Oct 16, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) rushes against New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Maye (6) during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase lead Bengals’ rally past Saints

Joe Burrow threw three touchdown passes as the visiting Cincinnati Bengals came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat the New Orleans Saints 30-26 on Sunday afternoon.

Burrow completed 28 of 37 passes for 300 yards and connected with Ja’Marr Chase for two touchdowns in the second half as the Bengals (3-3) took the lead for the first time with 1:57 remaining.

Chase, a native of New Orleans, finished with seven catches for 132 yards.

Former Bengal Andy Dalton, making his third consecutive start in place of the injured Jameis Winston, passed for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Saints (2-4).

On the first possession of the second half, Wil Lutz kicked the third of his four field goals, a 37-yarder that gave New Orleans a 23-14 lead.

Burrow’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Chase trimmed the lead to 23-21 late in the third quarter.

Lutz kicked a 31-yard field goal and Evan McPherson answered with one from 52 yards that left the Saints with a 26-24 lead with 3:41 left.

On the first play after a New Orleans punt, Burrow and Chase connected on a 60-yard touchdown pass.

Dalton then brought the Saints to the Cincinnati 41, but they turned the ball over on downs.

In the first quarter, the Bengals’ Trent Taylor fumbled a punt that Adam Trautman recovered for the Saints at their 32. Three plays later, Dalton threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith for an early 7-0 lead.

Burrow’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mixon on third-and-goal to tie the score at the end of the first quarter.

Undrafted rookie Rashid Shaheed ran 44 yards for a touchdown on his first touch in the NFL to give the Saints a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Lutz’s 35-yard field goal widened the lead to 17-7.

Burrow scrambled for a 19-yard touchdown run on third and 8 to trim the lead to 17-14.

Lutz added a 30-yard field goal that gave New Orleans a 20-14 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) gestures in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Saints 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

QB Andy Dalton to get third-straight start for Saints

The New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen named veteran backup quarterback Andy Dalton as the team’s starter for a third consecutive week as Jameis Winston continues to battle injuries.

Dalton, 34, has gone 1-1 as the Saints starter, throwing for 236 yards and a touchdown Oct. 2 in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on in London, then guiding a victory over the Seattle Seahawks last week with 187 yards, one TD and an interception.

Winston has struggled in recent weeks with back and ankle injuries. He did return to practice this week but has been listed as limited.

Sunday’s game will pit the Saints at home against Dalton’s former team, the Cincinnati Bengals. The TCU product was a second-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2011.

Over nine seasons at Cincinnati, Dalton was 78-70-2 as a starter, completing 62.3 percent of his passes with 228 touchdowns and 136 interceptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2016.

Dalton is now with his third team in three seasons, playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, one year after he saw time with the Chicago Bears. In 17 starts over the past three seasons, Dalton has gone 8-9.

Saints players who did not practice on Thursday included wide receivers Deonte Harty (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Michael Thomas (foot), as well as cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) and defensive end Payton Turner (chest).

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Taysom Hill (7) celebrates a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Taysom Hill and Saints hold off Seahawks

Taysom Hill ran for three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass as the host New Orleans Saints defeated the Seattle Seahawks 39-32 Sunday afternoon.

Hill rushed for 112 yards on nine carries, Alvin Kamara had 103 rushing yards and 91 receiving yards and Andy Dalton, making his second start in place of the injured Jameis Winston, passed for 187 yards and a touchdown as the Saints (2-3) ended a three-game losing streak.

Geno Smith passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, with Tyler Lockett catching two of them en route to 104 receiving yards for the Seahawks (2-3).

The Saints recovered a Seahawks fumble on the first possession of the third quarter and Dalton threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave, who suffered a concussion on the play and did not return.

A 54-yard screen pass to Kamara led to a 22-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Adam Trautman, increasing the lead to 31-19 at the end of the third quarter.

Seattle quickly responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Lockett to trim the lead to 31-25 with 14:08 left.

Kenneth Walker III, replacing an injured Rashaad Penny, ran 69 yards for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 32-31 lead with 6:54 left.

Three plays later, Hill broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run and Mark Ingram II added a two-point conversion run to give New Orleans a 39-32 lead with 5:22 left.

On the first possession of the game, the Saints drove to Wil Lutz’s 56-yard field goal.

The Seahawks responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Smith to D.K. Metcalf.

Jason Myers added a 56-yard field goal to increase the lead to 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Hill’s 8-yard touchdown run tied the score early in the second quarter.

Later in the quarter Seattle’s Michael Dickson couldn’t get a punt off and two plays later Hill ran 9 yards for a touchdown to give New Orleans a 17-10 lead.

Myers’ 31-yard field goal and Smith’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Lockett gave Seattle a 19-17 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Jul 27, 2022; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) during training camp at Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints WR Michael Thomas expected to play

New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas will play on Sunday for the first time since December 2020, multiple outlets reported.

Thomas missed most of the 2020 season and all of the 2021 campaign with an ankle injury and subsequent complications in his recovery.

He was limited in practice this week and was listed as questionable for the season opener against the host Atlanta Falcons.

