2021 Schedule

2021 Schedule
1-1, 3rd in NFC South

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower on Saints RB Alvin Kamara: "If you were trying to build a perfect back, he essentially has everything you need."

Will Superdome fire affect Saints' home game on Oct. 3? (1:28)
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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Unfortunately it has become obvious that you need to bench Marquez Callaway in fantasy lineups until the Saints prove they can get the ball downfield to any WR. But if you're looking for a reason to stash him on your bench, each of the Saints' first two games were real anomalies for different reasons.

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Payton: Saints' woeful offense 'starts with me'

Quarterback Jameis Winston and the Saints struggled to move the football all day in a surprising loss to the Panthers, but New Orleans coach Sean Payton took ownership of the effort, saying it "starts with me."

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Alvin Kamara's 7.0 PPR fantasy points today tied for his fifth-fewest in any of his 62 career games. He played 36 snaps; only in Week 14 of 2019 did he score fewer (6.3) while playing at least that many.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The 2nd quarter didn't go any better for the Saints than the 1st as they head into halftime trailing Carolina 17-0. Two issues that stood out most: Jameis Winston has been under constant pressure all day, even though the Saints are only missing one starting o-lineman. That led to Winston's first INT and first two sacks of the season, plus an intentional grounding penalty. Also, the Panthers are attacking Saints rookie CB Paulson Adebo and 2nd-year LB Zack Baun after they played well last week.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Week 2 has been night and day for the Saints from Week 1. After dominating the Packers in every facet of last week's 38-3 win, they were dominated in every facet by Carolina in the first quarter -- including total yardage (159 to 15) and time of possession (11:16 to 3:44).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Important replacements in new places for Saints this week because of all their injuries: Newly-acquired CB Bradley Roby will likely start in his Saints debut in place of Marshon Lattimore. Veteran DB P.J. Williams will likely handle the nickel with C.J. Gardner-Johnson out. Rookie first-round draft pick Payton Turner will make his debut and help fill in for DEs Marcus Davenport and Tanoh Kpassagnon. Last year's first-round pick, Cesar Ruiz, will slide from G to C to replace Erik McCoy.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints-Panthers is a showcase for the NFL's two most dynamic dual-threat RBs: Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey. In 7 career games against Carolina, Kamara has surpassed 100 scrimmage yards four times. McCaffrey, meanwhile, has six straight games with 80-plus yards from scrimmage -- the longest active streak among any NFL RB, per ESPN Stats and Information.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

More disappointing injury news for Saints: CB Marshon Lattimore (thumb), S C.J. Gardner-Johnson (knee) and DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (calf) are inactive Sunday at Carolina despite being questionable. QB Ian Book and DT Montravius Adams are healthy inactives. The Saints previously placed DE Marcus Davenport (shoulder) and LBs Kwon Alexander (elbow) and Chase Hansen (groin) on injured reserve. They previously ruled out C Erik McCoy (calf) and LB Pete Werner (hamstring).

Inside Jameis Winston's unique preparation (2:46)
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Saints minus two more assistants amid protocols

The Saints announced Saturday defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen and pass rush specialist Brian Young will not be with the team for its second game of the year due to NFL COVID-19 protocols, joining six others from New Orleans coach Sean Payton's staff.

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Saints put 2 defenders on IR, plus 7 coaches out

The Saints have placed defensive end Marcus Davenport (shoulder) and linebacker Kwon Alexander (elbow) on injured reserve and said they will be without seven assistant coaches against the Panthers due to COVID-19 protocols.

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Saints to spend Week 3 in Dallas, then go home

The Saints will likely spend one more week practicing in Dallas before they return home to New Orleans following their Week 3 game at New England, according to coach Sean Payton.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards115.532nd
Rushing Yards109.517th
Points For22.5Tied-18th
Points Against14.527th