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Looking at Three Huge Saints Affairs Coming Up in the 2021 Season

It’ll be a new look in New Orleans in 2021, as no longer do the Saints have Drew Brees to fall back on as one of, if not a top five QB in the NFL.

Now the team will give the ball to Jameis Winston, the former Buc who came to the Saints a year ago to learn how the offense worked under Brees.

The team went 12-4, winners of the NFC South, but after beating Chicago in the wild card game, they fell to the eventual Super Bowl champs in the Bucs.

Look for the Saints to take a step back in 2021.

Here are the 3 matchups that I’m most looking forward to when it comes to the new-look Saints and Winston:

10/3 vs New York Giants – The Giants are an up and coming team with the likes of Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones leading the offense, but the Saints are confident they can hold down that pair and the rest of the team on offense. The Giants do have a good pass rush, something that Jameis Winston needs to make sure to be well aware of for this early October game.

10/25 at Seattle – The Seahawks at home are one of, if not the toughest teams in the league to beat. The prime time affair should be a good one, as the two teams know each other very well, but a win on the road over Russell Wilson and company can go a LONG way in establishing how good this Saints team can be. We will see if they get it done.

12/19 at Tampa Bay – Last year the Saints laid down a beatdown on the Bucs on the road at Raymond James, but then in February they had to watch as the Bucs celebrated with Tom Brady and company on that same field. If the Saints are going to get to the Super Bowl they have to beat their biggest rival. We will see if they can make it a long day for Tom Brady.

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The New Orleans Saints 2021 Schedule Has Been Released

The 2021 New Orleans Saints are going to have a VERY different look when it comes to their offense, as quarterback Drew Brees is done, walking away after two successful decades in the league.

If there’s been a player who has been amazing making plays since the 2006 campaign.

Now New Orleans is looking to be a better team overall, and not have it as just one player in Brees trying to run the show.

It’ll be up to head coach Sean Payton and company to be a better team, not always relying on the play of someone line Brees to make the huge plays when need be.

Wednesday the slate for 2021 Saints season was released by the NFL, and you can You can check out the full schedule below:

New Orleans Saints 2021 Schedule

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 12 vs. Packers 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
2 Sept. 19 at Panthers 1 p.m. Fox
3 Sept. 26 at Patriots 1 p.m. Fox
4 Oct. 3 vs. Giants 1 p.m. Fox
5 Oct. 10 at WFT 1 p.m. CBS
6 Oct. 17 Bye
7 Oct. 25 at Seahawks 8:15 p.m. ESPN
8 Oct. 31 vs. Bucs 4:25 p.m. Fox
9 Nov. 7 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. Fox
10 Nov. 14 at Titans 1 p.m. CBS
11 Nov. 21 at Eagles 1 p.m. Fox
12 Nov. 25 vs. Bills 8:20 p.m. NBC
13 Dec. 2 vs. Cowboys 8:20 p.m. Fox/NFLN/Amazon
14 Dec. 12 at Jets 1 p.m. Fox
15 Dec. 19 at Bucs 8:20 p.m. NBC
16 Dec. 27 vs. Dolphins 8:15 p.m. ESPN
17 Jan. 2 vs. Panthers 1 p.m. Fox
18 Jan. 9 at Falcons 1 p.m. Fox

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Here’s hoping that the Saints go all the way again this season!

Saints Cap Purge Continues as Team Dumps Veteran WR Emmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders made some headlines while in New Orleans, but for the most part he was just a quiet vet who made plays.

Wednesday, he’ll have to put a new resume together getting ready to shop his services, as the Saints dumped him off their roster, saving them $12 of his two-year deal worth $24 million.

Sanders came to the 49ers in the middle of last season from the Denver Broncos, and he was solid, making 30 catches for 367 yards and two scores.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that the Saints overall will save $4 million against the cap. Right now New Orleans is still over the cap by a reported $31 million.

Sanders signed a two-year deal with the Saints last offseason but struggled to consistently make an impact in the offense, catching three or fewer passes in half the games he played; now he’s a free agent after New Orleans explored trading him earlier this week.

Some NFL vets are getting some surprising or flat out bad news, as many are receiving news that they are being released to help out said team’s salary cap situation.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos pass catcher has played 12 seasons in the league, and in that time he’s caught 662 passes for 8619 and 47 touchdowns.

