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Fleur-de-Links, November 13: Saints defense starting to match offense’s big performances

Could Saints finally have the “average” defense that so many have said Brees needs to win another Super Bowl?

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Bengals Alert Police After Saints' Sean Payton Reportedly Smashed Fire Alarm | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton took matters into his own hands to avoid a distraction before Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals...

NFL power rankings Week 11: New Orleans Saints hold onto No. 1 spot -
Is your offense good? Awesome. Is your defense good? Whatever. That idea is clear in the Week 11 NFL power rankings.

Thanks to Sean Payton's lost bet, Saints to sport popular color rush jerseys vs. Eagles | Saints |
Remember when New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton lost that bet in the offseason to Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson?

Bears, Colts, Saints among NFL's statement makers in Week 10 -
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. We're hitting the stretch run of the 2018 regular season. It's go time. Separation time. STATEMENT time. Adam Schein identifies the nine biggest statements made in Week 10.

Sean Payton Says He Damaged Fire Alarm in Locker Room Before Saints vs. Bengals | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was fed up with a fire alarm before the team's 51-14 dismantling of the Cincinnati Bengals , so he took matters into his own hand. Mike Triplett of ESPN...

Saints sign Brandon Marshall as Dez replacement -
The New Orleans Saints signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, coach Sean Payton confirmed Monday. The move comes days after Dez Bryant suffered a season-ending injury.

Mourning loss of daughter, Jermon Bushrod steps up for Saints - NFL Nation- ESPN
The veteran offensive lineman has leaned on his Saints family during a difficult time, and Sunday they leaned on him a little in Cincinnati.

Saints' Michael Thomas tied with this big-name receiver for NFL lead in receptions | Saints |
Saints receiver Michael Thomas caught eight passes in Sunday's 51-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and left Paul Brown Stadium tied for the league lead in receptions.

Saints open to bringing back Dez Bryant for 2019 -
Dez Bryant suffered a season-ending Achilles rupture on Friday during his second practice with his new team, the Saints. The team tells Ian Rapoport they are open to bringing back the WR in 2019.

Scripted plays be damned, there’s a lot to like about Saints improved defense – The Athletic
The win over Cincinnati will give Dennis Allen confidence to call the plays he wants instead of the plays he might have felt he had to in games prior.

NFL News:

NFL Playoffs: How Rams can clinch division, historic playoff berth with win over Chiefs in Week 11 -
The Los Angeles Rams could clinch the NFC West next week if things break right

NFL Week 10: The 10 dumbest mistakes from Sunday, ranked -
The Jets got embarrassed by the Bills, Tom Brady tripped over his own feet, and even though they won, we still got our weekly "oh Browns" moment.

NFL still determined to play Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game in Mexico City despite field concerns
The NFL is still determined to play next Monday's game between the Chiefs and Rams at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, league sources told ESPN, despite significant concerns about the poor playing surface.

Week 11 2018 NFL Power Rankings season defining stats for every defense
Amid another shake-up at the top of the NFL Power Rankings, we break down defensive stats for all 32 teams that tell the tale of the 2018 season.

The NFL’s elite is a settled matter, but these challengers have emerged - The Washington Post
The Chargers, Steelers and Bears have the capability to upset those at top of the NFL's hierarchy later this season.

Debrief: Pats down but NOT out; plus, top five MVP candidates -
The loss to Tennessee is concerning -- but Gregg Rosenthal pumps the brakes on talk of Tom Brady and the Patriots' downfall. Plus, the top five MVP candidates through Week 10 and more.

Ex-Browns coach Hue Jackson joins Bengals staff -
Hue Jackson is back in Cincy. The former Cleveland Browns head coach is joining the Cincinnati Bengals' coaching staff as a special assistant to the head coach.

Tom Brady on critics: 'I absolutely want to play better' -
Is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady slipping? In an interview with Jim Gray, the reigning MVP admitted he thinks he can play better than he has through the first 10 weeks of the season.

Cooper Kupp out for season after tearing ACL Sunday -
The Rams' worst fear has been confirmed. Cooper Kupp is done for the season. Rams coach Sean McVay revealed Kupp suffered a torn ACL in Los Angeles' Week 10 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

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