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1 (20)  Brandin Cooks WR
2 (58)  Stan Jean-Baptiste CB
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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: What to Watch Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 09:06 AM

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The Saints' Achilles heel on the road has been the turnover margin.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a late interception against the Detroit Lions last week, virtually sealing the loss. It's been a common pattern in road losses dating back to last year.

But the Saints finally seem to be closing the gap on the negative turnover margin.

The Saints have forced five turnovers in the last two games after forcing only two in the first five weeks.

The Saints have insisted that turnovers come in bunches. And perhaps that's the case at this point.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' punishing ground game established roots in Carolina Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 09:04 AM

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Charlotte, N.C. -- Not often can a silver lining be found on the day a team loses the NFC South title on a last-second drive.

The Carolina Panthers became division champs with a 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 16 last season. Carolina's victory completed a near-impossible turnaround for the Panthers, who started 1-3 as the Saints opened 5-0 in 2013.

No one in the Saints' locker room that afternoon wanted to hear about the positive aspect of an otherwise brutal day.

Yet, through the dreary conditions and gloomier outcome Dec. 22, 2013, at Bank of America, the Saints took their first step in resurrecting a running game that never really existed much last season.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints using wide receivers more; Panthers pesky vs. Sean Payton-led team: First and 10 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:59 AM

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Charlotte, N.C. -- Here are 10 tidbits leading into the New Orleans Saints' matchup with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium:

1. Increasing WR involvement

The Saints passing game involved the team's top three wide receivers more in the past two games than we've seen the rest of the season. It's a byproduct of the injury to tight end Jimmy Graham, and yet should keep opposing defenses more cautious within the pass coverages.

Brandin Cooks, Marques Colston and Kenny Stills combined for a season-high 14 receptions in the Week 7 win over Green Bay for 200 receiving yards, including a Cooks 50-yard touchdown reception. Colston, Stills and Cooks chalked up 13 catches for 237 yards with a Stills 46-yard TD grab along the way.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' Pierre Thomas, David Hawthorne, Austin Johnson out vs. Panthers Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 08:58 AM

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Charlotte -- New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas, linebacker David Hawthorne and fullback Austin Johnson are out for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Tight end Jimmy Graham, running back Khiry Robinson, linebacker Kyle Knox and center Jonathan Goodwin are listed as questionable.

For the Panthers, tackle Byron Bell, cornerback Bene' Benwikere, wide receiver Philly Brown and running back Fozzy Whittaker are out.

Safety Thomas DeCoud and defensive tackle Kawann Short are questionable.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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After win and quick rest, New Orleans Saints hurry to work for showdown at Carolina Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-28-2014 10:35 AM

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The New Orleans Saints won't be celebrating or puffing out their chests this week after Sunday night's big win over the Green Bay Packers.

There's no time.

When Saints center Zach Strief woke up Monday morning, still sore from the game, the clock was ticking -- 83 hours until the Saints (3-4) kick off at the Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) on Thursday night.

Basking in the glories of the win -- or dissecting mistakes, for that matter -- won't be possible.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Saints' ground game, creating turnovers set tone for short week Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-28-2014 10:30 AM

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The New Orleans Saints have virtually no time to enjoy their 44-23 crushing of Green Bay before hitting the road Thursday night to Carolina with a shot to grab first place in the NFC South.

On today's edition of Black and Gold Today, sports reporter Rachel Whittaker breaks down the keys to the Saints successfully rebounding from heartbreak at Detroit and climbing to 3-4.

First, we examine Mark Ingram's career high 172 yards rushing on 24 carries, propelled by a great offensive line, and secondly, winning the turnover battle convincingly on their home turf. Plus, you'll hear from coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees on carrying this momentum forward.

By Rachael Whittaker / Times-Picayune

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Saints fans make impact, but Sean Payton demands more Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-28-2014 10:27 AM

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton wasn’t about to let up after one big performance.

On the fans.

Payton was surprisingly dismissive when asked for his reaction to the crowd noise inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after the Saints’ 44-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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New Orleans Saints again find primetime magic with 44-23 rout of Green Bay Packers Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-27-2014 11:08 AM

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The New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers' matchup on Sunday night had all the makings of a shootout: two high-powered offenses, two struggling defenses.

It was billed to be a game that would be decided by whatever offense had the ball last. But the Saints' primetime magic struck again.

