Mistake Filled Saints Fall to Chiefs in Kansas City 27-21

New Orleans Saints v Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in another efficient outing, Daniel Sorensen returned an interception of Drew Brees for another touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the mistake-prone Saints 27-21 on Sunday.

Spencer Ware ran for 77 yards to go with his 46-yard touchdown reception, and Tyreek Hill made an acrobat 38-yard TD catch to help the Chiefs (4-2) win their ninth straight at home.

Brees got the Saints (2-4) within 24-21 with his touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman with 2:33 left, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds. Kansas City added a 41-yard field goal, and the Saints could do nothing in the final 28 seconds to change the outcome.

Brees finished with 367 yards and three TD passes, but much of that offense came while he was trying to rally the Saints. It was actually another uneven performance away from the Superdome for the star quarterback, who was coming off a 465-yard game last week against Carolina.

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Saints vs Chiefs NFL Week Seven Inactives

Saints: RB/KR Marcus Murphy, CB Delvin Breaux, CB Sterling Moore, LB Stephone Anthony, LB Dannell Ellerbe, OL Andrus Peat, RB Daniel Lasco

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, CB Phillip Gaines, CB Terrance Mitchell, LB Sio Moore, TE Ross Travis, OL Bryan Witzmann

Saints at Chiefs NFL Week Seven Inactives

Saints: RB/KR Marcus Murphy, CB Delvin Breaux, CB Sterling Moore, LB Stephone Anthony, LB Dannell Ellerbe, OL Andrus Peat, RB Daniel Lasco

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, CB Phillip Gaines, CB Terrance Mitchell, LB Sio Moore, TE Ross Travis, OL Bryan Witzmann

Saints at Chiefs NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Sean Payton: 1-4 Andy Reid: 3-3
LAST WEEK W 41-38 vs. Carolina W 26-10 at Oakland
LAST GAME 9/23/12: Chiefs 27 at Saints 24. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles rushes for 233 yards & TD. Chiefs LB Justin Houston records 3 sacks & safety.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08: Saints 30, Chiefs 20. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 266 yards & TD. Saints RBs Pierre Thomas & Deuce McAllister combine for 106 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (NO), 84 (KC). XM: 383 (NO), 230 (KC).


PASSING Drew Brees: 150-225-1734-14 (T3L)-4-103.1 Alex Smith: 128-190-1297-5-2-91.1
RUSHING Mark Ingram: 70-272-3.9-1 Spencer Ware: 78-415-5.3-2
RECEIVING Michael Thomas (R): 26-307-11.8-3 Travis Kelce (TE): 25-252-10.1-2
OFFENSE 413.4 (2L) 352.0
DEFENSE 419.4 353.2
SACKS Nick Fairley: 3.5 Dee Ford: 3.5
INTs Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb: 1 Marcus Peters: 5 (1L)
PUNTING Thomas Morstead: 51.4 (1L) Dustin Colquitt: 43.0
KICKING Wil Lutz (R): 39 (18/18 PATs; 7/11 FGs) Cairo Santos: 37 (10/11 PATs; 9/11 FGs)


SAINTS: QB DREW BREES passed for 465 yards & 4 TDs last week. Performance marked 15th career 400-yard game, most in NFL history. Passed for 240 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting…RB MARK INGRAM is averaging 109 scrimmage yards per game in past 6 vs. AFC…WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 receptions for 173 yards, incl. 87-yard TD in Week 6. Rookie WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 78 rec. yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. TE COBY FLEENER had 6 receptions for 74 yards with TD catch & added 1st career rush TD in Week 6…DE KASIM EDEBALI had sack in Week 6. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON has 11+ tackles in 4 of past 5. CB STERLING MOORE had INT last week…CHIEFS: Aim for 9th consecutive win at home…QB ALEX SMITH passed for 299 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs for 103.2 rating & had rush TD in last start vs. NO (1/14/12 Div. with SF)…RB SPENCER WARE has 358 scrimmage yards (119.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. Ranks 3rd in NFL averaging 129.2 scrimmage yards per game, incl. 163 yards (131 rush, 32 rec.) last week. RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 233 yards with TD (91 yards) & had career-high 288 scrimmage yards in last meeting. Averages 5.45 yards per carry, highest in NFL history (min. 1,000 att.). Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 vs. NFC. Ware, Charles & DT DONTARI POE each had rush TD last week at Oak…WR JEREMY MACLIN has TD catch in 3 of past 4 games at home. TE TRAVIS KELCE has 12 catches for 163 yards (81.5 per game) & TD in past 2 at home…CB MARCUS PETERS has 10 INTs (1 TD) in past 12, incl. playoffs. Has 3 INTs in past 4 at home. Since entering in 2015, has 13 INTs, most in NFL. LB DERRICK JOHNSON leads team with 40 tackles. Had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has 25 tackles & 55-yard INT-TD in past 3 games at home. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks & FF last week.

Drew Brees Throws for 465 Yards; Saints Top Panthers 41-38

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns, Will Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, and the Saints pulled out a 41-38 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.

With his 15th 400-yard game, Brees broke a tie with Peyton Manning for the most all time in the regular season.

Brees also led the Saints (2-3) to a second straight victory while Carolina lost its fourth straight despite the return of quarterback Cam Newton, who missed last week’s loss to Tampa Bay because of a concussion.

Newton passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 2-yard score that tied the game at 38 with 2:58 left and completed a comeback from an early 21-0 deficit.

