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Fleur-de-Links, January 18: Saints defense been league’s best over last 3 months

Can the Saints defense help win another game

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Saints News:

If defense wins championships, then the Saints have to be the favorite – The Athletic
The last time New Orleans allowed a touchdown in the fourth quarter was Nov. 22, against Atlanta.

How the New Orleans Saints Became Super Bowl Favorites - The Atlantic
With shrewd drafting and a style adjustment, New Orleans built a team capable of helping out its star quarterback—and winning a Super Bowl.

NFL picks: Take the unders and the underdogs as best bets in Rams-Saints and Patriots-Chiefs -
Pete Prisco is going against the grain by fading the favorites and the overs on championship weekend

LA Times columnist: Rams will 'knock the Saints more senseless than a frat boy on Bourbon Street' | Saints |
One columnist is already booking the Los Angeles Rams' ticket the Super Bowl.

Saints must overcome playoff history of starting slow: First-and-10 |
The Saints have trailed at halftime in nine of 10 appearances in the divisional round or later.

Saints defense will try to avoid another slow start vs. Rams: 'We have to come out rolling' | Saints |
Despite ranking in the top half of the NFL in overall defense, the Saints have allowed eight touchdowns and a field goal on opening drives.

Alvin Kamara works as garbage man, continuing trend of blue collar jobs on Tuesdays -
Kamara and the Saints have Tuesdays off, and they have their rituals

Saints fans: Sean Payton needs Superdome raucous vs. Rams -- but with some new requests | Saints |
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has never shied away from saying it -- the home-field advantage at Mercedes-Benz Superdome is real.

Think Saints can replace Mark Ingram in free agency? Not so fast - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
Sunday's home game might not be the final one for the RB New Orleans drafted No. 28 overall in 2011 -- that is, if he has any say in the matter.

NFL News:

AFC Championship Game preview: Patriots-Chiefs -
Will the Kansas City Chiefs end the New England Patriots' Super Bowl streak? Jeremy Bergman previews Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

NFL playoffs: Poll shows fans *really* don’t want the Patriots in the Super Bowl -
The Patriots have been to three of the last four Super Bowls, and the majority of football fans *really* don’t want to see them there again.

NFL playoffs: How Patriots can upset Chiefs in AFC title game |
The Kansas City defense showed what it's made of against the Colts in the divisional round. Will it put up a similar performance in the AFC conference championship again against New England?

NFL playoffs: Which star player will power team to Super Bowl LIII?
There are no shortage of stars playing in the conference championship games, but it's difficult to determine who will shine brightest.

C.J. Anderson: 'I'm the freshest running back' in NFL -
C.J. Anderson had time to rest, watch the rest of the NFL -- and maybe put on a few extra pounds. The time off did him well, though, leaving him with fresh legs that are valuable in the postseason.

The Rams’ Todd Gurley has become the ideal modern NFL running back. His response? Shrug. - The Washington Post
The versatile back is the centerpiece of L.A.’s offense, and the key to its Super Bowl hopes.

How the Buffalo Bills are similar to NFL’s final four teams
How the Buffalo Bills are similar to the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Rams.

Fact-checking Patriots' 18-year NFL dynasty - What's real, what's a myth
Tom Brady can't be touched. Gronk has lost a step. Let's fact-check all the theories about New England and figure out what's nonsense.

Matt Hasselbeck, 43, says he got a call about playing this season
Which NFL team would have been desperate enough and incompetent enough to give Matt Hasselbeck a call?

Seahawks sign former Broncos QB Paxton Lynch -
Paxton Lynch is getting another chance to play in the NFL. The Seahawks signed the former Broncos quarterback to a deal.

Kyler Murray: NFL draft hype or quiet year in minors? |
The Heisman winner has a choice between baseball and a quiet season in the minors, or football and the obnoxiousness of NFL draft season.

2019 NFL Playoffs expert picks, predictions, parlay: Go Under in Patriots vs. Chiefs -
R.J. White drove deep in the Las Vegas SuperContest two of the past three years

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