Saints vs Vikings: A Preview

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By Christy Chauvin //@WhoDatWarriors

NFL Playoffs – NFC Divisional Round

The Minnesota Vikings offensive line may be a weak link the New Orleans Saints can exploit in Sunday’s Divisional playoff game.

The Vikings most recent game loss was on December 10 when they played the Carolina Panthers.  The loss to the Panthers is notable because the offensive line had to be reshuffled, and the Vikings gave up a season-high six sacks to the Panthers, including a strip-sack that lead to a Panthers field goal.

During that game Vikings rookie, Danny Isidora played left guard.  Rashod Hill struggled at left tackle. The Vikings were playing from behind and had to pass the ball to win.  Vikings wide receiver, Adam Thielen, stated “We have to put those guys in better positions by starting fast and scoring early because then they don’t know if you’re going to run the ball or pass the ball. It’s complementary football,” Thielen added. “I think that’s why we haven’t [given up many] sacks this whole year because we’ve been able to score points and take pressure off those guys.”

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The Saints Are Survivors

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By Christy Chauvin //@WhoDatWarriors

 

Looking back at the Saints since the pinnacle of their 2009 Super Bowl success, you would have to say this team is full of survivors who know how to change and become better.  A list of what they have survived:

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Previewing Saints and Rams

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By Christy Chauvin //@WhoDatWarriors

 

New Orleans Saints versus Los Angeles Rams will provide an optimum window into each team. The teams are vying for the 3rd and 4th seeds in the NFC playoff picture. The following are my impressions from watching the Rams games heretofore.

These thoughts should be considered in light of the fact that defensive end Alex Okafor (out for season), cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and cornerback Ken Crawley will not be in the game for the Saints.

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How The Saints and Redskins Match Up

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By Christy Chauvin // @WhoDatWarriors

The New Orleans Saints will face the Washington Redskins this Sunday.  It can be argued as their first matchup against a good quarterback who is not suffering with an injury since Tom Brady.  They faced Cam Newton and Jameis Winston both of whom were working through shoulder problems, and a banged up Matthew Stafford.

This could be their toughest test during their current winning streak. The Washington Redskins will be without running back Robert Kelley, defensive back DeAngelo Hall, and possibly wide receiver Ryan Grant.

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Watch Out For The Saints

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By Christy Chauvin // @WhoDatWarriors
Saints 34 – 13 Panthers

On a day when hope seemed to slip away, hope peeked over the clouds at Bank of America Stadium and turned on a dime. There were dark whisperings; the Panthers’ offense was sputtering but none knew how much until it was exposed in a familiar matchup.

The Saints defense took advantage of the Carolina offensive struggles and absence of strategic players. But the surprise of the afternoon was how the dominance of the Saints offense (sans their strategic players) held sway over the vaunted Panthers’ defense. Continue reading “Watch Out For The Saints”

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Living Out Loud

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By Christy Chauvin // @WhoDatWarriors

I can understand what President Trump sees when he looks at the American flag.  He sees the faces of the military, police, and first responders and their sacrifice–a flag draped over a coffin or handed to a widow. In my mind, to him the flag and anthem should be honored as symbols of sacrifice and exuberant joy for the promise of this nation.  He has spoken about addressing green inequality to ameliorate racial inequality. He believes jobs provide the first blush of the promise of equality.

I can understand the players who feel America has let them down and not provided justice for all.  In so many ways, this country continues to let people down but there is the ability to address those issues here that is not available in many nations of the world.

Let us all work to end racism in all its forms whether directed at African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Latinos, etc. God made us different for a purpose–to learn to accept those different from us but alike in God-given rights and responsibilities.

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New Orleans Saints Sign Orlando Franklin to One Year Deal

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By Christy Chauvin // @WhoDatWarriors

The New Orleans Saints break out into a rendition of “O, Canada” once again as they sign Canadian raised Orlando Franklin to a one-year deal.

Franklin is a Jamaican-born professional football guard raised in Toronto who now plays for the New Orleans Saints.

This veteran guard started all 16 games for the San Diego Chargers last year. Franklin’s release this offseason by the Chargers was seen as a cost-cutting move. But the truth may lie deeper than that.  Prior to being on the Chargers roster, he was an offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos.  With the Broncos, he excelled in their zone-blocking scheme; whereas the Chargers employ a power-gap scheme.

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Quick 5 With Christy Chauvin, Saints OR

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NF: Where did you learn about football – When? and from Who?

CC: I learned football on my Pop’s knee. He was a semi-pro player, and our family went to football games all the time.  It is woven into the very fibre of my being. We went to high school games on Friday, Tiger Stadium on Saturday and before the New Orleans Saints came into existence, we rooted for the Detroit Lions.  

My Dad took us to the first Saints game in Tulane Stadium, and he has been a Saints ticket holder since day one.  He would put two TVs side by side to watch two games at once and have the radio on as well.  He is a wild man when it comes to football.  On Thanksgiving he and my younger brother come over and we watch football all day together.  

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Brandin Cooks Leaves New Orleans

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By Christy Chauvin @WhoDatWarriors

In an expected move, WR Brandin Cooks traded to New England Patriots for its 32nd (first round) and 103rd (third round) draft picks.  New Orleans Saints traded Cooks as well as their 118th (fourth round pick).  Cooks’ value in the trade is the equivalent of a 30th overall pick.

These draft moves are expected to help the Saints build its defense through the draft.  A trade for CB Malcolm Butler is not completely out of the picture.

Sterling Moore still remains a free agent.

The free agency moves made by the Saints and the additional, high draft selections could carve out a scenario whereby the Saints move up for a player they really like.  The holes filled in free agency gives them freedom to reach for a player they covet.

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