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San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints picks, predictions: Who wins Week 10 NFL game?

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Jeremy Cluff | Arizona Republic

The San Francisco 49ers (4-5) and New Orleans Saints (6-2) face off on Sunday in a Week 10 NFL game.

The injury-plagued 49ers could really use a victory to turn around its season, but the Saints are playing really good football.

Which team will get the victory in the matchup between NFC opponents?

Check out these Week 10 NFL picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 2:25 p.m. Arizona time on Fox. The Saints are a 6.5-point favorite in the game.

CBS Sports: Saints 30, 49ers 20


John Breech writes: "The Saints haven't had any trouble when it comes to winning games this season, but they have had an issue covering the spread ...

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What the media won't say -- how badly Brees outplayed Brady on Sunday

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They say the first thing to go is the legs.

And, as they say, it's all about the narrative. They were all about the Brady vs. Brees hype....and then ever since the opening kickoff, Brees disappeared faster than Trotsky from a bunch of 1920s news pictures in the Soviet Union. It's like he was just another guy having a nice game throwing to a bunch of different receivers.

When you win 38-3, it's for a lot of reasons, but the most important of them all is that Brees outplayed the **** out of Brady because he handled the pressure and Brady didn't.

Rewatched the game last night -- Brees had tremendous footwork and awareness, moved around well in the pocket, scrambled forward once, and got outside the pocket out the right at least three times to save a play. Remember that the Bucs are second in the NFL in both sacks and pressures. They had plenty of pressure on Sunday night. Brees made a bunch of throws under pressure, even off one foot (TD pass to Sanders, first down throw to Smith), but he never threw going backwards.

Brady certainly wasn't going anywhere, and he was uncomfortable in the pocket all night and missing throws. Those just-missed throws to Miller, Gronkowski and Godwin weren't bad luck, they were bad footwork. We had pressure, and Brady was less than useless. He was heavy-legged and rarely could reset quickly enough to avoid the rush and make an accurate throw.

I am sick of everyone focusing (as above) on Brady and the Bucs. You think Brees doesn't like guys in his face? Bill Belichick made sure for 20 years he had a high-quality line in front of Brady, built to make sure Brady had his seven-step drop and time to throw.

Brady is the guy who looked done, not Brees. In both passer rating and QBR, Brees is 4th and Brady is 16th. And Brady's had all his weapons all season.

Passer rating and QBR rank the last two-1/2 seasons:

2018:
Brees 1/2
Brady 12/9

2019:
Brees 2/3
Brady 18/19

2020:
Brees 4/4
Brady 16/16

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15 wide receiver trade targets for the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints receiving corps is suddenly looking very sketchy. Starters Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are both out of action, and they’ve lost veteran reserve Bennie Fowler to injured reserve. They need some help, and it’s likely to come from the practice squad, where they’ve stashed veterans Austin Carr and Tommylee Lewis, plus rookie Juwan Johnson.

But who could be available in a trade? Know now that the Saints aren’t likely to find a magical cure-all before the NFL cutoff date, but some marginal upgrades could be found here or there. And a potential move shouldn’t be made based off a knee-jerk reaction to this week’s absences; the Saints have been running thin at receiver for some time now. With those caveats in place, here are 15 possible names that could be on the move before Nov. 3’s deadline.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

A Saints-Falcons trade for Julio Jones won’t happen for several reasons, besides the whole NFC South rivals-til-death thing. The Falcons can’t afford to eat the dead money hit from trading Jones, and the Saints can’t afford to take on more of his salary to help facilitate it. But wouldn’t it be fun?

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Continued disappointment for fans, businesses after another no-fans Saints home game

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Saints home game without fans (Source: WVUE)

By Amanda Roberts | WAFB

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Saints Sunday looked very different with only family and friends allowed inside the dome for the game. Businesses in the area say without fans, it was almost painfully noticeable.

It’s hard to believe these are the scenes of a Saints home game outside the dome: there’s no music, no cheering, no fans in Champions square, and no tailgaters to be found.

“A year ago, right now the streets would be flooded you won’t be able to cross Poydras because there be fans everywhere,” Allen Larkin said.

Even visiting fans were at a loss of where to go.

With approval from the state, the Saints were initially preparing to host some socially distanced fans in the Dome against the Packers until New Orleans' phase two status prevented that. The Saints instead hosting more than 700 family and friends of the team. But that’s no consolation to Who Dats.

“It’s very sad, very sad but we’re just trying to have faith that things will change before the end of the season and go back to normal and we can have a good time again,” Julie Helmstetter said. ...

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Should we be concerned about Drew Brees and the Saints?

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By Pete Blackburn | CBS Sports

Happy Tuesday, my friend... thanks for coming back to spend another morning with yours truly. I'm dressed in my Tuesday morning best (some salsa-stained sweatpants and an old t-shirt that smells like deli meat) in order to bring you the sports stuff you may have missed and some other sports stuff you didn't even know you needed this AM. You can always count on me.

