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    Drew Brees turns in vintage performance to break NFL passing yards record, lead Saints over Redskins

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate Drew Brees saw it before the rest of the Superdome, reached back and let fly, and as the ball spun through the air, the crowd saw it too, saw Tre'Quan Smith running all alone down the right sideline and started to buzz even louder in realization that history...
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    Manti Te'o out, Marcus Davenport questionable as Saints injury report clears

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate A lot of big names made an appearance on the New Orleans Saints injury report this week. But it looks like all of them will play. While linebacker Manti Te'o will miss his second consecutive week due to a knee injury, rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport...
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    Manti Te'o returns, Ted Ginn Jr. only Saints player held out practice

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was the only Saint who did not practice on Wednesday. Ginn has been battling a knee injury,but he has not missed any game time. Linebacker Manti Te'o, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury, returned and practiced on...
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    Saints' star Terron Armstead is playing like one of the best left tackles in football

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate Injuries have been a part of Terron Armstead's story with the New Orleans Saints for so long that a few pockets of the fan base seem to have forgotten why the gifted left tackle is so important in the first place. When Armstead was playing hurt, he was...
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    First Look: Redskins defense will be best Saints have faced so far

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate WHEN: 7:15 p.m. WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome TV: ESPN RADIO: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; en español: WGSO-AM, 990; WVDU-FM, 97.9 RECORDS: New Orleans 3-1; Washington 2-1 COACHES...
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    Anticipation builds for Drew Brees' next record, but Saints focused on beating Washington

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate Drew Brees told reporters on Sunday that he's trying to keep his pursuit of the NFL's all-time passing yards record from becoming a bigger deal than it already is. His head coach agrees. While ESPN spends the week touting Monday night's game against the...
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    Mark Ingram's airport return brings a jolt of energy for Saints

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate The sight of Mark Ingram standing outside of security at the New Orleans airport on Sunday night added an extra layer of celebration to the Saints' third straight win. Ingram adds a back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher to an already-potent Saints offense. He's...
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    Blossoming Saints running game now gets Mark Ingram back

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When the Saints landed in New Orleans in the middle of the night on their way back from dismantling the New York Giants on Sunday, the final piece of their offensive puzzle was waiting for them on the other side of security at the...
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    Snap Counts: Saints turn to P.J. Williams to replace Patrick Robinson in nickel

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New Orleans Saints had a couple of options after losing nickel back Patrick Robinson to a broken ankle last week. Frustrated by problems in coverage and suddenly missing one of their most reliable cover men, the Saints could have...
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    Alvin Kamara, Saints defense ground Giants into pulp in 33-18 road win

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For the first time this season, there were no heart-pounding theatrics in the final minutes for the Saints. New Orleans was in control of this game nearly from start to finish. Backed up by the first solid wire-to-wire performance...
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    Sean Payton: NFL's controversial roughing the passer emphasis needs 'consistency from crew to crew'

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate The NFL finds itself under fire in the early weeks of the season for the league's emphasis on roughing the passer, which has produced 34 flags for the infraction through the first three weeks of this season, as opposed to 16 a year ago. Of those calls, the...
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    Lengthy list of Saints, including Alvin Kamara, limited due to injury as Tyeler Davison returns

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate The wear and tear of the NFL season is starting to take its toll on the New Orleans Saints. Running back Alvin Kamara (knee), defensive end Cameron Jordan (biceps) and wide receiver Cameron Meredith (knee) were added to the injury report. All three were...
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    Drew Brees named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after thrilling win over Falcons

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate Drew Brees is playing like he's frozen in time, or at least aging far slower than anybody other than Tom Brady. Brees has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 43-37 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Brees threw...
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    Saints will handle task of replacing Patrick Robinson on 'week to week' basis

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate The New Orleans Saints signed Patrick Robinson this offseason to fill a specific role. Now that Robinson is on injured reserve after suffering a broken ankle against the Falcons on Sunday, the Saints have to find a way to replace him. New Orleans shifted...
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    Drew Brees breaks NFL record for completions; Terron Armstead calls QB 'greatest of all time'

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate ATLANTA — One of the NFL's most hallowed records looms larger and larger on the horizon for Drew Brees, the man set to take over as the NFL's all-time passing leader. While he's on his way to the big prize, Brees broke another major NFL passing record on...
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    For Saints, another blocked punt vs. Falcons -- even if New Orleans wasn't trying for it

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate ATLANTA — A Falcons punter is never safe in a game against the New Orleans Saints. Steve Gleason's iconic blocked punt against Atlanta in the Saints' first game back after Hurricane Katrina is memorialized in a statue outside the Superdome. Michael Mauti...
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    Why Saints-Falcons early-season game has relatively high NFC South stakes

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate A game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons always carries a little something extra. But this Week 3 matchup between the two teams could end up being pivotal down the road. New Orleans and Atlanta both opened this season regarded as...
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    Saints receiver Michael Thomas smashing records as he tries to make up for sudden ball-security issues

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate Michael Thomas put a title to his third NFL season on his Twitter account earlier this week. No Record Is Safe Tour, Vol. 3. The first two stops on the tour have lived up to the advanced billing. One week after setting a franchise record against Tampa Bay...
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    Fourth-quarter comeback by Saints avoids disaster in heart-stopping win over Browns

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate The New Orleans Saints narrowly averted disaster on Sunday. Punchless on offense for most of the day, New Orleans spent most of the day trailing a Cleveland Browns team that hasn't won a game since Christmas Eve of 2016. Then Michael Thomas and Marcus...
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    No pressure: Saints have a long history of success against NFL's best edge rushers

    By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate By lore and acclamation, Von Miller and Khalil Mack are arguably the two best edge rushers in the NFL right now. Ezekiel Ansah, Jason Pierre-Paul and Vic Beasley are all in the next tier, capable of tearing apart a team's game plan on any given day. All of...


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