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How will Saints' Michael Thomas, Bucs' Antonio Brown shape the NFC South race?

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By Mike Triplett & Jenna Laine | ESPN Staff Writers

The NFC South is just getting warmed up.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2) and New Orleans Saints (5-2) were already embroiled in one of the NFL's most compelling division battles heading into Sunday night's crucial showdown in Tampa (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). Now they're about to add two of the greatest receivers of the past decade for the second half of the season: Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas.

Brown will make his debut with the Bucs, appearing in his first game in 14 months. Thomas, meanwhile, appears likely to play for the first time since he suffered a high ankle sprain at the end of New Orleans' Week 1 victory over the Buccaneers.

Thomas is officially listed as questionable. But he practiced all week on a limited basis, and a source told ESPN's Dianna Russini that he is expected to play.

Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said Brown could play somewhere between 10 and 35 snaps on Sunday. Saints coach Sean Payton -- who respected Brown's talent enough to bring him in for a tryout in New Orleans late last season -- said that could be enough for the four-time first-team All-Pro to make an impact.

"You know, one big play at the wrong time could [be a game-changer]. And it doesn't require 11 catches," Payton said. "He's explosive and smart. He understands football.

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Brady, Brees duel as Bucs and Saints battle for division

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By AFP | Yahoo Sports

The latest instalment of a four-decade quarterback rivalry takes center stage in the NFL on Sunday as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

The seventh professional meeting of the fortysomething future Hall of Fame quarterbacks could end up shaping the playoff picture, with Tampa Bay (6-2) looking to tighten their grip on the NFC South against the Saints (5-2).

The Bucs head into Sunday's game at the Raymond James Stadium with a score to settle after being well-beaten 34-23 by the Saints in September, when Brady was still adjusting to his new surroundings after two decades in New England.

Since that defeat, however, Brady and the Bucs offense have looked a more cohesive unit, and the addition this week of receiver Antonio Brown gives them another potent attacking weapon.

The Saints arrive in Florida on the back of four straight wins, the most recent being a gritty 26-23 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field last Sunday.

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Saints' Cam Jordan takes shot at Antonio Brown: 'He's got to get to Week 9'

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By John Healy | RADIO.COM

Antonio Brown is eligible to return to the field Week 9 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which would be a game against division rival New Orleans Saints.

But one Saints player isn’t banking on seeing Brown then just yet.

Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan raised skepticism about Brown with what appeared to be a shot at the wide receiver in a comment to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio on Sunday night.

“He’s got to get to Week Nine,” Jordan said.

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Report: Bucs reach deal with Antonio Brown, to debut Week 9 vs. Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Well, Antonio Brown found a new bridge to burn. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday evening that the free-agent wide receiver has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year contract, reuniting him with Tom Brady and his former Steelers coach Bruce Arians. Arians vehemently denied that Brown would play for his team earlier this year, but must have changed his mind.

Brown is currently serving an 8-week NFL suspension after a series of personal conduct policy violations. He’s set to go on trial in December after being accused of rape by his former personal trainer, which could lead to a longer suspension.

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NFL playoff picture: Washington takes the NFC East lead -- for now

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Thanksgiving Day in the NFL featured two games between four teams with losing records. And yet, for the moment at least, it brought us a change atop one of the league's eight divisions.

Washington's victory at AT&T Stadium allowed it to leapfrog Philadelphia in the NFC East, for a few days anyhow. The Eagles can reclaim the top spot with a home win on Monday against the Seahawks, but Philly's grip over the weakest division in football is now released.

Here's the NFL's updated playoff picture through the first two games of Week 12, using ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) for context where...
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Saints at Broncos Thursday injury report: Michael Thomas limited second day

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Almost a wash rinse and repeat. Not Practicing for the Saints on the second consecutive day were G Andrus Peat (Concussion) and WR Deonte Harris (Neck).

The following players were limited including the new addition, RB Ty Montgomery (Hamstring), WR Michael Thomas (Ankle), and RB Alvin Kamara (Foot). Both Thomas and Kamara could be just a maintenance strategy. Last week Kamara was limited the first day, missed the second day and was full on the final day. I expect much of the same tomorrow.

RB Dwayne Washington (Back), TE Josh Hill (Concussion), and CB Marshon Lattimore (Abdomen) again...
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The Edge: The Saints have a good shot to end near 26-year, 5-game losing streak to Denver

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints haven't beaten the Denver Broncos since 1994. Since the Denver Broncos are in the AFC, that's only a five-game losing streak.

But the Saints have a chance to end that streak come Sunday.

New Orleans was close last time, losing to Denver back in 2016 by just two points — two points that came after an extra point attempt by Saints kicker Wil Lutz was blocked and returned for two points.

What'll happen this go-round? Here's who has the edge:

Saints offense: Quarterback Taysom Hill filled in for Drew Brees last week against the Falcons for his first NFL start at...
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Washington FT vs. Cowboys: Thanksgiving open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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Good afternoon and Happy Thanksgiving, Who Dat Nation! The feast is on the table and we can't wait to get started, but don’t forget we have the second of two NFL games to enjoy while dinner hits the table. Here is the second of our NFL double-header:

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Spend some of your holiday time conversing with your CSC family here as well. Enjoy the game and get started eating some turkey!

