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NFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Predictions: New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings

By John La Fleur, 5 months 1 week ago
A season-opening rematch will determine one participant in the NFC Championship Game with New Orleans and Minnesota set to face each other for the second time. The Vikings beat the Saints 29-19 back in Week 1, but much has changed since then for both teams.   New Orleans knocked off NFC South rival Carolina for a third time this past Sunday, beating the Panthers 31-26 in their wild-card...

5 Worst Coaching Encores in NFL History

By Aaron Tallent, 5 months 1 week ago
Jon Gruden is returning to an NFL sideline as head coach after a decade away, including eight-plus years as the color analyst for ESPN's "Monday Night Football." Only time will tell if his rejoining the Raiders will be a remarkable new chapter or a sad footnote in a great career. One thing’s for certain, there are plenty of great coaches whose encores were atrocious. Here are...

NFC Wild Card Preview and Prediction: Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

By John La Fleur, 5 months 2 weeks ago
The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints are no strangers to each other as NFC South Division rivals, but Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be the first postseason contest between these two teams. The rare third meeting in the same season was set up in part by a pair of losses in Week 17.   Carolina entered its season finale against Atlanta with a...

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 5 months 3 weeks ago
New Orleans controls its own destiny in Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. Beat the Buccaneers on the road and the Saints are NFC South champions and will host Wild Card Weekend. A loss, and New Orleans will need Atlanta to beat Carolina or else the Saints will be the road team next weekend.   Speaking of the Falcons, the Saints exacted their revenge on their...

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 6 months 1 day ago
Two weeks after a hotly contested matchup, Atlanta and New Orleans will go back at it; his time with first place in the NFC South on the line.   The Falcons (9-5) won the first game, 20-17, coming back from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Saints (10-4) had the ball in the red zone needing just a field goal to tie, but Drew Brees was picked off in the end zone, allowing...

New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 6 months 1 week ago
Both the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints are coming off of losses last week, but no two losses are created equal when it comes to these teams. The Jets (5-8) were shutout in Denver 23-0, as the team managed a paltry 100 yards and six first downs on offense. Already an afterthought in the wild-card chase in the AFC, New York also lost quarterback Josh McCown for the rest of the season after...

Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 6 months 2 weeks ago
With just four games left in the regular season, New Orleans is two games up on Atlanta for first place in the NFC South. The Saints (9-3) finished off a season sweep of the Panthers with a 31-21 win at home last Sunday, while the Falcons (7-5) were held without a touchdown in a 14-9 home loss to Minnesota.   New Orleans is a perfect 3-0 in divisional play, but this will be the first of...

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 6 months 3 weeks ago
First place in the NFC South is up for grabs when Carolina and New Orleans renew acquaintances in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. The Panthers (8-3) are riding a four-game winning streak after beating the Jets 35-27 on the road. The victory gave Carolina a four-game sweep of the AFC East and momentum heading into the rematch with the Saints.   New Orleans (8-3) saw its eight-game...

New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams Preview and Prediction

By John La Fleur, 6 months 4 weeks ago
Week 12 of the NFL season features an unexpected matchup of division leaders when the New Orleans Saints come west to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The Saints (8-2) have won eight games in a row after coming from 15 points down in the fourth quarter against the Redskins to win 34-31 in overtime. It was the largest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history.   Down 31-16 with 5:58...