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Thursday 11/21/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW ORLEANS (8 - 2) at ATLANTA (2 - 8)
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Week 12 Thursday, 11/21/2013 8:25 PM
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NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-2+4.86-45-528.816.2419.1(6.4)1.318.310.8305.4(5.5)1.6
Road Games2-2-1.21-32-222.212.7371.5(5.8)1.522.012.7355.2(5.9)1.0
Last 3 Games2-1-0.31-22-130.718.7473.0(6.8)
Dome Games6-0+65-13-333.218.5450.8(6.7)
Division Games2-0+21-10-219.511.5395.0(6.1)1.515.58.5320.0(6)2.0
NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.816.223.333:4525-97(3.9)28-4168.2%322(7.9)66-419(6.4)(14.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.812.120.531:5527-112(4.1)22-3761.1%246(6.7)64-358(5.6)(15)
Offense Road Games22.212.720.231:3422-78(3.6)25-4260.7%293(7)64-371(5.8)(16.7)
Defense (All Games)18.310.816.826:1523-114(4.9)18-3256.6%191(6)55-305(5.5)(16.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.812.219.130:3526-108(4.2)21-3560.5%223(6.4)61-332(5.4)(14.5)
Defense Road Games22.012.718.528:2630-148(4.9)17-2956.8%207(7)60-355(5.9)(16.1)
NEW ORLEANS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-432.8%1-016.7%2-55(25.2)1-9(6.7)6-49
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.61.8 13-535.8%1-045.6%2-51(23.5)18-2(9.5)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-434.6%1-025.0%2-67(26.7)1-6(4.3)7-64

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-8-9.92-86-421.411.3347.5(5.8)1.929.214.5381.9(6.2)0.8
Home Games2-3-4.92-34-124.613.6346.0(5.9)0.828.012.6396.8(6.3)0.4
Last 3 Games0-3-30-31-216.06.3311.7(5.8)2.736.020.3424.3(6.3)0.7
Dome Games2-5-6.92-54-321.912.0341.3(5.7)1.427.113.9393.0(6.4)0.6
Division Games1-3-21-32-221.512.5341.7(6.6)2.530.215.2384.7(5.7)1.0
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.411.320.028:5018-73(4)27-4166.3%274(6.7)60-347(5.8)(16.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.20.910.719.330:3726-103(4)22-3561.2%226(6.4)61-330(5.4)(15.7)
Offense Home Games24.613.620.428:2117-48(2.8)29-4171.7%298(7.3)58-346(5.9)(14.1)
Defense (All Games)29.214.521.031:1029-133(4.6)22-3367.2%249(7.6)61-382(6.2)(13.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.71219.831:5828-114(4.1)21-3460.8%222(6.5)62-336(5.4)(14.8)
Defense Home Games28.012.621.631:3928-128(4.5)23-3564.2%269(7.6)63-397(6.3)(14.2)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-645.9%1-170.0%1-29(24.1)2-15(8)7-61
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-537.7%1-043.3%2-46(22.8)21-2(9.6)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-746.6%1-183.3%1-31(26.2)2-23(9.7)8-71
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 19.7,  ATLANTA 21.5
NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013@ CHICAGO26-18W1.5W50U28-6629-35-281018-9424-33-3401
10/13/2013@ NEW ENGLAND27-30L2.5L51O26-13117-36-230235-14125-43-2351
11/3/2013@ NY JETS20-26L-6L45.5O13-4130-51-366236-1989-20-1400
11/17/2013SAN FRANCISCO23-20W-3.5L49.5U23-9230-43-295322-8117-31-1151
11/21/2013@ ATLANTA            
12/2/2013@ SEATTLE            
12/15/2013@ ST LOUIS            

ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2013@ MIAMI23-27L3L45O30-14623-38-231215-9024-35-1952
9/29/2013NEW ENGLAND23-30L-3L49.5O15-5834-54-399131-13220-31-3160
10/7/2013NY JETS28-30L-9.5L45O22-6437-46-299122-11816-20-1700
10/20/2013TAMPA BAY31-23W-6.5W43.5O18-1820-26-273128-11126-44-2261
10/27/2013@ ARIZONA13-27L2.5L44.5U14-2734-61-265430-20113-18-1471
11/3/2013@ CAROLINA10-34L8.5L47U20-7820-27-211433-13123-37-2422
11/17/2013@ TAMPA BAY28-41L2L43.5O20-15224-43-268338-18620-25-2240
11/21/2013NEW ORLEANS            
12/8/2013@ GREEN BAY            
NEW ORLEANS: The Saints are a pass-heavy offense, but they feature one of the NFL's most versatile and unique running games. They have a series of looks they can run out of, the most common of which is Mark Ingram behind fullback Jed Collins. They use a series of zone and man blocking schemes borrowed from other systems. Darren Sproles is on the field a lot, but primarily in spread formations from which the Saints almost always throw. Most of his touches will come on receptions. Pierre Thomas is the team's most versatile back. The return of head coach Sean Payton should be a nice boost for Drew Brees and the passing game. This is a spread passing attack, with a lot of West Coast routes. Brees is most comfortable with Marques Colston, who does a lot of his work facing the line of scrimmage. They'll also use TE Jimmy Graham as basically a receiver 1A, moving him around in formations and having him work underneath or up the seam when the matchup is right. Slot receiver Lance Moore also did more work up the seam last year, though he only plays about 60 percent of snaps. Joe Morgan will take Devery Henderson's field-stretching role on the outside. The Saints are very pass-heavy in the red zone, throwing on a league-high 71.2 percent of their goal-to-go plays in 2012. The Saints gave up 908 more yards than any other NFL team, setting a league record for futility with 7,042 total yards allowed. They also surrendered the second-most points (28.4 PPG). New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan inherits a defense that recorded just six sacks in the final six games. There are still productive veterans in ILBs Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma to lead the front seven, but two newcomers must have a huge impact right away, former Steelers CB Keenan Lewis, and versatile rookie FS Kenny Vaccaro.
ATLANTA: Atlanta finally transitioned to a pass-first offense in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's first year, though with new No. 1 back Steven Jackson replacing over-the-hill Michael Turner, they at least have the threat of a running game now. Koetter brought in more zone looks, and they should continue to move away from the man blocking of past regimes. Jackson can play three downs, but they may be careful with his workload to keep him fresh for the playoffs. They trust No. 2 back Jacquizz Rodgers in the passing game and on some runs out of spread looks, and they'll rotate Jason Snelling in as well. The biggest addition Koetter made to the passing game was more bubble screens, which proved to be one of their best weapons. They use a lot of motion to create mismatches and effectively use bunch formations for added confusion. Roddy White remains Matt Ryan's favorite target, while Julio Jones is frequently used either downfield, or on those bubble screens. Ryan's second look is usually for TE Tony Gonzalez up the seam. Atlanta gets more balanced in the red zone, and that should hold true with Jackson replacing Turner as the red zone and goal line back. The Falcons are hoping disgruntled DE Osi Umenyiora seriously helps a pass rush that totaled nine sacks in the second half of the year. Atlanta ranked 24th in yards allowed last season (366 YPG), but forced 31 turnovers (T-4th in NFL), including a dozen in the final five games. Atlanta departed with veteran DE John Abraham and CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, but the secondary is still loaded with FS Thomas DeCoud (6 INT), CB Asante Samuel (5 INT) and rookie CB Desmond Trufant. The front seven has questions, but both top tacklers, LBs Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas, are now healthy.
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*Saints-Falcons Preview* ========================


A year ago, the Atlanta Falcons were vying for the best record in the NFC while the New Orleans Saints were mired in one of the most frustrating seasons in team history.

With the roles reversed in 2013, the visiting Saints can sweep the season series by extending the Falcons' longest skid in six years to five games Thursday night.

