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Brees, Saints rest after a promising, memorable start

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By Brett Martel - AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees, perhaps only half joking, explains that fatherhood and having a son who is highly critical of his living room passing accuracy, is what has kept the Saints‘ record-setting quarterback sharp as he’s approached his 40th birthday.

“My kids are what make me be better,” Brees began, describing how his son, Callen, likes to make diving catches on the couch. “He always tells me I am not throwing it in the right place. … He wants like the outstretched catch on the corner of the couch. They are my toughest critics. They keep me honest.”

And accurate.

When Brees became the NFL’s all-time leader in yards...

Week 5 NFL power rankings: Saints settle in among league elites

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints’ big win on Monday Night Football won over the few remaining doubters in Week 5’s NFL power rankings. Many outlets already viewed New Orleans as one of the league’s best teams, but now it’s unanimous that the Saints sit among the top three or four squads; along with the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and New England Patriots. Here’s a roundup of what national writers are saying about the black and gold.
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Old and new: Saints rookies break out on Drew Brees' big night

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- Monday night was all about the old vet, Drew Brees, giving one of the best performances of his 18-year career while breaking the NFL record for career passing yards.

But the young guys had a pretty awesome night, too.

Rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport and rookie receiver Tre'Quan Smith had breakout performances during the New Orleans Saints' 43-19 rout of the Washington Redskins -- a promising sign for a 4-1 team on the rise heading into the Week 6 bye.

The Saints didn't get much quantity out of this year's draft class, having already cut...

Mark Ingram is close to owning Saints rushing records

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram looked fresh off of his four-game suspension, posting up 53 yards and two scores on the ground in his 2018 debut. Those numbers aren’t too flashy on the surface, but they carry huge ramifications later on down the line. He’s gaining more ground on Saints legend Deuce McAllister’s franchise records.

McAllister set the bar for every Saints running back to play after him with 6,096 career rushing yards and 49 touchdowns. If not for Ingram, those records would have lasted for years to come; the only other players to come close were Pierre Thomas (3,745 yards and 28 scores) and Reggie Bush (2,090 yards and 17...

As health progresses, so do Saints WR Cameron Meredith's reps

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

Cameron Meredith was the middle target in a trio of New Orleans Saints receivers sprinting into the deep portion of the Redskins' zone coverage.

Drew Brees found Meredith right at the top of his drop, and it was no wonder why. It looked to be a perfect play call, as Meredith was running free and open with his teammates eating up the coverage to his left and right. Brees underthrew him a tad, just enough to make sure he did not overthrow an open receiver.

Forty-six yards, first and goal. Up to that point, it was the longest pass play of the season for the Saints, and for Meredith, it was another little mile marker to cross off on...

Details on Teddy Bridgewater's contract with Saints

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Details have been reported on New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s September contract restructuring, courtesy of Nick Underhill of the Advocate. Before we get too deep into the weeds on this, know that it is not a contract extension for Bridgewater; he is still on schedule to be a free agent in March 2019. But there are some things to be learned from this. ...


As we learned last month, Bridgewater agreed to redo his deal, freeing up...

Saints' Cameron Jordan 'irritated' by missed sack chances

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By Christopher Dabe - | The Times-Picayune

Cameron Jordan has five sacks in five games this season, and yet the New Orleans Saints' All-Pro defensive end has reason to be bothered by his production, he said Wednesday (Oct. 10) while on the Jim Rome Show.

According to Jordan, he could have another three sacks over the last three weeks against the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants and Washington Redskins. He said he missed a chance to sack the Falcons' Matt Ryan "late in the game" in addition to what he felt were missed sack chances against Eli Manning and Alex Smith over the last two weeks.

"I'm really irritated at myself," said Jordan, who has...

Why this is Drew Brees' best shot to win another Super Bowl

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees didn't just break the NFL passing yardage record Monday night. He did it with his foot slammed down on the gas pedal.

Sure, the New Orleans Saints' 39-year-old quarterback relished every moment of his record-breaking night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, eyes welling up with tears as he shared the love with teammates, family members and the home fans.

And sure, his football immortality is now intact -- as if it wasn't already. Forget "first-ballot" Hall of Famer. They should just hand Brees his gold jacket and bronze bust the day he retires and...

