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Saints News, 12/3/14: Brees Says Reports About Saints Replacing Him Have 'Absolutely No Validity'

From NOLA.com: "Something like that -- I know it has absolutely no validity to it," Brees said. "A lot of time you can look at who's writing that stuff and you can say 'alright this guy is trying to make a splash or trying to make a name for himself' whatever it might be. In a lot of cases I'm not sure where they get their information, if they just completely make it up or if there are sources that are their cousins."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Top league official testifies that <a href="https://twitter.com/nflcommish">@nflcommish</a> Roger Goodell didn’t need to see second Ray Rice video: <a href="http://t.co/28Eh7wg2np">http://t.co/28Eh7wg2np</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo (@Yahoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/Yahoo/status/539957283581865984">December 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Drew Brees says reports about the Saints replacing him have 'absolutely no validity' | NOLA.com
Brees said he got wind of the report after Sunday's game

Drew Brees irritated by report saying Saints will look to draft QB - CBSSports.com
Drew Brees apparently does NOT believe the team should be looking to draft his replacement.

Drew Brees' New Orleans Saints could be poised to make a run - NFL.com
The New Orleans Saints have been one of the NFL's biggest letdowns in 2014, but fresh off an inspiring win, are they ready to make a run? Brian Billick says you can't sleep on Drew Brees and Co.

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New Orleans Saints receiver Nick Toon had to wait three years to finally reach the end zone.

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A look at where the New Orleans Saints (5-7) and Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) rank in key statistical categories through 13 weeks of the NFL season:

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Snapshot: Drew Brees - ESPN
Evaluating Drew Brees' performance in the New Orleans Saints' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New Orleans Saints film review: Defense - ESPN
A film review of the New Orleans Saints' defensive performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

John Jenkins presents The Forgotten Angeles Toy Drive
Toy donations will be accepted through Dec. 12

Saints Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades at Steelers | The Saints Nation

Meet ex-Saints cornerback Jabari Greet at the team Hall of Fame museum before Panthers game Sunday | Black and Gold

New Orleans Saints' passing game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers: Graphic | NOLA.com
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' energizing 35-32 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Saints are now 5-7. Their next game will be back in the Superdome vs. the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 12 noon. This weekly illustration breaks the field into six zones, depicting the Saints' hotspots and rough patches.

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The 5-7 New Orleans Saints have played uncharacteristic football all year, but with bad defenses remaining on the schedule, 9-7 is not out of the question.

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Panthers News

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The Carolina Panthers have have gone 1-8-1 since Week 3 of the season.

Carolina Panthers should plan for future, not playoffs | CharlotteObserver.com
While the Panthers thawed out during the two-hour flight home following a 31-13 loss at Minnesota, hopefully they realized they can stop with all this playoff talk.

Inside the Panthers: Panthers waive Cason; third veteran to go

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The records may not show it, but Tampa Bay is a better team right now than the Carolina Panthers.

Ron Rivera says Cam Newton remains Carolina Panthers' quarterback of future - ESPN
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton remains the team's quarterback of the future despite having his worst season statistically.

Cam Newton: Carolina Panthers have lost their swagger | CharlotteObserver.com
Cam Newton introduced another possible reason for Carolina’s struggles after a 31-13 loss to the Vikings: a loss of swagger.

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NFL News

New estimates put new Falcons stadium at $1.4 billion | ProFootballTalk
Man, even with Cyber Monday, $1.2 billion doesn't buy you what it used to. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons will tell the Georgia World Congress Center Authority today that their new stadium is going to cost an extra $200 million, up to $1.4 billion.

Report: Tyrann Mathieu to have pin inserted in thumb | ProFootballTalk
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NFLPA reverses course, sends witness to Senate hearing | ProFootballTalk
As of Monday, a Tuesday hearing on domestic violence in pro sports before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee was set to include representatives from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NFL along with all respective unions -- except for the NFL Players Association.

Troy Vincent admits NFL didn’t need to see second Rice video | ProFootballTalk
From the days after the second Ray Rice video was released, some have argued that the question of whether the NFL saw that video before it was released overlooks the question of whether the NFL needed to see the second Ray Rice video.

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Video

VIDEO: Mark Ingram: "My teammates had my back"
Mark Ingram recaps the New Orleans Saints vs Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Video provided by WVUE-FOX 8.

VIDEO: Benjamin Watson talks about his 1st TD of season
Benjamin Watson recaps the New Orleans Saints vs Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Video provided by WVUE-FOX-8.

VIDEO: Tom Benson's Hall of Fame pledge
NFL Media's Steve Wyche takes an inside look at New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson's $11 million pledge to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, making it the largest donation in the Hall's 51-year history.