The return of coach Sean Payton and addition of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has helped New Orleans (8-2) leave the dismal 7-9, bounty-scandal season of 2012 in the past and thrive once again. The Saints are 1 1/2 games behind Seattle for the best record in the NFC and looking for a third straight victory after rallying from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat San Francisco 23-20 at home Sunday.

"These are the (games) that just sharpen you, build confidence moving forward," quarterback Drew Brees said.

Injuries, combined with a poor running game and struggling defense, has Atlanta (2-8) tied for the worst record in the conference after finishing an NFC-best 13-3 and coming within one win of the Super Bowl last season. The Falcons lost 41-28 to Tampa Bay on Sunday and have dropped four straight for the first time since a six-game slide in 2007 - the season before coach Mike Smith's arrival.

"Clearly, we're 10 games into this thing and certainly far, far away from where we want to be," quarterback Matt Ryan said. "We've got six games to go. It's about going out there and taking pride in what you do."

After New Orleans rallied from a 10-0 hole to post a 23-17 season-opening victory over the Falcons, it appeared the teams would mix it up for the South Division title.

The Saints have done their part, starting 5-0 and riding an offense that ranks second in the NFL with 419.1 yards and 28.8 points per game. Brees is completing 68.2 percent of his passes and is second to Peyton Manning with 3,369 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.

He was 30 of 43 for 305 yards with a TD and an interception to help the Saints overcome two other turnovers by leading them to three fourth-quarter field goals last week.

"You're going to have games like this," he said. "This game means more the way that we won it."

After running for a season-high 242 yards in a 49-17 rout of Dallas on Nov. 10, New Orleans outrushed San Francisco 92-81 and held Frank Gore to 48 yards on 13 attempts.

The Saints allowed 440.1 yards and 28.4 points per contest in 2012, but rank fourth with 305.4 yards and fifth with 18.3 points this season. However, they expect to be without cornerback Jabari Greer after he suffered a knee injury against the 49ers.

New Orleans held the Falcons to 367 total yards and gave up seven points after the first quarter in September. Brees threw for 357 with two TDs and an interception, bouncing back from a no-TD, five-interception performance in a 23-13 loss Nov. 29 that snapped the Saints' three-game winning streak at Atlanta.

Since that defeat, Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 14 straight games, totaling 38 with 11 picks during the run.

His first TD of the season went to Marques Colston, who became New Orleans' all-time leader in receiving yards with 7,923 after recording 80 on five catches Sunday. Colston has three touchdowns in his last four games against Atlanta.

Though the Saints have won 12 of 15 over the Falcons, they understand the challenge that awaits on a short week against a desperate team.

"This is a test that we're going to have to try and overcome," defensive end Cameron Jordan said. "Honestly, why not have it? It's a division opponent, it's our rival. It's going to talk a lot about the fortitude and what we have on this team."

Atlanta is allowing 29.2 points per game - 29th in the league - and yielded 108 in its past three, but owner Arthur Blank remains confident in Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

"I absolutely do. And, they've earned it over the past five years," Blank said. "It's a tough business. We've had a lot of injuries, and issues on top of the injuries. These guys are proven leaders and proven by success. ... They'll do the work that has to be done with my full support."

The Falcons might have bottomed out Sunday when they trailed 38-6 to a Tampa Bay team that earned its first win the week before.

Ryan threw an 80-yard pass to Harry Douglas to extend his streak of games with at least one touchdown to 16, but he was sacked three times and one of his two interceptions was returned for a score. Ryan has five TDs and nine INTs in the last four contests after throwing 13 with three picks in the first six.

The Falcons were averaging 64.3 rushing yards going into the Bucs game, but gained a season-high 152 with most coming in the fourth quarter. Little-used Antone Smith ran for 88 on two carries, including a 50-yard score.

Smith could see more time over Steven Jackson, who has gained 192 yards and not scored a rushing TD in six games this season. However, Jackson ran for a season-high 77 yards on 11 attempts against New Orleans in Week 1.

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