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New Orleans Saints
Last week: 16 (-1)
Net points per drive: 0.14 (12th)
DVOA: -1.3% (15th)
Weighted DVOA: 1.5% (14th)
The Saints still remain mathematically alive for a playoff spot at 6-8 off a huge blowout home win and now they head to Dallas, where the Cowboys really struggle as home favorites and really struggle in December under Tony Romo (generally). With a home game week 17 against the Panthers, they should finish 8-8, but they’ll need a lot of help to make the playoffs and I don’t think they’ll get it.
QB Drew Brees: 26 of 39 for 307 yards and 4 touchdowns, 3 thrown away, 1 spike, 117.1 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 9 of 41 drop backs (1 sack, 4 of 8, 2 thrown away)
RB Mark Ingram: Rushed for 90 yards (67 after contact) and a touchdown on 14 attempts, 5 broken tackles
LG Ben Grubbs: Didn’t allow a pressure on 44 pass rush snaps, run blocked for 8 yards on 4 attempts
WR Joe Morgan: Caught 2 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown on 3 attempts on 13 pass snaps, 3.5 YAC per catc...
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There is some speculation that Sean Payton could go to another NFL team, but many Saints players believe he'll be back.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes that Saints DE Will Smith and LB Jonathan Vilma are the “most likely veterans to be released” as the team will have to begin shedding some salary during the upcoming offseason.
Triplett adds that both players could end up renegotiating their salaries to remain with the team.
As of now, New Orleans projects to be $16 million...
Six weeks ago, The Cowboys were imploding and the Saints were nervous as the real possibility floated out there that they could lose their suspended coach Sean Payton to a Dallas team on the verge of another disastrous season.
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(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) Saints punter and kickoff specialist Thomas Morstead prepared for the 2012 season as if it would be his audition for a new contract.
When he unexpectedly received a lucrative extension as training camp began, the pressure was off in some respects. That, however, didn't change Morstead's approach, and he now finds himself poised to set NFL...
New Orleans Saints (6-8) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
The Cowboys entered December at 6-6 after a rough month of November, traditionally a strong month for them, and it looked unlikely that they would be unable to choke again this December, mostly because there would be nothing to choke away. However, after two straight wins, they are at 8-6 and in control of their own destiny, which...
Regardless of the allure the Dallas Cowboys or some other franchises might have for a coach a successful who commands top dollar, Drew Brees cannot envision Sean Payton coaching anywhere but New Orleans next season.
Brees said he does not believe money is what motivates Payton as much as the pride he takes in what he has built with the Saints, and the desire to parlay his accomplishments...
This week's game between the New Orleans Saints (6-8) and the Dallas Cowboys (8-6) could take many twists and turns with both teams playing some of their best football of the season.The Saints are coming off of a Week 15 41-0 dismantling of NFC South division rival Buccaneers, while the Cowboys pulled off a 27-24 dramatic overtime win against the Steelers.The past five games...
The NFC East has been tight all season and the final two weeks are shaping up to be interesting to say the least. Right now, the Redskins and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III lead the division with two games to play. As you’ll see in our week 16 playoff picture, it’s conceivable that two teams wind up at 10-6 and into the playoffs but I think when the dust settles the Dallas...
The Dallas Cowboys have become notorious in recent years for making costly mistakes with the game on the line. Tony Romo has consistently established himself as a quarterback who can never seem to win the big game, but he and his teammates have shown some uncharacteristic resiliency this season.
As John Machota of the Dallas Morning News pointed out, the Cowboys have scored an average...
It’s another must win game for the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, as they face off against the New Orleans Saints. As always, the name of the game when playing the Saints is shutting down Drew Brees. Brees has thrown for over 4,300 yards and 36 touchdowns so far on the season, but his completion percentage [...]
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It's been my mantra this week as I plowed through statistical nuggets, play-by-play accounts and reviewed game tape from Week 15. We had great hope for the first week of the fantasy playoffs with a number of marquee matchups on the slate. Many of those matchups ended in blowout fashion with an extraordinary number of our would...