2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
13-3, 1st in NFC South
Chicago Bears/@ChicagoBears
3dJeremy Willis

The best cheesy Valentines from around the NFL

Nothing says "I love you" like an exquisite pun from your significant other's favorite NFL team. Here are some of the best from around the league, including from the league's leading Casanova, the Atlanta Falcons.

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Goodell responds to La. Gov. on NFC title game

Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards that he understands his disappointment over the Saints' loss in the NFC title game but that league rules prevent him from overturning the result.

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6dMike Triplett

Saints hire Rizzi, overhaul special-teams staff

Saints coach Sean Payton says he has hired Darren Rizzi as special-teams coordinator, moving on from the team's trio of special-teams coaches -- veteran Mike Westhoff, Bradford Banta and Kevin O'Dea.

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12dMike Triplett

Saints DE Davenport recovering from surgery

Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport, who had 4.5 sacks in 2018, said on social media he is recovering from surgery. He missed three games in November with a toe injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints ranked first in the NFL in "overall gameday satisfaction" for the second straight year, according to an annual evaluation conducted by the league's observation program and third-party expert review audits. The Saints ranked first in two specific categories: gameday satisfaction and game entertainment. And they ranked in the top 10 of five other categories: gameday staff, safety and security, departure, arrival and merchandise. "This ranking is merely a reflection of all the incredible people that work for our organization, our fans, local law enforcement, and the SMG staff," Saints president Dennis Lauscha said in a statement. "We take great pride in creating an atmosphere in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome that is unmatched in the National Football League and that starts the moment fans arrive on gameday."

Le'Veon to Houston and other bold predictions (1:07)
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13dMike Triplett

Team Gleason beneficiary dies in roadside van fire

A 39-year-old North Carolina man with ALS who obtained Super Bowl tickets through the charitable foundation started by Steve Gleason was killed in a van that caught fire on the way to the game.

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13dKevin Seifert

Super Bowl viewership lowest since 2007 season

Super Bowl LIII averaged about 98.2 million viewers on CBS, the lowest since Super Bowl XLII averaged 97.4 million viewers following the 2007 season.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

I'm sure this will devastate the Patriots: they finished fourth in FPI's final 2018 rankings.

John Pluym ESPN 

Saints fan still a little salty after New Orleans' loss to Rams in NFC championship.

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14dAdam Schefter

Source: NFL eyes rematches for 2019 opener

The NFL is considering a Rams-Saints rematch or a Patriots-Chiefs rematch as possible matchups for the season-opening 2019 Kickoff game, according to a league source.

Brees understands Payton's frustration with blown call (0:53)
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16dMike Triplett

Goodell's silence isn't golden with Saints' Brees

Drew Brees says the only reason Roger Goodell commented on the missed call in the NFC Championship Game was because the commissioner had to at his yearly Super Bowl news conference.

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Judge won't order 'do-over' of Rams-Saints game

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Thursday rejected arguments by two New Orleans Saints season-ticket holders that could have led to a do-over of the NFC Championship Game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Right Time: Michael Smith & Bo talk former Saints & Falcons fandom

Bomani welcomes Michael Smith back to the show to discuss their high-school athletic careers (0:32), their former fandom for the Saints and Falcons (13:29) as well as the effect that the winter "squall" is having on Bomani's enjoyment of living in NYC (32:35). They were supposed to talk Super Bowl, but ended up talking about Kung-Fu and Canada Goose jackets, that should tell you everything you need to know.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFL clarified that commissioner Roger Goodell has not talked to Saints players -- and that he was not claiming he talked to players during his Wednesday press conference. Although it sounded like Goodell said he spoke to Saints coach Sean Payton, the team and the players after the controversial no-call that helped decide the NFC Championship Game, the NFL explained that Goodell was just listing all of the groups that he knows are frustrated. And when you read the league's official transcript that was produced after Goodell spoke (specifically the punctuation that they used), you can see the other possible interpretation of his comments: “Listen, we understand the frustration of the fans. I've talked to Coach Payton. The team, the players, we understand the frustration they feel right now, and we certainly want to address that.” ... It remains to be seen if the league's explanation will appease players like Saints receiver Michael Thomas, who immediately tweeted, “He ain't talk to us” during Goodell's press conference -- after Thomas spent last week demanding that Goodell “pick up the phone.” Or former Saints offensive lineman/current radio analyst Zach Strief, who accused Goodell of lying to everybody by claiming he talked to players.

Team Stats

Passing Yards252.6
Rushing Yards126.6
Points For31.53rd
Points Against22.1

2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(14)Marcus DavenportDEUTSA
3(27)Tre'Quan SmithWRUCF
4(27)Rick LeonardOTFlorida State
5(27)Natrell JamersonSWisconsin
6(15)Kamrin MooreCBBoston College
6(27)Boston ScottRBLouisiana Tech
7(27)Will ClappOGLSU