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New Orleans Saints Sit High In Most Media Rankings After Bye Week

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By Danny Cox,

Last week, the New Orleans Saints went out and destroyed the Washington Redskins while Drew Brees put his name into the record books once again. After chalking up a 4-1 record through the first five weeks of the season, the Saints had their bye week which came at a great time to heal up some injuries and prepare for the Baltimore Ravens. Now, the major sports media outlets have released their NFL Power Rankings and the Saints are getting plenty of respect.

After an opening season loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and struggling a bit in their first win, the Who Dat Nation thought a long season was ahead of them. Then...

Struggling Buccaneers fire defensive coordinator Mike Smith

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By The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith and replaced him with linebackers coach Mark Duffner.

The move Monday came a day after the team's third straight loss following a 2-0 start and two weeks after Dirk Koetter said he had no intentions of dismissing Smith because the Bucs' defensive woes were not the fault of any one person.

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Drew Brees named NFC offensive player of the week after record night

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By Christopher Dabe, | The Times-Picayune

Drew Brees is the NFC offensive player of the week for the second time this season and the 22nd time since he joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006.

Brees completed 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and became the NFL's career leader in passing yards Monday in a 43-19 victory against the Washington Redskins.

The NFL announced the weekly honor Wednesday (Oct. 10).

Brees previously was the NFC offensive player of the week two weeks ago after he threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in an overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons...

Taysom Hill's first NFL touchdown comes with Drew Brees also on the field

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By Christopher Dabe, | The Times-Picayune

It's no longer a surprise to see Drew Brees and Taysom Hill in the same huddle together. Not like it was in Week 1, when the New Orleans Saints first sprung this personnel package on the opposing defense.

By this point, it's practically expected, especially near the goal line. The Saints broke out that player grouping another handful of times in the Saints' 43-19 victory Monday (Oct. 8) against the Washington Redskins, this time getting Hill to score his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run.

On this play, with Brees lined up wide to the left as a receiver, Hill took a shotgun snap and quickly ran...

Drew Brees Set To Break Yardage Record Against Redskins And Put It Out Of Reach

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By Danny Cox,

Drew Brees is one of the elite quarterbacks currently in the NFL and throughout the history of professional football. On Monday Night Football, he has the opportunity to break the all-time passing yardage record which is a record that currently belongs to Peyton Manning. While the leader of the New Orleans Saints is more focused on getting a win against the Washington Redskins, so many others are waiting to watch that record fall.

At the same time, they’re also looking forward to watching Brees put that and other records so far out of reach that they may never be broken.

Drew Brees needs just 201 passing yards on Monday night to break the record...

Standing up or hand down, Saints rookie Marcus Davenport is impressing with weekly progress

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By Nick Underhill, The Advocate

Sometimes Marcus Davenport has to stand up to put quarterbacks down.

That's fine with the Saints. Their defensive ends typically operate with their hand on the ground in a three-point stance, but the team has no issue with Davenport occasionally standing up and rushing the passer from a two-point stance as he becomes more comfortable with his role.

“I just think that’s something that if the player feels more comfortable in that type of stance when we’re able to put him in that type of stance, we want to give the freedom to be able to do that,” defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said...

Saints kicker Wil Lutz named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month

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By Joel Erickson, The Advocate

Wil Lutz has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month after leading the NFL in points for the first month of the season.

Lutz, who has made 10 of 11 field-goal attempts and all 11 extra points, buried the game-winner against Cleveland and tied an NFL record on Sunday by making four field goals in one quarter of the Saints' 33-18 win over New York.

Virtually unknown when the Saints signed him on the eve of the 2016 season, Lutz has made a once-volatile kicker position in New Orleans into a strength, and he's off to another good start...

Drew Brees hits one last target to give Saints OT win in wild shootout vs. Matt Ryan, Falcons

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By Joel A. Erickson, The New Orleans Advocate

ATLANTA — Drew Brees and Matt Ryan have forced each other to stare down the barrels of each other's gun so many times, a pair of gunslingers who always seem to be at their top of their game when they're facing down the other.

Sunday's shootout at Mercedes-Benz Stadium was one of the wildest.

Firing bullets back and forth, Brees and Ryan lit up Atlanta with the most entertaining game of the NFL's third week, a game Brees finished in cold-blooded fashion with a devastating overtime drive to beat the Falcons 43-37 in a back-and-forth game that featured nine lead changes...