The easiest way to watch NFL action on your TV, smartphone, or streaming device is through fuboTV. fuboTV provides you access to live sports and TV without cable. You get access to all of the major...
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Saints' Deonte Harris, Andrus Peat miss practice again, only one change for Thursday's injury report

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The New Orleans' Saints injury report on Thursday looked nearly identical to the one the team released on Wednesday, though they did add one player.

The new name on the list was running back Ty Montgomery, who was limited on Thursday with a hamstring injury. Montgomery has had hamstring issues this season, missing ultimately six games due to the injury while he spent five games on the injured reserve and was inactive immediately after his return.

Though, it's not known if Montgomery is dealing with the same hamstring as the one he was earlier this season.

The rest of the injury report...
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Broncos put Jeff Driskel on COVID list, rest of team cleared to practice

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The Broncos will put a player on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, but it will not interfere with their scheduled practice.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told reporters that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel is going on the reserve list. Fangio said that the team has gone through contact tracing procedures and determined that no other players will have to go onto the list due to contact with Driskel.

Driskel will miss Sunday’s game against the Saints. Brett Rypien will serve as the only backup to Drew Lock as a result.

Defensive end Shelby Harris is the only other Broncos player...
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Payton discusses progress of Saints defense throughout season

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The defensive improvement for the New Orleans Saints from its early season look, chocked full of big penalties and big plays against it, to what it is today, is dramatic.

Speaking with media Thanksgiving morning, Saints coach Sean Payton discussed what has changed.

“The devil, often times, is in the details,” Payton said. “There’s times when you look at things and you say man, we’re close here. You have to start with, we can’t have like two or three dropped coverages in a game. In other words, you can play lights out but if you drop one or two of them and all of a sudden they result in...
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Saints rookie roundup, Week 11: Trautman continues to improve

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The New Orleans Saints hosted the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11 looking to hold onto the NFC’s No. 1 seed. With quarterback Drew Brees nursing his rib injuries, Taysom Hill got the start under center.

The Saints took down their division rivals 24-9. Hill completed all but five of his passes for 233 yards while adding 51 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

New Orleans’ rushing attack was as balanced as it’s been all season with running backs Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray receiving 13 and 14 touches, respectively. Kamara recorded 45 rushing yards and a touchdown but did not have a...
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Defense gives Saints chance to be Super team

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The defense never rests.

For the 2020 New Orleans Saints to have a genuine shot at winning the Super Bowl, their defense cannot rest. I mean that in the literal sense and on their laurels.

For a team always known for its offense under Sean Payton, it is the New Orleans defense that is making everyone around the NFL take notice

New Orleans has allowed the fewest rushing yards in the league (743) in 10 games, an average of just 74.3 yards per contest. The 3,022 yards allowed are third least in the league, an average of 302.2 per game. The Saints are eighth in points allowed (222) an...
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CSC Staff Picks Week 12: Thankful to not be the Falcons

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With the 2020 NFL season now entering Week 12, we’re continuing our new weekly bit where some of the staff here at Canal Street Chronicles tries to pick winners and losers for every NFL game each week.

In Week 11, it was generally a good week for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints were able to take care of business against the division rival Atlanta Falcons. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, fighting for second place in the division, lost to the Los Angeles Rams, and the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers dropped their contest to the Indianapolis Colts. When all was said and done, the Saints...
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NFL Picks Week 12: Running Up That Hill

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New Orleans Saints face the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City, in Taysom Hill’s first road start. Although the fact that the Broncos are below average, the fact remains that the Saints haven’t beaten the Broncos since 1994. Denver has just had the Saints’ number and it will be no easy feat to break this unfortunate streak. Talk of a “trap game” will not be lost on this team and they will need to keep their focus at the level we’ve seen for most of the last few games.

This Thanksgiving has Saints fans thankful to see the team playing its best right now, thankful that they are once...
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Overreactions from Saints win over Falcons: Taysom Hill edition

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The New Orleans Saints hosted the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. While the 24-9 victory was impressive, as was the Saints defense, the real talk of the town was Taysom Hill’s performance.

The week leading up to the game saw uncertainty as to which quarterback between Jameis Winston and Hill would end up getting the start. I, for one, firmly believed it would it HAD to be Winston. Instead, head coach Sean Payton named Hill the starter, and the BYU product did not disappoint.

Thanks to a phenomenal starting debut, the overreactions regarding Hill have...
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WATCH: CSC reacts to Taysom Hill’s first career start and win as Saints QB

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The New Orleans Saints are celebrating their seventh straight win after improving to 8-2. Now adding a 24-9 victory against the rival Atlanta Falcons.

This was no routine Falcons game, either. New Orleans pulled off this big win with Taysom Hill getting the start at quarterback in place of the injured Drew Brees and without top cornerback Marshon Lattimore who missed the game with an abdomen injury.

In our newest YouTube video, Ross Jackson breaks down how they pulled it off, whether or not Taysom and the offense can do it again, how far the defense has come, top performers, and more...
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Barnwell: 15 NFL free agents who could gain or lose (a lot) in the next six weeks

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The 2020 NFL season has arguably been the weirdest in league history. Next year will hopefully be something closer to normal, but the league's pending free agents will be in a bind with the salary cap projected to fall to $175 million. Teams that have relied on steady cap increases will be forced to cut veterans to create space, resulting in a flooded market. The significant cap increases that will come after the league signs its new television deals are still two or three years away.

This is a terrible time to become a free agent, which is why it's even more important to impress the...
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