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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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Taysom Hill matches Daunte Culpepper's historic feat in first career start; Sean Payton evaluates performance

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By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

Taysom Hill made his highly anticipated first career start Sunday, which netted a familiar result for the New Orleans Saints -- another win. Hill certainly wasn't Drew Brees in New Orleans' 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but he was efficient.

Hill finished 18 of 23 for 233 yards and recorded a 108.9 passer rating, with no touchdown passes and no interceptions. Hill is just the seventh quarterback in the NFL since 1950 to have completed over 78% of his passes in his first career start (minimum 20 attempts). Of those seven quarterbacks in that category, he joins Stan Humphries as the only quarterback to average over 10 yards per pass attempt (Hill averaged 10.1 yards per attempt Sunday).

Hill also rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns (and a lost fumble), leading the Saints in both categories. He joined Daunte Culpepper as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 40 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in their first start at quarterback (Culpepper accomplished the feat in Week 1 of the 2000 season).

"I thought that he played well," said Saints head coach Sean Payton, evaluating Hill's performance. "He had the one turnover late in the game. ... We had a big touchdown pass called back. It's a good team win.

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‘He was ready for the moment’: Why Taysom Hill’s first career start at QB for Saints was a success

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) runs off the field after an
NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in
New Orleans. Tyler Kaufman, Associated Press

By Brandon Judd | Deseret News

Taysom Hill made the most out of his first chance to start an NFL game at quarterback Sunday, helping lead the New Orleans Saints to a 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The fact the win came against an NFC South rival and kept the Saints in the running for the NFC’s top seed just added to the moment, as Hill — who’s developed a reputation for his jack-of-all-trades abilities — passed the test in his first opportunity to earn a win as a starting quarterback in the pros.

“To be able to come out and get a win in my first start was gratifying, more than anything,” said Hill, who told reporters after the game he spent time reflecting this week on his NFL journey. That journey has included going undrafted, joining the Saints off waivers from Green Bay and spending much of the past four seasons as a utility player on offense and special teams.

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Broncos cancel practice after receiving COVID-19 test results

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Broncos put quarterback Jeff Driskel on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, but held practice as scheduled after determining there were no close contacts after doing contact tracing.

They won’t be practicing on Friday, though. According to multiple reports, the team has canceled practice after receiving the results of their latest round of COVID-19 testing. All work will be done remotely for the rest of the day.

Mike Klis of KUSA notes that it is the third time in four weeks that the Broncos have called off a practice due to COVID concerns.

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Saints at Broncos Key Matchups: Can Trey Hendrickson keep it up?

  • News source: Jake Rajala
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The New Orleans Saints travel to combat the 4-6 Denver Broncos squad. This game will be the Broncos Super Bowl and there will likely be some risks by Vic Fangio’s squad in this one. Expect some type of onside kick, fake punt, early shot plays, or more aggression on 4th down.

Outside of potential trickery by the Broncos—The Broncos do indeed have to put 11 men on the field and try to match up to the Saints. It will be a very tough task for the declining 4-6 team to try and overwhelm the hottest team in the NFL: The New Orleans Saints.

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Fleur-de-Links, November 27: Final injury report before the Saints face off against Denver Broncos

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A new t-shirt from BreakingT is now available, commemorating Taysom Hill’s debut game, a victory of rival Atlanta Falcons.

Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson explains that Taysom Hill is difficult to prepare for because “he’s so versatile.”

The newest edition of Canal Street Chronicles’ “What Just Happened?” series is now live, reacting to the Saints’ victory over the Atlanta Falcons. (Video below)

According to Sean Payton, the Saints signed Trevor Siemian in case “someone got COVID or something else happened.”

Andrus Peat and Deonte Harris did not practice for the second day in a...
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Saints-Broncos Injury Report: Peat, Harris remain out Thursday

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Nothing changed on the Thursday injury report of the New Orleans Saints as Andrus Peat, with a concussion, and Deonte Harris, with a neck injury, remained out. Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas remained limited, as was Ty Montgomery.

Only safety Trey Marshall, with a shin injury, and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, with ankle and Achilles issues, did not work for the Broncos.

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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

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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:

Network - FOX

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

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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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.

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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

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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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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