New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons: Game Preview


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-0) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (6-6)

SERIES

 

SAINTS

FALCONS

SERIES LEADER

44-36

STREAKS

6 of past 7

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 6-1

Smith: 1-2

LAST WEEK

W 33-30 (OT) at Redskins

L 34-7 vs. Eagles

LAST GAME

11/2/09: Falcons 27 at Saints 35.  New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 308 yards & 2 TDs as Saints tie best start in franchise history at 7-0.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/9/08: Falcons 34, Saints 20.  Atlanta rookie QB Matt Ryan throws for 248 yards & 2 TDs, including 67-yarder to RB Jerious Norwood, as Falcons improve to 4-0 at home. 

BROADCAST

FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 126 (NO), 153 (Atl.).  XM: 103 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 271-392-3,536 (1C)-29 (1L)-10-111.3 (1L)

Ryan: 206-347-2,291-16-12-80.0 OR

Redman: 46-85-478-3-2-72.6

RUSHING

P. Thomas: 122-666-5.5-5

Turner: 177-864-4.9-10 (3L)

RECEIVING

Colston: 50-854-17.1-8

Gonzalez (TE): 69-738-10.7-5

OFFENSE

429.0 (1L)

335.8

TAKE/GIVE

+15 (2L)

-1

DEFENSE

343.9

374.4

SACKS

Smith: 10 (2C)

Babineaux, Biermann: 5

INTs

Sharper: 8 (T1L)

DeCoud, Grimes: 2

PUNTING

Morstead (R): 42.9

Koenen: 43.2

KICKING

Carney: 89 (50/52 PAT; 13/17 FG)

Bryant: 1 (1/1 PAT; 0/0 FG)

 

NOTES

SAINTS Are 12-0 for 1st time in team history.  Clinched NFC South last week...QB DREW BREES has won 6 of 7 starts vs. Atl. since joining NO in 2006.  In past 4 vs. division, Brees has 106.8 rating.  Since 2008, Brees has started 16 games indoors & has won 13.  In those 16, he has passed for 5,217 yards (326.1 per game), 44 TDs, 13 INTs & 113.9 rating...RB-PR REGGIE BUSH aims for 4th in row vs. Atl. with TD (2 rec., 1 rush).  RB PIERRE THOMAS aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with rush & rec. TD.  Has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in past 2 meetings & 193 rush yards (96.5 per game)...WR MARQUES COLSTON has 10 rec. TDs in past 9 Dec. games.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM aims for 6th in row with TD.  Had 8 catches for 142 yards & TD last week.  Also had 44-yard FR-TD...DE WILL SMITH has 7.5 sacks in past 6.  S DARREN SHARPER has 57 INTs, 1,309 INT return yards & 9 INT-TDs since 2000, most in NFL...

 

FALCONS QB MATT RYAN is 12-1 (.923) at home.  In only meeting at home vs. NO, Ryan had 134 rating.  QB CHRIS REDMAN threw for 298 yards in only start vs. NO...RB MICHAEL TURNER aims for 4th in row vs. NO with rush TD.  Has 27 rush TDs since joining Atl. in 2008, most in NFL.  Has 360 rush yards (180 per game) in past 2 Dec. games with 20+ att.  RB JERIOUS NORWOOD had 67-yard TD catch in last home game vs. NO...WR RODDY WHITE has TD in 4 of past 5 vs. NO.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with 100+ yards.  TE TONY GONZALEZ has 25 catches in past 3.  WR MICHAEL JENKINS aims for 6th in row vs. NO with 4+ catches & 65+ yards...S THOMAS DE COUD had sack with FF & DE KROY BIERMANN had FR-TD in last meeting.  DE JOHN ABRAHAM had career-high 4 sacks vs. NO (11/4/01 with NYJ).  DT JONATHAN BABINEAUX has 4.5 sacks in past 6 games.  CB CHEVIS JACKSON had 95-yard INT-TD in last home meeting.

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