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    Saints ace first half of season, now must pass tough test in trap game vs. Bengals

    Advocate Staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER By Rod Walker | The Advocate In case anyone needs a reminder, the New Orleans Saints hit the road and play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Who could blame you if you almost forgot? After all, Sunday's road game in Cincy is sandwiched smack-dab in the...
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    Keepin' it under 100: Saints' run defense continues to hold opponents in check

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate The streak is now 16 games, the length of an entire NFL season. That's how long it's been since the New Orleans Saints have allowed an opposing rusher to go for more than 100 yards in a game. You have to go all the way back to Nov. 19, 2017, when Washington...
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    Saints' red zone defense still a concern for Sean Payton

    By Rod Walker Despite his team having the NFL's longest winning streak and a splendid 7-1 start to the first half of the season, Saints coach Sean Payton says there is still room for improvement. One area in particular, the team's red zone defense, remains a glaring weakness to Payton. He...
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    8 is enough? Saints hope so as they look to put blemish on Rams' perfect season

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Rod Walker | The Advocate This time a year ago, New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith was playing on an undefeated team. So Smith, a member of UCF's perfect season last year, knows all too well how determined opposing teams can be...
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    Saints present game ball to Marcus Williams after win over Vikings

    (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) By Rod Walker | The Advocate Marcus Williams walked out of the visitors' locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday clutching a football. It was the game ball, presented to him after the Saints' 30-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. It was Williams' return to...
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    Saints defense comes up with two big plays to help get past nemesis Vikings

    (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) By Rod Walker | The Advocate MINNEAPOLIS — This time, there was no last-second miracle to save the Vikings. The defense wasn't about to let this one slip away, despite a first half when it looked like the Saints' defense wouldn't give them a chance. This time, the...
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    Vikings' home field advantage stout defense presents tough challenge for Saints

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate Playing against the Vikings defense is always tough. Having to do it in Minnesota can be even tougher. The Saints have won just three times in the 17 games they have played in Minnesota. That includes a regular season and playoff loss during the 2017 season. The...
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    Saints rally for rare win against Ravens, extend winning streak to 5

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate BALTIMORE — Drew Brees got his 500th career touchdown Sunday. But more important, he got win No. 1 against the Ravens. Finally. It's been a long time coming. Thanks to a fourth-quarter rally and a missed extra point by Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker with 26...
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    Saints practice squad addition Shane Wynn gives team fourth Glenville High alum

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate The pipeline from Glenville High School to the New Orleans Saints continued on Tuesday when receiver Shane Wynn was added to the practice squad. Wynn is the fourth Glenville alum on the team, joining Ted Ginn Jr., Marshon Lattimore and Justin Hardee from the school...
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    Saints' Justin Hardee makes most of Monday night opportunity with first career interception

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate Justin Hardee hadn't intercepted a pass since his senior year at Glenville High School in Cleveland. So to finally get another one, seven years later, on such a grand stage — the Saints' 43-19 Monday night victory over the Washington Redskins — is a moment Hardee...
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    Walker: Despite best attempts to deflect attention, Saints' win over Redskins was Drew Brees' night

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate Drew Brees tried his best all week to deflect the attention away from the record. Then, moments before Engine, Engine No. 9 ever got rolling Monday night, he tried yet again as he delivered one of his fiery pre-game speeches to his teammates. "Tonight, it's about...
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    For Drew Brees, it had to start somewhere. In depth on the 7-yarder that kicked things off

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate Terrell Fletcher caught the very first one. Little did Fletcher, or the guy who threw the pass to him, know that it was the start of a record-setting journey. The play — the first completion of Drew Brees' career — went for 7 yards, just a small fragment of the...
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    Why not? Everything in place for Saints to have Super Bowl season

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate The final scene would resemble a script from a fictional Hollywood movie, almost too good to be true for every Saints fan. It's Feb. 3, 2019. Gayle Benson, standing in the midst of falling confetti, raises the Lombardi Trophy in the air, just like her husband Tom...
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    Justin Hardee hungry to be special on more than just Saints' special teams

    By Rod Walker Justin Hardee approaches special teams a lot like he approaches life. He knows it isn't always easy, although he often makes it look like it is. He knows it requires some sacrifice. And it doesn't come with a whole lot of attention or fanfare. But Hardee is a firm believer...
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    Mr. Friendly: Saints' nice guy Jayrone Elliott aims to become next Glenville High alum on roster

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate Jayrone Elliot can't really help it. It's just who he is. It's why he earned the nickname "Mr. Friendly" during his playing days at Glenville High School in Ohio. He earned that name off the field by how he treated his peers. He earned it on the field by how he...
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    14 wins and counting for Saints rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith after pre-season opener

    By Rod Walker It was just a preseason game. But for Tre'Quan Smith, the New Orleans Saints' 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars still counts. It's why one of Smith's assistant coaches at Central Florida sent him a text message after the victory. "14-0," the message read. Smith, who...
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    Walker: It's still early, but Marcus Williams MVP of Saints training camp so far

    By Rod Walker The plan wasn't to write about Marcus Williams for the second time in two weeks. But Williams has made it pretty difficult not to. Through nine practices — the midway point of the 18 training camp sessions scheduled for Metairie — Williams has been the MVP so far. At least...
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    Walker: It's still early, but Marcus Williams MVP of Saints training camp so far

    By Rod Walker The plan wasn't to write about Marcus Williams for the second time in two weeks. But Williams has made it pretty difficult not to. Through nine practices — the midway point of the 18 training camp sessions scheduled for Metairie — Williams has been the MVP so far. At least...
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    Little big man: Zachary High alum Boston Scott relishing opportunity with Saints

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate It's been a little over three months since the 504 number popped up on Boston Scott's cell phone. Scott was in the car, having just finished a birthday lunch at a Baton Rouge hibachi restaurant with friends and family. He had turned 23 years old the day before...
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    With dog-eat-dog mentality, Saints safety Marcus Williams is ready to make it to next level

    By Rod Walker The second-year safety used the word "past" six times during the first two minutes. The "past" is where Williams has buried his miscue that buried the Saints' season six months ago. Surely it hasn't been easy though. There have been plenty of reminders of the "Minnesota...


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