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PFT’s Thanksgiving Day picks

Thanksgiving Week usually entails all game picks for the weekend being published on Wednesday. After doing that for the last eight or nine years, I finally realized that it’s indeed possible to break the picks article into two parts. And so we did. The picks for the trio of Thanksgiving games appear below. Last week, [more]

Jim Schwartz not surprised that the Saints were targeting Sidney Jones

Embedded with the Saints on Saturday night, Peter King of Football Morning in America learned that the New Orleans offense had one primary objective against the Eagles. “Our emphasis in this game is to run at 22 [cornerback Sidney Jones],” Saints coach Sean Payton told his players the night before the game. “He’s coming off [more]

Drew Brees on verge of winning first league MVP award

Drew Brees holds several major NFL passing records. By any measure, the Saints quarterback is one of the best players in NFL history. But while Brees has made 11 Pro Bowls, only once has he earned first-team All-Pro. That year, 2006, Brees’ former teammate, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, gained 2,323 yards from scrimmage and [more]

Marcus Davenport limited in Saints practice

Rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport is moving closer to a return to the Saints lineup. Davenport has missed the last three games due to a toe injury and did not take part in practices before returning for a limited session on Tuesday. Davenport was listed as limited on Monday as well, but that was just [more]

NFC playoff picture: Rams’ win keeps them ahead of the Saints, for now

The Rams won Super Bowl 52.5 on Monday night, and as a result they remain the top seed in the NFC playoff picture. But that may not be the case for long: The Rams have a half-game lead over the Saints, but with the Rams on their bye, the Saints can tie it up this [more]

Michael Thomas is having a season like no other wide receiver ever

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is justifiably getting plenty of recognition as an MVP candidate this season. But Brees shouldn’t overshadow a teammate who’s having a historically great season. That teammate is Michael Thomas, who is having a season like no other wide receiver has ever had. So far this season, Thomas has been targeted on [more]

Saints wanted to put the game on Carson Wentz

Some teams try to take away what an opposing offense does best. For the Saints on Sunday against the Eagles, the goal was to force their best player to do it all. “We want to put the game on [Carson] Wentz,” Saints coach Sean Payton told Peter King for his Football Morning in America column. [more]

Tre’Quan Smith “so happy” he’s earned Drew Brees’ trust

The Saints took a couple of dips into the veteran wide receiver pool over the last two weeks and Tre'Quan Smith going untargeted while playing 50 snaps against the Bengals seemed to hint at why the team was interested in Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall. Neither of those players was in the lineup against the [more]

Sean Payton defends fourth quarter TD pass: You could still lose when up 31

The Saints were beating the Eagles 38-7 in the fourth quarter when they went for it on fourth down and threw a 37-yard touchdown pass. But New Orleans coach Sean Payton says he wasn’t running up the score. Payton said he just called the play that made the most sense on fourth-and-6 with 13:15 left [more]

Sunday was “definitely frustrating” for Carson Wentz

Sunday’s game was a rough one all around for the Eagles as they were on the wrong side of a 48-7 final score in New Orleans, but it was a particularly bad outing for quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz was 19-of-33 for 156 yards and three interceptions, which adds up to a career-low 31.9 quarterback rating [more]

Drew Brees: I feel really good right now

The Saints won their ninth straight game on Sunday and they did it in convincing fashion. The Eagles were in town and wound up losing 48-7, which is the biggest loss that any defending Super Bowl champ has ever experienced. There were plenty of stars for the Saints in the win, but the top of [more]

Just give the Saints the Super Bowl trophy

During Sunday’s historic splattering of a Super Bowl champion by the Saints, I joked on Twitter that the Eagles should be required to surrender their Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans. Eagles fans either didn’t get the joke, or they didn’t appreciate it. Regardless, the Eagles have been vanquished in their quest to repeat, and the [more]

After allowing touchdown, Malcolm Jenkins flipped off Sean Payton

The Eagles were losing badly to Malcolm Jenkins‘ former team, so after he was beaten for a 37-yard touchdown by Alvin Kamara on fourth-and-seven, the safety gave Saints coach Sean Payton the finger. And not the index finger, indicating the Saints are the best team in football, something the Eagles said after last season. NBC [more]

Thomas Morstead has a busy day with two punts

Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara were doing a joint video interview when they pulled punter Thomas Morstead into it. “This is the best punter in the league,” Kamara said, via Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune. “And he don’t even punt,” Ingram chimed in. Morstead punted twice Sunday against the Eagles. He had [more]

Saints crush Eagles 48-7 for ninth straight win

The Eagles were the last team standing in the NFC last year, but their chances of making it back to the playoffs took a serious shot on Sunday from the team that’s looking like it might just be the favorite to be the conference’s No. 1 team this time around. The Saints jumped out to [more]

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