Saints News, 12/6/13: Drew Brees Could Join the 50,000 Yards QB Club Sunday Night

Bob Levey

He needs just 287 yards to eclipse 50,000 passing yards for his career. He's currently fifth on the all-time passing yardage list behind only John Elway, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre. In other news, the Saints list five players as questionable for Sunday: OT Zach Strief (ankle), DT Brodrick Bunkley (ankle), S Rafael Bush (ankle), LB Keyunta Dawson (calf), DE Glenn Foster (knee)

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Saints Prepare for Panthers

Saints morning report: The 50,000 club - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – On Sunday night, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees could become the fifth player in NFL history to throw for 50,000 yard

New Orleans Saints issue final injury report for Carolina Panthers game
Five New Orleans Saints players listed as questionable for Sunday's game

New Orleans Saints seek to break loudest crowd roar at an indoor sports stadium
The official record that the Saints and their fans will attempt to break will be “the loudest crowd roar at an indoor sports stadium.”  The current record is 126 dBA, which was set by fans of the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on November 15, 2013.

Sean Payton: Steve Smith's longevity is impressive
Quotes from Sean Payton's post practice press conference on Friday, December 6, 2013

New Orleans Saints embracing importance of Sunday night's game against Carolina Panthers | NOLA.com
Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins says no need to sugarcoat this game with NFC South supremacy on the line

Double Coverage: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints - ESPN
The hottest team in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers, will ride an eight-game winning streak into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday night to take on

Matchups to watch: Panthers vs Saints - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
What are the key statistical matchups in the Sunday night clash between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints? We'll give you one for each quar

Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly has New Orleans Saints' attention - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – About a month ago, when I was asking New Orleans Saints players for an ESPN poll to name the most underrated player in the NFL (

NFC South proves ‘next year’ cliché rings true | wwltv.com New Orleans
Few clichés are trotted out in sports as much as this one – there’s always next year. But few clichés ring as true, especially in the NFC South.

Black and Gold Today: Saints-Panthers key matchups, trivia challenge winner and more - Video | NOLA.com
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Fox 8's Chad Sabadie analyze the matchups that will decide the Saints-Panthers game, plus hear from QB Drew Brees, and see the week 14 trivia challenge winner. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

John DeShazier: Drew Brees has been video game good in prime-time home games
In the 17 prime-time home games Brees has completed 446 of 626 passes (71.2 percent) for 5,339 yards and 46 touchdowns

Déjà vu – Saints facing second straight mobile, athletic QB | wwltv.com New Orleans
The good news for the Saints is that now that they’ve seen Russell Wilson in person, they have a jump start on figuring out new, more effective ways to stop Cam Newton.

Hoss, Handwerger break down Saints vs Panthers | wwltv.com New Orleans
Mike Hoss and Bradley Handwerger break down the game and why the Panthers won't be easy to defeat, even in the dome.

Saints look to turn takeaway spigot back on against Panthers | wwltv.com New Orleans
When Drew Brees stepped up in the pocket on his fifth drop-back of Monday night’s game against Seattle, he couldn’t have known just how game-changing the moment would become.

Saints set focus on winning NFC South | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Although the Saints’ hopes for home-field advantage throughout the NFL playoffs likely went bye-bye in a dismal 34-7 loss to Seattle on Mon…

Sean Payton wants Saints playing takeaway | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After ranking among the league leaders in takeaways after seven games, the New Orleans Saints’ defense is fighting through a bit of a droug…

Brees confident of a Saints rebound against Carolina | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE ­­-- One horrific offensive performance doesn't appear to be enough to discourage Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Saints’ Zach Strief practices on a limited basis | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Tackle Zach Strief, who injured his left ankle late in the third quarter of Monday night’s game with the Seattle Seahawks, worked on a limi…

New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers top performances
A look at the top individual performances for Saints players against the Panthers in the previous 36 meetings between the two clubs.

