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Panthers rookie Donte Jackson -- a Riverdale High standout -- ready to take on hometown Saints

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Just four years ago, Donte Jackson was playing football for Riverdale High School in his hometown of New Orleans.

Now Jackson is playing cornerback for the Carolina Panthers, leading all NFL rookies in interceptions with four this season.

Jackson will play his hometown team for the first time Monday night when the Saints travel to face Carolina.

"There's a swagger to him," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "He's got a short memory. I like him. I think he starts and stops very quickly, and I think they like him, too. I've just seen enough film to see where he belongs, and I think he's going to be a good corner there for a...

Quotes from Sean Payton's conference call - December 14, 2018

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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton - Conference Call with New Orleans Media - Friday, December 14, 2018

How much pressure does it put on a defense when you have Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara on the field at the same time?

“The first thing that comes to mind defensively is I think it's treated like nickel (situation) and when that happens, right away I think they look at it as three receivers and one running back. Knowing that they still made defend Alvin in a running fashion. It's like a sub personnel grouping.”

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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers | Week 15 Game Preview | Move the Sticks

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Cam Newton has a daily reminder that his Carolina Panthers were swept by the New Orleans Saints in three games last season. Ahead of Monday night's m

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By Kevin Patra | Around the NFL Writer

Cam Newton has a daily reminder that his Carolina Panthers were swept by the New Orleans Saints in three games last season.

Ahead of Monday night's matchup between the NFC South rivals, Newton noted that Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan sent wine and a broom to the Panthers quarterback to represent the sweep.

"Yeah, it was wine. And they sent a broom too," the quarterback said. "I ain't take the pack off, so I'm going to return to the sender if everything gets taken care of the way we know we can do it. And that's all in...

NFL 2018 Week 15: Saints vs. Panthers preview, statistics, odds

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By Mark Suleymanov -- Sporting News

Fresh off clinching the NFC South last week, New Orleans Saints (11-2) bring their league-best record to face the division rival Carolina Panthers (6-7) for a Monday Night Football matchup at Bank of America Stadium.

The Saints have won the NFC South crown two consecutive seasons, and this year, they clinched it with a 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite trailing 14-3 at halftime, the Saints outscored the Panthers 25-0 in the second half to secure their 11th win. Quarterback Drew Brees was 24 for 31, passing for 201 yards and a...

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...

Sean Payton Saints-Buccaneers Week 14 Media Availability

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Saints fueled by loss; Texans focused; Aaron Donald's drive

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By Herbie Teope |

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints had extra days to absorb a 13-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on "Thursday Night Football" in Week 13.

Players were off through the weekend before returning to work in preparation for a rematch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated New Orleans in Week 1. But don't look for revenge to play a role in the Saints' mindset heading into Sunday.

Instead, they'll be hoping to rinse away the bitter taste left in their mouths by the loss to the Cowboys with a refocused effort in Week 14.

"To me, that game pretty much put fire under me to make sure we win this game," cornerback...

New Orleans Saints armed with improved pass defense for rematch against Tampa Bay

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Forty-eight points were scored by Tampa Bay against the Saints in New Orleans’ season-opening loss, to go along with 529 yards allowed (417 passing) and six touchdowns.

But the defense, Coach Sean Payton said, wasn’t the problem.

“In that first game, conventional wisdom is, ‘Well, we’ve gotta play better defense,’ ” he said. “And I would argue, if we protect the ball, that was the difference.

“Last week was a lower-scoring game (a 13-10 loss to Dallas). You’re going to get in those type of (high-scoring) games. Now, relative to the defense (presently), I...

‘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,”...

Saints vs. Buccaneers first look: Scouting Tampa Bay on offense, defense, special teams

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14

When: Noon Sunday

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

TV: Fox

Radio: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; en español: WGSO-AM, 990; WVDU-FM, 97.9

Records: Saints 10-2; Buccaneers 5-7

Coaches: Saints, Sean Payton (115-73), 12th season; Buccaneers, Dirk Koetter (19-25), 3rd season

Offense: The Bucs' offense looks a little different than it did in the season opener in the Dome when it put up 48 points in a victory against the Saints. The biggest...

Next up: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were momentarily the darlings of the NFL in Week 1, when they dropped 48 points on the New Orleans Saints. The two teams have taken different paths since then.

The Saints won 10 in a row following that Week 1 shocker, only recently having the streak broken in a 13-10 loss to Dallas last Thursday. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has won four more games during a tumultuous season that has included multiple quarterback changes, one fired coordinator.

So, while looking ahead, let us also look back a bit.


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...

Saints vs. Cowboys first look: Scouting Dallas on offense, defense, special teams

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys in Week 13

When: 7:20 p.m. Thursday

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV: Fox

Radio: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; en español: WGSO-AM, 990; WVDU-FM, 97.9

Records: Saints 10-1; Cowboys 6-5

Coaches: Saints, Sean Payton (115-72), 12th season; Cowboys, Jason Garrett (73-58), 9th season

Offense: RB Ezekiel Elliott, the league's leader in rushing, makes the Cowboys' offense go. Elliott has rushed for a league-best 1,074 yards this season and averages 4.9 yards per carry. He...


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