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Fleur-de-Links, December 3: Did Saints make right call going for it on 4th & Goal?

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Saints News:

Saints Film Room: How the offensive line got worked over by Dallas – The Athletic
Will other teams be able to replicate what the Cowboys did? Not likely, and here's why.

Non-call on Jaylon Smith for lowering helmet shows rule enforcement still a problem – The Athletic
The league has long resisted using replay for judgment call penalties, but it is likely time to consider extra help on plays that involve player safety.

Saints playoff outlook: How New Orleans can win the NFC South in Week 14 | Saints |
The New Orleans Saints can accomplish two things Sunday at Tampa Bay in Week 14: Clinch the NFC South with a victory and avenge a Week 1 loss to the

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is NFC’s longest-tenured
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was fired, leaving New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton with the longest tenure in the NFC.

Saints in prime position in NFC playoff race -- if they beat the Bucs |
A look at where New Orleans stands with four games to play

Rams clinch NFC West, take 1-game lead on Saints |
Todd Gurley runs for 132 yards and two touchdowns against Lions.

Saints film room: Take a closer look at what plagued offense against Cowboys | Saints |
There haven’t been many opportunities to discuss poor offensive performances by the Saints.

NFL News:

The Packers fire Mike McCarthy: Week 13 in the NFL |
The Packers part ways with their longtime coach after a dismal Lambeau loss to the Cardinals—so where does that leave Aaron Rodgers and the franchise? Plus, Joey Bosa’s resurgence helps fuel a big-time Chargers win over the Steelers, the streaking Texans’ chemistry is just right, more on Kareem Hunt, and rest of the NFL news from Sunday and beyond.

This Fan Fight During Steelers-Chargers Featured One Colossal Headbutt | NFL |
By now, you probably can infer there was some sort of fan fight at Heinz Field on Sunday. Furthermore, you probably can guess the fight included a pretty serious headbutt. Despite all that, we believe the fight will exceed your expectations.

Panthers fire coaches Brady Hoke, Jeff Imamura -
The Carolina Panthers have parted ways with defensive line coach Brady Hoke and cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura following Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2019 NFL draft order: Will a QB be picked in the top 10? |
Looking at the teams currently at the top of the NFL draft order, no teams have obvious quarterback needs. Could we see no QBs in the top 10 for the first time since 2013?

Winners and losers from NFL Week 13 |

49ers: Is Kyle Shanahan's rebuild still on track?
The 49ers are heading towards the No. 1 overall pick, but will that kid and Jimmy Garoppolo fix this team's mounting woes?

Biggest injuries of NFL Week 13, prognosis for Week 14
The latest on all the big injuries from our NFL Nation reporters, including the prognosis on each player for Week 14 and beyond.

NFL Week 13: The 10 dumbest mistakes from Sunday, ranked -
Let’s pour one out for Mike McCarthy and welcome the Bills back to the No. 1 spot.

Chargers avoid same ol' headline in comeback win over Steelers -
With an improbable second-half comeback to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Los Angeles Chargers avoid the same old headlines from year's past, writes Jim Trotter.

The N.F.L. Was Soaring. Then a Familiar Demon Reared Its Ugly Head - The New York Times
A season that seemed focused on exciting players and thrilling games has once again come under scrutiny for players’ abusive conduct outside of games.

Aaron Donald makes MVP case by destroying Lions -
The Aaron Donald MVP campaign committee just got its top highlight reel. The Los Angeles Rams' game-wrecking defensive tackle was the main reason Sean McVay's team clinched the NFC West on Sunday.

Dane Brugler’s Mock Draft 1.0: Giants and Jaguars invest early picks on quarterbacks

As​ we enter​ the fourth quarter​ of​ the​ NFL season, several organizations around the league have shifted focus to the​ offseason​​ and ways to improve the roster. For some teams, that means a projected top-10 pick and the opportunity to draft a cornerstone player, possibly a quarterback.

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