Thomas, 29, set an NFL single-season record with 149 receptions during his last full season in 2019. The Offensive Player of the Year led the league with 1,725 receiving yards and caught nine touchdowns that season.

Thomas has 510 catches for 5,950 yards and 32 scores in 70 games (62 starts) since New Orleans drafted him in the second round out of Ohio State in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2022; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Trevor Penning (70) during training camp at Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints first-round OT Trevor Penning (toe) to get MRI

New Orleans Saints rookie offensive tackle Trevor Penning has a “bad case of turf toe,” NFL Network reported Saturday.

The first-round draft pick (19th overall) will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage and a timeline for his return.

Penning, 23, sustained the injury during the opening drive of a 27-10 preseason win against the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday night.

It has been an eventful offseason for the 6-foor-7, 321-pound lineman, who was booted from practice on Aug. 3 after a third straight day of fighting.

Drafted out of Northern Iowa, Penning entered training camp as the backup to starting left tackle James Hurst. Hurst has been out of practice since mid-August due to a foot injury.

New Orleans opens the season at Atlanta on Sept. 11.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Demario Davis (56) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints sign LB Demario Davis to extension

The New Orleans Saints signed veteran linebacker Demario Davis to a one-year extension through 2024, ESPN reported Friday.

Davis, 33, can earn an additional $18 million over the next three seasons under his revised deal, per the report.

Davis started 16 games and contributed 105 tackles and three sacks in his fourth season with the Saints (10th in the NFL) in 2021.

An All-Pro first-team selection in 2019, he has 1,027 tackles, 29.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 160 games (146 starts) with the New York Jets (2012-15, 2017), Cleveland Browns (2016) and Saints (2018-21).

Davis can earn $2 million in incentives in each of the next three seasons and will earn a $10 million salary and a $2 million roster bonus in 2024, per the report.

–Field Level Media

Houston Texans running back David Johnson (31) takes a hit from Tennessee Titans linebacker Dylan Cole (53) during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

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Report: Veteran RB David Johnson visits Saints

Free agent running back David Johnson visited the New Orleans Saints on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

Johnson, 30, spent the past two seasons with the Houston Texans after five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

He played in 13 games (four starts) in 2021, rushing for 228 yards and adding 32 catches for 225 yards and a score.

Johnson has rushed for 4,047 yards and 39 touchdowns and has 2,758 receiving yards and 18 TDs in 87 games (63 starts) since Arizona drafted him in the third round in 2015.

The Saints have a need in the backfield, where starter Alvin Kamara’s primary backups are 32-year-old Mark Ingram II and undrafted third-year back Tony Jones Jr.

–Field Level Media

Feb 3, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during AFC practice for the Pro Bowl at Las Vegas Ballpark.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints renewing efforts to sign S Tyrann Mathieu

The New Orleans Saints are planning an “aggressive push” to sign free agent Tyrann Mathieu after failing to land a safety in the draft, ESPN reported Sunday.

Mathieu, who was born and raised in New Orleans, visited with the Saints in early April.

The three-time All-Pro, who turns 30 on May 13, started 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 and posted 76 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three fumble recoveries and one sack.

A third-round pick out of LSU in 2013, Mathieu has 26 interceptions (three pick-sixes) and 10 sacks in 129 contests (120 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2013-17), Houston Texans (2018) and Chiefs. He won Super Bowl LIV in his first season with Kansas City.

The Saints selected only five players in the 2022 NFL Draft: wide receiver Chris Olave and offensive tackle Trevor Penning in the first round, cornerback Alontae Taylor in the second round, linebacker D’Marco Jackson in the fifth round and defensive tackle Jordan Jackson in the sixth.

–Field Level Media

Jan 30, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) reacts after a play against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent S Tyrann Mathieu visits hometown Saints

Free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu is at least considering coming home again, visiting with his hometown New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

NFL Network reported that no deal is imminent, characterizing it as more of a casual visit while the three-time All-Pro was in town to visit friends and family.

It is noteworthy, however, as this is believed to be Mathieu’s first team visit this offseason.

Mathieu, who turns 30 next month, started 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and posted 76 tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three fumble recoveries and one sack.

A third-round pick out of LSU in 2013, Mathieu has 26 interceptions (three pick-sixes) and 10 sacks in 129 contests (120 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2013-17), Houston Texans (2018) and Chiefs. He won Super Bowl LIV in his first season with Kansas City.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts after the game against the New York Giants during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Saints signing veteran QB Andy Dalton

The New Orleans Saints are signing veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year deal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

ESPN said the contract was worth up to $6 million, including $3 million guaranteed.

Dalton played in eight games (six starts) with the Chicago Bears last season, completing 149 of 236 passes for 1,515 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Dalton, 34, will provide experience and insurance behind projected starter Jameis Winston, who inked a two-year, $28 million deal earlier this month. Saints head coach Dennis Allen also confirmed that part-time signal-caller Taysom Hill will become a full-time tight end moving forward.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Dalton has passed for 35,279 yards, 226 touchdowns and 135 interceptions in 152 games (148 starts) with the Cincinnati Bengals (2011-19), Dallas Cowboys (2020) and Bears.

–Field Level Media