Falcons-Saints Preview Capsule


By The Associated Press



ATLANTA (4-6) at NEW ORLEANS (9-1)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE — Saints by 11

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 3-7, New Orleans 8-2

SERIES RECORD — Falcons lead 52-47

LAST MEETING — Saints beat Falcons 43-37, OT, Sept. 23

LAST WEEK — Falcons lost to Cowboys 22-19; Saints beat Eagles 48-7.

AP PRO32 RANKING – Falcons No. 21, Saints No. 1.

FALCONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (6), RUSH (29), PASS (3).

FALCONS DEFENSE – OVERALL (29), RUSH (23), PASS (29).

SAINTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (4), RUSH (6), PASS (6).

SAINTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (16), RUSH (2), PASS (27).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Falcons have lost last two against Saints, split last two at Superdome. … Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 26 of 35 (74.3 percent) for 374 yards, five TDs, no INTs in last meeting. … RB Tevin Coleman has six TDs (three rushing, three receiving) in past five games against Saints. … WR Julio Jones had six catches for 118 yards, TD in Week 11. Jones seeks fourth straight outing with TD catch. He leads NFL with 1,158 yards receiving this season. … Rookie WR Calvin Ridley had seven catches for 146 yards, three TDs in last meeting. … LB Vic Beasley Jr. had two sacks last week, his fifth-career multi-sack game. He had sack in last meeting. … S Damontae Kazee tied career high with nine tackles in last meeting. He seeks fourth straight game on road with INT. Kazee leads NFL with five INTs. … DL Jack Crawford had forced fumble last week. … Saints have won nine straight, longest win streak in NFL this season. … Saints have scored 45 or more in past three games, first time in franchise history New Orleans has scored at least that many points in three straight. … QB Drew Brees passed for 363 yards, four TDs without INT last week. It marked Brees’ 23rd career game with at least four TD passes and no INTs, surpassing Patriots’ Tom Brady for most such games in NFL history. … Brees leads NFL with 76.9 completion percentage. … Brees has 25 TDs passing, one INT this season. In five home games, Brees has completed 78.9 percent for 350.8 yards per game, 16 TDs, no INTs. … Saints P Thomas Morstead has punted no more than twice in each of last seven and did not punt in two of those games. … RB Mark Ingram has rushed for 100-plus yards in two straight outings. … Saints averaging 208.5 yards rushing during past two games. … WR Michael Thomas is first Saints receiver with 1,000 yards in each of first three seasons. He had four catches for 92 yards, TD last week. … Saints’ defense had three INTs and three sacks last week. … Fantasy tip: Saints RB Alvin Kamara had 108 scrimmage yards, TD catch last week. He has TD in five straight games and 100 or more scrimmage yards in three straight, and had career-high 15 receptions, 190 scrimmage yards in last meeting with Falcons.

By The Associated Press