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Fleur-de-Links, January 4: Saints patiently waiting to find out who their playoff opponent will be

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Wild Card weekend is almost upon us, and the Saints will learn their opponent after this weekend’s contest

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Saints News:

How Ted Ginn will breathe life back into Saints offense in the playoffs – The Athletic
Even at 33, Ginn has the ability to create separation with crisp routes.

Gayle Benson in her words: From humble beginnings to the courtship by former Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson – The Athletic
Gayle Benson sat down for an extended interview with The Athletic last week, spanning more than an hour.

Gayle Benson in her words: From the public battle for the Saints/Pelicans to Anthony Davis to Tom Benson post-Katrina – The Athletic
In Part II of the Gayle Benson interview, she reveals whether she'd dance with the umbrella if the Saints win the Super Bowl.

By how many catches did Saints' Michael Thomas set the 3-season receptions record? | nola.com
He moved a head of former LSU wideout Jarvis Landry.

NFL playoff predictions: It's a Saints-Chargers Super Bowl
The NFL playoffs are about to begin. Here's how our crystal ball sees things shaking out from the divisional round all the way to a Super Bowl meetup between the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints.

Chatham: Saints’ use of Drew Brees offers window into how Patriots can keep Tom Brady effective – The Athletic
Turns out one of the best offenses in the league has relied on an older QB spending an above-average volume of plays under center in an offense that makes heavy use of its running backs.

Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone feeling built to last after injury-shortened rookie season | nola.com
He played all 16 games in 2018 regular season.

Saints' Brees awed teammates again with completion rate
It's one thing to throw passes as accurately as any quarterback ever has, which the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees arguably does. It takes an entire group and it starts with the guys up front, goes to the receivers catching the ball, tight ends, backs, everybody in protection and running routes

'Important' for Saints to get rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith's play more consistent, Sean Payton says | Saints | theadvocate.com
Sean Payton is looking for some more consistency out of Tre’Quan Smith.

Trump signs law awarding Saints legend, ALS activist Steve Gleason with Congressional Gold Medal | State Politics | theadvocate.com
Former New Orleans Saints star and ALS activist Steve Gleason will officially be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal after President Donald Trump signed the legislation into law Thursday.

NFL News:

NFL launches voice-powered football guide for Amazon Alexa
The NFL has launched a comprehensive guide for football fans enabled by Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa.

NFL playoffs: Which team in wild-card round could make Super Bowl run?
In the last five years, no NFL team playing in the wild-card round has made it to the Super Bowl. But which team could break through in 2019?

Chiefs News: NFL scoring dropped immediately following Chiefs-Rams - Arrowhead Pride
Chiefs headlines for Friday, January 4.

NFL playoffs 2019: Ranking the most dangerous wild-card teams | SI.com
The Chargers are one of the best teams in the NFL—but so is the team that won their division, the Chiefs—putting Los Angeles in position to make a deep run through the playoffs, starting this wild-card weekend.

Patriots' Tom Brady could become first NFL QB ever to accomplish this feat
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has defied age by performing at an elite level in his 40s.

NFL Wild Card picks: Chargers win low-scoring game vs. Ravens and more of Pete Prisco's best bets - CBSSports.com
Prisco is taking three 'dogs and two unders in his five best bets of Wild Card Weekend

Lamar Jackson will be youngest QB to start in playoffs - NFL.com
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will become the youngest quarterback in NFL history to start a playoff game on Sunday when he steps onto the field against the Chargers.

Ravens Martindale takes pride in running NFL's top defense | FOX Sports
Ravens' Don Martindale takes pride in running NFL's top defense

Vic Fangio has done 'zero' prep for coach interviews - NFL.com
With head coaching interviews scheduled for Monday, the mastermind behind the league's best defense -- Chicago Bears DC Vic Fangio -- was frank in his preparation for those jobs, setting his sights only on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Johnathan Joseph on T.Y. Hilton quip: That's for clowns - NFL.com
T.Y. Hilton has put together some impressive stats against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium over the years, but Johnathan Joseph believes the wide receiver is just talking smack for the cameras.

Hall of Fame reveals finalists for Class of 2019 - NFL.com
The Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled its 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2019 on Thursday. Tight end Tony Gonzalez and safety Ed Reed are among this year's finalists.

NFL head coach openings: Bengals rank at the bottom - Cincy Jungle
One ESPN writer doesn’t think that the Bengals head coach opening is a great one based on what he’s heard from NFL Insiders.

Zimmer: Tony Sparano's death led to 'downward spiral' - NFL.com
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer pointed out one very specific loss that hurt the team at the start of the season -- the death of respected veteran coach Tony Sparano.

Defense still matters in the NFL playoffs, and the Ravens are playing it as well as anybody - The Washington Post
After an offense-heavy season, the NFL is starting to tilt back toward the defensive side of the ball.

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