New Orleans Saints offense gets on track, defense needs work against Falcons

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By John DeShazier, NewOrleansSaints.Com

Atlanta – Before this season is over, New Orleans is going to be an ulcerous city and Saints fans will be a gray-haired, fingernail-less lot.

Because so far, what we can say with absolution regarding the Saints is that there won’t be a dull moment.

All three games have been decided by eight points or less and Sunday’s 43-37, overtime victory over the Falcons was decided on the last play, Drew Brees’ 1-yard touchdown leap. There always are areas that need to be cleaned (11 penalties is an egregious total), but better to adjust post-victory than in defeat. A quick summation of the three units...

Drew Brees breaks record, accounts for 5 TDs in win

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By Herbie Teope, NFL.Com

Move over Brett Favre; there's a new career pass completion leader in NFL history.

With a 17-yard completion to wide receiver Michael Thomas at the 7:52 mark of the second quarter, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees moved ahead of Favre with 6,301 career pass completions to set an NFL record.

That was just one achievement in an electric afternoon for Brees as he led the Saints to a wild 43-37 win in overtime. Brees finished the day 39 of 49 for 396 yards with three touchdowns in the air and added two more on the ground -- including the game-winning keeper in OT...

Why Saints-Falcons early-season game has relatively high NFC South stakes

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

A game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons always carries a little something extra.

But this Week 3 matchup between the two teams could end up being pivotal down the road.

New Orleans and Atlanta both opened this season regarded as potential contenders for the NFC playoff crown, and by the time Sunday's noon tilt at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta comes to a close, one of the two teams will be 1-2.

A tough place to be in an NFC South with three returning playoff teams and a surprising Tampa Bay team off to a 2-0 start, including a season-opening win over the...

NFL against the spread picks: Falcons-Saints takes on extra urgency

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Frank Schwab | Yahoo Sports

Either the New Orleans Saints or Atlanta Falcons will be 1-2 after Sunday, with some serious questions going forward.

Saints-Falcons is one of the NFL’s best rivalries and Sunday’s game seems like a big one, at least for this early in the season. Both teams came into this season with Super Bowl hopes, and both stumbled out of the gate. Both teams are looking up at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. It’s early, but you don’t want to dig too big of a hole.

Of the two rivals, the Saints have the bigger concerns. If the Cleveland Browns could have made a kick in Week 2, the Saints would be 0-2. Their defense looked...

Falcons will miss 5 starters vs. Saints: Friday injury report

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons published their final injury reports before kicking off Week 3 on Sunday, Sept. 23. Here’s what was made official on Friday:

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Starting nose tackle Tyeler Davison (foot) will not play, as expected after sitting out two full weeks of practices in a walking boot. Linebacker Manti Te’o (knee) will also miss Sunday’s game after not participating in any practices during the week leading up to it.

Just three other Saints were listed on Friday’s injury report, and they were all limited participants just as they were earlier in the week. Starting left tackle Terron...

Week 3 FOX Saints @ Falcons Preview

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At 39-years-young, Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn’t ranked outside the top-10 in adjusted completion...

The 7 Best Players in the NFC South. Period.

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By Cameron Jordan -- The Players' Tribune

When you talk about the best defensive ends in the NFC South, I just gonna say I’m pretty sure I own that title. You want to make a case against it, I’m @camjordan94 on Twitter. Let’s see what you got.

But for the sake of this assignment, I’m going to do myself a favor and put myself at No. 8 here — take myself out of the conversation right off the bat.

Because this division is stacked.

You got Kwon Alexander and Gerald McCoy down in Tampa. The Panthers have Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Mario Addison, Kawann Short and Julius Peppers — the legend, a first-ballot Hall of...

Saints turn back the clock with stunning defensive flop

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- It wasn't supposed to look like this. Not again. Not with a young defense that had finally turned things around so impressively last season.

But somehow the New Orleans Saints kicked off the 2018 season with a defensive flop as dreadful as anything they posted in some of those historically bad seasons between 2012 and 2016.

They allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw for 417 yards and four touchdowns and run for a fifth Sunday in a 48-40 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Bucs had more TD passes of 50-plus yards (two) than punts...


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