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Week 13 Preview Notes: Saints at Falcons

Saints Offense vs. Falcons Defense

Saints Team Offense

  • Total offense: 368.9 yards per game (12th in NFL)
  • Scoring offense: 24.7 points per game (9th)
  • Pass offense: 260.5 yards per game (9th)
  • Rush offense: 108.5 yards per game (17th)

Leaders

  • D. Brees: 267.8 yards per game/11 TDs/4 INTs/75.7% completions/9 sacks
  • A. Kamara: 58.4 rushing YPG/4.6 yards per carry/1 TD/60 receptions/46.8 receiving YPG/1 TD reception
  • L. Murray: 42.0 rushing YPG/4.5 YPC/5 TDs/27 receptions/15.0 receiving YPG/1 TD reception
  • M. Thomas: 104 receptions/112.9 YPG/6 TDs/83.9% catch rate
  • J. Cook: 29 receptions/41.6 YPG/4 TDs
  • T. Ginn Jr: 24 receptions/31.6 YPG/2 TDs
  • T. Smith: 7 receptions/16.8 YPG/2 TDs
  • T. Hill: 6.7 YPC/11 receptions/196 yards from scrimmage/ 3 TDs

Falcons Team Defense

  • Total defense: 376.3 yards allowed per game (26th in NFL)
  • Scoring defense: 27.0 points allowed per game (28th)
  • Pass defense: 266.4 yards per game (27th)
  • Rush defense: 109.9 yards per game (18th)

Leaders

  • D. Campbell: 96 tackles/4.5 tackles for loss
  • D. Jones: 82 tackles/9 tackles for loss
  • R. Allen: 64 tackles/6 pass breakups/1 INT
  • D. Kazee: 54 tackles/1 pass breakup/1 INT
  • G. Jarrett: 5.5 sacks
  • V. Beasley Jr: 4 sacks
  • A. Clayburn: 4 sacks
  • D. Trufant: 7 pass breakups/4 INTs
  • I. Oliver: 8 pass breakups

Saints Defense vs. Falcons Offense

Saints Team Defense

  • Total defense: 321.3 yards allowed per game (10th in NFL)
  • Scoring defense: 20.9 points allowed per game (13th)
  • Pass defense: 232.7 yards per game (15th)
  • Rush defense: 88.5 yards per game (4th)

Leaders

  • D. Davis: 80 tackles/2 sacks/9 pass breakups/1 INT
  • M. Williams: 42 tackles/12 pass breakups/4 INTs
  • C. Jordan: 9.5 sacks/11 tackles for loss
  • V. Bell: 71 tackles/5 pass breakups/1 INT
  • M. Lattimore: 10 pass breakups/1 INT
  • E. Apple: 4 pass breakups
  • P.J. Williams: 4 pass breakups/1 INT
  • C.J. Gardner-Johnson: 6 pass breakups
  • M. Davenport: 4 sacks

Falcons Team Offense

  • Total offense: 371.4 yards per game (10th in NFL)
  • Scoring offense: 22.0 points per game (19th)
  • Pass offense: 298.5 yards per game (3rd)
  • Rush offense: 72.9 yards per game (31st)

Leaders

  • M. Ryan: 293.4 YPG/18 TDs/10 INTs/67.0% completions/29 sacks
  • D. Freeman: 41.2 rushing YPG/3.5 YPC/38 receptions/31.3 receiving YPG/3 TD rceptions
  • J. Jones: 64 receptions/86.4 YPG/4 TDs
  • C. Ridley: 50 receptions/63.5 YPG/6 TDs
  • R. Gage: 25 receptions/21.2 YPG
  • J. Graham (last two games as starter): 3 receptions/76 yards

Conclusion

Clearly this is an abbreviated version of the game preview I like to get out to you guys, but with the short holiday week and travel, this is all I can get you guys for now.

There is no way to sum up the last meeting between these teams just three weeks ago other than a single world. Domination. It was for the wrong side, though. Riding a six game winning streak, coming out of the bye, and having Drew Brees back after getting the chance to shake off the rust in the previous game, were all reasons to believe that the Saints would roll the, then, 1-7 Falcons. It was just the opposite, though. Atlanta came in to New Orleans and won convincingly with a 26-9 victory. Brees got sacked six times, the running game was stagnant, the pass rush was non-existent, Marshon Lattimore’s injury opened the door for Julio Jones to get active, and Matt Ryan was scrambling for first downs like Michael Vick. It was just an awful day for the black and gold.

Looking forward to tonight’s game, I expect a MUCH different result. There is no doubt that the Saints will be laser focused after sleep walking though their game a few weeks ago. The biggest key to the game will be the left side of the offensive line. Patrick Omameh will be making his first start at left tackles as Terron Armstead sits out with a sprained ankle, while Nick Easton will make his third start for Andrus Peat, who has been out with a broken forearm. I am sure the Falcons are licking their chops after sacking Brees six times with the entire starting offensive line in tact, but it will be crucial for these guys to step up.

That will do it for this one, folks. I would like to wish all of you guys a Happy Thanksgiving. If we are giving thanks, I absolutely have to say thank you to you guys. Your support is always heard truly appreciated. We have the best fans/readers in the world. Have a great day and I will talk to y’all tonight during the game!

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