Falcons vs Saints Week 10 Capsule

ATLANTA FALCONS (8-0) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-5)

SERIES

FALCONS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 45-40  
STREAKS   10 of past 12
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 2-6 Vitt: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 19-13 vs. Cowboys W 28-13 vs. Eagles
LAST GAME 12/26/11: Falcons 16 at Saints 45. New Orleans QB Drew Brees surpasses HOFer Dan Marino (5,084) for most passing yards in single season all-time.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/26/11
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Atl.), 92 (NO). XM: 229 (NO). 

STATS

PASSING Ryan: 206-299-2,360-17 (3C)-6-103.0 (3L) Brees: 209-342-2,549 (1L)-22 (2L)-8-95.8
RUSHING Turner: 128-517-4.0-4 P. Thomas: 64-301-4.7-1
RECEIVING Gonzalez (TE): 50-495-9.9-4 Colston: 44-626-14.2-6
OFFENSE 376.6 386.4 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE +10 (3C) 0
DEFENSE 356.3 471.3
SACKS Abraham: 7 Jordan: 6
INTs DeCoud: 4 (T3L) Robinson: 2
PUNTING Bosher: 46.6 Morstead: 51.2 (1C)
KICKING Bryant: 82 (2L) (22/22 PAT; 20/23 FG) Hartley: 48 (27/27 PAT; 7/10 FG)

NOTES

FALCONS: Are 8-0 for 1st time in team history & 15th team since 1978 (16-game schedule) to start 8-0…Under head coach MIKE SMITH, Falcons are 27-10 (.730) in games decided by 1 score…QB MATT RYAN ranks 3rd in NFL with 103 rating. In career, Falcons are 29-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating (6-0 in 2012). When Ryan has 3+ TD passes, team is 15-0 (4-0 in 2012). Only DARYLE LAMONICA (19-0) has better record in games with 3+ TDs…RB MICHAEL TURNER rushed for 102 yards & TD last week. Has 60 career rush TDs & needs 1 to equal totals of O.J. SIMPSON & HERSCHEL WALKER. WR JULIO JONES aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 120+ yards. In last game at NO, had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD. WR RODDY WHITE had 7 catches for 118 yards last week. Had 11 catches for 127 yards in last game at NO. Since 2007, has 518 receptions, most in NFC. TE TONY GONZALEZ has 99 rec. TDs & needs 1 to become 1st TE & 8th player with 100…DE JOHN ABRAHAM has 11.5 sacks in past 11. Has 119 sacks, most by active player. CB DUNTA ROBINSON had INT in last meeting. LB SEAN WEATHERSPOON leads team with 52 tackles. S THOMAS DE COUD is only NFC player with 4 INTs & sack…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES is 10-2 vs. Atl. since joining NO in 2006. In those 12, has 8 300-yard games & 10 games with 2+ TDs. Has TD pass in NFL-record 51 games in row…In his past 2 games played, RB CHRIS IVORY has 2 rush TDs (35 & 22 yards). In 5 career home games vs. Atl., RB PIERRE THOMAS has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.)…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has TD catch in 8 of past 10. Since 2010, Graham leads NFC TEs with 21 TDs. Aims for 5th game in row vs. division with TD. Has TD in each of past 3 vs. Falcons. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 6 TDs in past 5. In past 2 vs. Atl., has 15 catches for 194 yards (97 per game) & TD. In 9/26/10 meeting, WR LANCE MOORE had 6 catches for 149 yards (24.8 avg.) & 2 TDs…Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB. DE CAM JORDAN had career-high 3 sacks last week. Has 5 sacks in past 4. CB PATRICK ROBINSON had 99-yard INT-TD last week, longest INT-TD in team history. LB CURTIS LOFTON faces former team for 1st time.


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