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Aug 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in the second half against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Seth Dunlap
September 04, 2019 - 6:10 pm
The NFL is a copy-cat league, as the old addage goes. When one franchise finds success with an outside-the-box approach, most other franchises typically try to emulate it. When Peyton Manning and Tom Brady began orchestrating their offenses with a barrage of pre-snap adjustments, those offenses...
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Seth Dunlap
September 03, 2019 - 7:34 pm
A couple of clicks into any sports website this time of year and you’ll find what that platform describes as the definitive ‘power rankings’ of every NFL team. They’re inescapable, and everybody from ESPN to a place appropriately called Football Absurdity will have them. That process of ranking all...
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Chris Miller
September 03, 2019 - 2:01 pm
LSU stays put at sixth in the first AP Top 25 since the college football season began. Also firmly cemented in place are Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Michigan. No top 25 teams lost this week, except for Oregon, who lost to Auburn. The Ducks slipped to 16 and the Tigers...
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Aug 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Darnell Sankey (44) and defensive back T.J. Green (36) tackle Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) during the second half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Seth Dunlap
August 30, 2019 - 12:52 am
"Are you not entertained?" One of the most famous lines in cinema history , shouted by Russel Crowe's Maximus Decimus Meridius towards a once-bloodthirsty but now-silent mob after dispatching a legion of gladiators in arena combat. Perhaps the National Football League should adopt those words as...
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Aug 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Butler (17) runs past Miami Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer (24) on a touchdown play during a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Seth Dunlap
August 29, 2019 - 11:55 pm
The preseason is officially, mercifully, over for the New Orleans Saints after their 16-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Five weeks of practice, four games, and endless meetings and film study will now culminate in the team chopping down the roster to 53 players, the...
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Chris Miller
August 29, 2019 - 10:52 am
ESPN loves having its analysts rank things, probably just to try and create some buzz. So it is likely to cause some hubbub in the Who Dat Nation when they hear that ESPN analyst Kevin Seifert thinks Bill Vinovich is the best referee in the NFL. It was Vinovich's crew that missed pass interference...
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Jul 28, 2019; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Butler (17) catches a pass during training camp at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.
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Seth Dunlap
August 28, 2019 - 7:29 pm
Projecting the initial 53-man roster for any NFL team is a futile exercise. Not only is it hard to get a real read of how coaches are judging players, there's also the complicating factor of a deluge of newly available players on the open market. As teams across the league start whittling down...
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Aug 9, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) and quarterback Drew Brees (9) and running back Alvin Kamara (41) stand on the sidelines in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdom
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Seth Dunlap
August 27, 2019 - 7:25 pm
In a now-tradition — yes, two years is enough to describe it as such — I polled New Orleans Saints fans on Twitter to get their thoughts on some of the biggest questions facing the team heading into the regular season. From position battles as roster cut-downs loom, to thoughts on a possible...
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Aug 9, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) on the bench in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Seth Dunlap
August 24, 2019 - 11:39 pm
The Saints first-team offense finally saw the field together in the preseason. It was a short stay for the group, but an effective one. An eight-play opening drive that took just 3:08 was all Drew Brees & Co. needed to march into the end zone against a beleaguered-looking Jets defense. It was...
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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles for yards as New York Jets linebacker Harvey Langi (44) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium.
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Seth Dunlap
August 24, 2019 - 11:06 pm
Your father's NFL this is not. That true-ism was on full display at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey as the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets played a preposterously penalized 60 minutes of preseason football. If the Saints 28-13 win was a regular season dress rehearsal, let's hope the understudies...
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