Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints: Game Preview

 

MONDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 2

ATLANTA FALCONS (4-2) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-0)


SERIES

 

FALCONS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

44-35

STREAKS

5 of past 6

COACHES VS. OPP.

Smith: 1-1

Payton: 5-1

LAST WEEK

L 37-21 at Cowboys

W 46-34 at Dolphins

LAST GAME

12/7/08: Falcons 25 at Saints 29.  New Orleans RBs Pierre Thomas (102 yards & 1 TD) & Reggie Bush (10 carries, 80 yards) help the Saints keep pace in crowded NFC South race.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/7/08

BROADCAST

ESPN (7:30 PM CT): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden.  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 126 (Atl.), 125 (NO).  XM: 124 (WW1), 103 (Atl.), 102 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Ryan: 120-191-1,360-11-6-90.2

Brees: 132-197-1,698 (2C)-14 (1C)-5-106.9 (2C)

RUSHING

Turner: 118-403-3.4-7 (T3L)

Bell: 72-343-4.8-2

RECEIVING

White: 33 (T3C)-435-13.2-5 (T2L)

Colston: 30-466-15.5-5 (T2L)

OFFENSE

322.8

427.3 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

+3

+8 (3C)

DEFENSE

368.3

306.7

SACKS

Abraham, Biermann: 3

Grant: 4

INTs

DeCoud: 2

Sharper: 6 (1L)

PUNTING

Koenen: 43.1

Morstead (R): 44.2

KICKING

Elam: 30 (18/19 PAT; 4/6 FG)

Carney: 52 (3C) (28/30 PAT; 8/10 FG)

 

 

NOTES

FALCONS:  QB MATT RYAN is 4-1 in Nov. with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT & 109.6 rating.  Is 11-3 (.786) in games played indoors.  Has 113.9 rating in 2 starts vs. NO.  Falcons are 8-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating...RB MICHAEL TURNER aims for 6th division game in row with rush TD.  Has 8 rush TDs in past 5 vs. division.  Has 531 rush yards (106.2 per game) in past 5 vs. NFC South.  When Turner has 19+ carries, his teams are 14-1 (.933).  RB JERIOUS NORWOOD had career-long 67-yard TD catch vs. NO (11/9/08)...WR RODDY WHITE has 15 catches for 284 yards (94.7 per game) in past 3 in Nov.  Has 4 TDs in past 3.  Had 10 catches for 164 yards in last meeting.  TE TONY GONZALEZ has 100+ yards in 3 of past 4 Nov. games.  Has catch in 137 consecutive games...DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 6.5 sacks in 8 MNF games.  Had career-high 4 sacks vs. NO (11/04/01 with NYJ).  Has 87 sacks since 2000, 2nd most among active players.  S THOMAS DE COUD has 2 INTs & sack in past 2...

 

SAINTS Average 39.7 points per game, most in NFL.  1st team in NFL history to score 45+ points in 4 of 1st 6 games...QB DREW BREES has won 5 of 6 starts vs. Atl. with NO.  Aims for 6th meeting in row with 2+ TDs.  Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 15,608 pass yards.  Has 1,775 yards (355 per game), 19 TDs, 3 INTs & 128.5 rating in past 5 vs. NFC.  Aims for 4th in row on MNF with 300+ yards...RB-PR REGGIE BUSH has 27 career TDs (15 rush, 8 rec, 4 PR) & is only Saint to score via rush, rec. & PR.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD.  RB PIERRE THOMAS had 102 rush yards & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting...WR MARQUES COLSTON has 100+ yards in 3 of past 4 vs. division.  Has 9 TDs in past 9.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has 447 receptions since 2002, 3rd most in NFL among TEs...S DARREN SHARPER had 42-yard INT-TD last week.  Has 11 INT-TDs & 1,353 INT yards, both 2nd in NFL history.  DE WILL SMITH has 6 sacks in 10 meetings.  CB TRACY PORTER had 54-yard INT-TD last week.

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