Saints run defense came up big in Washington win

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

Sheldon Rankins knew the statistical line off the top of his head.

The Redskins, who came into Monday (Oct. 8) ranking No. 5 in the NFL in rushing yards per game (137.7), managed just 39 yards on 18 carries against the New Orleans Saints.

After reeling off those numbers verbatim, Rankins said, "Anytime you can hold a really good rushing team to a game like that, you're going to do great."

Indeed, that was the case in the Saints' blowout win. It started by making a future Hall of Famer a non-factor.

Adrian Peterson, who spent the first four weeks with the Saints last season, was off to a tremendous start...

Saints film room: How New Orleans' front 7 made it happen against Washington

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Imagine someone telling you two or three years ago the front seven was going to be the strength of the Noew Orleans Saints' defense soon, and that the front seven would help them win games instead of preventing them from winning games.

It would sound nuts, right? It was even a little staggering to hear defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins talk about the group believing it could be one of the best in the NFL after Monday’s 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins. Not because they didn’t play well — they did, and it was apparent.

But with so much history it can sometimes be hard to...

Saints' Marcus Davenport shows improvement in win over Washington

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport had his most impactful performance of his rookie season in Monday's win over Washington.

The first-round pick had three tackles, one for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defensed in the game, and it's becoming clear that he could be a boon for the Saints defense if his growth continues.

"He's improving each week," coach Sean Payton said after the game. "I was pleased with some of the plays he made tonight. There's some things that we'll continue to work on."

Payton said there's isn't a timeline that would indicate when Davenport will have put...

Grading the New Orleans Saints' electric performance vs. Washington

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By Jeff Duncan | | The Times-Picayune


Drew Brees put on an epic aerial show, lighting up the Redskins' previously top-ranked pass defense for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Brees threw as many touchdown passes as incompletions (three) and was on step ahead of the Redskins defense all night. And he was inclusive, as always. He completed passes to nine receivers, including a batted ball to himself. Taysom Hill added some solid work in the short-yardage rushing attack and scored the first touchdown of his NFL career. Hard to find fault with anything on this night.

Grade: A

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Deion Sanders: Saints should trade for Patrick Peterson

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By John Sigler | Saintswire


The New Orleans Saints are rolling into their bye week at 4-1, but a Pro Football Hall of Famer thinks they can still get better. Deion Sanders, one of the greatest to ever do it, aired his wish for the Saints to add Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson during his 21st & Prime segment on NFL Network. ...

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Saints secondary stepped up after Marshon Lattimore injury. 'We keep everybody ready'

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

This had a chance to take a bad turn for the New Orleans Saints.

Early in the first quarter, Marshon Lattimore and A.J. Klein converged on Washington receiver Maurice Harris. Harris ducked low to avoid the shot from Klein, and Lattimore's helmet caught the full force of the linebacker's shoulder pad.

The Saints' top cover corner left the field and did not return, having suffered a concussion on the play. The final 54 minutes and change would be up to the less heralded -- and, in one case, completely untested -- members of the secondary.

"We keep everybody ready," defensive back P.J. Williams said. "We practice situations like...

Drew Brees named NFC offensive player of the week after record night

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By Christopher Dabe, | The Times-Picayune

Drew Brees is the NFC offensive player of the week for the second time this season and the 22nd time since he joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006.

Brees completed 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and became the NFL's career leader in passing yards Monday in a 43-19 victory against the Washington Redskins.

The NFL announced the weekly honor Wednesday (Oct. 10).

Brees previously was the NFC offensive player of the week two weeks ago after he threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in an overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons...

Saints snap counts: Tre'Quan Smith steps up with Ted Ginn out

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints have mixed up their wide receiver usage for much of this season, but in Week 5, rookie Tre'Quan Smith was the clear No. 2 option.

Smith played 44 of 66 offensive snaps (67 percent), which was a career high by a significant margin. With the extra playing time, Smith had a monster game with three catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns, including the 62-yard touchdown that made quarterback Drew Brees the NFL's all-time leading passer.

Smith earned extra playing time with Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) missing the game. The Saints view Smith as their second best option on deep routes, so it...


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