Thanks to a few key performances from their defense, the Saints (3-4) extended their primetime home winning streak to 12 games. The Saints pulled away from a halftime tie to defeat Green Bay, 44-23, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

By Katherine Terrell / Times Picayune

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Mark Ingram runs for career-high 172 yards in Saints' best rushing performance since 2003 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-27-2014 11:00 AM

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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram set a career record with 172 rushing yards in Sunday night's victory over the Green Bay Packers.

The performance was the best by a Saints running back since Deuce McAllister in 2003 and represented, Ingram said, everything the New Orleans offense could be.

Nearly 40 percent of the Saints' 495 total yards came on the ground in the 44-23 victory over Green Bay.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints know Sunday night vs. Packers is 'a big one' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-25-2014 02:55 PM

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Technically, Sunday night's matchup against the Green Bay Packers (5-2) is not a "must-win" game for the New Orleans Saints (2-4). In terms of making the playoffs, next Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers (3-3-1) means more.

But in terms of soothing hurt wounds and salvaging pride, it means everything. Even more so now that the Saints will be playing their second Sunday night game after losing to the Dallas Cowboys, 38-17, earlier in the season.

"I think it is a prideful thing," said Saints quarterback Drew Brees. "Any time you play on prime time you are the only game on television and it is an honor to be chosen in that slot. You certainly feel like you want to kind of back up the reason for them putting you on."

By Katherine Terrell / Times Picayune

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New Orleans Saints fullback Erik Lorig focused on 'getting better every day' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-25-2014 02:52 PM

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New Orleans Saints fullback Erik Lorig has two full weeks of practice under his belt since returning from an ankle injury suffered in August, but it's not clear when he'll make his debut.

The Saints (2-4) play the Green Bay Packers (5-2) on Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

"I'll be there," Lorig said in an interview this week.

But will he play?

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Drew Brees nominated for Week 7 FedEx Air Player of the Week Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-21-2014 06:40 PM

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has earned a second nomination this season for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week award after the Saints' 24-23 loss Sunday at Detroit.

Before throwing one deadly interception late in the fourth quarter, Brees completed 28 of 45 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns (a 46-yarder to Kenny Stills and a 13-yarder to Austin Johnson).

The two other nominees are Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who broke Brett Favre's all-time record for touchdown passes in throwing for 318 yards and four touchdowns vs. San Francisco, and Colts QB Andrew Luck, whose 344 yards and two touchdowns helped Indianapolis crush Cincinnati, 27-0.

By Rachael Whittaker / Times-Picayune

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Pierre Thomas out 2-3 weeks with shoulder injury, per report Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-21-2014 06:36 PM

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New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas left Sunday's game vs. the Detroit Lions with an injury, and on Monday coach Sean Payton would not comment on Thomas' injury or any other injured player.

However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted early Tuesday morning that Thomas will be sidelined 2-3 weeks due to a shoulder injury that occurred in the loss to the Lions.

Thomas' agent Lamont Smith said he could not confirm or deny the report.

By Julie Boudwin / Times-Picayune

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Late implosion overshadows positives in New Orleans Saints' loss at Detroit: Film Study Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-21-2014 06:18 PM

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Sean Payton pointed to the turning point of the "Motown Meltdown" in the New Orleans Saints' 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions as the failed coverage in the secondary resulting in 73-yard touchdown reception by Golden Tate.

It's certainly where the implosion commenced. It wasn't the end-all, be-all of the distressing loss in Week 7. Breakdowns on both sides of the football, as well as a questionable call or two, spurred the demise of the Saints in Detroit.

The horror is painful to watch, so readers' discretion is advised:

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Even with shocking loss to Detroit, Saints still very much alive in NFC South Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-21-2014 05:50 PM

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After seven weeks of the 2014 NFL season are almost complete, the New Orleans Saints sit in the 11th spot in the NFC in the playoff race. They are 2-4 after a comeback loss to the Detroit Lions stunned them after their bye week. Even though they are so far back from the six teams that make it into the playoffs from each conference, they're far from out of the race.

The Saints have to figure out their problems and they need to fix them even faster. At 2-4, they could find themselves out of the playoffs by the halfway point of the season. Still, there is a way they're staying in the hunt and it is due to the poor play of the rest of the NFC South.

The Carolina Panthers currently sit atop the division, but they are a mere one game ahead of the Saints. After winning their first two games, the Panthers have gone 1-3-1 in their last five. The most recent loss in week seven was a huge blowout to the Green Bay Packers.

