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Fleur-de-Links, November 9: Panthers big loss against Steelers gives Saints opportunity to increase division lead

After taking a 52-21 drubbing in Pittsburgh, the Panthers have given the Saints an opportunity to grow their division lead.

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Saints News:

No A.J. Green could make Bengals a bigger trap game than usual for Saints – The Athletic
Key matchups to watch between New Orleans and Cincinnati in Week 10.

Sounds of the Game: Week 9 vs. Saints
Get an inside look at the hard-fought, back-and-forth week 9 battle against the New Orleans Saints with this edition of Sounds of the Game.

Drew Brees named FedEx Air Player of the Week for Week 9
Brees threw for four TD passes in win over Rams

Saints WR Cameron Meredith to have surgery, go on IR
Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith is going to have knee surgery and be placed on injured reserve, coach Sean Payton announced Thursday.

Marcus Peters: Tell Sean Payton to Keep Talking S--t After Rams' Loss to Saints | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
There will be no shortage of storylines if the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints face off in the NFL playoffs...

Dez Bryant's Talent, Saints' Culture Make for Perfect NFL Marriage | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Saints coach Sean Payton has long liked receiver Dez Bryant . When Bryant was cut by the Cowboys , the two stayed in touch. Not only does Payton admire Bryant's skill, but Bryant also brings to mind one of Payton's favorite players...

Dez Bryant feels surrounded by greatness in New Orleans Saints locker room
'I'm just excited to play with these guys'

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton established bond with Dez Bryant prior to NFL Draft
'(Bryant) can give you tough, contested catches'

NFL News:

Wally Triplett, Lions legend and NFL pioneer, passes away at 92 -
Wally Triplett, who was the first African-American player to be drafted and play in the league, passed away Thursday morning. The Detroit Lions legend and NFL trailblazer was 92.

Rams to hold moment of silence for shooting victims -
A moment of silence will be held prior to the start of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks in memory of the victims of Wednesday's shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.

Steelers expect Le'Veon Bell to report next week -
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II says the team expects Le'Veon Bell to return to the team ahead of Tuesday's signing deadline for franchise tagged players.

Next Gen Stats: Week 10 fantasy football matchups -
Using Next Gen Stats, Graham Barfield discusses Melvin Gordon's outlook, Marquez Valdes-Scantling's upside, Josh Gordon's ceiling, and all of the Week 10 fantasy football matchups.

NFL explains Vance McDonald touchdown catch
The seven points didn’t make a difference in the game, but the video evidence coupled with the failure to have a full-blown replay review on a third-quarter touchdown reception by Steelers tight end Vance McDonald left many fans confused — and plenty of Panthers fans feeling like their team had been

‘Blind side’ left tackles inspired a movie. In today’s NFL, the right side has the tougher job. - The Washington Post
Right tackles don't make eight figures or get the star treatment. But as the NFL evolves, they matter more and more.

Making sense of NFL rule changes at midseason: What has worked - NFL Nation- ESPN
Through nine weeks of the NFL season, we check in on how the league's intricate rule changes for the 2018 season have fared.

Thursday Round-Up:'s Gil Brandt Believes 4-4 Seahawks Are 'Trending Up' At Midseason
Gil Brandt, the former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, labels the Seahawks as 'trending up' heading into the second half of the season.

Where Bears team, players rank in the NFL
Take a look at where the Bears stack up both as a team and individually in the NFL rankings heading into their game against the Lions on Sunday.

Calvin Ridley: 'It's just amazing to be around Julio Jones' -
Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has made an immediate impact for Atlanta. In the latest edition of the RapSheet and Friends podcast, the rookie said no teammate has been a bigger influence than Julio Jones.

Ron Rivera on Panthers' big loss: '[Expletive] happens' -
The Carolina Panthers choked down some "humble pie" during Thursday's 52-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team is characterizing the performance as more of an anomaly than a trend.

Middle-of-the-road teams: Eagles, Falcons up; Packers down -
Will Aaron Rodgers' Packers turn around their season -- or are they done for? Gil Brandt identifies which middle-of-the-road teams are trending up and which are trending down.

NFL: Cowboys' Jerry Jones in danger of becoming NFL's biggest loser
The losses are piling up for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, both on and off the field. And it is likely going to get worse.

The simplest explanation for a night when just about everything went wrong? ‘This shit happens’ – The Athletic
Thursday night started with a bang for the Panthers, but within minutes, the game was turned upside down for them. The Steelers owned the rest of the night. "We got whooped," Cam Newton said.

The future of football helmets is driven by innovation and a startup culture – The Athletic
The future of helmet technology is happening in biomechanics labs and on college campuses.

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