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Saints News, 12/18/14: Drew Brees Heads Into 200th Start With Unprecedented Numbers

From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: Drew Brees will make his 200th career start on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Brees will become the ninth quarterback in NFL history to start 200 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. And he’ll have the most passing yards (55,218), passing touchdowns (393), completions (4,868) and attempts (7,346) of any quarterback to reach that mark. Brees’ career completion percentage of 66.2 percent also ranks first in NFL history. Last but not least, Brees is on pace for 4,981 yards this season. He needs to average 321 yards in the last two games against Atlanta and Tampa Bay to reach 5,000 for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in his career. No other NFL quarterback has ever thrown for 5,000 yards more than once.

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Saints News

Drew Brees heads into 200th start with unprecedented numbers - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Drew Brees will make his 200th career start on Sunday and the New Orleans Saints quarterback has made a whole lot of history on his way there.

Drew Brees previews divisonal game against Falcons
Transcript of Drew Brees' post-practice press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Sean Payton talks about facing the Atlanta Falcons
Transcript of Coach Payton's post-practice press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

New Orleans Saints learning how to handle success with playoffs, pride, on the line | NOLA.com
"They definitely embarrassed us the first time around," said Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis.

Saints stuck with Nick Toon after fumble, but turnovers could be more costly against Falcons | NOLA.com
Toon played 38 snaps on Monday, catching four passes for 43 yards.

Brees pleased by diversity of Saints' attack

Forecast: 2014 season tells us Saints-Falcons will be crazy
The Saints could clinch a division title Sunday--or be eliminated from playoff contention altogether--against their hated rivals.

Saints' secondary in spotlight vs. Falcons - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett says New Orleans' revamped secondary fared well against a sinking Bears offense -- but the true test will be again

Where the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons rank: Week 16 - ESPN
A look at where the New Orleans Saints (6-8) and Atlanta Falcons (5-9) rank in key statistical categories through 15 weeks of the NFL season: SAINTS

Saints/NFL roundup: Todd McShay’s first mock draft - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Good news for the 2014 Saints. Bad news for the 2015 Saints. ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has New Orleans picking 21st in his first mock draft.

Armstead, Hicks, Sanford on Saints’ estimated injury report - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The Saints listed left tackle Terron Armstead (neck), defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) as not practicing.

NFC South champ will have history on its side in playoffs: Jeff Duncan's Dis & 'Dat | NOLA.com
Past three .500 or worse divisions winners have won their first playoff game

Jimmy Graham is No. 2 tight end in NFL Pro Bowl fan ballot | NOLA.com
Graham was the only Saints player in the top two at any position in the fan balloting, according to figures released by the NFL on Wednesday.

New Orleans Saints safety Jamarca Sanford a new addition to the practice report on Wednesday | NOLA.com
Armstead, Hicks, Sanford would have sat out of practice if the Saints held team drills

Drew Brees hit tight windows, and open receivers in win over Bears: Film Study | NOLA.com
Screen game with Pierre Thomas also returned

New Orleans Saints vs Atanta Falcons Wednesday Injury Report
The New Orleans Saints did not practice on Wednesday. Below is an estimation of practice status

New Orleans Saints make practice squad moves
Team drops two, adds two

Saints sign kicker Dustin Hopkins to practice squad | Black and Gold

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Falcons News

Mike Smith done talking Julio Jones' injury status for this week - ESPN
Falcons coach Mike Smith made clear his feelings about providing injury updates on top receiver Julio Jones, who continues to recover from a hip injur

Falcons QB: Showdown with Saints just another game

Robert McClain on the spot for Atlanta Falcons - ESPN
With Robert Alford on IR, it's up to Robert McClain to bring his best game forward in the most important contest of the season.

Atlanta Falcons Make Two CB Moves on the Roster
The Atlanta Falcons moved up Ricardo Allen to the active roster, and signed Jordan Mabin to the practice squad after Alford was moved to the Injured Reserve

Roddy White: Falcons aren't worried about Saints trash talk - The Falcoholic
Fact: Roddy White cures ham to pass the time during the off-season

Falcons coach Mike Smith responds to #SaveSmitty campaign
The job security of Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is of paramount importance to a significant number of Saints fans.

Roddy White, Mike Smith talk about Sunday's game
Transcript of Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith and wide receiver Roddy White's conference calls with the media

After Keenan Lewis’ Falcons funeral remark, Roddy White says Atlanta will do its talking on the field | Black and Gold

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NFL News

Hot stove alert: Free agency begins March 10 | ProFootballTalk
Dislike your favorite team's roster? Take heart: By St. Patrick's Day, it could be much, much different. The 2015 NFL league year will begin Tuesday, March 10, the NFL disclosed Wednesday as it released the opening portion of its annual calendar.

49ers cut Ray McDonald amid rape investigation | ProFootballTalk
The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald, hours after news broke that police searched his home in connection with an investigation into a sexual assault.

Painkiller lawsuit dismissed | ProFootballTalk
When a group of former players sued the NFL for the improper distribution of painkillers by team doctors, the effort got a lot more traction in the media than the concussion lawsuits received in their early stages.

Marc Trestman: It’s evident I haven’t gotten best from Jay Cutler | ProFootballTalk
For the second straight week, Bears coach Marc Trestman is getting questions about benching quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen. Trestman resisted any temptation to make a change last week and he's doing the same this week, although he stuck with Cutler while admitting something that...

Cam Newton's status uncertain as he returns to practice for first time since accident | NOLA.com
More will be determined Thursday, coach Ron Rivera said.

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton's Wednesday Falcons Press Conference
Sean Payton speaks with reporters on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Drew Brees' Falcons week press conference
Drew Brees speaks with reporters on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. video provided by WVUE-FOX-8.

VIDEO: Thomas Morstead on being chosen Man of the Year
New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead spoke on Wednesday, Dec. 17 about being chosen the team's Man of the Year. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)