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NOLA.com First-and-10: Which Saints players should be considered the team's biggest stars?

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Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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

First (take)

As I walked my dog on Thursday morning, I saw a New Orleans Saints shirt that grabbed my attention in the window of Pop City on Magazine Street.

It was a shirt that featured something looking like the Presidential seal, but the words going around the circle were Brees, Kamara, Jordan and Thomas, each separated by a fleur-de-lis, similar to the old Ramones shirts.

I’d seen this shirt before, as well as others like it. But just a couple days before, I was thinking about how I might rank the players on the Saints roster after the season. It’s harder than it might seem, at least near the top.

The reason this shirt struck me was because I seriously wonder why that’s the group of four. Really, my biggest question is why Marshon Lattimore is not included. Couldn’t the font have been a bit smaller to include five names?

If I were Lattimore, that shirt would irk me just a little bit, even though those other four players are so important to the Saints. ...

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Interesting parallels between 2018 Saints and Super Saints

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(Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network)

By Kevin Foote | The Advertiser

So the New Orleans Saints are licking their wounds late in the season after falling to the Dallas Cowboys as they strive to achieve the No. 1 overall NFC playoff seed and hopefully a trip to the Super Bowl.

Sound familiar?

Correct, it was a very similar scenario during the Super Bowl season of 2009.

Many remember that Saturday night prime-time loss to Dallas 24-17 to drop New Orleans to 13-1 on the season.

But the similarities go deeper than that.

The 2009 Saints had just beaten Atlanta to go 13-0 before losing to Dallas and followed the loss with a matchup against Tampa Bay.

More: Analysis: What the Saints need to do to rebound vs. Tampa

So what about the 2018 Saints?

New Orleans beat Atlanta 31-17 in Thanksgiving night before a Thursday prime time loss to Dallas and then, of course, travel to meet none other than the Buccaneers on Sunday.

It gets better. ...

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New Orleans Saints armed with improved pass defense for rematch against Tampa Bay

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

Forty-eight points were scored by Tampa Bay against the Saints in New Orleans’ season-opening loss, to go along with 529 yards allowed (417 passing) and six touchdowns.

But the defense, Coach Sean Payton said, wasn’t the problem.

“In that first game, conventional wisdom is, ‘Well, we’ve gotta play better defense,’ ” he said. “And I would argue, if we protect the ball, that was the difference.

“Last week was a lower-scoring game (a 13-10 loss to Dallas). You’re going to get in those type of (high-scoring) games. Now, relative to the defense (presently), I think we’re generating a pass rush, I think the takeaways are noticeable and I think you begin to gain confidence as a unit when you start having some success. And I think we’ve had some success, and each week it’s carried over.

“But the turnovers were the difference in Week 1.”

He’s not wrong. Running back Mike Gillislee’s fumble was recovered and returned for a touchdown by Tampa Bay safety Justin Evans, giving the Buccaneers a 31-17 lead in the second quarter, and receiver Michael Thomas’ fumble was recovered by Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith at the Tampa Bay 32 with New Orleans trailing 41-24 in the third. ...

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Fleur-de-Links, September 27: Saints defense leads team to victory over New England Patriots

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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The Saints defeat the New England Patriots in Week 3, picking off Mac Jones 3 times along the way.

Jameis Winston connects with Marquez Callaway for Callaway’s first career touchdown during Week 3.

After making his return to the New Orleans Saints, Kenny Stills has already made an impact with the team.

Marshon Lattimore and C.J. Gardner-Johnson were active during the Saints’ Week 3 win after missing Week 2.

Quotes from Malcolm Jenkins, Alvin Kamara, and Taysom Hill from their post-game conferences.

The Saints have been welcomed back to New Orleans to host home games by the local...
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Drew Brees takes stock of the Saints after their first 3 weeks without him

  • News source: John Sigler
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How do the New Orleans Saints look now that Drew Brees isn’t playing quarterback for them anymore? Who better to know than Brees himself? The future Hall of Famer-turned-media analyst shared his take on NBC Sports’ “Football Night in America” panel when asked by Mike Tirico about his reaction to the Saints’ 2-1 record after they demolished the New England Patriots by a lopsided tally of 28-13.

