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Football Gumbo: Saints Bye Week Edition

A stew of news and stories on the Saints as they enjoy their bye week

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“But there’s nothing like sampling a little gumbo, a little jambalaya and then diving face-first into a shrimp boil.” - Chris Low,


Hello folks and welcome to this new Saturday feature: a tasty mix of news and stories related to the Saints’ upcoming game. But wait...there is no upcoming game tomorrow, since the Saints are in their bye week. However, we can take a look at what happened last week and what’s to come for the Black and Gold as they rest and heal before embarking on their pursuit of the number one seed in the NFC.

Like a good gumbo, this series is full of all sorts of awesome ingredients and I will even occasionally add the slightly odd piece of news in the stew. Let’s dive in face-first!


Crescent City Gumbo

  • Get Out of Here!: Amy Just of recounts how Payton learned how to manage his bye week schedule and why the Saints are 8-2 after the bye since 2009.

  • More Midseason MVPs: Our Bob Rose gives us some candidates for Saints offensive MVP through eight games.


A Taste from Around the League

  • T.Y. Hilton Out for 3-4 Weeks: The Colts’ talented wide receiver has suffered multiple injuries in his career and is now out with a calf. The Saints play the Colts in Week 15 (December 16) on Monday Night Football. Via

  • Niners LB Kwon Alexander Out for Season: The former LSU standout is ouf to the year with a torn pectoral muscle. Previously with the Buccaneer, Alexander was acquired by San Francisco in free agency. New Orleans plays San Francisco in the Dome on December 8. Via




Through 8 games, who is your Saints MVP coach or player?

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Sean Payton: he kept the ship afloat when Drew went down
    (92 votes)
  • 25%
    Dennis Allen: his defense led the team through this winning streak
    (53 votes)
  • 1%
    Cam Jordan: Leads by example, and paces a great defense.
    (3 votes)
  • 16%
    Teddy Bridgewater: Without him, the Saints aren’t 7-1 right now
    (33 votes)
  • 11%
    Michael Thomas: Leads the NFL in nearly everything related to pass-catching.
    (23 votes)
204 votes total Vote Now