Payton narrowing Saints’ focus for finale vs. Bucs (Fox Sports)

Payton narrowing Saints’ focus for finale vs. Bucs (Fox Sports)

With the Saints still trying to lock up a playoff spot, coach Sean Payton’s theme for this week deals with focusing on what his team can control and tuning out all the uncertainties. Payton even made the unusual move of quickly ending speculation about safety Kenny Vaccaro’s availability for Sunday’s regular season finale against Tampa Bay, announcing ..

New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro will have surgery to repair ankle

New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro will have surgery to repair ankle

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed Monday rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro is out for the regular-season finale against Tampa Bay and will have surgery on his left ankle on Tuesday.    Saints overtaken by Panthers in NFC South: Black and Gold TodaySports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Katherine Terrell analyze the Saints’ ..

Panthers’ Smith “highly doubtful” for game against Falcons (Reuters) (Yahoo Sports)

(Reuters) – Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Monday described wide receiver Steve Smith as “highly doubtful” to play in Sunday’s pivotal regular-season finale against the Atlanta Falcons because of a sprained left knee. The (11-4) Panthers earned a playoff spot by beating the (10-5) New Orleans Saints 17-13 on Sunday and would clinch the ..

Saints overtaken by Panthers in NFC South: Black and Gold Today (NOLA.COM)

Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Katherine Terrell analyze the Saints’ loss at Carolina (their third straight on the road), how their playoff positioning has drastically changed and more. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints. Click to read the original Saints article by New Orleans Saints Central

A Host of Saints News Updates (Who Dat Dish)

A Host of Saints News Updates (Who Dat Dish)

The Charles Brown experiment may be officially over, as Payton also stated that Terron Armstead will start at Left Tackle against the Bucs on Sunday, despite a rough outing yesterday (two sacks allowed, two false start penalties). However, that was the case for the Saints entire offensive line, who allowed six sacks on Drew Brees for the day. ..

Saints Fans Become Falcons Fans as Regular Season Winds Down (Bayou Buzz)

Tony Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons will be the second favorite team of Saints fans in an odd twist for Week 17 (Photo: Parker Waters). While the New Orleans Saints do not play again until 3:25 Sunday in their regular-season finale in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Atlanta Falcons will play twice and can provide a ..