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First Round of 2019 Playoffs….Who you got?

Playoffs…Playoffs?

Even with the Saints having a first round bye, there is plenty to pay attention to with this weeks wild card round. Let’s take a look at the upcoming playoff games starting with the AFC games and finishing with the games in the NFC that will decide who comes to New Orleans in the Divisional Round.

AFC

Colts vs Texans

While most of the games should be competitive, this will be the third time these two teams have played this season. Along with both teams have won one game on the road, the way Luck is playing makes it hard to go against the Colts. The Texans have a great defense and one of the better young QB’s in the game in Watson, but again both games these teams played were won on road. That said I have to go with the home team in a squeaker….27-26.

Chargers vs Ravens

Since the Ravens went into Los Angeles and beat the Chargers at home a couple of weeks ago, most people are picking the Ravens to win again at home. However the Chargers are getting some of there injured players like Melvin Gordon back and they do have Rivers. With that said, the Ravens are playing great defense and unless Jackson starts playing like a rookie QB, the Ravens should prevail….I’m going with the Ravens 21-17.

NFC

Seahawks vs Cowboys

For me the winner of this game is likely who the Saints will face in the divisional round. Unless the Eagles can go into Chicago and somehow win against the Bears defense, the Saints will get the winner of this game. The Seahawks won an early season meeting between the two teams in Seattle 24-13, Dallas has come a long way since then but it’s hard to go against Wilson. I’m going with Seattle upsetting the “Boys” in Dallas 31-21

Eagles vs Bears

I mentioned earlier that it will be tough for the Eagles to go into Chicago and beat the Bears. The monsters of the midway are back, but the Eagles have Foles, who has turned into a playoff monster. I can’t believe the Eagles haven’t come up with a suitable nickname for him. I’m going with the Bears 17-14, but if the Eagles win, I won’t be surprised….By the way if the Eagles do win, they will be the Saints opponent in the Divisional round.

While all this is going on the Saints are hopefully watching and getting healthy………

Happy New Year!!!

 

WhoDat!!

Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab

 

Saints to Start Teddy Bridgewater at QB Sunday Against Panthers

With homefield advantage for the 2018 postseason wrapped up and nothing to play for, the Saints will treat Sunday’s game against rival Carolina like a preseason game, and will start a lot of new faces to the lineup.

The biggest change will be at quarterback, where Drew Brees will get a rest, and the team will start former Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater, in what could be his one and only chance under center for New Orleans.

Bridgewater was acquired this summer by the Saints, and it will be a chance for him to showcase his talents for the offseason when he is again a free agent.

Bridgewater’s last start came nearly three years ago for the Vikings in a January 2016 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

He returned to play for the Vikings late last season and played well for the New York Jets this preseason before he was sent to the Saints.

“Just knowing that you can take that field from the start of the game, you just get the chills thinking about it. Because it’s been so long,” Bridgewater said.

“… And it’s a great feeling. I get the chills just thinking about [it]. I’m excited about it. I’m trying to keep my composure. But it’s just another milestone to check off the list.

“All the time that you put in, all the sacrifices you made to get to this point … it’s great to see the opportunity present itself. I’m very grateful for it, appreciative of it, and I just can’t wait.”

Are the Saints Ready for the Dance?

Here we are after a long road, are the Saints ready for the playoffs?

Last year the Saints were one missed tackle away for the NFC championship game, what would have happened if they had advanced? Truly who knows, but instead of sitting and moaning about bad juju, the Saints did what winners do, they went back to work. Now it’s time to get ready for the big Dance.

Key components were added, mostly on the defensive side of the ball, mainly Demario Davis, Marcus Davenport and Patrick Robinson as well as Kurt Coleman. Players who were injured and returned such as Anzalone and Okafor added depth and gave the defense hope of returning and exceeding the way they finished last year.

The offense returned the stable that had let them produce at a record pace last year, but hard decisions were made and the receiving corp looked thin at the beginning of the year. Kamara, Ingram and Thomas were back and even though Ingram was suspended for the first four games of the year the talented skill position players have produced as expected. Benjamin Watson was brought back to help solidify the tight end position and Ginn was back to be a reliable number 2 receiver.

Along the way, Brees became the NFL’s all time leader in passing yards and completions and moved into number two all time for touchdown passes.

Drew Brees, All Time NFL Passing Leader

Then the season started with a disastrous loss to Tampa Bay and a near loss to Cleveland, but the team started rolling against Atlanta and then picked up steam and went on a ten game winning streak that included victories over the Ravens, Vikings and Rams.

By the time the streak was broken on the road in Dallas, the Saints had all but clinched the division and then went on the road to start a new winning streak against Tampa Bay.

