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More Pain for Saints: Another Officiating Error and an Injury to Drew Brees

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By Ben Shpgel | New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Sean Payton coped by quarantining himself for three days. He binged Netflix programming (“Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” and “You”) and scarfed Jeni’s Splendid ice cream. He could excavate his grief, compartmentalizing but not forgetting — really, you can’t forget an injustice like that — because the officiating debacle that most likely denied his New Orleans Saints a Super Bowl berth occurred in their final game of the season.

Yet Payton, the Saints’ head coach, watched another blown call benefit the Los Angeles Rams and infuriate his team again on Sunday, nullifying a go-ahead touchdown in the first half. This time, he and the Saints did not have an off-season to work through their emotions. More than two quarters remained, and the Saints’ star quarterback, Drew Brees, loitered on the sideline, out with a hand injury.

As it did in the teams’ last matchup eight months ago, New Orleans lost to the Rams, and at this stage all the Saints want is a game officiated fairly, without human error contributing to their demise.

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Foot Locker gifts Saints' Jordan after referee dig

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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SEATTLE -- Cameron Jordan was robbed of a touchdown last Sunday, thanks to an error by the officials. But the New Orleans Saints defensive end didn't come away completely empty-handed.

Jordan, who dropped a "Foot Locker" reference while criticizing the officiating crew after the game, revealed on Twitter that the sportswear company sent him a gift box with new shoes and a note that read: "Cam, we've got your back ... and your feet. -- Your friends at Foot Locker."...
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Saints vs. Seahawks: 3 keys to watch for Sunday afternoon

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Whether New Orleans Saints fans are ready or not, the first game since 2015 with quarterback Drew Brees as an injury scratch is here.

And it's against a 2-0 Seattle Seahawks team that went to the playoffs last season.

Though, the Saints haven't played the Seahawks since 2016. Additionally, the two teams have only faced off 13 times in the regular season, and only four of those matchups have been during the Sean Payton era.

A win here would move the...
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How to watch Saints vs. Seahawks: Broadcast info, storylines, more as New Orleans faces Seattle

  • News source: Staff report
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The Saints continue their West Coast swing, but this have many questions to answer with Drew Brees on the mend after thumb surgery.

It's unclear exactly how coach Sean Payton intends to platoon backup quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill in Brees' absence, but they'll likely both be featured in the game significantly. New Orleans lost 27-9 to the Los Angeles Rams last, struggling to mount much offense after Brees went out of the game.

The Seahawks...
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New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks: Bold Predictions

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius!

So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 3 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: another West Coast game, this time against Russell...
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Walker: For Teddy Bridgewater, Seattle game is chance to show he's heir apparent to Brees

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — For Teddy Bridgewater, the noise at CenturyLink Field on Sunday may be just as loud as the noise over 2,500 miles away back home in New Orleans.

If Bridgewater can silence the Seattle Seahawks fans today, he'll also be able to silence some of the Saints fans too.

This is Bridgewater's opportunity to show he's worthy of being the NFL's highest paid backup. This is his chance to show he is worth the $7.2 million the Saints shelled out for him to re-sign for...
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Northwest Territory: For 6 Saints, the road to New Orleans began in Idaho

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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MOSCOW, Idaho — Unsuspecting passersby could easily assume the large metal cylinder nestled among the rolling hills of the Palouse is an airplane hangar.

Or, to quote former Bowling Green football coach Dave Clawson: "It's a Campbell's soup can, cut in half."

It may look like a home for crop dusters, but Idaho’s Kibbie Dome is a stadium unique unto itself. Few college domes remain in use, but this one’s roof is made of wooden arches still visible from the inside —...
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Saints fans 'Ask Amie': Answers about injuries, Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill, more

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — It's been a while, but welcome back to the Advocate's mailbag. I, Saints beat reporter Amie Just, will hand pick a few questions from my Twitter mentions and emails every week to attempt to satisfy y'alls Saints curiosities.

Additionally, I'll answer one off-the-beat question each week. So this week, it's all about chicken wings.

