Game Balls from the Saints Frying of the Falcons, 24-9

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By Bob Rose | SI

For the first time since 2005, the New Orleans Saints would face their archenemy, the Atlanta Falcons, without Drew Brees behind center. Saints head coach Sean Payton shocked most of the football world at mid-week when he announced that Taysom Hill would get the start for the injured Brees over the more experienced Jameis Winston.

Amid reports of a divided locker room over their preference at quarterback, the Saints responded with a dominant defensive and offensive performance in pummeling the Falcons 24-9.

Atlanta began this contest with a 65-Yd march, bolstered by a 45-Yd completion to WR Calvin Ridley, which ended with a short field goal. New Orleans would go three-and-out on their first possession, with Hill taking a sack on 3rd and short. The Saints defense took control of the game after that.

After that opening drive, New Orleans allowed just 183 yards through the rest of the game and held a potent Atlanta offense to only three field goals. The Falcons were just 2 of 14 on 3rd downs and had negative yardage in the third quarter. New Orleans sacked Atlanta QB Matt Ryan 8 times and intercepted him twice, putting a stranglehold on the game.

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Studs and Duds, Week 11: Saints standouts vs. Falcons

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

While Taysom Hill was the talk of the town in his first start for the New Orleans Saints, several teammates turned in great tape for their efforts against the Atlanta Falcons — and a few others left something to be desired. Here are our picks for standouts from Week 11:

STUD | Kwon Alexander

The most impressive plays may have been the ones Alexander didn’t make. He correctly read two passes into the flat and broke on the ball near-perfectly, coming within inches of an interception and likely running it back for a touchdown both times. He just couldn’t seal the deal. If he keeps his head up when crashing down on the receiver to better track the pass, he might have two turnovers to his credit. But Alexander has added so much athleticism and improved eye discipline to the Saints defense while patrolling the middle of the field that it’s easy to see why the team traded for him.

DUD | Erik McCoy

McCoy didn’t have a bad game, but an offensive lineman is going to catch some flak if his holding foul wipes out a 57-yard touchdown pass. He was also dinged for allowing pressure in pass protection, but on the whole, there isn’t much to complain about for McCoy. The Saints had success running behind him and he mostly played clean football whenever Hill was looking to throw. It’s just a shame that his penalty took such a great play (and the points that came with it) off the board.

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Photos: Game Action #1 | Saints-Falcons Week 11 2020

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New Orleans Saints franchise quarterback Drew Brees joined CST's Mike Nabors on Sunday afternoon to discuss Taysom Hill's performance in the team's Week 11 win over the Atlanta Falcons and how Brees is recovering from injury.

"I thought he played great," Brees said about Hill, "I thought he managed everything about this week, about the preparation and then obviously, the way he played today, I thought it was magnificent. I felt like he was great in and out of the huddle. All-in-all, I felt like our offense had great tempo and great rhythm, and obviously, that starts at the quarterback position."

Hill, in his fourth season out of BYU, completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards and rushed 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. It was his first NFL start at quarterback and he led the Saints (8-2) to their seventh consecutive victory.

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Falcons vs. Saints: 3 Things to Watch in Week 11

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By Brendan Boylan | SI

The New Orleans Saints (7-2) look to continue their six-game win streak against their NFC SOUTH rivals the Atlanta Falcons (3-6) Sunday inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Atlanta is coming off of their BYE WEEK and seek an upset over their arch-rival. Below are three things to watch in the NFC South's biggest rivalry.

Jameis Winston Begins his QB Re-Audition

Like last season, the Saints will be without Drew Brees for at least a few weeks after suffering five broken ribs and a collapsed lung in Sunday's victory over the 49ers. A little over a year ago, Teddy Bridgewater began his starting quarterback re-audition, and this time it is Jameis Winston.

The former first overall pick joined the Saints this offseason to enroll into “QBU” and learn from QB Drew Brees and Head Coach Sean Payton. After weeks of studying, Winston's first exam is now time as he trots out to battle the Atlanta Falcons.