“Well defensively I feel they’re playing outstanding,” Brees began cheerily, before his tone turned more measured. “Offensively I don’t think they have an identity right now. We know who Alvin...
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Walker: Resilient Saints coming home after much needed victory

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Fifteen years after U2 and Green Day sang about it, it's happening again.

"The Saints are coming ..."

Coming back home to New Orleans, the place they have been away from for the past month after evacuating from Hurricane Ida and having to set up shop in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

They've flown from Dallas to Jacksonville, Florida, and back. Then from Dallas to Charlotte, North Carolina, and back.

Then this week from Dallas to Foxborough, Massachusetts, where they secured a much-needed 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots before finally getting a much-needed plane ride back to...
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3 Takeaways From the Saints Victory Over the Patriots

  • News source: Brendan Boylan
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Following a dismal performance in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, the New Orleans Saints (2-1) bounced back in Week 3, defeating the New England Patriots (1-2) in Foxboro by the score of 28-13.

In the victory, the New Orleans defense picked off Patriots quarterback Mac Jones three times, including one pick-six. The Saints running back Alvin Kamara led the way, collecting over 100 scrimmage yards and scoring the game's opening touchdown.

Below are my three takeaways from the Saints second victory of the 2021 NFL Regular Season.

A New Era of the Saints' Offensive Attack

For 15...
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Forecast: Saints Survived the Chaos of September

  • News source: New Orleans Saints - WWL TV
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NEW ORLEANS — The famous pro wrestler Ric Flair once said about himself, “Whether you like it or not, learn to love it, because it's the best thing going.” He might as well have been talking about the 2021 New Orleans Saints' new formula for winning games.


The Saints defeated the New England Patriots 28-13 and for the second time in 3 weeks relied on incredible defense, running the football, and avoiding turnovers to get a victory. It's very different from the past 15 years of efficient high-flying offense with Drew Brees that we are used to. Sean Payton even put the cherry on top of...
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Jeff Duncan: These Saints know exactly who they are and how they can win

  • News source: BY JEFF DUNCAN | SPORTS COLUMNIST
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The formula has been established.

Suffocating defense.

Timely special teams.

And an efficient, don’t-beat-yourself, ground-based offense.

This is how the 2021 New Orleans Saints are going to win games this season. More accurately, this is how the Saints must win games this season. Because this is who they are. And just know that three games into the season, the Saints know it.

The Saints found their identity in a dominant 28-13 win against the New England Patriots here on a spectacular fall afternoon at Gillette Stadium. The only thing more impressive than the...
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How the Saints found their mojo to bury New England with a brilliant 4th quarter drive

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The fans have returned to give NFL stadiums a pulse, and you could feel it start to quicken at Gillette Stadium early in the fourth quarter.

The New England Patriots had just scored their first touchdown of the game, a magnificent 22-yard throw and catch from Mac Jones to Kendrick Bourne. It was the type of play that was perfect for the moment. New Orleans Saints rookie corner Paulson Adebo was in great position, but the Patriots receiver simply beat him to the ball and yanked it away for the score. Similarly, the game felt like it was slipping out of the Saints hands...
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Twitter reactions to Saints' victory over Patriots in Week 3

  • News source: John Sigler
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Not many people picked the New Orleans Saints to beat the New England Patriots this week. Not NFL experts (two-thirds of whom predicted a Patriots win at home), not sports bettors (most of whom sided with New England), and not even me, having learned my lesson after calling for a Saints win last week (they lost) and a loss the week before (which they won, of course).

But the range of reactions was wide on Twitter. Here are what fans, analysts, and media outlets across the NFL landscape had to say about the Saints’ big 28-14 win:
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What they're saying nationally about the Saints after their win over the Patriots

  • News source: New Orleans Saints - WWL TV
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NEW ORLEANS — The Saints took down the Patriots 28-13 in Foxborough behind a dominant performance from their defense. They picked off rookie Mac Jones three times and sacked him twice.