But before we dive into food, here are some questions you asked about the Saints:

Q: How will Teddy Bridgewater do?

Amie...
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Bustin’ at the seams: A closer look at Jared Cook through two games

  • News source: Don Kellum
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The Saints made a “splash” in free agency when they signed tight end Jared Cook this offseason. The team has lacked a true difference maker at the position since Jimmy Graham was traded to Seattle, and needed a receiving threat other than Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

Cook had a career year last season playing in John Gruden’s west coast offense in Oakland, and was supposed to make a seamless transition into the one Sean Payton runs here. But so far, the results...
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Saints not interested in Antonio Brown

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The last time Antonio Brown became a free agent, he wasn’t free for long. This time around, he may be waiting for a while.

Add the Saints to the list of teams that don’t seem to be interested in signing AB.

“I think right now, where we sit, I like our depth at that position,” Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters on Friday, when asked about Brown. “I haven’t really paid much attention to the other teams and hadn’t heard that yet. But, it is what it is. I am...
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Teddy Bridgewater ready to step up as Saints quarterback in Drew Brees' absense

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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SEATTLE — Sean Payton feared he was going to lose Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater was an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the Miami Dolphins offered him a two-year, $10 million offer.

Payton was vacationing in the Bahamas at the same time as Bridgewater's agent, and the two had a 4-hour conversation.

"We wanted to keep him here," Payton said. "It was important."

Bridgewater, a Miami native, turned down the Dolphins' hometown bid, and signed a 1-year...
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Saints rule out Brees, Smith, Rankins for Seahawks game

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Three New Orleans Saints players have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks including Drew Brees as expected.

Brees (right thumb), wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) and Sheldon Rankins (Achilles) were all listed as out on the official final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.

Seattle did not rule any players out but former LSU offensive lineman Ethan Pocic (neck) and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hamstring) are listed as doubtful.

Rankins is...
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Saints DT Sheldon Rankins: "When they give me the green light, they won't be able to hold me back"

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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SEATTLE - Sheldon Rankins admits it's been tough standing on the sideline the past two weeks.

He was listed as "OUT" on Friday's injury report, meaning he'll be standing on the sideline againg on Sunday when the Saints play the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The defensive tackle isn't giving hints on when he'll return, but did offer a bit of optimism on Friday that perhaps it's is sooner than later.

"I'm close," Rankins said. "I'll be there when I'm...
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Seahawks previously had interest in Antonio Brown but no longer do

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Seahawks showed interest in Antonio Brown before the receiver signed with the Patriots. Brown is a free agent again, 13 days later.

So do the Seahawks, who spoke with Brown after the Raiders cut him, have interest in the Pro Bowler this time around?

Coach Pete Carroll said no without using the word.

“We’re pretty well set right now,” Carroll said Friday, via Gregg Bell of the News Tribune. “We kind of know where we’re going with that.”

Carroll admitted 11...
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Saints at Seahawks Final Injury Report: Sheldon Rankins Out

  • News source: cajuncommando58
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For the Saints:

QB Drew Brees thumb, WR Tre’Quan Smith ankle, and Sheldon Rankins achilles, have been ruled out.

WR Ted Ginn Jr. thigh, RB Zach Line knee, and T Andrus Peat ankle were all full.

For the Seahawks:

C/G Ethan Pocic, neck and CB Neiko Thorpe, hamstring are listed as doubtfull.

FS Tedric Thompson hamstring, CB Tre Flowers ankle, and RB Rashaad Penny hamstring are listed as questionable. Penny was a new addition.

Everyone else previously listed were...
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Seahawks add Rashaad Penny, Tre Flowers to injury report

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny injured his hamstring in Friday’s practice. That prompted the team to add him to their status report as questionable for Sunday against the Saints.

C.J. Prosise likely would see more work if Penny can’t go.

The team also made cornerback Tre Flowers a late addition, listing him as questionable after he injured his ankle at Thursday’s practice. Jamar Taylor or Akeem King would start for Flowers.

The Seahawks also list free safety...
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