Saints determined to make another Super Bowl run

Wanda Wiedman, Saints contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

Since the beginning of the season, it has been all about quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs heading to the Super Bowl to challenge the Los Angeles Rams.  But silently and methodically the New Orleans Saints have been keeping pace with the two powerhouse teams.

No one seems to talk about how the Saints are 9-1, alongside the Chiefs and Rams. The love fest displayed for the young quarterback Mahomes has several media analysts salivating. While the Rams run game cannot be matched.

But in New Orleans stands a humble, veteran QB in Drew Brees. He has tasted the sweet elation of a Super Bowl win and can see it as it gets closer.

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LA Rams fall to New Orleans Saints

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

New Orleans Saints 45 – LA Rams 35

It was inevitable. We said last week that the odds of going 16-0 were almost impossible. However, what a great game this was!

While New Orleans was dominant early, the Rams put on an amazing comeback in the second half, tying the game with 21 unanswered points.

While the final result wasn’t what Rams fans were hoping for, we can be reassured in knowing that no deficit is too big for this team to overcome. It’s just one game and the Rams still have the best record in football, sitting tied with the Chiefs at 8-1.

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Browns kick Gordon to the curb, but not much else

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Cleveland 18 – 21 New Orleans

For the second week in a row, the Cleveland Browns put up a great fight but came away empty, largely due to problems with the kicking game. After settling for a tie in week one vs the Pittsburgh Steelers, they tried to get that first win in two years down in New Orleans.

Placekicker Zane Gonzalez really struggled, missing two extra points and a field goal to the left, then missed a chance to tie things up with a field goal attempt that went way right.

The offense, while not spectacular, did enough to win but you can’t leave eight points off the board when you are facing a great opponent. Even the defense recovering fumbles by wide receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. wasn’t enough to keep the Browns ahead on the scoreboard. They’ve won the turnover battle the last two weeks, but the offense has only come away with 10 points as a result.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor played an adequate game, and while fans were clamoring to give rookie Baker Mayfield a shot, Taylor managed an amazing deep pass to rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway for a 47-yard touchdown that could give them the lead, if they had managed to get the extra point. All for naught…

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Chargers deflated by Saints in third preseason game

By Cindy Davis // XO_CindyDavis

New Orleans 36 – LA Chargers 7

The Chargers fell to the Saints in a disappointing 36-7 loss on Saturday, in the third week of the preseason. After scrimmaging and practicing together in the final week of training camp, the Saints dominated the Chargers for three quarters.

While this game was less than exciting for Chargers fans to watch, there were still some positive takeaways from this game.

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Our Turf Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 16-32

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

 

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Earlier we had listed the first 15 draft picks with a trade. Let’s see what happens with the rest of the teams and who will get drafted from 16-32. So here is the final attempt in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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NFC North / NFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Chicago Bears 

Signed: CB Kyle Fuller (matched offer sheet from GB), OL Bradley Sowell, WR Josh Bellamy, WR Cameron Meredith, CB Bryce Callahan, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, K Cody Parkey, WR Taylor Gabriel, CB Prince Amukamara, LB Sam Acho, QB Chase Daniel, DE Aaron Lynch, P Pat O’Donnell, QB Tyler Bray, LB John Timu, CB Sherrick McManis, CB Marcus Cooper, LS Patrick Scales, RT Earl Watford, RB Benny Cunningham, DE John Jenkins, WR Bennie Fowler

Released: G Josh Sitton, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB Pernell McPhee, S Quintin Demps, LB Willie Young, QB Mike Glennon, WR Markus Wheaton, DB Marcus Cooper, WR Josh Bellamy, CB Bryce Callahan

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Ushering in the 2018 NFL Honors Award Winners

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Musicians have the Grammys, Actors have the Emmys and Thespians have the Tonys. But for professional NFL athletes, their recognition comes through the NFL Honors Award.

Saturday night the celebration of a year of excellence in the NFL was ushered in with rookies and veterans alike.

Here is a list of the winners from the NFL Honors:

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Saints vs Vikings: A Preview

Official New Orleans Saints Reporter

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

Official New Orleans Saints Reporter

 

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

Official New Orleans Saints Reporter

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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