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Author: Ian Riise

Time of Possession Vital for New Orleans Saints in NFC Championship

NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 4: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball and leaps over Lamarcus Joyner #20 of the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Rams 45-35. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams beat two very different teams to advance to the NFC Championship game. However, they won their games in a similar fashion; by controlling the game’s pace with excellent situational defense and a methodical offensive approach. Since both teams rank near the...

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New Orleans Saints Secondary Gets Redemption in Return to NFC Divisional Round

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 13: Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints is congratulated by his teammate Vonn Bell #24 after a second quarter interception against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) The Minneapolis Miracle, which took place exactly a year ago today, was the type of play that can scar a unit for years. Anyone could sense the depth of pain inside New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams as he spoke following his missed tackle on Minnesota Vikings...

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Drew Brees Should Prepare for a Shootout With the Philadelphia Eagles

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 23: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks to throw the ball during the first half agains the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 23, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) In the New Orleans Saints week 11 48-7 blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Drew Brees had one of the best games of his career. The 2018 MVP candidate earned a 153.2 passer rating while throwing for 363 yards and four touchdowns at 12.1 yards per attempt. It was one of eight games where Brees...

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Four Concerns for the New Orleans Saints as the 2018 Postseason Begins

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 23: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 23, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) The 2018 New Orleans Saints have set themselves up beautifully for a Super Bowl run. Following an impressive 2017 season that ended in heartbreak, the Saints finished this year with a 13-3 record that earned them the top NFC playoff seed. Now they bring one of the strongest teams in franchise history into the playoffs and won’t have to...

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New Orleans Saints Defensive Identity Clear as Postseason Approaches

It’s been an up and down season for the New Orleans Saints defense, to say the least. It started with a 48-40 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which the Saints allowed 417 passing yards and 112 rushing yards. Both figures remain season-highs. Two weeks later, they gave up 9.4 yards per pass and 37 points in a shoot-out win over the Atlanta Falcons. From that point on, however, the overall defensive play improved as players like defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and linebacker Demario Davis broke out and helped the Saints front seven become a dominant force. The...

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