I'm still a little groggy from the Monday Night Football/Stanley Cup Final doubleheader I enjoyed last night, so let's jump right into things. ...

What you need to know

1. Raiders rally to beat Saints 🏈

The Oakland Las Vegas Raiders (sorry, gonna take a while to get used to that) were the story of Monday Night Football last night. Not only did they play their first game in their brand-new $2 billion Roomba-looking stadium in Vegas, but they picked up a comeback win against the favored Saints in the process. The Raiders took down Drew Brees & Co. with a 34-24 victory to move to 2-0 to start the season... just like we all expected. 😅

How did that happen, you ask? Well, our Cody Benjamin is here to answer.

Why the Raiders won: Derek Carr was the best quarterback on the field on Monday night. He had a bit of a shaky start but recovered and was incredibly efficient the rest of the way, going 28/38 for 282 yards and three touchdowns, with 12 of those completions and 103 of those yards going to tight end Darren Waller
Why the Saints lost: New Orleans had a 10-point lead with about five minutes left in the first half but they quickly saw that lead evaporate thanks to 1) an inability to stop the Raiders' short passes, and 2) one of the worst interceptions you'll ever see from Brees. The veteran QB racked up 300+ yards passing but he hardly looked polished against a suspect defense. The Saints own D died by a thousand cuts and they looked gassed as the game went on ...

Mike Detillier: Starting out fast matters for Saints

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

The New Orleans Saints will have an exciting challenge in their season opener this year.

The Saints are one of the most talented teams in the NFL and it will have another shot to make it to the Super Bowl this season, but there will be some major competition in the NFC South and it comes from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I have heard this story before throughout the years that this will be the year the Buccaneers make a run to the playoffs, but they have been pretenders to make that journey.

This year they are not pretenders, but contenders and we might just see these two teams play more than two games during the 2020 season, maybe a third come playoff time.

Since the 2019 season ended, the Buccaneers have added legendary quarterback Tom Brady, veteran halfbacks LeSean “Shady” McCoy and former LSU standout Leonard Fournette, future NFL Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski, two standout rookies in offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs and safety Antoine Winfield, Jr., a stout front-seven versus the run defensively returns and former LSU star linebacker Devin White.

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Interview: Former Saints receiver Torrance Small recalls career-best game at Denver, talks what it takes to win at altitude

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It doesn’t seem that long ago.

With a 4-year-old daughter, a 1-year-old son and their mother waiting patiently for dad/husband to return home to spend Christmas together, we were all hoping for a rather quick game and safe, on-time charter flight back to Kenner.

On Dec. 24, 1994, the New Orleans Saints went to Mile High Stadium and downed the Broncos 30-28.

That was the last victory for the Saints at Denver.

Of course, the two teams seldom play each other, having met just 11 times over the course of the previous 53 years of New Orleans Saints football. Denver has dominated, winning...
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Lattimore, Hill, Washington return to practice for Saints ahead of Broncos trip

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A pair of key starters for the Saints who missed last week’s game with the Falcons were back at practice today in the first injury report ahead of Sunday’s game at Denver at 3:05 p.m.

Marshon Lattimore and Josh Hill returned in full. Lattimore had been out with an abdomen injury while Hill missed the Atlanta game with a concussion.

Another player who was out last week, Dwayne Washington, also returned in full after being out with a back injury.

Andrus Peat did not practice after suffering a concussion in the Atlanta game while Deonte Harris was also out with a neck injury.

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Saints designate Sheldon Rankins to return from IR

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The Saints designated defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to return from injured reserve, according to Wednesday’s transactions report. That opens a 21-day window for the Saints to decide to return him to the active roster or he will finish the season on injured reserve.

The Saints could make the move in time for Rankins to play Sunday against the Broncos.

The team placed Rankins on injured reserve Nov. 6 after he sprained his MCL against the Bears. He has missed the past three games.

Rankins has 11 tackles, seven quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks in seven games this season.

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Cowboys assistant Markus Paul, formerly with Saints, dies at 54

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul died Wednesday, a day after being taken to the hospital after experiencing a medical emergency at the team's facility. He was 54.

The team said the cause of death was pending.

Paul was in his third season with the Cowboys after previously being a strength and conditioning coach with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets and 12 seasons with the New York Giants. Paul was part of five Super Bowl championships, three with the Patriots and two with the Giants.

The former NFL safety played for the Chicago...
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Here's why Taysom Hill looked to family, not a buzzing phone after Saints win in 1st QB start

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Taysom Hill knew his cellphone was likely buzzing non-stop from text messages, social media notifications and phone calls after his first NFL start at quarterback on Sunday night for the New Orleans Saints.

But instead of responding to everyone that evening, he left his phone alone to be present with his wife, Emily, their infant son, Beau, and his parents who came in for the weekend.

