Archive for the ‘New Orleans Saints’ Category

Vikings’ win means Eagles must wait for homefield advantage

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Eric Kendricks had an interception return for a touchdown, Case Keenum passed for 236 yards and two scores, and the Minnesota Vikings clinched the NFC North title with a 34-7 victory over the depleted and disinterested Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon combined for 37 touches and 242 yards from scrimmage for the Vikings (11-3), who were given quite the reprieve on the schedule a week after their eight-game winning streak ended at Carolina in the last of three consecutive road trips.

Newton throws 4 TDs; Panthers spoil Rodgers’ return 31-24

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Cam Newton proved the Carolina Panthers can win in multiple ways. After dominating opposing teams on the ground with three straight 200-yard rushing games at home, the Panthers turned to their 28th-ranked passing game on Sunday and took a big step toward reaching the postseason. Newton threw for 242 yards and four touchdowns, and the Panthers spoiled Aaron Rodgers' return from a broken collarbone with a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Jets announce they’re leaving star DE Muhammad Wilkerson home from road game

Friday, December 15th, 2017

When the New York Jets signed defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson to a five-year, $88 million deal in 2016, they surely expected a better return on investment than they’ve received. Wilkerson has been a regular problem for the Jets lately, and they seem done with him. Coach Todd Bowles said Wilkerson will be left home when the Jets travel to play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Brees, Saints aim to rebound vs. Jets

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Drew Brees isn't having the statistical blockbuster of a season that he has been accustomed to, but the New Orleans Saints quarterback likes the trajectory of a young team that does not have to rely on his heroics every week to outscore an opponent. The Saints (9-4) will host the New York Jets (5-8) on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and Brees is hoping to shake off the disappointment of throwing an end zone interception in the final two minutes of a 20-17 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 7. The Saints have had 10 days to rest up and prepare for the Jets, who have played opponents closely but will have to go with backup quarterback Bryce Petty, a third-year player but rare starter out of Baylor.

Falcons look to keep rolling vs. Bucs

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

For the Atlanta Falcons, there are no complicated math equations or exotic tiebreakers to consider. If the Falcons (8-5) win out in their last three games -- beginning with Monday night's visit to Raymond James Stadium against the slumping Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) -- they will win the NFC South title. Atlanta, which resides one game behind the New Orleans Saints (9-4) and the Carolina Panthers (9-4) in the NFC South standings, put itself in striking position by winning four of its last five games.

Fan sues Saints, wants refund over protests during national anthem

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

A season-ticket holder has sued the New Orleans Saints, requesting a refund of his ticket costs and attorneys' fees because of players who kneel before the national anthem at home games and sat during the anthem before a Week 3 road game. The fan, Lee Dragna, says in his lawsuit that he bought the tickets for the "entertainment and intellectual enjoyment" of himself and his family and that he never would have bought them if he had known that players would "use Saints football games as a platform for protests." The suit says Dragna has not attended a Saints home game since Week 2. The Saints declined to comment, saying they had turned the matter over to their legal department.

Fantasy Football defense rankings: Saints good streaming option in Week 15

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

With Josh McCown’s season over due to a broken hand, the previously pesky New York Jets are turning to Bryce Petty at quarterback. The switch makes the New Orleans Saints a prime streaming opportunity in Week 15. Our gurus stack all the defenses. 2017

Saints season-ticket holder suing team; wants refund after player protests

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Angered by players protesting police brutality and racial inequality during the playing of the national anthem, one New Orleans Saints season-ticket holder is suing the team. Lee Dragna of Morgan City, La., is seeking reimbursement of his ticket cost, around $8,000. The New Orleans Advocate reports that Dragna filed a lawsuit in Louisiana’s 24th Judicial District Court on Monday, demanding a refund for his tickets plus legal fees, claiming the protesting players have prevented he and his family from enjoying the games.

Saints coach Sean Payton calls NFL hire of former whistleblower ‘unbelievable’

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton expressed his astonishment on Twitter after Fox Sports reported Sunday that former Saints whistleblower Mike Cerullo now works for the NFL office. Cerullo, a former defensive assistant for the Saints, provided key evidence to the NFL to kick-start its bounty investigation against the team in 2011, and the Saints dismissed him as a "liar" with a grudge against them for being fired. Cerullo spent the past several years as Princeton's director of football operations before being hired by the league as a director of football administration this past summer. NFL spokesman Michael Signora said Cerullo works closely with senior vice president of

Biggest NFL injuries of Week 14

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Here are the most significant NFL injuries in Week 14: Thursday Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: New Orleans lost half of its dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield when Kamara took a shot to the helmet and staggered off with a concussion during the first offensive possession against the Falcons. He missed the remainder of the game, and is in the concussion protocol, so his Week 15 status remains up in the air. Mark Ingram took over a greater share of the backfield duties with his teammate out of action. Kenny Vaccaro, S, New Orleans Saints: Vaccaro exited Thursday's game against the Falcons, and did not return, due to a groin injury. His availability for Week 15 remains in question. Senio Kelemete,