Saints vs. Panthers: first look

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 05:38:02 GMTBy JOEL A. ERICKSON
jerickson@theadvocate.comWHEN: 3:25 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
TV: Fox
RADIO: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge

Panthers handle talk of unbeaten season in stride

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 05:32:02 GMT
AP sportswriter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are the NFL’s lone unbeaten at 11-0 following the New England Patriots loss on Sunday night.
Now the focus is solely on the Panthers.
Talk of an unbeaten season has begun to permeate the team’s locker room with play..

Not quite as frustrating

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 03:46:54 GMT
By Nick Underhill

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about this defensive performance is that it wasn’t as frustrating to watch as other weeks.
No, it wasn’t perfect. New Orleans got off to a slow start and gave up two early touchdowns en route to losing to the Housto..

Taking their knocks

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 03:25:02 GMT

Did you happen to recognize any of the Houston Texans players in Sunday’s game against the Saints from this season’s edition of “Hard Knocks”?
Well, next year’s version might have some faces who are a little more familiar.
Maybe not that many though.
By v..

Onus on the offense

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:09:00 GMT
Special to The Advocate

Coming off the most lopsided back-to-back results of the Sean Payton era, the New Orleans Saints focused Monday on their under-performing offense rather than the beleaguered defense that led to former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s dismissal during the ..

RB Blue produces big for Texans’ offense

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:38:01 GMT
Special to The Advocate

HOUSTON — Texans running back Alfred Blue could smell the end zone.
Given the ball at the 8-yard line, the former LSU player was greeted by a host of Saints at the 3, but kept his legs churning and slowly but surely pushed the pile past the goal line.

Led by Watt, Texans defense was dominant

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:32:55 GMT
by Nick Underhill

HOUSTON — Zach Strief wouldn’t get into it.
He didn’t want to talk about specific players. He felt to do that would be to oversimplify things.
The New Orleans Saints offensive line’s struggles during Sunday’s 24-6 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadiu..

Takes small step

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:05:24 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson

HOUSTON — The New Orleans defense emerged from the bye week with more resolve than the unit that cost Rob Ryan his job through the first three weeks of November.
But Dennis Allen still has work to do.
New Orleans, playing its first game under Allen’s dire..

Byrd ends 2-year drought with interception

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:57:04 GMT
By Joel a. Erickson and NICK UNDERHILL
Advocate sportswriters

HOUSTON — Jairus Byrd has waited a long time to make the first interception of his Saints career.
A player with a reputation as a ballhawk in Buffalo, Byrd arrived in New Orleans with 22 career interceptions and a penchant for getting his hands on the bal..