Football Outsiders, Seattle was the 12th best team in 2018 per Defense-adjusted Value Over Average; Dallas was 21st.

The big takeaway? The New...

Jason Peters says Saints ‘ran up the score’ last time

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

One of the Eagles’ most experienced players is looking ahead to this rematch.

Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters wasn’t happy with how things finished the last time his team lined up against the New Orleans Saints, and vows that it will be different this time.

The last time this teams met, the Saints whacked the Eagles in a 41 point win that went into the record books as the biggest margin of victory against a reigning Super Bowl champion in NFL history.

Peters remembers that game very well, and he didn’t like it one bit.

“They ran up the score,” Peters said after the Eagles beat...

NFL Playoffs 2019: Eagles are still mad from Week 11 Saints loss and want revenge | ‘They ran up the score’

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(Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

By By Zack Rosenblatt | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

CHICAGO — Back on Nov. 18, the Eagles were at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, playing in a game that was pretty much over by halftime.

In the third quarter, Saints running back Mark Ingram scored a touchdown with 5:34 remaining. Not long after, Ingram and Saints offensive stars Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were shown via the stadium’s video board dancing on the sideline. At that point, the Eagles went down 38-7. The Saints made sure to score 10 more points for good measure, including on a 37-yard touchdown pass to...

Eagles seek revenge vs. Saints after Week 11 loss

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By Kevin Patra | Around the NFL writer

The Philadelphia Eagles vividly remember Nov. 18.

Doug Pederson's team got whipped by the New Orleans Saints 48-7 in Week 11. It wasn't just a loss; it was a butt-kicking of epic proportion. The Eagles got beat down in all phases.

Philly's offense was held to 196 total yards, seven points, and Carson Wentz tossed three interceptions. The defense allowed 546 total yards, four touchdown passes by Drew Brees to go with a 153.2 passer rating, and 100-plus scrimmages yards to both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

The Saints' 41-point margin of victory over the Eagles tied for Sean Payton's largest since 2011 (55-point...

New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Who has the advantage?

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(Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The defending Super Bowl champions are coming to town -- again.

The top-seeded New Orleans Saints will face the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday (Jan. 13) at 3:25 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

In Week 11, the Saints routed the Eagles 48-7. This time, however, the Eagles will start Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and feature running back Darren Sproles, who was inactive in the first meeting.

Here's a position-by-position breakdown of both teams, analyzed by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune sports columnist...

Saints expecting much different Eagles team this time around; here's why

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Much has changed over the past 50 days since the Saints blasted the Philadelphia Eagles 48-7 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in November.

The biggest difference in the Eagles then and the Eagles now?

Just ask Saints center Max Unger.

"They are hot, they are on a roll," Unger said. "When you play teams that get hot late in the season and carry that momentum into the playoffs, especially with what they were able to do last year as the defending world champions, they know what they are doing. They are peaking at the right time."

It'll be up to the Saints (13-3) to try to...

Saints helped spark Eagles' resurgence with 'embarrassing' blowout

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints will begin their playoff run Sunday by facing a monster they helped to create.

The sixth-seeded Philadelphia Eagles have turned their season around in a big way after suffering a 48-7 loss at New Orleans in Week 11 that Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called "embarrassing" because of their lack of fight. ...

Since then, last year's Super Bowl champions have surged back to win six of seven games. They finished the regular season 9-7, then stunned the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the wild-card round.

That earned them a return trip...


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