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Sean Payton appreciates analytics, but 'I kick myself' for not trusting intuition

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been one of several play callers to really embrace analytics in 2018, and often to great results. Payton acknowledged the success that trusting the numbers has brought him on Pro Football Talk Live this week, but also made it clear that he feels there have been situations where he may have been better-served by sticking to his gut

“I kick myself for two or three different situations in that game [against the Dallas Cowboys], not handling them the right way. We have...

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Saints fueled by loss; Texans focused; Aaron Donald's drive

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By Herbie Teope |

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints had extra days to absorb a 13-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on "Thursday Night Football" in Week 13.

Players were off through the weekend before returning to work in preparation for a rematch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated New Orleans in Week 1. But don't look for revenge to play a role in the Saints' mindset heading into Sunday.

Instead, they'll be hoping to rinse away the bitter taste left in their mouths by the loss to the Cowboys with a refocused effort in Week 14.

"To me, that game pretty much put fire under me to make sure we win this game," cornerback...

There is no love lost between Marshon Lattimore and Mike Evans, but no extra motivation either

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By Luke Johnson, | The Times-Picayune

Marshon Lattimore had a succinct answer when he was asked if this week of preparation has been any different for him.

“No,” Lattimore said.

No extra motivation for the New Orleans Saints cornerback to get another shot at Mike Evans, after the Buccaneers wide out had an excellent day against Lattimore in the Week 1 matchup, no burning desire to redeem himself, none of that stuff.

In that first game of the 2018 season, Lattimore followed Evans around the field and the Buccaneers standout receiver frequently got the better of Lattimore. He...

A victory on Sunday would be history-making for New Orleans Saints

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Goal No. 1 remains in the New Orleans Saints’ line of sight, even more clearly defined than when they were entering the Dallas game because then, they needed a little help.

A victory against Dallas needed coupling with a Carolina loss in order for the Saints (10-2) to win the NFC South Division title for the second consecutive year, and clinch their playoff berth. When the Saints tripped up against the Cowboys, in a 13-10 loss that was their lowest-scoring game since a 16-11 road loss to Tampa Bay on Dec. 11, 2016, it didn’t matter that the Panthers also lost...

Saints tackle Terron Armstead ruled out for game against Bucs

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

The Saints aren't rushing Terron Armstead.

The offensive tackle has been ruled out for Sunday's game with a pectoral injury. Jermon Bushrod is expected to start in his place.

New Orleans did not have any other player with a game status. Michael Thomas, who missed Wednesday's practice, participated in full again on Friday. ...

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Saints' P.J. Williams returns to native Florida, looks to continue building on best season

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

P.J. Williams is treating it just like any other game.

Never mind that he'll be in Tampa, just 90 miles from his hometown of Ocala, Florida.

Never mind that he'll be going up against his college teammate and friend, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

Never mind that he grew up a huge fan of the Bucs, rooting for guys like Warren Sapp, Mike Alstott and Ronde Barber and others as 9-year old kid when they won Super Bowl XXXVII.

"It doesn't mean much now, because I'm far from a fan now," Williams said. "I don't think about playing the team that I liked growing...

An Unpleasant, But Not Terrible, Week For The Saints

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By Mike Bayham | The Hayride

I know it’s been a hard week with the Saints losing last Thursday to the very annoying Dallas Cowboys in a game that many boasted was going to be a wipeout.

The Black and Gold went into the contest with all the swagger that the Apollo Creed went into his match with Ivan Drago.

All that was missing was Michael Thomas dancing on to the blue star midfield in Carl Weathers’s sequined Uncle Sam get up.

But when time expired it was the Saints lying prone on the mat with the Black and Gold faithful looking like Mrs. Creed.

Aside from the Saints’ sack happy defense, the loss at Jerry World...

Buccaneers-Saints Injury Report Dec. 7: Bucs Will Be Without DeSean Jackson, Two Safeties

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Carmen Vitali | Staff Writer |

The Buccaneers will see some shifting in their secondary as both Isaiah Johnson and Justin Evans have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Coach Koetter said Friday that the Bucs will be dressing nine defensive backs but didn’t say specifically which positions would make up those nine. You’ll likely see players stepping into different roles to account for the injuries to the safety group. The good news is that cornerback M.J. Stewart looks like he could play for the first time in weeks and there is a chance, though slim, that cornerback Carlton Davis could join him.

With the rash of...

Cowboys' Jaylon Smith fined $26K for helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints' Alvin Kamara

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By Cody Benjamin | CBS Sports

Jaylon Smith may not have been penalized for his hit of New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara in Week 13, but the NFL came down on the Dallas Cowboys linebacker for his helmet-to-helmet tackle this week.

As ESPN's Todd Archer reported Friday, Smith has been fined $26,739 for his Nov. 29 hit, which forced Kamara onto the sidelines after a third-down stop by the Dallas defense.

Kamara was visibly dazed after the collision, using smelling salts to come to his senses at one point. And the hit was an obvious helmet-to-helmet infraction, with Smith launching full speed into the area of Kamara's head at...

When the Saints lose and there's nobody to blame but yourself

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By Chelsea Brasted |

Before the Saints and the Cowboys kicked off in Arlington, Texas, I mulled over my choices for how to spend that fateful Thursday evening. It was the first game of the year that I’d be able to spend with friends or at a local bar, having spent every other Saints game working.

But there was something about Dallas that gave me pause. Sean Payton and the rest of the black and gold were riding high, cockily strutting into end zones as Drew Brees continued crushing records. My dad isn’t from New Orleans, but he raised me a Saints fan through some pretty tough years, so...

Saints preparing for heavy rain and wind in Tampa Bay

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By John Sigler | Sportswire

The New Orleans Saints may play in the sheltered Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but they’re no strangers to coping for the elements outside. They’re actively taking precautions ahead of this week’s road trip to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where a 100 percent chance of rain is expected for Sunday. Saints head coach Sean Payton acknowledged that in his Thursday conference call before practice, saying certainly, “It doesn’t look like it’s going to rain. It’s going to rain.”

Payton has prepared his team for road games in rough weather before, but they’ve been fortunate to host more games in the Superdome than they’ve had to travel for. This week, they’ll be...


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