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    Saints putting Cowboys' game in rearview mirror, looking to finish season strong

    Advocate Photo by STEPHEN LEW By Rod Walker | The Advocate Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was referring to his own team Thursday night. But his statement could have applied to the team in the much quieter visitors' locker room at AT&T Stadium as well. "I really think this bunch is going...
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    David Onyemata's breakout performance, including 3 sacks, bodes well for Saints' solid front

    Advocate Photo by STEPHEN LEW By Rod Walker | The Advocate As soon as the play was over, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was greeted by teammate Sheldon Rankins, who met him facemask-to-facemask while holding up three fingers. Onyemata had just bulldozed Dallas left guard...
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    Saints fall 13-10 to Cowboys, winning streak snapped at 10

    Advocate Photo by STEPHEN LEW By Rod Walker | The Advocate ARLINGTON, Texas — The streak is over. The New Orleans Saints, who for the past 10 weeks looked downright invincible, all of a sudden came crashing back to reality Thursday night at AT&T Stadium. A usually high-octane offense was...
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    Inside Drew Brees' pregame speeches: Saints QB 'puts fire in your eyes,' teammate says

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate The speech typically lasts no more than 30 seconds. Sometimes Drew Brees knows what it will be when he wakes up on game day. Other times, it doesn't hit him until he's on his way to the stadium. But 45 minutes before kickoff, he's ready to deliver it, like a...
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    Saints vs. Cowboys first look: Scouting Dallas on offense, defense, special teams

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys in Week 13 When: 7:20 p.m. Thursday Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas TV: Fox 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...
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    Saints' SMU connection makes return to old Dallas stomping grounds Thursday night

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate Chris Banjo raised his voice before answering the question, just to make sure the Ohio State alums on the New Orleans Saints roster could hear him. "I would like to say we are the glue of the locker room," Banjo said with a laugh. The "we" the Saints safety was...
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    Zeke vs. Streak: Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott provides latest test for Saints stingy run defense

    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) By Rod Walker | The Advocate Saints safety Vonn Bell got a chance to see Ezekiel Elliott every day in practice during their playing days together at Ohio State University. A "Buckeye brother for life," Bell calls him. So Bell knows all too well the tall task at hand...
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    Saints brace for crowd noise, bells and whistles of Jerry World

    By Rod Walker | The Advocate Saints defensive end Alex Okafor has played in AT&T Stadium twice. The first time was in the Big XII championship game when he played at the University of Texas and the other was during his second NFL season with the Arizona Cardinals. So Okafor knows all too well...
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    Sack 'em, stack 'em: Cam Jordan continues to rack up sacks and climb Saints' all-time list

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Rod Walker | The Advocate Cam Jordan didn't fire back with one of his usual quick-witted one-liners this time. The mention of the name of the late Will Smith, whom Jordan tied for fourth on the Saints' all-time career sacks list Thursday night...
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    Ball-hawking Saints defense forced 7 turnovers in a 5-day span

    Advocate staff photo by LESLIE GAMBONI By Rod Walker | The Advocate As Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan walked off the field after the play Thursday night, he glanced up at the giant Mercedes Benz Superdome video board to watch a replay. Moments later, the television cameras caught Ryan...
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    Saints defense feasts on Falcons, leads way in Thanksgiving night victory

    Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON By Rod Walker | The Advocate The NFL's top scoring offense didn't light up the scoreboard Thursday night in quite the record-setting pace it had done the past three weeks. Drew Brees and company didn't have to. The Saints' defense had their back...
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    Plenty to be thankful for as streaking Saints gear up for Thanksgiving showdown vs. Falcons

    (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) By Rod Walker | The Advocate Ideally, Marshon Lattimore wouldn't want to spend his Thanksgiving playing football. "You want to be with your family eating Thanksgiving dinner," Lattimore said. "I would rather sit home and watch it." But on...
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    Saints staying grounded, hungry for more despite all their success this season

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Rod Walker | The Advocate Don't let the swagger — and yes, the Saints have plenty of it — fool you. They sometimes dance on the sideline, much to the delight of Who Dat Nation. The defense collectively poses for pictures after creating a turnover...
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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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