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First-year Saints players in awe of a New Orleans phenomenon: the airport welcome parties

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By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Keith Kirkwood experienced a number of firsts on Sunday (Nov. 11). The New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver played in his first official NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. He caught his first pass as a professional in the second quarter.

But what Kirkwood will remember most about his NFL debut occurred several hours later.

As he turned his car onto the auxiliary road leading out of Atlantic Aviation in Kenner, hundreds of Saints fans lined the street, and there among the throbbing black-and-gold masses was a sign: “I heart Keith Kirkwood...

NFL Super Bowl and Conference Futures: Saints at the Top

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NFL Futures Lines and Computer Simulation Based Forecast

By Scout Staff | Scout.com

The relative difference at the top of the conference is small at 5%. The New England Patriots at 29.8% trails the Kansas City Chiefs at 31.5%. The difference between these teams is widening as the Patriots chances are down from 40.4 percent. There is a 1.13 difference in projected win total between the #6 best record and the #7 best record in the conference. This is a pretty significant difference even if it does not seem to be at first glance. There is not a lot of parity and power is concentrated at the top of the conference with just 5 teams having at least a 4% chance of winning it...

Why the Saints offense is on a historic pace: Dat Chat podcast, Ep. 17

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By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints are on a record-setting offensive pace in the 2018 season and look like a team capable of making a deep playoff run.

Join me and guest host Sean Fazende as we analyze the reasons behind the Saints' historic start on offense on Episode 17 of the Dat Chat podcast.

Sean and I will take a look at the various reasons behind the Saints' unprecedented offensive efficiency and analyze the potential impacts of Terron Armstead’s injury and Brandon Marshall’s addition to the lineup. We’ll also look ahead to the Saints' game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and give our predictions. ...

Saints offensive line receiving extra rest after high snap totals against recent tough opponents

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

This season has been grueling for New Orleans Saints offensive linemen.

In five of nine games, the Saints offense has played 70-plus snaps, and in the previous five games, the team has faced some of the league’s top defensive lines in the NFL with Washington, Baltimore, Minnesota, the Rams and Cincinnati.

So, for the past two weeks, coach Sean Payton has rewarded some of the Saints offensive linemen with some extra rest.

“The Rams game was one where we backed off of practice the next week,” Payton said Thursday. “Each game...

Previewing the Saints’ offense and praying for chaos

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The Kist & Solak Show #42!

By Michael Kist | Bleeding Green Nation


As we ramp up our analysis of the New Orleans Saints entering this all-important Week 11 game it’s important to remember a couple of things. First, football is chaos. More than we would like to believe the difference in a game comes down to pure luck. Second, they play the games for a reason. Sometimes good teams get beat by lesser teams because they just get outplayed.

Those two factors are, for the most part, impossible to predict. The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are massive underdogs and in desperate need of both of those...

Alvin Kamara on saying the Saints would have beat Eagles in playoffs: 'Yeah, that's what I said'

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Alvin Kamara is convinced the Saints would have beat the Eagles in the playoffs last season.

The Saints running back didn’t mean any disrespect. He just simply believes in the talent of his team, and he thinks New Orleans would have continued its run if it had gotten by the Vikings last season.

So, during an interview with Bleacher Report, Kamara said that the Saints would have “beat the (expletive)” out of the Eagles if they had played in the NFC title game.

“Yeah, that’s what I said,” Kamara said. “I don’t care if we’re playing against the Monstars, my team, whatever team I’m...

Saints CB Eli Apple continues to settle into the defense

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Each week gets a little bit better for Eli Apple.

Now that he’s been with the Saints for three games, things are getting a little bit easier and more comfortable for him, and each game has felt better than the last. But the cornerback, who was acquired by New Orleans in a trade with the New York Giants ahead of the deadline, is still trying to figure some things out.

“It’s tough to say not going through a training camp with the defense and not hearing everything as far terminology goes,” Apple said. “But that’s why it’s great to have great guys in the locker room who can help...