As of this writing the Saints are 13-2 and have home field advantage and a chance for some of the injured players to take a seat and hopefully heal up before the Divisional round. Armstead, Warford and Bushrod have already been ruled out of the game against Carolina and Bridgewater has been named the starter. It would be surprising to see Ginn, Watson and Ramczyk on the field and that’s just the offense.

Terron Armstead, ruled inactive week 17

When the Saint do take the field again it will be against the lowest seed to survive the wild card weekend. So take your pick from the Cowboys, Seahawks, Vikings or Eagles. The Saints have already played the Cowboys, Vikings and Eagles this year with the Cowboys winning in Dallas.

So buckle up WhoDats, after we get passed the game with Carolina this week, we have two weeks to get ready for who ever we play next.

 

Team Leaders

Passing Yards

Drew Brees

3992

Rushing Yards

Alvin Kamara

883

Receiving Yards

Michael Thomas

1376

Tackles

Demario Davis

106

Interceptions

Marshon Lattimore

2

Sacks

Cam Jordan

12

Fumbles Recovered

Marshon Lattimore

3

Touchdowns

Alvin Kamara

18

WhoDat!!!

 

Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab

Five Questions With…SteelersGab

The Saints return home after a tough three weeks on the road. While the Saints did stumble a bit, they’re still in prime position to clinch Dome field advantage for the NFC playoffs. But first, a tough test from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are still fighting for the division after a hot Baltimore team won again Saturday.

NFL Gridiron Gab editor and Steelers fan Matt Loede and I sat down to discuss today’s potential Super Bowl matchup.

Is the lack of numbers recently for Drew Brees a concern?

I’m actually not overly concerned with the Saints’ offensive decline the last three games for a couple of reasons.

First, the offensive line has been banged up. Terron Armstead returns from a pectoral injury that has kept him away the last five weeks. Max Unger, Andrus Peat and Ryan Ramzyck have all been limited by injuries the last couple of weeks. Jermon Bushrod is out today  with a hamstring injury. A healthy O-line is imperative if the Saints’ offense is to return to the form it played during the win streak this season.

Sean Payton’s play calling has also had an effect on Drew Brees and the offense. As he has done in previous playoff seasons, Payton dials back the playbook towards the end of the season. The misdirection and mismatches the Saints create has not been there really since the Thanksgiving game vs Atlanta. Taysom Hill has not been getting the snaps in a Wildcat offense like he was earlier in the season either. The return of Ted Ginn Jr will also help open up Michael Thomas and the passing attack.

So, I don’t think we need to press the panic button. I’m excited to see the Saints offense open up again come playoff time.

Where do the Saints special teams rank this season?

The Saints special teams have been spectacular for the most part this season.

Will Lutz is having a career year, having missed only one field goal and one extra point so far this season. The protection has been solid to allow Lutz to kick with relatively little pressure.

The return game has not been particularly outstanding but it also hasn’t made many mistakes either. Taysom Hill has handled return duties for the most part this season, with Tommylee Lewis relieving Hill after being out a couple of weeks due to injury. Alvin Kamara is always an option should we need another speedster in the return game.

Speaking of Hill, he’s been outstanding all season. His size and speed make him an idle gunner in punt coverage. But he’s also shown he can play up on the line. His block against the Bucs completely changed the direction of that game.

My one major concern is punt protection.
Thomas Morestead is having another solid year, but he has taken some hard hits to the legs the last few weeks. The Saints can not afford to lose a weapon like Morestead to injury.

Can the defense continue to play well enough if the offense keeps having struggles?

Absolutely. While the Saints’ offense gets a lot of the credit for the hot start to the season, the defense has come together to quietly become one of the better units in the league.

I believe the defensive line doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. This unit has improved greatly with the addition of a young, athletic rookie in Marcus Davenport and a healthy Sheldon Rankins playing at a high level. This has freed up Cam Jordan to have perhaps the best season of his career.

The Saints the last three weeks have proven that the top defensive rushing ranking was not just a product of teams becoming one dimensional to catch up to the Saints potent offense. Over the course of the season, the Saints have turned running backs like Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott into non-factors.

The Saints have proved they can win ugly games too. And that’s what championship level teams do.

How do the Saints plan on stopping the Steelers pass rush?

Games against the Steelers are always won in the trenches and this game will be no different.

The Steelers boast talented All-Pros DE Cameron Hayward and OLB TJ Watt in a 3-4 system which has produced 46 sacks this season. Watt brings speed along the edge, while Hayward likes to over power interior linemen by twisting in combination with his tackles. Andrus Peat, Max Unger, and Larry Warford will have to have to be on the lookout for this all game. Teams have had success historically by getting pressure in front of Brees due to his height.

Offensively, I would expect to see a bit more screens and short yardage dump offs than we have the last couple of weeks to keep their line off balance. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram will have to figure out where the pressure is coming from early and adjust protection accordingly on passing downs. Also, I would expect to see more FB Zach Line involved this week.

