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Next weeks playoffs Schedule

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With this weekends Wild Card Round now in the books, the Divisional Round schedule has now been set, as well as the early betting lines.

Below are the specifics:

All times Central Standard Time

Saturday, Jan. 12
AFC: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs – 3:35 p.m. NBC
Opening line: Chiefs -5.5, over/under 56.5

NFC: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams – 7:15 p.m.FOX
Opening line: Rams -7, over/under 48pts

Sunday, Jan. 13

AFC: Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots- 12:05 p.m. CBS
Opening line: Patriots -4.5, over/under 47 pts

NFC: Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints – 3:40...

Eagles open as 8.5-point underdogs to Saints in NFL playoff divisional matchup

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By Ed Barkowitz | The Inquirer |

The Eagles have opened up as 8.5-point underdogs for Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game at New Orleans, site of their most lopsided loss of the season.

It’s one thing to get past Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago, no matter how heart-stopping. It’s another story entirely to beat Drew Brees in the Superdome.

This will be the fifth consecutive playoff game in which the Eagles are underdogs. They won the previous four outright, including Sunday’s victory in Chicago, where they were 6.5-point underdogs. The only other defending champ in the last 25 years to be underdogs in the first...

Eagles vs. Saints: New Orleans to face reigning Super Bowl champs for second time this season

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The New Orleans Saints, in one of their most dominant performances of the season, manhandled the reigning Super Bowl champions once this season.

But for the Saints to keep their own Super Bowl dreams alive, they'll have to beat them again.

To do so, they'll have to figure out a way to do what no team has been able to do in the playoffs over the past 13 month: beat Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.

The Saints will host the Eagles next Sunday at 3:40 p.m. in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

The Eagles, the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, advanced on...

Saints to face Eagles in NFC Divisional game next week

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By Christopher Dabe - | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints will face a team they trounced during a regular season meeting when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC Divisional playoff game Jan. 13. The Saints and Eagles will have a 3:40 p.m. CT kickoff.

The Eagles upset the Chicago Bears in the last of four NFL wild-card games Sunday (Jan. 6).

As the No. 1 seed with home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs, the Saints were assured of playing the wild-card winner with the lower seed. The Eagles have the lowest possible seed at No. 6.

The Dallas Cowboys, seeded...

Saints' first playoff opponent will be Cowboys or Eagles

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By Christopher Dabe - | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints' first postseason game will be against a team they faced in the regular season.

The Cowboys' win against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday (Jan. 5) advanced them to the next round. There, they’ll travel to face the Saints only if the 6-1/2-point favored Chicago Bears win at home Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

If the underdog Eagles beat the Bears, then it will be the Eagles coming to New Orleans next week for a 3:40 p.m. game Jan. 13.

The Saints have the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and are...

Saints could host familiar foe in divisional round after Saturday's Wild Card games

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By Advocate Staff

The New Orleans Saints' opponent in the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs is a little more clear following the first set of Wild Card games Saturday.

The Saints' options for the Jan. 13 showdown in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome come down to two familiar foes from the NFC East after the Dallas Cowboys' 24-22 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Arlington, Texas -- either the No. 4 seed Cowboys or the No. 6 seed Philadelphia Eagles, if the defending Super Bowl champions can pull off an upset against the No. 3 seed Chicago Bears Sunday.

Like the 2009 Super Bowl season, the Saints have the advantage of...

Michael Thomas named first-team All-Pro; four Saints make second team

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

Michael Thomas had the best season by a wide receiver in New Orleans Saints history in 2018, and after the impressive campaign, he’s received one of the top honors in the league.

Thomas was named to a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press on Wednesday, earning one of the two wide receiver spots, along with Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins.

Four other Saints players made the second-team All-Pro — quarterback Drew Brees, left tackle Terron Armstead, right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and defensive end Cameron Jordan...

NFL Playoff Predictions: Picking Round-by-Round Winners and Super Bowl LIII Champion

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By THE MMQB STAFF -- Sports Illustrated

The NFL playoffs are set, and while there are plenty of expected teams playing for a spot in Super Bowl LIII(Saints, Rams, Chiefs and Patriots to name a few) a few teams missed out (Vikings, Steelers), letting some teams sneak unexpectedly (Colts!) into January. But will any of these dark horses take down the teams that dominated 2018...

Drew Brees says what he admires about Andrew Luck in his return from shoulder injury

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By Christopher Dabe - | The Times-Picayune

For Drew Brees, coming back from a shoulder injury that required major surgery after the 2005 season also demanded something more than simply gaining strength.