"I think we're starting to see that we're the strength of our team. And we're going to have to play big in order for our team to have success. And that is just the identity and the formula that seems to be working for us," Saints Malcolm Jenkins said.
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LeCompte: Saints win the turnover battle, put the game away with a 7-minute plus drive

  • News source: New Orleans Saints - WWL TV
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Well after being on the road for 29 days the Saints will be coming back to New Orleans with a win. They defeated the Patriots today 28-13 in Foxborough.

The Saints did this on all fronts. They were more physical, they beat them in the turnover battle and they were offensively efficient when they needed to be.

First, let's talk about the turnovers. Sean Payton threw a stat out all weekend long that the patriots are 108-7 at home under Bill Belichick when they win the turnover battle.

The Saints won the turnover battle 3-0 today. That included a pick-six by Malcolm Jenkins to start the...
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Different Saints team looking good after bounce-back victory

  • News source: Les East
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These New Orleans Saints are different.

They’re different from their predecessors that have won the last four NFL South titles.

In fact they’re different than any other Saints team since Sean Payton became head coach before the 2006 season.

It’s too early to tell just how good they are, though the solid 28-13 victory at New England on Sunday is likely far more indicative of what they ultimately will be than either the atrocious 26-7 loss at Carolina last week or the nearly flawless 38-3 win against Green Bay in the opener was.

This team is different.

Being different isn’t inherently...
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Jameis Winston says throwaway-turned-TD was 'all God'

  • News source: John Sigler
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The most unique play of the game in the New Orleans Saints’ dominant road win wasn’t supposed to happen. With few open throwing windows and a New England Patriots defender wrapped around his legs, Jameis Winston flung the ball away in hopes of sending it out of bounds to buy another down. On the other end of the field, away from Winston’s sightline, a penalty flag signaled a Patriots holding penalty.

But he didn’t put enough juice behind it, and the ball fell within the field of play just close enough to Marquez Callaway for the second-year Saints wideout to secure it for six points. As...
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Malcolm Jenkins gets another Pick 6 in Gillette Stadium, pushes career total to 7

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Malcolm Jenkins made a visit to the Gillette Stadium end zone for the second time of his 13-year career in Sunday's 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots.

His latest came on the first play of the third quarter when he reeled in a Mac Jones pass that bounced off tight end Jonnu Smith and raced 34 yards for a score.

But this wasn't the most memorable pick 6 for Jenkins in this stadium. That distinction would belong to the one he had in 2015 when playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jenkins intercepted Tom Brady that day and sprinted 99 yards for a touchdown.

"Oh, yeah, you don't...
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Kenny Stills makes his first catch in a Saints uniform since 2014

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Playing in his first game in a New Orleans Saints uniform since the 2014 season, receiver Kenny Stills did not take long to make his presence felt.

Less than five minutes into the game, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston stepped up into a clean pocket and saw Stills snap off his downfield route into a soft spot in the Patriots defense.

Winston drilled the veteran receiver, who picked up 17 yards on the play to set the Saints up at the New England 26. Five plays later, New Orleans scored the first points of the game on a touchdown pass from Winston to Alvin Kamara...
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Saints Defense leads the way in 28-13 win over Patriots

  • News source: New Orleans Saints - WWL TV
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NEW ORLEANS — The Saints took down the Patriots 28-13 in Foxborough behind a dominant performance from their defense. They picked off rookie Mac Jones three times and sacked him twice.

To start the game the Saints defense forced three straight three and outs.

After a rough game against the Panthers last week Jameis Winston and Alvin Kamara bounced backed with stellar performances.

Kamara scored the first points of the day on an 11-yard pass from Winston.

P.J. Williams got the first interception of the game with under three minutes left before halftime. Williams returned it to the New...
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Saints Edge Patriots 28-13 with a Defensive Masterclass

  • News source: JR Ella
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The ecstasy of victory lasted all but one week for the Saints after a 38-3 demolition of the Green Bay Packers. The following week, the Saints were humbled in a 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers. At 1-1, New Orleans was eager to try and take the bad taste from Charlotte out of its mouth as it traveled to Foxboro to play the 1-1 New England Patriots.

The Saints started the first half against the Patriots showing the energy that had seemingly left their collective body against Carolina. After New Orleans took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, it held Mac Jones and the New England attack at...
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