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4-2, 2nd in NFC South
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2dMike Triplett

Saints win down top WRs with 3 a.m. game plan

The Saints managed to outlast the Panthers thanks to a game plan that came together early Friday morning due to the late scratches of wide receivers Michael Thomas (injury) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees making up for the absence of top WRs Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders with by far his best first-half performance of the season. Brees is 18-of-22 (including a spike) for 177 yards, two TD passes and one TD run. He marched the Saints downfield in 1:35 before halftime to give them a 21-17 lead at the break.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LT Terron Armstead has been in and out of the lineup today with an unspecified injury. And it cost New Orleans dearly. Backup LT James Hurst let Carolina DE Brian Burns burn him for a sack and forced fumble against Drew Brees when the Saints were in scoring range.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' most consistent problem all season long bit them again -- a total bust in zone coverage on Carolina WR D.J. Moore's 74-yard TD catch. It's unclear who missed his assignment (likely either safety Marcus Williams or Malcolm Jenkins since neither picked him up in deep coverage). But this has been a routine problem that has spread across the entire secondary all year. The Saints have now allowed 11 pass plays of 29-plus yards.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Undrafted Saints rookie WR Marquez Callaway had just five catches for 50 yards coming into Sunday's game. Now he has five for 56 in the first 18 minutes today after catching four passes on New Orleans' latest TD drive. The 6-foot-2, 204-pounder from Tennessee earned a spot on the 53-man roster because of his versatility as a pass catcher/blocker/special teamer. He's coming up big today with Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both sidelined.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints are off to a good start without their top two receivers (Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders). Drew Brees completed 6-of-6 passes for 37 yards to five different pass catchers on the opening drive, including a terrific 4-yard TD catch by TE Jared Cook, who bobbled it to himself in the back corner of the end zone and got his knee down in bounds. The Saints' run game was also strong, converting three short third-down conversions on the ground.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Key matchup for Saints is trying to finally find some consistency in their secondary against Carolina's dangerous WR trio of DJ Moore, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel. The Saints have allowed 15 TD passes in five games (tied for most per game in the NFL) and have allowed 10 passing plays of 29-plus yards. They have also been flagged for eight PI penalties of 19-plus yards. The good news? They have starting CBs Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins together for the first time since Week 2.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints should rely heavily on RB Alvin Kamara in the passing game today. But what's new? Per ESPN Stats & Information, Kamara's 395 receiving yards are 186 more than any other RB this year (even though the Saints have played just five games). And Kamara's four straight games of 100 scrimmage yards is the NFL's longest active streak.

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3dAdam Schefter

Sources: Thomas in jeopardy of missing Week 8

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who is out Sunday against Carolina, also could miss New Orleans' Week 8 game against Chicago, league sources told ESPN.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' healthy inactives for Sunday against Carolina are S DJ Swearinger, DT Malcolm Roach and OL Derrick Kelly. They previously ruled out WRs Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) and Emmanuel Sanders (reserve-COVID), G Nick Easton (concussion) and CB Ken Crawley (reserve-COVID).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Saints' top two WRs (Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders) out Sunday against Carolina, they'll likely rely most on RB Alvin Kamara, TE Jared Cook, WR Tre'Quan Smith in the passing game. But several guys should see a slight bump in opportunities, including WRs Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, Austin Carr, Juwan Johnson; jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill; RB Latavius Murray and TEs Josh Hill, Adam Trautman. Carr and Johnson were promoted from the practice squad as reserve-COVID replacements.

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3dESPN

Can Panthers' Teddy Bridgewater exploit his knowledge of the Saints?

Panthers (3-3) at Saints (3-2) 1 p.m. ET | FoxMatchup rating: 57.9 | Spread: NO -7.5 (51)What to watch for: No one expected this veteran Saints team to be just a half-game up on a Panthers squad that was overhauled from top to bottom this offseason.

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Week 7 Preview

Today on NFL Live, Laura Rutledge and the crew dive into all the big Week 7 games, recap the Eagles crazy comeback against the Giants, and much more!

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5dMike Triplett

Saints' Sanders, Thomas out against Panthers

Saints receiver Emmanuel Sanders will miss Sunday's game against the Panthers after testing positive for COVID-19, coach Sean Payton said Friday. Receiver Michael Thomas has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

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5dMike Triplett

Saints' Thomas misses practice; status iffy again

Saints receiver Michael Thomas did not practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday with a new hamstring injury that appeared for the first time on this week's injury report.

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7dMike Triplett

Saints end Thomas' discipline; can play if healthy

Saints receiver Michael Thomas, who was disciplined for a game after an altercation in practice, is eligible to return against the Panthers if he is healthy.

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Tampa 2 Legit

Mina talks to Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus about the weaknesses of the top 10 teams in the league (according to 538's expected playoff percentage)- Chiefs, Steelers, Titans, Seahawks, Ravens, Bears, Packers, Bucs, Bills, and Saints.

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7dMike Triplett

Saints given go-ahead to have fans starting Sun.

The Saints and New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell announced an agreement Tuesday of a phased approach to allowing fans to attend games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with 3,000 tickets OK'd for Sunday's matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

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KJZ Hour 3: An Unbelievable Comeback

The Cowboys are terrible. Paul Finebaum joins to talk about Nick Saban's comeback this weekend and the Big 10's return to the field. Alex Smith joins to talk about his return to the field and what it was like having his family there to see it. Plus, Key's Real Rankings!

Team Stats

Passing Yards265.79th
Rushing Yards118.814th
Points For30.07th
Points Against29.0Tied-8th

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