The New Orleans Saints are 5-0 straight up and 3-2 against the spread in their last five postseason home games.

The Saints can extend that winning streak to six with a win this Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.

New Orleans is a 7-point home favorite in this wild card matchup at sportsbooks monitored by In their last eight games against divisional opponents the Saints are 6-2 ATS.

The Saints actually left the door open for Carolina to win the NFC North when they lost 31-24 on the road to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday but managed to hold on for the division title when Carolina was defeated by Atlanta.

The front office has a link to Darvish via GM Thad Levine, who was previously an assistant with the Rangers. They’re already aggressively pursuing the 31-year-old righty. Add Darvish to Ervin Santana and a full season of Jose Berrios and suddenly that rotation looks a lot better.

Stephanie Apstein: I could see him going back to Texas. By all accounts he loved it there, and it’s possible that they think they’re a piece or two away from contention.?

Only three other starting quarterbacks (Drew Brees, Jared Goff, and Alex Smith) of the eight playing this playoff weekend can say they were good enough to win a division and earn the right to play at home.

Andy Dalton’s game-winning touchdown inspired Bills fans to donate to his charity.
“Andy and JJ are thankful for the generosity of Bills fans and honored to have the opportunity to use these donations to support the families in need through our Foundation’s programs,” the foundation shared through a statement to SB Nation. “The city of Buffalo truly is the city of good neighbors and crazy fans.”

In the middle of the night, the Eagles arrive at their home for the next six days, a hotel in Orange County across the street from a luxury shopping mall. In the NFL, familiarity is held in high regard—this is the same place where the Eagles stayed for their Oct. 1 game against the Chargers. “I do well in hotels,” Long says later, “so I’m not stressed.” blues_1051

Peterson will share carries with running back Mark Ingram

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Days before the draft, Watson said teams would live with the consequencesif they draft Trubisky instead of him. On Thursday, Watson doubled down on those comments, saying it would be a slap in the faceif Trubisky comes off the board first. Well, Trubisky was drafted before Watson. The Bears traded up with the San Francisco 49ers to take Trubisky with the second overall pick.

I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints. Im really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings. On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit.

Peterson will share carries with running back Mark Ingram, who ran for over 1,000 yards in 2016 in his best season since being drafted by New Orleans in 2011. It will be the Saints hope that by reducing Petersons role and making him a complementary running back there will be less wear-and-tear on his knees, which have caused Peterson to miss the majority of two seasons in the last three years.

Fans wont need to wait long to see if there are any bad feelings between Peterson and the Vikings, as New Orleans and Minnesota are set to face each other in the first week of Monday Night Football.

You can thank the refs for that last one.

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UNC will be in the hunt, like always, because its depth and talent is only rivaled by the very best in college basketball.
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Should he leave, perhaps for a school like Indiana, the AAC runs the risk of diluting the league identity for a non-football athletic department (that has considered bringing back football decades after ending its program) that might not be able to sustain success.

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