Saints force Carolina quarterback Cam Newton into one of his worst games

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) dives for the end zone for a touchdown  as New Orleans Saints' Tyrunn Walker (75) defends in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

“Hey Cam Newton. Sorry about Thursday night (well, not really).Perhaps you shoulda talked to Aaron Rodgers. See ya in New Orleans on Dec. 7!- Who Dat Nation.” For the second time in five days, the Saints had their defensive way with one of the NFL's top dual-threat quarterbacks, this time earning a 28-10 win against Carolina at… Continue reading →

Instant replay: Saints 28, Panthers 10

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) works against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

WHAT WE LEARNED The Saints play well against depleted teams. That’s the only thing that comes to mind. This Carolina team is a shell of the team that won the NFC South last year. Give the Saints credit for winning a road game and claiming first place in the division, but they were supposed to do… Continue reading →

Saints 28, Panthers 10: Three and out

Associated Press photo by BOB LEVERONE -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram scores a touchdown in the second half of Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Yes, Carolina, the Saints can win on the road. It had been nearly a year since New Orleans won away from New Orleans, but you could say this one was in some ways worth the wait. This was a big one, a 28-10 victory over the Panthers that put the Saints into… Continue reading →

Saints end road hex, take first in NFC South with 28-10 victory at Carolina

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (9) dives over the goal line for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The race to first place started out like a three-legged race, with one of the participants on each team wearing a shaven-down pegleg. The gates burst open at Bank of America Stadium, and both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers tripped, stumbled and fumbled their way through much of the first… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Style points aside, the Saints got it done ... on the road, no less

New Orleans Saints' Mark Ingram (22) moves against Carolina Panthers' Wes Horton (96) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stylish, it was not. The New Orleans Saints win with flair and panache at home, turning a brutal game into something often artistic and graceful. But take the Saints on the road, and it’s all gritted teeth and clenched fists and, lately, a lot of heartache. Seven straight times in… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White bounces back with key takeaway (again)

Associated Press BOB LEVERONE -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White, left, closes in as Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery misses a catch during Thursday night's game in Charlotte, N.C. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis applies the hit.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After giving up the long touchdown that powered Detroit’s comeback victory from a 13-point deficit Oct. 19, Saints cornerback Corey White decided the yellowish mohawk he’d sported all season had to go. So he shaved it clean off — and he may never return to that hairstyle again after intercepting his second… Continue reading →

Ex-Saint Roman Harper not jumping for joy after play

New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham (80) leaps over Carolina Panthers' Roman Harper (41) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Getting leapfrogged by a former teammate couldn’t have been what Roman Harper had in mind in his first game against New Orleans since the Saints released him in the offseason. Jimmy Graham hurdled the Panthers safety after making a catch along the left sideline in the first quarter Thursday night. Harper’s flailing arms couldn’t prevent… Continue reading →

Finishing a game the right way

New Orleans Saints' Kenny Stills (84) runs past Carolina Panthers' James Dockery (31) after a catch in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The New Orleans Saints’ biggest problem in three of their first four road games this season — all losses — was not finishing. The problem Thursday night was starting. Playing just four days after a blowout win against the Green Bay Packers, the Saints offense turned the ball over on its… Continue reading →

Khiry Robinson, Jonathan Goodwin, Nick Toon and Stanley Jean-Baptiste round out Saints inactives at Carolina

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Saints running back Khiry Robinson scores the winning touchdown in overtime with tight end Benjamin Watson on his back as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston trails the play as the Saints won 37-31 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Saints running back Khiry Robinson, center Jonathan Goodwin, wide receiver Nick Toon and rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste round out the team’s inactives for Thursday night’s game at Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium. Robinson (forearm) and Goodwin (knee/ankle) are hurt. Toon and Jean-Baptiste are healthy scratches. This is the seventh time 2012 fourth-round draft pick… Continue reading →

The Saints waive tight end Tom Crabtree, bring rookie linebacker Todd Davis back up from the practice squad

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) celebrates his touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. The Saints won 44-23. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

