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Fleur-de-Links: Thursday, January 11

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Sure, I’ll give this a shot.

NEW ORLEANS, LA:  New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) salutes fans as he exits the field after a win over the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Wild Card playoff round at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA: New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) salutes fans as he exits the field after a win over the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Wild Card playoff round at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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Hey y’all, it’s me, Other John (not “John #1” Hendrix). A number of folks around the CSC community have requested we bring back the Fleur-de-Links dump, so I’ll be giving it the old college try.

Full disclosure: I can’t promise that I can make daily updates like you once enjoyed. When not arguing with you in the comments, I work three jobs when I’m not being a single dad and rely on a sometimes-spotty satellite internet service provider. So my schedule can get in the way of posting. But I am committed to delivering a delicious spread of tweets and links relevant to the New Orleans Saints and the NFL at large into your view at least two or three times a week.

Since I haven’t done this before, I’m totally open to suggestions on linking content you actually enjoy reading. For now I’ll be organizing in three sections (Twitter, Saints- and matchup-focused articles, and stuff from around the NFL/college football) but if anyone has any better ideas I’m eager to hear them.

Twitter


Word on the Street

Creating ‘havoc’: Vikings’ greatest strength could exploit Saints’ greatest weakness, via Nick Underhill (The Advocate)

Drew Brees on Case Keenum: ‘I always root for guys like that’, via Mike Triplett (ESPN)

Saints’ offensive struggles on third down faces test vs. Vikings defense, via Herbie Teope (The Times-Picayune)

Playoff remix: How Vikings and Saints have changed since Week 1 meeting, via Courtney Cronin and Mike Triplett (ESPN)

New Orleans Saints Present Biggest Playoff Challenge for Vikings, via Arif Hasan (Zone Coverage)

Barr, Kendricks Ready to Tango with Ingram, Kamara Tandem, via Eric Smith (Vikings.com)

Common Connections: Vikings-Saints Filled With Familiar Foes, via Sam Ekstrom (Zone Coverage)

Vikings vs. Saints: A Playoff Preview, via Warren Ludford (Daily Norseman)

An upside-down peace sign, a 9-TD night and Case Keenum’s record-setting career at Houston, via Courtney Cronin (ESPN)

Saints prove passing game can still carry offense, via Josh Katzenstein (The Times-Picayune)

Saints DE Cameron Jordan Trolls Cam Newton By Sending Wine to Panthers’ Stadium, via Khadrice Rollins (SI.com)

Reggie Bush: Alvin Kamara ‘much more advanced than I was’, via Mike Triplett (ESPN)

In New Orleans, Alvin Kamara Can Feel the Vibe, via Ben Baskin (MMQB)

Kamara for the culture, via Aaron Dodson (The Undefeated)


Lagniappe

Divisional Round Matchups, via Evan Silva (Rotoworld)

How the Rising Salary Cap Explains the NFL Playoffs, via Kevin Clark (The Ringer)

This is why the Seahawks twice passed on Ryan Ramczyk, via John P. Gilbert (Field Gulls)

Wulf’s Den: Finding a replacement for ‘Jay Train’ Ajayi, via Bo Wulf (The Athletic)

Broncos match Kirk Cousins’ criteria for success in the NFL, via Jon Heath (BroncosWire)

Five Alabama juniors declare for 2018 NFL draft, via Michael Casagrande (AL.com)

The Patriots’ Playoff X Factor Isn’t Who You’d Expect, via Danny Kelly (The Ringer)

Unpacking a tale of two Ansahs, and the franchise tag decision to come, via Chris Burke (The Athletic)

Rams GM says Aaron Donald extension not top priority, via Matthew Schmidt (FanRag Sports)

One reason UCF’s national title claim is actually valid (and it’s not the reason you think), via Jason Kirk (SB Nation)

John Lynch: We believe Jimmy Garoppolo can be our franchise quarterback, via David Fucillo (Niners Nation)