The New Orleans Saints have won nine consecutive games after a season-opening defeat, and they have a good chance to extend their win streak on Thanksgiving against the struggling Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons enter Week 12 with a 4-6 record in third place in the NFC South. Atlanta has lost back-to-back games and five of their last eight. It could get a lot worse for the Falcons, too, with games against contenders including the Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers over the next three weeks.
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The Patriots have been adding defensive players in the last few days, but, in this case, they couldn't overcome the lure of going home.
Saying "you just can't put a price" on playing for your hometown team, ex-Raiders outside linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin turned down a higher monetary offer from the Patriots -- and the Steelers, as well -- to sign with his hometown Falcons.
"This was a dream [come] true," Irvin told ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "The Patriots and Steelers offered more money, but being able to play for my city and my people, you just can’t put a price on that.''
Irvin, released by Oakland late last week as part of Jon Gruden's midseason housecleaning, cleared waivers Tuesday and signed a one-year deal with Atlanta early Wednesday.
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According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, the Patriots are among the teams interested in signing free agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
The 20th pick of the 2011 draft, the now 29-year-old played four seasons for the Bucs before spending the last three seasons with the Falcons. His 9.5 sacks were a career high; prior to that he had not yet repeated his mark of 7.5 from his rookie year.
Clayborn has seen two of his seven NFL seasons significantly shortened by injury; he was limited to just three games in 2012 by a knee injury and played in only one game in 2014.