For the third time this month, the Saints have cut veteran tight end Tom Crabtree shortly before a game, the NFL transaction wire revealed Thursday night. The Saints (3-4) promoted undrafted rookie linebacker Todd Davis from the practice squad. Davis already played in one game this year: a 24-23 defeat at Detroit on Oct. 19. Crabtree… Continue reading →

Live Updates: New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints' Mark Ingram (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Carolina Panthers with Drew Brees (9) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Is this the game that puts the Saints in first place in the NFC South? Get live updates and analysis during during the Saints at Carolina Panthers game, Thursday at 7:15 p.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Saints at Carolina Panthers pregame chat with the Advocate's Nick Underhill, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) enters the field during pre-game introductions before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Advocate sportswriter Nick Underhill is on hand to answer your questions and give you last-minute information before the start of Thursday's Saints at Carolina Panthers game in this chat at 6:30 p.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Saints can still realize dream of leading the NFC South with a win at Carolina

New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) celebrates his interception with defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (21) in the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Sometimes, a new dream can be born where an old one died. That’s what would happen if the New Orleans Saints (3-4) can win at Carolina (3-4-1) on Thursday night and triumph for what would be only the second time in their past 11 regular-season road trips. That would be the case if the Saints avenge the… Continue reading →

Gameday: Saints at Panthers (scouting report, predictions, injury report)

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton will try to win on the road at Carolina on Thursday night.

SCOUTING REPORT These aren’t the same Panthers that gave the Saints so much trouble last year. And to be fair, except for Sunday night’s performance against the Packers, this isn’t the same New Orleans Saints team that took Carolina to the wire last season — which, if you ask Panthers coach Ron Rivera,… Continue reading →

Lewis: Michael Irvin says Saints’ improved run game makes Drew Brees better

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) tries to run away from Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

The Saints are running the ball better than any of their eight previous seasons with Drew Brees at quarterback, the best in any year since 1987, in fact. And that, in turn, is making No. 9 an even better quarterback. “Drew has such great success out of play action,” Hall of Fame wide receiver and NFL… Continue reading →

Video: Saints' running back Mark Ingram just wants to let his play speak for itself

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKERSaints running back Mark Ingram rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Packers.

Fresh off of rushing for a career-high 172 yards on 24 carries in the Saints 44-23 victory against Green Bay, New Orleans running back Mark Ingram talks his role in the team's running back-by-committee approach. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Saints coach Sean Payton says Carolina's Luke Kuechly is one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Kevin Norwood (81) is hit by Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Saints coach Sean Payton talks about how tough it is to gameplan and acocunt for Carolina middle linebacker Luke Kuechley, who has tremendous range, instincts and athleticism. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: There is no reason why the Saints shouldn't be in first place in the NFC South after Thursday

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton pauses during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

In this "Saints One Minute Scouting Report (Carolina Panthers)," Advocate sportswriter Nick Underhill talks about how Carolina's shortcomings on offense and defense can be exploited by the Saints in Thursday's NFC South game. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Saints scratch Pierre Thomas, David Hawthorne and Austin Johnson from Panthers game

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) rushes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Veteran Saints running back Pierre Thomas will miss his second consecutive game due to a rib and shoulder injury when New Orleans (3-4) visits the Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) on Thursday night. Two others who will be sidelined for New Orleans are linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) and fullback Austin Johnson (knee), the Saints said Wednesday. The Saints listed… Continue reading →

Panthers scratch three from offensive line ahead of Thursday's Saints game

Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) looks for some running room against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. The Seahawks won 13-9. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

The Panthers’ starting left tackle and two players who have served as first-string guards will not be able to play because of injuries when Carolina (3-4-1) hosts the Saints (3-4) on Thursday night. Byron Bell is out with a knee injury he sustained in Carolina’s 13-9 loss at home to Seattle on Sunday, and he will cede… Continue reading →

Saints defensive line coming together, bringing more pressure

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter of the Saints' 44-23 win Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. After early season troubles, the Saints defensive line has been hitting its stride.