New Orleans Saints Fact of the Day: December 6, 2013
The New Orleans Saints host the Carolina Panthers this Sunday on NBC's Sunday Night Football

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Panthers Prepare for Saints

Charles Johnson, DeAngelo Williams good to go for date with Saints | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers are going to be very close to full strength for Sunday's showdown for first place in the NFC South against the Saints. Defensive end Charles Johnson, running back DeAngelo Williams and linebacker Chase Blackburn will all return after missing last week's game because of injuries.

‘Unknown factor’ makes Panthers intriguing, NBC announcers say | CharlotteObserver.com
For the first time since Week 16 of the 2008 season, the Panthers will play on Sunday Night Football, which is the No. 1 prime time show on television based on viewership. That makes them new to NBC announcers Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth.

Saints Defense Seeks Improvement vs. Newton " CBS Charlotte
Malcolm Jenkins doesn't envision New Orleans' defense crumbling for a second-straight week, no matter how similar the challenges of stopping Russell Wilson and Cam Newton may be.

Panthers & Saints Capsule: Stats & Highlights Previewing #SNF " CBS Charlotte
CAROLINA (9-3) at NEW ORLEANS (9-3) Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC OPENING LINE — Saints by 3 1/2

Ted Ginn: I’m Seizing The Opportunity Carolina Gave Me At WR " CBS Charlotte
Panthers wide receiver and returner extraordinaire, Ted Ginn joined the Mac Attack on Friday. After introducing Ginn to the parody song made in his honor, Mac and Jim discuss the weekend's big matchup against the saints and tell fans how they can meet Ted in the Concord area on Monday (De. 9).

Greg Cosell: Saints Should Attack Mikell And Klein In The Pass Game " CBS Charlotte
Greg Cosell, from ESPN's NFL Matchup show and NFL Films joins the guys for his weekly spot to discuss the week's film study. Greg also points out the Panthers-Saints will receive a full segment of coverage on NFL matchup this week.

Mike Mitchell Backpedals on 'Soft' Drew Brees Comments
Mike Mitchell Backpedals on 'Soft' Drew Brees Comments

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Other Saints News

Saints fans warned to be cautious buying tickets | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
With two big games coming up Friday and Sunday, Saints and Pelicans officials again are warning fans to be cautious when purchasing tickets…

Hebert, LHSAA's Henderson, J.T. Curtis, Jay Roth, Pat Lambert headline Dec. 7 N.O. QB Club luncheon
LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson, John Curtis head football coach J.T. Curtis, Rummel coach Jay Roth, Hannan coach Pat Lambert, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, Tommy Krysan of Pelican Sports Network and offensive line coach John McDonell of Tulane are the featured speakers at the weekly Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club on Monday, December 9 at noon at The Cannery, 3803 Toulouse Street in New Orleans.

2013 New Orleans NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Team Championship will take place at halftime on Sunday night
The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program is one of the longest-running NFL grassroots programs

Champions Square are pregame activities will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday
Kanection will start at 4:45 p.m.

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NFL News

Gary Kubiak fired by Texans after 11th straight loss | ProFootballTalk
It's now official. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports has reported that the Texans have fired coach Gary Kubiak, who is expected at a press conference soon. Kubiak has already told his assistants he has been fired.

Texans may have forced themselves into hiring Wade Phillips for 2014 | ProFootballTalk
When it comes to firing a head coach and replacing him with an interim head coach, the move comes with one major risk. If the interim coach does well, it's hard not to make the interim coach the permanent coach.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton: Steve Smith's longevity is impressive
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, December 6, 2013 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Saints React to Nelson Mandela's Passing
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, WR Lance Moore and DE Akiem Hicks react to Nelson Mandela's passing. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Preview: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
NFL Films previews the Week 14 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints.

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Morning Report: December 6
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier previews the Friday's Saints news on the Morning Report. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Romig's Favorite Players: Archie Manning
NewOrleansSaints.com continues to honor longtime Mercedes-Benz Superdome public address announcer Jerry Romig by taking a look back at some of his favorite games and players. Here is a look back at QB Archie Manning.

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