"We just enjoyed the time," Hill said Wednesday, noting that he didn't have much time with his family all week due to game preparations.

It had been a long time coming, and Hill didn't shy away from how...
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Broncos activate Mark Barron from IR, waive LeVante Bellamy

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The Broncos activated linebacker Mark Barron from injured reserve to their active roster, the team announced Wednesday.

Denver waived running back LeVante Bellamy in a corresponding move. Bellamy, an undrafted rookie from Western Michigan, was activated from IR on Tuesday.

Barron, a ninth-year player, signed with the Broncos in late August after rookie linebacker Justin Strnad was lost for the season with a wrist injury.

Barron injured his hamstring Sept. 4. and went on injured reserve. He returned to practice earlier this month, giving the Broncos until Nov. 27 to activate him to their...
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Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul, 54, dies

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul, who was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after experiencing a medical emergency, has died, the team announced Wednesday. He was 54.

Surrounded by family, Paul passed away Wednesday evening at Plano Presbyterian Hospital.

The cause of death was not announced.

"The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement. "He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and...
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Saints at Broncos Wednesday injury report: Lattimore is a full participant

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The New Orleans Saints are making the trip up to the Mile High City to face off with the Denver Broncos. The Saints will look to keep their winning streak alive, while also continuing to help build continuity with Taysom Hill in Drew Brees’s absence.

Luckily, the first injury report for New Orleans is relatively short, but there are some big names that pop up on it. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore was a full participant, which is the good news, as was tight end Josh Hill. Unfortunately, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara were both limited. Here is the full injury report:

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Saints' Andrus Peat, Deonte Harris miss Wednesday's practice; Marshon Lattimore back in full

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Seven New Orleans Saints players were listed on the injury report on Wednesday ahead of their game against the Denver Broncos, but there was good news for three of those players.

Starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen), tight end Josh Hill (concussion) and running back Dwayne Washington (back) all practiced fully after missing last week's game against the Atlanta Falcons with their injuries.

Starting guard Andrus Peat (concussion) and All-Pro returner Deonte Harris (neck) did not practice due to the injuries, as they both sustained their respective injuries against the Falcons...
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Saints DT Sheldon Rankins designated for return from injured reserve

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The New Orleans Saints designated defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins for return from the injured reserve on Wednesday, according to the league's transactions report.

Rankins went on the injured reserve on Nov. 6 due to a knee injury he sustained against the Chicago Bears. Rankins' knee injury was an MCL sprain, and was less serious than originally feared, considering the TV broadcast refused to show replay of Rankins' injury.

The Saints have 21 days to decide whether to place him back on the active roster or have him out for the rest of the season.

Rankins missed his third game last...
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Why did the Saints sign QB Trevor Siemian? In case 'something else happened'

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With New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the injured reserve for at least two more games, the Saints signed backup quarterback Trevor Siemian to the active roster — a roster move made official Tuesday.

Why?

There's an added premium placed on healthy players because of the coronavirus pandemic and in case of other emergency, coach Sean Payton said.

"With everything that's going on right now, the ability for us to have a third quarterback training and ready in the event someone got COVID or something else happened," Payton said. "We just felt strongly that that was something we...
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Payton discusses Saints approach to rare high altitude test for Saints in Denver

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It is a rare matchup in rare air.

The New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos have only met 11 times in the previous 53 years of the New Orleans franchise.

Number 14 in the trilogy arrives on Sunday when the Saints play the Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High at 3:05 p.m.

The Saints last faced the Broncos in 2015, losing 25-23 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans last played at Denver in 2012, falling 34-14 to the Broncos.

Denver has dominated the series, winning nine of 11 games.

The last victory for the Saints over the Broncos was in 1994 at Denver when the Saints won 30-28...
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Five Numbers That Do Not Lie: Hide your quarterbacks, the Saints are coming

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The New Orleans Saints (8-2) started the 2020 NFL season 1-2. Not only that, they had given up 34 and 37 points in those two losses. From the fourth to the seventh game of the season, the Saints would go undefeated, but still allow 29 points to the Lions, 27 points to the Chargers, 24 points to the Panthers and 23 points to the Panthers. However, when one looked closer, there was a positive trend: the number of points allowed was shrinking ever so slightly, and for those who paid attention to the fine details, there was less and less of the huge defensive busts of the early weeks.

Then...
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Ups and Downs: Six Saints who were sensational in Sunday’s beatdown of the Falcons

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The New Orleans Saints dominated the Atlanta Falcons 24-9 on Sunday in a win that showcased just how dangerous the Saints are on both sides of the ball.

Not many, if any, teams can keep their winning ways going with their starting quarterback sidelined with injury, but the Saints did just that. With Drew Brees sidelined for three weeks, Taysom Hill made his first career start and didn’t look back, leading the Saints to their seventh straight win. The Saints are now first in the NFC.

Usually for Ups and Downs, what went right and what went wrong are discussed. Seeing how little to nothing...
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