There’s no longer anything to lose. Maybe things were too tight or too complicated before. Something was holding the New Orleans Saints defense back during the first few weeks of the season, and at times it was frustrating. They knew they were better than what they were putting on film, but now they feel… Continue reading →

Roman Harper feeling refreshed in Carolina

Carolina Panthers strong safety Roman Harper (41) intercepts a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Roman Harper wanted to feel young again. That’s why it didn’t hurt him when the Saints released him in February after he spent his first eight years in the NFL with them. The overarching on- and off-field philosophies, the practice schedule, the locker room — everything felt the same. And he thirsted for something new.… Continue reading →

Drew Brees has NFL completion record ... for now

Records are made to be broken — or even lost. At least that’s the way Drew Brees responded to the news that he is now the NFL’s career completion leader following his 27-32 performance in Sunday’s victory against Green Bay. That upped Brees to 4,686-7,094 for his career, 66.10 percent, .06 better than former frontrunner Chad… Continue reading →

Mark Ingram not surprised by huge game against Packers

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs against Green Bay Packers nose tackle Letroy Guion (98) in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

Mark Ingram said he wasn’t surprised by his career-best, 172-yard rushing output against Green Bay. After all, it’s what Ingram has always known he’s capable of. “Numbers and stats, it’s really for everybody else,” said Ingram, who increased his season total to 331 yards — more than halfway past his best rushing effort for a season (602 yards… Continue reading →

Champ Bailey retires after sterling 15-year career

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints cornerback Champ Bailey stands before an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. Bailey has decided to retire after a 15-year NFL career that included 12 Pro Bowl berths, a record for a cornerback. (AP Photo/Sam Riche, File)

DENVER — Former teammate Brian Dawkins called Champ Bailey “a great conserver of energy,” a rare superstar who was never in a rush to get anywhere “unless it was on a football field.” In that dawdling, you can count retirement. That finally came Tuesday, 60 days after Bailey was released by the Saints when… Continue reading →

Saints quarterback Drew Brees becomes NFL's all-time leader in completion percentage

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls out to the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

Records are made to be broken – or even lost. At least that’s the way Drew Brees responded to the news that he is now the NFL’s career completion leader following his 27-32 performance in Sunday’s victory against Green Bay. That upped Brees to 4,686-7,094 for his career, 66.10 percent, .06 better than former frontrunner Chad Pennington.… Continue reading →

Panthers safety Roman Harper is still missed by his old Saints teammates

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper (41) stops Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) short of a first down in a NFL NFC divisional football playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field in Seattle, Wash. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees and tight end Jimmy Graham talk about how much they miss playing with safety Roman Harper, who went to the Carolina Panthers as a free agent in the offseason. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

The Saints' Jimmy Graham, Jonathan Goodwin, Kyle Knox limited in Tuesday practice

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) signals a first down catch against Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) and Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House (31) in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

The Saints injury report for Tuesday’s practice remain unchanged. Running backs Khiry Robinson (forearm) and Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder), linebacker David Hawthorne (hand), and fullback Austin Johnson (knee) did not practice. Tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder), center Jonathan Goodwin (knee/ankle), and linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle) were limited. The Saints travel to Carolina to play the Panthers… Continue reading →

Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan suspended for undisclosed reasons

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan hauls in a long pass against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game Aug. 15 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints have suspended wide receiver Joseph Morgan for reasons that were not immediately disclosed. Saints coach Sean Payton made the announcement Tuesday in his lone meeting with reporters before the team plays at Carolina on Thursday. Morgan has been a member of the Saints since 2011 but has only appeared in 15 games. Fourteen of… Continue reading →

Champ Bailey reportedly retires 2 months after Saints release

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints cornerback Champ Bailey, top, forces fullback Erik Lorig to fumble during Saints training camp Sunday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

About two months after the Saints cut him at the end of the preseason, 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey is retiring, his agent reportedly told multiple journalists. Bailey had the most interceptions (52) among active cornerbacks when the Saints signed him to an incentive-laden, two-year deal this offseason with a $500,000 signing bonus. But Bailey suffered… Continue reading →