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Thoughts and takeaways from Michael Thomas landing on injured reserve

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How was the offense different with Taysom Hill at QB? How will it change with Drew Brees coming back? Here are 3 key areas

The Saints aren’t all the way back. Yet. But Drew Brees is playing Sunday against Kansas City, which is a big step toward the Saints being who they’re supposed to be. The quarterback will make his return from injured reserve this week but will again be without top receiver Michael Thomas, who is still battling […]

The Rundown: Where Drew Brees’ odds stand for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs after two practices

Getting Drew Brees back this week, assuming he’s healthy, would put him on the field at the right time. While Taysom Hill held it down about as well as could be expected from a backup quarterback, this week’s game against Kansas City is a potential Super Bowl preview and a game that could weigh significantly […]

What we know about Drew Brees’ return to practice, how things are going, and when he could start playing

After months of being on the wrong side of the injury equation, the Saints are finally nearing full strength. Drew Brees returned to practice on Wednesday, which means that he can return to action as early as this Sunday against the Chiefs, depending on how his body responds to practicing this week. Will he return? […]

Unbalanced offensive lines, the art of stealing a play and how the Saints are creating easy touchdowns

The Saints know how to make teams pay when they’re not balanced against unbalanced offensive lines. This team will study those tendencies, see how a team defends against those looks, and then exploit the weaknesses. We aren’t going to start making accusations, and nothing can get proven for sure, but there are a handful of plays […]

Saints film room: Analyzing each pressure allowed by New Orleans, and how Taysom Hill handled it

The Saints remain one of the best teams in the NFL. Sunday’s game doesn’t change that, and neither should next week’s game against Kansas City. But as we enter the final stretch of the season, whatever issues a team is facing are now part of their identity more so than something to overcome. New Orleans […]

Making sense of the things that went wrong during loss to Eagles

An excellent football team played a bad game. They came out flat, made mistakes, were fundamentally unsound, and got beat in the trenches. This football team – one that was nearly universally regarded as being one of the best teams in the NFL – let itself get beat by the Philadelphia Eagles, a three-win team […]

The Rundown: He doesn’t get the recognition he deserves, but Justin Hardee is Saints’ most impactful player on special teams

Justin Hardee was dominating every punt. Single coverage. Double coverage. Didn’t matter. The Saints gunner was on a tear early in the season, and he made every rep look the same. Beat the jammer off the line, get down the field, force a fair catch. The precision and predictability of his success were like that […]

A scary thought: Saints might be the NFL’s best team, and offense still hasn’t fully clicked

The following two statements should strike fear in the rest of the NFL. First one: The Saints average 28.9 points per game, which ranks fifth in the NFL. They’re less than three points per game off of the league lead. The second statement: Drew Brees and Michael Thomas have only played 10 quarters together this […]

Saints film room: Now that things are organized and fundamentals are on point, the defense is becoming more complex

Matt Ryan stood in the pocket for six seconds. He looked left, then right, then left again. No one was there. The Falcons had five players running routes, and not a single one had an inch of space with which to work. So, he rolled out, and kept looking until making a feeble attempt to […]

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