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It's Saints vs. Rams in NFC Championship; kickoff time, channel for rematch at Superdome

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) celebrates a play in the second half of the divisional round of the NFC playoff game abasing the Philadelphia Eagles in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

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Another week, another rematch as the Saints continue their march toward Atlanta and Super Bowl 53.

After a come-from-behind 20-14 victory over the reigning champion Philadelphia Eagles, they have set up another date with the Los Angeles Rams. New Orleans beat the Rams 45-36 in a Week 9 showdown earlier this season.

The Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys 30-22 in their own divisional round matchup.

The rematch will get the earl-game treatment on Sunday, Jan. 20. Kickoff will be at 2:05 p.m. on Fox. ...

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Bears “cautiously optimistic” Mitchell Trubisky will play this week

  • News source: Josh Alper
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It looks like Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is going to be back in the starting lineup this week.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy said at his Wednesday press conference that the team is “cautiously optimistic” that Trubisky’s left shoulder injury has recovered to the point that he’ll play against the Saints. Trubisky was injured in Week Four and did not play in the team’s Week Five loss to the Raiders.

For his part, Trubisky said that he feels “close” to 100...
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Some MVP odds have changed dramatically

  • News source: Mike Florio
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On Tuesday, we pointed out some of the new favorites in the revised MVP odds generated by the folks at Westgate. Beyond the guys now among those considered most likely to win it are some interesting developments, and a few intriguing potential wagers.

First, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson‘s odd stand at 50-1, down from 100-1. At 50-1, it feels like a great bet. If he can stay healthy (and maybe that’s why the odds are 50-1), Jackson can definitely get votes...
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Saints drop below unbeaten 49ers in this week’s power rankings

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Week 7 of the NFL regular season is almost upon us. Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (change from last week’s ranking is in parentheses)
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Saints P Thomas Morstead wins 2nd NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead brought home his second NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award after his monster outing against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

Five of Morstead's six punts landed inside the Jaguars' 15-yard line. And the sixth punt sailed 46 yards to the Jacksonville 30-yard line. His six punts averaged 41.8 yards.

This is his second weekly accolade from the league and his third overall.

Morstead won his first NFC Special...
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Thomas Morstead named NFC special teams player of the week

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Being the punter for the Saints can be a lonely job when Drew Brees is dealing.

In their star quarterback’s absence, Thomas Morstead is making plays.

The Saints punter was named NFC special teams player of the week for the second time this year.

He landed five of his six punts inside the 20, and averaged 41.8 yards net and gross against the Jaguars.

Morstead was also named NFC special teams player of the month for September.
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Andrus Peat continues to thrive as versatile offensive lineman

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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Andrus Peat has been a key component of the winning formula for the New Orleans Saints.

Groomed to be an NFL offensive lineman by his father Todd Peat, Andrus had an extra edge in becoming a success. Todd played six years in the NFL with the Cardinals and Raiders during the late ’80’s and early ’90’s.

Ironically, the younger Peat didn’t play peewee football but hit the ground running when he arrived in high school.

“Once I started playing, I watched film with my...
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Saints cornerback P.J. Williams suspended two games

  • News source: CCS Staff
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The Saints will be without their cornerback P.J. Williams for the next two weeks via suspension. He is sidelined or violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse.

The 26-year old Williams pled guilty to reckless operation of a motor vehicle from an incident in January when he was pulled over and originally charged with driving while intoxicated.

The Saints will turn to either veteran corner Patrick Robinson or rookie C.J. Gardner-Johnson to replace...
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Alvin Kamara has a 'high ankle-type issue' but might play vs. Bears, report says

  • News source: Staff report
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Alvin Kamara is hopeful to play Sunday vs. the Chicago Bears, but the New Orleans Saints running back is dealing with a a "high ankle-type issue," according to an report.

The injury will limit Kamara in practice this week, the report says.

Saints coach Sean Payton said after Sunday's win against Jacksonville that Kamara had a swollen ankle going into the game, and he also tweaked his knee during the first quarter.

Kamara played through the ailments, seeing...
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Report: Alvin Kamara has “high ankle-type issue”

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Saints running back Alvin Kamara has a “high ankle-type issue” that will limit him in practice this week, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Kamara still has hope of playing Sunday against the Bears, Pelissero adds.

The Saints added Kamara to the injury report Thursday. He was limited that day and didn’t practice Friday, earning a questionable designation.

Kamara played 39 of 66 offensive snaps against the Jaguars.

He had 11 carries for only 31 yards and seven...
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Saints CB Williams gets two-game suspension

  • News source: - New Orleans Saints
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New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams -- who has started five of six games this season -- has been suspended for the next two weeks of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Williams was arrested on a drunken-driving charge in January but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle in August.

Williams has two passes defensed, a sack and 18 tackles this season. He has three interceptions in four NFL seasons...
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New Orleans Saints P.J. Williams suspended two games

  • News source: Don Kellum
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New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams has been suspended by the NFL for weeks 7 and 8. Field Yates broke the new on Twitter.

An NFL spokesperson released a statement earlier as well, saying in part, “The suspension begins immediately. Williams will be eligible to return to the Saints’ active roster on Monday, October 28, following the team’s Week 8 game vs. Arizona.”

The incident in question occurred in January of this year when Williams was arrested for...
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Saints CB P.J. Williams suspended for 2 games after pleading guilty to reduced charge in DWI arrest

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams has been suspended for the next two games of the season for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse, the NFL announced on Tuesday.

Williams will miss the games against the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals. His suspension begins immediately. He can return to team activities on Monday, Oct. 28.

The suspension stems from Williams' DWI arrest in January, three days after the NFC Championship...
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P.J. Williams suspended for two games

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints defense will be shorthanded for the next two weeks.

Cornerback P.J. Williams has been suspended by the league for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Williams was arrested in January and booked on charges of booked on charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding, failing to use turn signals and improperly using a traffic lane. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Williams was ordered to...
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Video: Tyrone Hughes at New Orleans QB Club

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Sean Payton: Ultimately I think we’ll be dealing with full-time officials

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Officiating has been the talk of the NFL after Monday night’s game between the Lions and Packers was impacted by a couple of controversial penalties called on Lions defensive lineman Trey Flowers.

That comes on the heels of many weeks of discussion about pass interference replay reviews and the apparent unwillingness of the league to overturn calls on the field. Saints head coach Sean Payton is a member of the Competition Committee that recommended adopting the...
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