ATLANTA (5-0) at NEW ORLEANS (1-4)
Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS/NFL Network
OPENING LINE — Falcons by 2 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Falcons 4-1, Saints 2-3
SERIES RECORD — Falcons lead 49-43
LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Saints 30-14, Dec. 21, 2014
LAST WEEK — Falcons beat Redskins 25-19; Saints lost to Eagles 39-17
AP PRO32 RANKING – Falcons No. 5, Saints No. 27
FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (9), PASS (8).
FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (1), PASS (29).
SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (29), PASS (3).
SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (30), PASS (23).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Ten of previous 13 matchups between Falcons and Saints have been decided by one score. Falcons have won past two meetings. … Falcons are first NFL team to start 5-0 despite trailing in fourth quarter of four games. … Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is first player in Super Bowl era (since 1966) to rush for at least seven touchdowns in first three starts to begin career. … CB Robert Alford had two INTs last week, including one for winning 59-yard TD in OT. … Saints WR Brandin Cooks had five receptions for 107 yards and touchdown vs. Philadelphia last week. … Since joining New Orleans in 2006, QB Drew Brees has won seven of nine home starts against Atlanta. … In 36 night games with New Orleans, Brees has passed for 11,090 yards and 87 TDs, average of 308.1 yards and 2.42 TDs per game. Saints have won 25 of those games. … Since 2006, Brees leads NFL with 44,989 yards and 322 TDs. . RB Mark Ingram has 24 catches, tied for second among NFL RBs. … WRs Cooks and Willie Snead each had first-career 100-yard game last week. … TE Ben Watson had TD catch last week. … LB Hau’oli Kikaha leads NFL rookies with three sacks. Rookie LB Stephone Anthony is second on team with 32 tackles. … CBs Brandon Browner and Delvin Breaux each had INT last week. … Falcons WR Julio Jones leads NFL with 43 catches, seeks third straight vs. Saints with 100 yards receiving. He is listed as probably as he recovers from hamstring problem and could toy with Saints’ defense.
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