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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Anatomy of a meltdown: How an ugly 5 minutes at Detroit sent Saints' season back to the brink Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-19-2014 07:24 PM

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Detroit -- Yes, there was that Drew Brees interception, an uncomfortably familiar part of the New Orleans Saints' fourth loss of the season on Sunday at Ford Field.

But the source of the ugly meltdown that led to the Saints' 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions goes beyond just Brees.

All of the Saints' problems that appeared to be vanquished -- and a few new ones, too -- emerged in the final minutes, sending the Saints (2-4) to their seventh consecutive regular-season road loss.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Mike D's Top 35 Picks for the 2015 NFL Draft- October version sponsored by @thibodauxreg
Posted On 10-18-2014

Mike D's Top 35 Picks for the 2015 NFL Draft- October version
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By Mike Detillier

1. Leonard Williams- Defensive Tackle, USC

2. Andrus Peat- Offensive Tackle, Stanford

3. Brandon Scherff- Offensive Tackle, Iowa

4. Randy Gregory-Defensive End, Nebraska

5. Marcus Mariota-Quarterback, Oregon

6. Amari Cooper-Wide Receiver, Alabama

7. Cedric Ogbuehi- Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M

8. Vic Beasley-Outside Linebacker, Clemson

9. Marcus Peters- Cornerback, Washington

10. Dante Fowler, Jr.-Outside Linebacker, Florida

11. Shilique Calhoun- Defensive End, Michigan State

12. Shawn Oakman- Defensive End, Baylor

13. Connor Cook- Quarterback, Michigan State

14. Trae Waynes- Cornerback, Michigan State

15. Landon Collins- Strong Safety, Alabama

16. Todd Gurley- Halfback, Georgia

17. Shaq Thompson- Outside Linebacker, Washington

18. Leonard Floyd- Outside Linebacker, Georgia

19. Jalen Strong- Wide Receiver, Arizona State

20. Ereck Flowers- Offensive Tackle, Miami (Fla.)

21. Ty Montgomery- Wide Receiver, Stanford

22. Devil Funchess- Wide Receiver/Tight End, Michigan

23. Melvin Gordon- Halfback, Wisconsin

24. P.J. Williams-Cornerback, Florida State

25. Benardrick McKinney- Inside Linebacker, Mississippi State

26. Shane Ray- Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Missouri

27. Spencer Drango- Offensive Tackle, Baylor

28. Sammie Coates- Wide Receiver, Auburn

29. Kevin White- Wide Receiver, West Virginia

30. La'el Collins- Offensive Tackle, LSU

31. Alvin Dupree- Defensive End, Kentucky

32. Dak Prescott- Quarterback, Mississippi State

33. Arik Armstead- Defensive End, Oregon

34. A.J. Cann- Offensive Guard, South Carolina

35. D'haquille Williams- Wide Receiver, Auburn

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1. NFL teams feed off the energy, focus and proper frame of mind from their head coach. NFL coaches are the face of each team. Just take a look at the NE Patriots with Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh, Rex Ryan with the NY Jets, Chip Kelly with the Philadelphia Eagles, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay, Mike McCoy in San Diego and Sean Payton in New Orleans.

Every team and head coach in the NFL goes through a period in which their squad is in a mental funk and the head coach has to snap that team back in the right mental frame and mood. Right now the Saints are not playing with any energy or sense of urgency.

Sean Payton knows his team needs a jump-start and now it is up to him to get this team back in the "winning" groove. And that comes one game at a time. Can't worry about Game #7, Game #10 or playoffs.

It's cliche, but it is true, it is one game at a time. Focus and get your team ready mentally and emotionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Coaches Motto: At any level players have to feel you are a part of them and they are a part of you.

It is indeed a crucial moment in 2014 for Sean Payton this week to snap this team out of their funk.. In a line from the movie "Moonstruck" in which Cher slaps Nicholas Cage and utters the line, "Snap out of It."- We are at that moment today.

2. Always a big believer in that "pressure" breaks the football pipe and the NO Saints defensive front have not gotten much of a sniff of a pass rush in 2014.

In the first 4 games this season the Saints have recorded 5 QB. sacks. Last year after the first 4 games the Saints racked up 12 QB. sacks.

The NFL is built around throwing the ball and for the Saints defense to come around they need to find that pass rush element and fast. Only 5 turnovers in the last 15 games, including two playoff games, reflects their lack of a pass rush early on in 2014.

That minus-6 in the giveaway/takeaway stat in 2014 is huge today.

3. Current NFL offensive coordinator on Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

"I have a lot of respect for Rob (Ryan), but like...

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