Saints News, 1/3/14: Pierre Thomas Ruled Out For Wildcard Playoff Game in Philadelphia

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Always reliable RB Pierre Thomas has been ruled OUT for the Eagles game tomorrow night due to a chest injury sustained last weekend against the Buccaneers. It'll be interesting to see how the Saints offense compensates and which active RB will see a heavier workload to compensate for Thomas's absence. In other news, Jimmy Graham is voted first-team tight end on 2013 NFL All-Pro squad, the Saints signed kicker Derek Dimke to a futures contract, and Coach Payton kept his promise of new track suits and the return of Popeye's chicken for Saints players before road games. New road apparel AND Popeye's chicken!? Go ahead and get those new Saints championship rings ready!



Saints Prepare for Eagles

New Orleans Saints release final injury report for Eagles playoff game
Running back Pierre Thomas will not play against Eagles

The New Orleans Saints got their Popeye's in the locker room -
The New Orleans Saints love that chicken from Popeye's, and they got some before Saturday's playoff game. They are going to win the Super Bowl.

Saints’ travel tweaks in effect - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRE, La. -- As promised, the New Orleans Saints’ players were decked out in their new travel sweat suits and loading up on Popeyes chicken a

Know the enemy: Saints on LeSean McCoy - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- One of the elements that has burned the New Orleans Saints on the road this year is lapses in their run defense. Generally, their run

Stopping Philly Running Back McCoy easier said than done | New Orleans
Junior Galette sat at his locker this week and his eyes grew wider and wider as he discussed Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy.

Hoss, Handwerger: Saints have to play their home game on the road | New Orleans
Mike Hoss and Bradley Handwerger preview this weekend's huge Saints game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Matchups to watch: Saints at Eagles - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints travel north to take on the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night. If Drew Brees and the Saints hope to return to the Super Bowl,

Double Coverage: Saints at Eagles - Philadelphia Eagles Blog - ESPN
The way things have gone for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, you half expected to hear that Drew Brees fell down an elevator shaft or was hit by

Scouting the Eagles: A look at their special teams
Will Eagles use dangerous DeSean Jackson in return game?

New Orleans Saints to face harsh weather, fans in Philadelphia |
Philly fans have reputation of being some of the nastiest

Mark Ingram's biggest moment to date? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- Mark Ingram's first NFL playoff game could be one of the most fascinating to date in his roller-coaster three-year career with the Ne

NFL Playoffs -- Pierre Thomas of New Orleans Saints misses practice - ESPN
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas missed practice for the second straight day Thursday with a chest injury.

Drew Brees and Nick Foles, the pride of Austin Westlake, square off in the NFL playoffs | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Drew Brees and Nick Foles do not know each other very well, but they appreciate the significance of their unlikely matchup when the Saints …


Eagles Prepare for Saints

Trent Cole on Terron Armstead: "He’s got some weak spots" | ProFootballTalk
Asked if he expected the Saints to provide help for Armstead, Cole replied: "They’d better."

Philly to use undercover officers to deter Eagles fans | ProFootballTalk
The use of undercover officers has increased in recent years, with teams like the Seahawks and 49ers regularly alerting fans to the possibility that fans in the road team’s colors may be carrying guns and badges. On one hand, it’s good that the NFL and local law enforcement have taken these steps. On the other hand, it’s a shame that they have to do it.

Eagles fans' threats cancel Saints fans' Rocky run at Art Museum
So congratulations, Eagles fans. You'll have the Art Museum steps all to yourselves for the weekend. That's what you really wanted, right?

Saints credit Ryan for the team's turnaround on defense
After a terrible 2012 season, Saints brought in Rob Ryan, who has defense among the best this season.

Saints will feel it with temperatures in the 20s at the Linc
Winds will be light, but wind chills will still fall into the teens on Saturday night.

New Orleans party ideas for Eagles fans
The New Orleans Saints are bringing their 3-5 road record to Philly. To mark the occasion, we've created a menu of three cocktails and five recipes for the perfect Game Day party: New Orleans-flavored with a touch of winning Philly flair.

5 random Eagles notes: Brandon Boykin is good, the Saints' spy, and Nick Foles' helmet
To help warm you up on this bitter cold day in the Philly area, here are 5 random notes on the Eagles, the day before their first playoff game since 2010. 1) Brandon Boykin is good.


Other Saints News

Jimmy Graham voted first-team tight end on 2013 NFL All-Pro squad
Guard Jahri Evans makes the second team

Feelin' the Brees: New Orleans Saints' offensive stats through Game 16 |
An illustrated look at how Drew Brees and the 11-5 New Orleans Saints' top five offensive playmakers performed this season and during their 42-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday

John DeShazier: Kenny Stills has made a mark in rookie season
Receiver led NFL with 20-yard average per catch

New Orleans Saints Marques Colston honored by teammates - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston was named this year’s winner of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award, as voted o

Detroit Lions coaching search: Pete Carmichael Jr., Saints offensive coordinator |
MLive will spend the next several days providing the essentials on candidates who make sense to us.

METAIRIE, La.: Brees' career has reached new heights with Saints - Football Wires -
When Drew Brees eventually delivers his Hall of Fame speech, he may want to reserve a line for the Eagles.

Saints sign kicker Derek Dimke to futures contract | Black and Gold
Dimke — out of Illinois — was 6-of-7 for Tampa Bay and 2-of-2 for Detroit in the 2013 and 2012 preseasons, respectively, but he made neither team. He also spent some time with the New York Jets earlier in 2012 but didn’t make that team either.

Saints spreading the ball around at record levels | ProFootballTalk
Part of the problem when trying to draw up a defensive game plan against the Saints is that it’s impossible to focus on one receiver. And quarterback Drew Brees was able to create that confusion at a level no other team has. According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.


NFL News

NFL considering, sort of, playoff seeding based on records | ProFootballTalk
Yes, it's unfair that a team like the 12-4 49ers must venture to Green Bay for Ice Bowl II when the Packers cobbled together a measly 8-7-1 record en route to the NFC North crown. It's as unfair as it is for the 11-5 Saints to have to travel to play the 10-6 Eagles on Saturday night.



VIDEO: Sean Payton's final Eagles preview
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, January 3, 2014. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Rob Ryan: impressed with Eagles' offense
New Orleans Saints DC Rob Ryan speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, January 3, 2014. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Jimmy Graham on playin in cold weather
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, January 3, 2014. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Morning Report: January 3
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier chats with RB Khiry Robinson in the Morning Report (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Cameron Jordan talks about playing in the cold
New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, January 2, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Ben Grubbs talks about Drew Brees' confidence
New Orleans Saints G Ben Grubbs speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, January 2, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)

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