For Jameis, this stretch of starts, however long it lasts, is an opportunity to revamp his NFL career, whether it is in New Orleans or elsewhere. A solid stretch would result in a paycheck and a starting job in the NFL. If he wants to take a page out of the Bridgewater playbook, Winston needs to be himself, manage the game, make smart decisions, and rely on his playmakers.

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Broncos return to practice after no new positive COVID-19 tests

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The Broncos appear to be good to go for tomorrow’s game against the Saints.

After canceling practice yesterday because of positive COVID-19 tests, the Broncos had no new positives today and are back at practice.

The Broncos have placed receiver Diontae Spencer, defensive end Shelby Harris and quarterback Jeff Driskel on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Two staff members have also tested positive.

But a day without positive tests indicates that there’s not a full-scale outbreak in Denver, and they’re set to host the Saints as scheduled.
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Pride and joy: The forces in Taysom Hill's hometown that led him to New Orleans

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POCATELLO, Idaho — You want to encapsulate Taysom Hill's home town in three words, do it this way: Born and raised.

Everything is connected here. Residents tie the blue collar mindset of the community to its foundation as a crucial stop on the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1880s, the site of one of the largest repair and maintenance facilities west of the Mississippi River. People came here to work hard and passed that trait onto their children, who stayed here and passed it on to their children. They stayed because it was quiet, because it was a good place to raise a family and earn a...
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Film Study: Matt Ryan’s very bad no good terrible day

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It’s one thing to be outplayed by a 30-year old gadget tight end making his NFL debut at quarterback. It’s another thing to be outplayed by him while also getting sacked eight times. While Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan isn’t a stranger to being sacked, especially against the Saints, continually hitting the turf while Taysom Hill frolicked to a pair of touchdowns on the other sideline had to sting. So, that leads to the pressing question. Why did Matt Ryan get sacked eight times? Really, it’s because of two simple words. Coverage Sack.

Instead of going through every single sack that the...
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How Taysom Hill and the pass offense match up with the Broncos Defense

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Taysom Hill and the New Orleans Saints offense exceeded a lot of people’s expectations against the Atlanta Falcons. And the area they surprised people most was through the air.

With Hill making his first career NFL start at quarterback, he averaged over eight yards per pass attempt and posted an adjusted completion percentage of 90.9%, which was third-best among 30 qualifying QBs.

As you can see in this film study (PERMALINK), he was supremely accurate in the intermediate levels of the field and overall just made sound decisions.

While Atlanta’s defense isn’t as bad as some make it out...
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Broncos place Diontae Spencer on COVID-19 list

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The Broncos made it official: They announced Friday night they have placed receiver Diontae Spencer on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Spencer will not play in Sunday’s game against the Saints.

Denver also signed running back LeVante Bellamy to its practice squad.

The team announced earlier in the day they had one player and two staff members test positive for COVID-19. The Broncos did not practice Friday and held meetings virtually.

Defensive end Shelby Harris and quarterback Jeff Driskel also are on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The Broncos placed Driskel on the list Thursday...
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NFL Week 12 injury report roundup: Will Tua Tagovailoa play on Sunday?

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Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with wins by the Texans and the Washington Football Team and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Dolphins at Jets

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and G Solomon Kindley (foot) are out on Sunday. WR Jakeem Grant (hamstring) is...
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LB Kwon Alexander is already 'an infectious leader' for Saints after just 2 games

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When the New Orleans Saints traded for linebacker Kwon Alexander in early November, they knew what they were getting on the field with the red-haired LSU product.

In the time since then, Alexander is fitting in and then some — despite only having played two games for the Saints so far.

"I feel his personality immediately now," coach Sean Payton said. "It feels like he has been here eight weeks. And that's a good thing. His work ethic on the field, he's an infectious leader."

That energy is what sets him apart. After Alexander's first game as a Saint, fellow linebacker Demario Davis...
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Saints at Broncos Final injury report: /Andrus Peat, Ty Montgomery are out

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RB Ty Montgomery (Hamstring) and G Andrus Peat (Concussion) have been ruled out by the Saints. Both missed another day of practice. WR Deonte Harris also missed his third day of practice and is listed as questionable.

