Saints out to protect NFC South lead vs. Falcons

The New Orleans Saints hold sole possession of first place in the NFC South. But that can change quickly — even as soon as Sunday when they visit the second-place Atlanta Falcons. The Saints (5-5) and the Falcons (4-6), who are tied with Tampa Bay, are both coming off bye weeks, which gave them an opportunity to evaluate themselves heading into the stretch run. New Orleans coach Dennis Allen said the Saints have been “a

Vikings chase five-game streak, Saints thinking South supremacy

Four wins in a row has the Minnesota Vikings thinking playoffs. Getting victory No. 5 last week restored division title focus for the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings (5-4) are introducing a new quarterback to the home fans following an improbable comeback to victory last week. Joshua Dobbs makes his first start for his new team as the Vikings host the Saints (5-4) on Sunday in a game that could have wild-card ramifications two months

Heading in different directions, Bears, Saints meet in New Orleans

The Chicago Bears won’t be getting Justin Fields back this week. Montez Sweat is arriving, and running backs coach David Walker is moving on. It has been a tough week and turbulent first two months of the season for the Bears (2-6) as they prepare to visit the New Orleans Saints Sunday. “We really feel we’re turning the corner,” head coach Matt Eberflus said, noting that both wins have come in the last four games.

Saints, Colts eye return to .500 after tough losses

The New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts have both lost their past two games, and both are coming off losses decided in the final minutes. Both at 3-4, the Saints and Colts will be trying to bounce back on Sunday afternoon when they meet in Indianapolis. The Colts have lost consecutive games for the first time this season, and three of their four losses have come by a combined 17 points. “I think in

‘Confident’ Jaguars ready to face struggling Saints

The Jacksonville Jaguars are heading in the right direction. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints are struggling. The Jaguars will try to win their fourth straight game when they visit the Saints, who have lost three of their last four games, on Thursday night. “Their confidence is extremely high right now,” Jacksonville coach Doug Pederson said of his players. The Jaguars (4-2) started the season 1-2, then won back-to-back games in London against the Atlanta Falcons

Texans seeking offensive improvement in battle vs. Saints

The Saints found the offensive improvement they were looking for last week, and the Houston Texans will attempt to follow suit when they face visiting New Orleans on Sunday afternoon. The Saints (3-2) ended a streak of 10 consecutive games with 21 points or fewer by defeating the New England Patriots 34-0 last Sunday. Meanwhile, Houston (2-3) managed just one touchdown and settled for four field goals in a 21-19 road loss to Atlanta in