He also needed to regain confidence.

Considering that, Brees said Wednesday (Jan. 2) what has impressed him about Andrew Luck this season after a shoulder injury caused him to miss the entire 2017 season.

“I do not think anybody understands the significance of a throwing shoulder injury for an NFL quarterback,” Brees said. “And not just coming back from that, but then continuing to strengthen it and gain...

There are no duds at quarterback in NFL playoffs this season

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By The Washington Post

Not even five years ago, the NFL appeared to be in a quarterback crisis. Decrying the dearth of quality signal callers become common practice by those inside the league and those who observe it. Playing quarterback had become so mentally complex and so physically demanding that NFL teams couldn’t find 32 guys who could do it. Most years, when the playoffs rolled around, it felt like they couldn’t even find 12, or at least 12 they could keep healthy.

As this season's playoffs approach, it's clear that either that crisis was overblown or it has been rapidly fixed. NFL...

Every NFL Playoff Team's Biggest Cause for Concern

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By Chris Rolling |

Biggest Cause for Concern: Penalties

There aren't many holes to poke in the New Orleans Saints, arguably the most complete team in the NFL.

Drew Brees threw 32 touchdowns against five interceptions in the regular season. His team's running game is strong (126.6 yards per game, good for sixth). Eight of his targets—led by wide receiver Michael Thomas (nine TDs)—have multiple touchdown catches. The defense has generated 49 sacks (tied for fifth) while only permitting 21.3 points per contest over 15 meaningful games.

The Saints have home-field advantage locked up, but the...

NFL Power Rankings Poll: Saints No. 1, Chiefs No. 2 Heading into Playoffs

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By Sports Illustrated - MMQB

By The MMQB Staff January 01, 2019

The season is over and now the fun really begins. For 12 teams, the playoffs await. For 20 teams, it’s draft season.

The 2018 NFL season was a wild ride. It feels like just yesterday that we were putting out our Power Rankings Poll before Week 1. It’s fun to look back and see the things we knew and the things the entire football-watching universe got wildly wrong. (We had a mix of both here at the MMQB.)

As we head into the postseason, the New Orleans Saints are our unanimous No. 1, a ranking unaffected by a loss with a host of backups in a meaningless Week 17 game. Behind them, the Chiefs are a unanimous No. 2...

Tim Tebow: Sean Payton wanted me to play the Taysom Hill role

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By Darin Gantt | PFT

What Saints coach Sean Payton is doing with third quarterback Taysom Hill this year might seem revolutionary, or at least evolutionary.

But he apparently wanted to do all the same things year ago a quarterback who was even more of a curiosity.

According to Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow said he had conversations with Payton about having a hybrid quarterback/option/gadget role.

Tebow wasn’t specific about the time frame, just saying it was “back in the day” when he “talked to coach Payton a lot when he was trying to get me to come do that-ish...

Chiefs shamefully steal Saints 'Choppa Style' celebration

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By John Sigler | Saintswire | WWL

The New Orleans Saints have been victims of this kind of theft before, with the impromptu group celebrations they became known for last year spreading throughout the NFL and growing old fast.

NEW ORLEANS — It’s not enough for other NFL teams to steal the New Orleans Saints’ group celebration photo-ops after turnovers and touchdowns. Now they’re robbing New Orleans of its choreography.

The Kansas City Chiefs put a big target on their backs by rolling out the “Bike Life” dance made popular by Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during postgame locker room parties, usually set to New...

Regular season now in the books, Saints begin Super Bowl quest

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Now the real games begin.

No more resting any starters like the Saints did Sunday.

No more "we'll do better next week."

It's win or go home now.

A season that started with 32 NFL teams chasing a Super Bowl dream has dwindled down to 12.

The New Orleans Saints are one of those dozen.

The Saints, who closed out the regular season Sunday with a lackluster 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, now begin the real quest to get to Atlanta. ...

Saints stand as consensus favorites by sportsbooks to win Super Bowl

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David Purdam | ESPN Staff Writer

The New Orleans Saints march into the postseason as the consensus favorites to win Super Bowl LIII, according to sportsbooks across the nation.

With the playoff bracket set, the Saints were listed Sunday as the Super Bowl favorites at +225 at the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas. The Kansas City Chiefs were next at +400, followed by the Los Angeles Rams at +500 and the New England Patriots at +600.

New Orleans (13-3) began the season at 14-1 odds and moved into the role of Super Bowl favorite during a 10-game winning streak that stretched into late November. In addition to Nevada, the Saints also are the favorites...


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