Last season Murray started seven games for the Saints, and as Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB pointed out this week, Murray has scored nine times, rushing for 1293 yards over the last two seasons.

Saints WR Michael Thomas Expected to Take Part in Limited Practice

It’s been a tough season for Saints leading wide out Michael Thomas, but that could all change this week as reports are he could be back for the wild card game this week against the Chicago Bears.

Thomas has only played in seven games this season, making 40 catches for 438 yards and no scores.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Thomas is expected to take part in limited practice on Wednesday, and that if things go well he will ramp it up as the week goes with the hope of playing in Sunday’s game.

Thomas has missed all but seven games this season due to an ongoing ankle injury.

Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t give much in the way of information when it came to Thomas practicing on Wednesday when he spoke to the media.

“No updates injury-wise,” Payton said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN.

“I’m gonna see what this week holds. Currently he’s still on reserve-injured. I know he’s been working at it. But we’ll get a better feel this week how he’s progressing.”

Saints QB Drew Brees Expected to Retire After the Season

The end appears to be coming for Saints future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.

Reports Sunday stated that Brees is expected to hang up his cleats and retire at year’s end, whenever that may be for the Saints, who have already clinched a playoff spot in the NFC.

ESPN reports that Brees is set to ink a future broadcasting contract with NBC in the spring of last year and has played through a lot this season, including 11 cracked ribs.

“They thought that last year and he surprised them in March by deciding to come back. This time, he’s got a signed contract with NBC. This time, he’s another year older,” Adam Schefter of ESPN said.

“This time, he’s played through the 11 fractured ribs, the punctured lung. It’s been a difficult, physical season and I think most people still believe that this will be the final season for Drew Brees in New Orleans and in the NFL before he turns to the broadcast booth.”

Brees has missed a handful of games this season, and in 11 games he has thrown for 2,741 passing yards and 21 touchdowns.

The quarterback is first all-time with 80,157 career passing yards and second all-time with 568 passing touchdowns.

Alvin Kamara Takes Home the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 16

It was a massive outing for Saints running back Alvin Kamara in week 16, and for his six touchdown effort he was named today as the NFC offensive player of the week for Week 16.

Kamara made history in the 52-33 win over the Vikings Christmas day, as he joined Ernie Nevers, Gale Sayers, and Dub Jones as the only other players to score half a dozen times in a game.

He also had a career-high 155 rushing yards in the 19-point win.

Reports Confirm Fractured Ribs and Collapsed Lung for Saints QB Brees

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will miss the next few weeks after it was confirmed Wednesday through a second opinion that he’s suffered both a collapsed lung and fractured ribs.

ESPN reports that the 41-year-old suffered a total of five fractured ribs, breaking two ribs on his right side and three on the left. Doctors feel that the fractures to the ribs also caused his lung to be punctured.

The injury to Brees which drove him from the game at halftime took place midway through the second quarter of the teams’ 27-13 win over the 49ers.

Jameis Winston played most of the second half in the win, but as of now coach Sean Payton has yet to confirm if it will be Winston or Taysom Hill starting Sunday’s home NFC South game between the Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

No official time frame has been determined for Brees to be able to get back on the playing field, but NFL Network states that he’ll miss the next two games.

The Saints are right now 7-2 overall and the number one seed in the NFC. This season in nine games Brees has thrown for 2,196 yards with 18 touchdowns and just three picks with a quarterback rating of 110.0.

Brees has fought through injuries in the past and has been one of the durable QB’s in the game, only missing six games over the course of his 20-year career.

Five of those missed games came due to a torn thumb ligament last season in a game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Report: Brees to Miss Some Time for Ribs to Heal

Led by Alvin Kamara’s three touchdowns the Saints Sunday moved to 7-2 with a 27-13 win over the San Francisco 49’ers.

The win though didn’t come without a cost, as the team lost quarterback Drew Brees with a rib injury that forced him to sit in the second half, and was replaced by Jameis Winston.

While the ribs and trying to get those to heal are one thing, there’s also a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that Brees has a shoulder injury that he’s been trying to deal with and get healthy.

The shoulder has limited Brees in practice the last few weeks, and it looks like for now that the QB could sit for a few weeks to get as close to 100 percent as possible.

Getting Brees healthy is priority number one for the Saints as they look to win the NFC South and get into a good position for the postseason.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Winston get a start or two at the QB spot while Brees gets a chance to allow his shoulder and ribs time to heal.