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Saints didn’t get back to New Orleans until 4:00 p.m. CT

Saints didn’t get back to New Orleans until 4:00 p.m. CT

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 3, 2013
As the Saints loaded up the buses at CenturyLink Field after Monday night’s 34-7 loss at Seattle, the team learned that their plane had a problem. Which meant the Saints had a big problem. Stuck in Seattle for the night, they had to scramble to find hot…
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  • To win division, Panthers likely need to sweep Saints

    To win division, Panthers likely need to sweep Saints

    profootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2013
    Yes, the Saints and Panthers currently are tied atop the NFC South, with four games left to play — two of which will be played against each other. Assuming New Orleans otherwise beats the Rams and Bucs and Carolina otherwise beats the Jets and Falcons, …
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  • More Alford part of Atlanta youth movement

    More Alford part of Atlanta youth movement

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2013
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The youth movement is in full force for the 3-9 Atlanta Falcons. Both defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter made such clear when they talked about utilizing a few rookies over the final four games.…
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  • Saints' Week 13 snap counts

    Saints' Week 13 snap counts

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2013
    A look at the New Orleans Saints’ snap counts from their 34-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night: OFFENSE (60 snaps) Quarterback – Drew Brees 57, Luke McCown 3 Tight end – Jimmy Graham 53, Benjamin Watson 21, Josh Hill 14 Receiver – Marques Co…
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  • Seahawks clinch, six others have Week 14 playoff scenarios

    Seahawks clinch, six others have Week 14 playoff scenarios

    profootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2013
    By beating the Saints on Monday night, the Seahawks became the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Six more teams have a chance to clinch in Week 14. The Broncos clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday, or a loss or tie by either the Dolphin…
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  • What the media are saying about the NFC South

    What the media are saying about the NFC South

    nola.com Dec 3, 2013
    Former Saints and current Bucs linebacker Jonathan Casillas set to end another season on IR
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  • Drew Brees: We’ll see the Seahawks again and play better

    Drew Brees: We’ll see the Seahawks again and play better

    The Seahawks’ Monday night win over the Saints makes it almost certain that Seattle will have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. But New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees isn’t ready to concede that winning in Seattle in January is going to …
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  • PFT Live: Justin Tuck, Seahawks talk with Curtis Crabtree

    PFT Live: Justin Tuck, Seahawks talk with Curtis Crabtree

    profootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2013
    The Seahawks are 11-1 and on a clear path to home field advantage in the NFC playoffs after throttling the Saints on Monday night, which is a good place to kick things off on Tuesday’s PFT Live. Curtis Crabtree of PFT and KJR in Seattle will join Mike F…
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  • Another Saints game, another small earthquake in Seattle

    Another Saints game, another small earthquake in Seattle

    profootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2013
    Nearly three years ago, Seahawks fans created a small earthquake while celebrating the legendary postseason touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch. On Monday night, the needle of the seismometer was moving, again. Via the Seattle Times, the 22-yard fumble retu…
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  • Saints’ Seattle layover brings back a bad memory for the Steele…

    Saints’ Seattle layover brings back a bad memory for the Steelers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2013
    Hopefully, Drew Brees stayed away from any punching bags last night. In response to the news that the Saints were stuck in Seattle by plane trouble after Monday night’s 34-7 drubbing, a league source provided a reminder that, 32 years ago, a similar sit…
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  • My notes on Saints from MNF for Rivera

    My notes on Saints from MNF for Rivera

    ESPN.com Dec 3, 2013
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The tree trimming went faster than expected, so I wrote down a few observations from Seattle's 34-7 Monday night victory over New Orleans that Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera may or may not find useful as he prepares for the Saints…
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  • ... And They're Deep, Too

    ... And They're Deep, Too

    CNNSI.com Dec 3, 2013
    Seattle may be the NFL's best, as evidenced by its rout of the Saints. Here's why the 'Hawks are truly scary.
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  • Video - New Orleans Saints prefer to stay home 01:50

    New Orleans Saints prefer to stay home

    Dec 3
    Over the last two seasons, the New Orleans Saints are .500 on road. The key for the Saints to turn around their road record is not falling behind, Willie McGinest says.
  • Video - How the Panthers defense was built 00:57

    How the Panthers defense was built

    Dec 3
    Charley Casserly explains how the Carolina Panthers' defense became such a formidable front through the draft and an emphasis on stopping the run.
  • Video - Can the  Carolina Panthers ride the riverboat to be NFC South champs? 02:29

    Can the Carolina Panthers ride the riverboat to be NFC South champs?

    Dec 3
    Jamie Dukes and Brian Baldinger debate if the Carolina Panthers can overcome their offensive struggles in time to carry them past the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 and ultimately to an NFC South title.
  • Video - NFL Nation Buzz: Buccaneers 00:26

    NFL Nation Buzz: Buccaneers

    Dec 3
    ESPN Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas says Tampa Bay must take measures to revive its running game when the Bills visit Sunday.

Sports Columnists

  • Clayton's mailbag -- Injured offensive stars create void for several teams

    Dec 3
    Clayton's mailbag: Injuries to offensive stars have significantly impacted the play and fortunes of several contenders.
  • Don Banks: Examining the coaching hot seat as NFL enters the stretch run

    Dec 3
    By the time December and the final quarter of the NFL's regular season arrives, one of the league's annual exercises begins in earnest -- the coaching hot seat watch. In a bit of an oddity, for the second year in a row there have been no head coaches fi…
  • The Tuesday Mailbag

    Dec 3
    Nobody saw Seattle 34, New Orleans 7 coming. That’s because the Saints are good, and because so many Seahawks we didn’t know vaulted into America’s living room Monday night with superb performances, driving home the point safety Earl Thomas used as his …