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  • 10/30, 8:42 pm
    • Brees completed 24-of-34 passes for 297...

      Brees completed 24-of-34 passes for 297 yards, with a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 28-10 win over the Panthers.

      Analysis: The Saints opened the game with two long drives that ended on Brees turnovers, the first being an interception that took an odd bounce off the chest of a sliding Kenny Stills, while the second was knocked out of the quarterback's hands by teammate Erik Lorig. The team then punted on three straight drives, before a Cam Newton fumble set Mark Ingram up for a quick three-yard touchdown. Brees led the Saints on an 85-yard march for seven points before halftime, and the Saints added two 80-yard touchdown drives in the second half. The first of those drives ended with a one-yard quarterback sneak on 4th-and-goal, giving Brees his first rushing touchdown of the season. While it wasn't exactly a dominant performance, Brees and the New Orleans offense mostly played well to overcome the somewhat fluky early turnovers. Mark Ingram had a season-high 30 carries for 100 yards, and Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was highly effective, though seemingly while playing through some pain. Brees has an interesting stretch of the schedule coming up, with three consecutive home games against the 49ers, Bengals and Ravens, in that order. The matchups may not be as tough as they sound, given that all three defenses are dealing with significant injuries, and Brees has long been dominant at the Superdome.

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  • 10/30, 7:53 pm
    • Jefferson (concussion) is eligible to play...

      Jefferson (concussion) is eligible to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, after clearing the final step of the NFL's concussion protocol Thursday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

      Analysis: Jefferson is seemingly now on track to play, but he was limited at Thursday's practice, after which he said that he didn't remember parts of Sunday's win over the Eagles, reports. He also said that he doesn't want to rush back from a concussion, as one might expect. Jefferson has an impressive 50 tackles (45 solo) through seven games, but with four Cardinals safeties getting significant playing time, his snaps and tackles had both tailed off in recent weeks, until Sunday's 12-tackle effort against the Eagles.

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  • 10/30, 5:54 pm
    • Willis (toe) was limited during Thursday's...

      Willis (toe) was limited during Thursday's practice, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      Analysis: Willis was also limited during Wednesday's session, so despite having last week's bye, the All Pro linebacker's toe is still somewhat bothersome. Friday's practice participation should offer more information regarding his status for Sunday's game versus the Rams.

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  • 10/30, 5:02 pm
    • Britt (hip) practiced fully Thursday, Nick...

      Britt (hip) practiced fully Thursday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

      Analysis: We'll revisit Britt's status Friday, but his full participation Thursday likely foreshadows a probable designation in advance of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

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    10/30, 4:57 pm
    • Hardy's jury trial on domestic violence...

      Hardy's jury trial on domestic violence charges -- which had been scheduled for Nov. 17 -- could be postponed until after the NFL season, according to the Charlotte Observer.

      Analysis: Per the report, the defensive end -- who is on the commissioner's exempt list -- is unlikely to play again this season, as the Panthers have indicated that they will wait until Hardy's legal situation is resolved before determining his future with the team.

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