Oh..and run, run, run.

Who specifically will have to cover Antonio Brown and how do you think that will go?

Antonio Brown is statistically having a down year for him because defenses are targeting him more. Last week he only had four catches for 49 yards. Is this a sign of Brown slowing down?

No. Not at all. Defenses have been playing a bracket defense on Brown all season, with a corner back covering him and a safety helping up top. Yet, he’s still caught an NFL high 13 TD catches. I would expect Eli Apple to have the primary assignment on Brown today. While Apple is hardly a shutdown corner, he has been steadily improving since the trade from the New York Giants.

With that being said, Brown’s elite talent has opened up the field for JuJu Smith-Shuster, who’s in the midst of one of the best first two years of a career all time. The deep ball and big play specialist will likely have Mashon Lattimore draping him most of the evening.

I expect the Steelers to expose this and be patient with short throws to set up deeper pass plays. I expect the Saints to shut down one, but not both of perhaps the best receiving tandem in the NFL.

Prediction Saints 31 Steelers 24

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Saints QB Drew Brees Sent Out 174 Footballs to Celebrate Becoming the All-Time NFL Passing Leader

Saints quarterback Drew Brees came up with a unique way to thank the many people who helped him become the NFL’s all-time passing leader according to Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com.

After breaking the league’s career passing yardage record, Brees sent commemorative footballs to 174 pass catchers, offensive linemen, coaches and other contributors that helped him accomplish this monumental feat. Brees said Friday he wanted to “take care of those who take care of me.”

Brees broke the record on October 8 before a national television audience on Monday Night Football during a blowout win over the Washington Redskins, surpassing Peyton Manning’s previous mark of 71,940 yards. Brees now has 73,908 passing yards and counting.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis as well as the team’s public relations staff helped him compile the list, which included 15 current pass catchers, 84 former pass catchers, seven current blockers, 49 former blockers, 11 coaches and eight other contributors. Among the contributors are Saints owner Gayle Benson, his throwing mechanics coach Tom House and Dr. James Andrews, who performed his shoulder surgery in January 2006.

“I wanted to do something for everybody,” Brees said. “Obviously, the emotions that came after that and just the reflections. It was good that we were going into a bye week because it gave me a chance just to take a deep breath, and you just start thinking about all the guys that had a hand in that. And so I think naturally you start thinking, OK, well, a lot of people have caught those balls. So, let’s get a list of all the pass catchers and the number of catches and the number of yards, and let’s put together a game ball for them and put those statistics on there for them, so they know that they have a piece of this and they were an important part of it. Wrote a note to them as well and signed it and included that in there.

“And then I started thinking, well, it’s not just about the receivers, it’s about the guys blocking. So, it’s like, alright, let’s find every offensive lineman that’s ever started a game. So, we did that. Then I started thinking about coaches, then I started thinking about other people as well. So, it was actually a long list, but I just wanted to do that for them.”

Each football has the recipient’s name. For former receivers, it included their receptions and receiving yards from Brees. The Saints sent out the balls for Brees earlier this week, so they’ve been arriving the past couple days. And Brees said he might still send out more balls as other participants come to light. It is a classy move by a classy individual.

Saints OT Terron Armstead Out for Monday’s Matchup Against Carolina

Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead will miss his fifth consecutive game as the team has ruled him out for Monday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Armstead (pectoral) was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, but he did not participate on Saturday and will not play Monday in Charlotte. Every other Saints player participated fully on Saturday and will be available for the game.

Armstead, who suffered his injury in Week 10 against the Bengals, had the same practice schedule each of the past two weeks, participating in a limited fashion the first two days before sitting out the third session. Coach Sean Payton offered little clarity when asked about Armstead on Saturday.

“Look, each week we do what we think is best relative to his health, and we really just go from there,” Payton said.

Saints Release WR Brandon Marshall to Ink Tight End Erik Swoope

The Saints are claiming tight end Erik Swoope off waivers from the Colts on Wednesday and releasing wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Pro Football Talk first reported the addition of Swoope, and ESPN reported Marshall’s release. Both moves were listed later on the NFL’s transaction wire.

Swoope, 26, has played in 24 career games and has 23 receptions for 384 yards with four touchdowns, three of which came this season.

Swoope, who was waived Tuesday, went undrafted in 2014 out of Miami, where he played basketball for four seasons. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end made his debut for the Colts in 2015 before. He played all 16 games in 2016, missed 2017 with a knee injury and played in seven games this season.

Marshall, meanwhile, leaves the Saints after four games being among the inactive players. The 34-year-old was effectively a depth addition after injuries to Cameron Meredith and Dez Bryant, but Marshall couldn’t move up in the receiver group with Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood, Austin Carr and Tommylee Lewis.