Saints got ‘a hell of a player’ in Demario Davis, who has led the NFL’s top rush defense

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By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

When the New Orleans Saints were looking into linebacker Demario Davis this offseason, they saw a big, fast and intelligent linebacker they could plug into their defensive system at a number of positions.

“You saw a physical tackler,” Saints coach Sean Payton recalled from his evaluation this offseason. “We saw leadership in him. We felt he had position flexibility between Will and Mike (the weakside and middle linebacker positions).”

But when Davis looked at the Saints, he did not think of how he would fit in to the Saints defense...

PFF digs deep into Taysom Hill, Saints 'cheat code'

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints football player Taysom Hill has taken the NFL by storm, strutting out onto the field at nearly every position: quarterback, tight end, slot receiver, halfback, kickoff returner, gunner, and punt protector. He’s done it all, and he’s been largely successful.

Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus took a deep dive into how Saints head coach Sean Payton has gotten so much mileage out of Hill, highlighting key plays to drive his points home. Here’s the real core of the passage:

The key has been when he’s utilized. Payton often brings Hill in at quarterback in the most high-leverage situations that occur...

Should Saints scout left tackles after Armstead's latest injury?

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead exited last week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals and is expected to miss most of November with a pectoral muscle injury. That’s not the worst diagnosis, and certainly not as bad as may have been feared, but it’s still not good for a player writing quite the injury history. Here’s his background, per Rotoworld:

Nov. 11, 2018: pectoral injury (to miss 3-4 games)
Dec. 24, 2017: thigh injury (missed 1 game)
June 16, 2017: shoulder injury (missed 5 games)
Dec. 14, 2016: quadriceps injury (missed 9 games)
Oct. 4 2015: knee injury (missed 3 games)...

Saints Week 11 injury report vs. Eagles

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

The Saints come back to the Superdome on a hot streak against the reigning world champions.

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles will come to town to square off against New Orleans and their eight game win streak in the National Football League’s Week 11 action.

Drew Brees commands one of the league’s best offenses while Carson Wentz leads an effort to get the Birds back on track and back to .500 in pursuit of an NFC playoff spot.

Here is the Saints’ injury report in the week leading up to the game.

Marcus Davenport, DE

Wednesday: Did Not Practice (Toe)

Thursday: Did Not Practice (Toe)

Terron Armstead, OT

Wednesday: Did Not Practice (Shoulder)...

What does Jim Schwartz see when watching film of Drew Brees?

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By Reuben Frank - NBC

Every week, Jim Schwartz sits down with a video compilation of all the mistakes the opposing quarterback has made.

This week was the Drew Brees mistake reel.

“I looked at his interception reel,” he said. “That was one. Didn't take us long to get through the sack and interception reel. His incompletions, didn't take us long to get through those.

“I mean, he's playing at an insane level right now.”

Brees, now 39 and in his 18th season, is off to the greatest nine-game start of any quarterback in NFL history, and the challenge Sunday afternoon will be enormous for an Eagles secondary...

Brandon Marshall: "I think it's a wide receiver's dream" | Week 11 Post-Practice

Drew Brees: "I've been a fan of his (Marshall) just watching him on film" | Week 11 Post-Practice

Keith Kirkwood: A Temple Owl, A Single Digit, A Father

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Interesting You tube video on Saints WR Keith Kirkwood Published on Sep 21, 2017 (Credit to pcww for bringing this to our attention)

With Terron Armstead injured, how might Saints shuffle powerful offensive line?

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

On one play in the first quarter of the New Orleans Saints' 51-14 win Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Terron Armstead picked up a pass rusher with one arm and slammed him to the turf.

That was the kind of season the Saints left tackle was having before he went down with a pectoral injury later in the same game. After years of battling injuries and fighting (and failing) to get fully healthy, Armstead finally did it this season — or, at least, he came the closest he can get to reaching the mark.

Now he’s going to spend some time fighting to get back to that place.

Armstead...



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