RB Alvin Kamara (Foot) and WR Michael Thomas (Ankle) are listed as limited but will be available on Sunday.

TE Josh Hill (Concussion), RB Dwayne Washington (Back), and CB Marshon Lattimore (Abdomen) were all full.

The Broncos have ruled out S Trey Marshall (Shin).

WR Jerry Jeudy (Ankle/Achilles), T Demar Dotson (Calf/hand), G Graham Glasgow (Calf), LB Joseph Jones (Calf)...
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Texans officially release Kenny Stills

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Attention, contenders: A veteran receiver with plenty of experience is available. As long as none of the non-contenders claim him.

The Texans officially have released Kenny Stills. Because the move comes after the trade deadline, Stills will be required to pass through waivers. Every team will have a chance to submit a claim for “dibs” on Stills and his five remaining 2020 game checks, at $410,000 each.

Stills, originally drafted by the Saints in 2013, was traded to the Dolphins in 2015. He signed a four-year, $32 million deal to remain in Miami in March 2017. Miami traded Stills along...
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Saints' Andrus Peat, Ty Montgomery ruled out for game vs. Broncos, Deonte Harris questionable

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New Orleans Saints starting left guard Andrus Peat has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos due to the concussion he sustained last week against the Atlanta Falcons.

This will be the second game Peat has missed this season after missing the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions due to an ankle injury.

Veteran guard Nick Easton will likely play in Peat's place. Easton has been a reliable backup guard for the Saints the past two seasons, starting in five games this year while rookie guard Cesar Ruiz was hurt and then re-acclimated.

Backup hybrid running back Ty...
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Broncos cancel practice ahead of Saints game due to COVID-19 positives

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The Denver Broncos closed their practice facility Friday ahead of their home game with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Friday morning.

“Following confirmed positive COVID-19 test results from one player and two staff members, the Denver Broncos have closed UCHealth Training Center today with the team’s safety in mind,” the team said in a statement. “The Broncos will continue preparations for Sunday’s game remotely with virtual meetings and have postponed today’s practice. Working closely with medical experts and the league office, we will take all steps necessary to ensure the...
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Report: Diontae Spencer going on Broncos COVID-19 list

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The Broncos canceled practice on Friday after a player and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 and there’s now a report concerning the name of the player headed for the COVID-19 list.

Mike Klis of KUSA reports that wide reciever/kick returner Diontae Spencer is going to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. Spencer will not be able to play against the Saints on Sunday.

Spencer has one catch for seven yards and one run for nine yards in limited offensive playing time. He’s averaging 10.2 yards per punt return and 18.6 yards per kickoff return in seven games.

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NFC Playoff Picture: Where the Saints stand heading into Week 12, potential seeding changes

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The NFL playoff picture this year is more crowded than ever. With the expanded format of 14 teams this season – which could potentially expand to 16 – the postseason race is less decisive by Week 12. An unfortunate consequence of the 7-seed expansion, however, is the now incredibly elusive first-round bye. This year, only the No. 1 seed is awarded that bye; its importance cannot be understated. In the case of 16 playoff teams, there would be no bye week.

In Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, the Baltimore Ravens managed to fight their way there with a Wild Card berth. Since then, not one team has...
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CSC’s Fantasy Start/Sit, Saints vs. Broncos: why Taysom Hill is worth starting

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The Broncos have been decent against wide receivers in fantasy this year, ranking 14th and allowing only slightly above the league average. Thomas got back on track in a big way last week tallying 104 yards on 9 catches in his first game with Taysom Hill at quarterback. Hill targeted Thomas 12 times last week, relying heavily on the Saints #1 WR to move the ball through the air. I know Thomas’s fantasy owners have been disappointed with his production this year, but I believe the reliance on him in the Taysom Hill led offense will continue against an average Broncos defense.

Fant got his...
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