However, he was also intercepted by Sterling Moore in the back of the end zone, stalling a promising drive in the first half — a turnover that came back to haunt the defending NFC champions.

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Panthers vs Saints NFL Week Six Inactives

Panthers: CB James Bradberry, OT Michael Oher, CB Robert McClain, DT Vernon Butler, DT Paul Soliai, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, LB Jeremy Cash.

Saints: OT Terron Armstead, CB Delvin Breaux, LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB Paul Kruger, QB Joe Callahan, CB De’Vante Harris, RB Marcus Murphy

Saints WR Brandin Cooks Says He Won’t Stop TD Celebration; But Doesn’t Want to Hurt Team w/ Penalty

Brandin Cooks

Saints receiver Brandin Cooks is frustrated by the NFL’s sudden crackdown on the bow-and-arrow touchdown celebration that he began as a sign of his faith in God, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Cooks himself has never been fined or penalized for the gesture, which has become so associated with him that the NFL Players Association and a partner company created an emoji of Cooks shooting an arrow. Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was hit with both a penalty and a fine two weeks ago, with the NFL’s head of officiating Dean Blandino explaining that it “mimics a violent act.”

Cooks said he plans to keep doing the celebration in some form, although he doesn’t want to hurt his team by drawing a flag.

“Well, there are different forms of doing it. You just can’t shoot [the arrow],” Cooks said. “I’m still going to pull it out. Whatever happens after that happens. I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize my team, but I’ll figure something out.”

Cooks has adopted the nickname, “The Archer,” which he uses on social media.

Cooks further explained that he found another Bible verse that spoke to him: Psalms 144:6, a form of which he then recited.

“Send forth lightning and scatter your enemy, and shoot your arrows and rout them,” Cooks said. “I just remember it sticking with me for such a long time, I remember thinking, maybe I can do something with this.”

Cooks expressed his frustration to both media outlets on Tuesday while doing promotional interviews for Mercedes-Benz.

“I’ve been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it,” Cooks said. “Now, all of a sudden, there is. It just reminds me that, it’s almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it’s frustrating. I’ll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it.”

“It’s one of those things that they want to fine anything and get their little … whatever they want. They’re not going to stop me.”

Panthers at Saints NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 6-4 Sean Payton: 8-12
LAST WEEK L 17-14 vs. Tampa Bay Bye (Wk. 4: W 35-34 at San Diego)
LAST GAME 12/6/15: Panthers 41 at Saints 38. Carolina QB Cam Newton passes for 331 yards & 5 TDs for 122.1 rating. Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. has 5 receptions for 80 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Walt Anderson
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Car), 136 (NO). XM: 383 (Car), 229 (NO).


PASSING Cam Newton: 77-133-974-6-5-80.2 Drew Brees: 116-176-1269-10-3-98.9
RUSHING Fozzy Whittaker: 32-186-5.8-0 Mark Ingram: 54-221-4.1-1
RECEIVING Greg Olsen (TE): 33-516-15.6-2 Michael Thomas (R): 21-229-10.9-2
OFFENSE 392.0 (3L) 386.0
DEFENSE 341.2 422.8
SACKS Tre Boston: 2 Nick Fairley: 3
INTs 4 tied: 1 B.W. Webb: 1
PUNTING Andy Lee: 49.8 Thomas Morstead: 51.1 (2L)
KICKING Graham Gano: 35 (11/12 PAT; 8/11 FG) Wil Lutz (R): 28 (13/13 PAT; 5/8 FG)


PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON passed for 331 yards & 5 TDs in last meeting. Has 872 pass yards (290.7 per game) with 10 TDs & 1 INT for 119.2 rating in past 3 vs. NO…RB CAMERON ARTIS-PAYNE rushed for career-high 85 yards & 2 TDs last week. FB MIKE TOLBERT had TD catch in last meeting…WR KELVIN BENJAMIN had TD catch in his last game vs. NO (12/7/14). WR TED GINN JR. had 5 receptions for 80 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. TE GREG OLSEN had 9 receptions for career-high 181 yards in Week 5. Has 27 catches, 335 yards (111.7 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 vs. NO. Ranks  4th in NFL & 1st among TEs with 516 rec. yards in 2016…DE MARIO ADDISON had FF in Week 5. DT KAWANN SHORT has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. NO. LB THOMAS DAVIS had 7 tackles, sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with FF. LB LUKE KUECHLY ties for NFL lead with 57 tackles. S TRE BOSTON had sack last week. S KURT COLEMAN had INT in last meeting…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES passed for 282 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC South with 300+ pass yards. Has 27 pass TDs in past 7 at home…RB MARK INGRAM had 105 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 49 rec.) & rush TD in last game. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Car with TD. FB JOHN KUHN had 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in last game…WR BRANDON COLEMAN had rec. TD in last meeting. WR BRANDIN COOKS had 6 receptions for 104 yards & TD in last meeting. Has TD catch in 6 of past 7 at home. WR WILLIE SNEAD has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Rookie WR MICHAEL THOMAS aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. TE COBY FLEENER had TD catch in only meeting (11/2/15 with Ind.)…DT NICK FAIRLEY had 1.5 sacks in last game.  DE CAMERON JORDAN has 5 sacks in past 6 vs. Car. Had sack & FF in last game. LB NATHAN STUPAR led team with 8 tackles in last game. CB STERLING MOORE aims for 4th in row with PD. S KENNY VACCARO aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with 9+ tackles.