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Coach Mike Smith is giving the Atlanta Falcons four days off following a victory over the rival New Orleans Saints.
When they return to practice on Tuesday, Smith will have the offense focus hard on correcting third-down problems that could have cost them against the Saints.
Atlanta, one of the NFL's most efficient offenses in third-down efficiency, converted none of its first nine chances before Julio Jones' fourth-quarter catch set up Matt Bryant's field goal and the game's final points.
The Falcons (11-1) started with a strong rushing attack and finished with five runs over 12 yards.
During the middle of the game, however, Atlanta fell flat. Pressure on quarterback Matt Ryan, coverage on Roddy White and a sluggish run game stalled the offense.
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Drew Brees says that the bounty issue that made headlines across the nation was nothing but a sham.
He also said that instead of dividing the Saints locker room, it has brought them together.
As the Saints make their final push for the playoffs, Brees is simply saying that whatever the NFL was trying, didn’t work.
Drew Brees picked the wrong two weeks to have two of his worst games with the New Orleans Saints. And for those who can read between the lines, yes, using the word picks was definitely a pun intended. His seven interceptions over the past two weeks may have cost the Saints any chance of reaching the NFL Playoffs this season.
The five yesterday in a crushing loss to the Atlanta Falcons...
ATLANTA A lingering media throng is a curious sight following ahistoric sporting event, conversing in hushed tones but bodies and eyes all facing one direction. On Thursday night in the Georgia Dome,those eyes faced the Saints locker room door, each pair straining to spot afuture Hall of Fame quarterback.
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Not only did the New Orleans Saints bus end up with egg on it, Drew Brees record did as well. The Saints were in Atlanta to face off against the Falcons Thursday night. While the team started off the season in pure struggle behind b0unty-gate, as of late they’ve shown signs of pulling things together. [...]
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith attended a hearing Friday at Washington, D.C., law office during bounty appeals testimony that included former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Both players said they came away with a positive feeling after a day of cross examination by Vilma's lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, and Smith's NFL Players...
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Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and lawyers for the league and the players' union have arrived for a hearing in the Saints bounties case.
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ATLANTA -- Drew Brees' trip to Georgia began with the team bus getting egged and concluded with the rottenest performance of his illustrious career. The Atlanta Falcons snapped Brees' record 54-game streak with a touchdown pass, picking off the New Orleans quarterback five times in a 23-13 victory over the Saints on Thursday at the Georgia Dome. Michael Turner and Tony...
Last week: 5 (-1)
Net points per drive: 0.62 (5th)
DVOA: 2.9% (12th)
Weighted DVOA: -0.4% (17th)
Tier 2: Quasi-Contenders
QB Matt Ryan: 26 of 32 for 353 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, 1 throw away, 1 drop, 100.9 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 6 of 34 drop backs (1 sack, 1 scramble, 2 of 4, 1 interception, 1 throw away)
RB Jacquizz Rodgers: Rushed for...
Atlanta has been buzzing all week with anticipation for this game, and this incident definitely just cranked it up a few notches. Christian Boone of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that the airport workers that egged the New Orleans Saints team bus Wednesday night will be disciplined. It also appears that the egging may have gone unnoticed, if Saints players [...]
The New Orleans Saints bus was allegedly egged...by Atlanta airport employees.
First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans! Tomorrow should be fun!!#WhoDatNation— Will Herring...
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For the first 25 minutes of the half, the Saints laid dormant as the Falcons ran all over them. New Orleans’ run D barely contested a run-heavy opening drive score that was so easy for Atlanta that Michael Turner didn’t look like he weighed 400 lbs. for once. Brees responded by hitting a nearly impossible deep throw on 3rd down to get the New Orleans to the Atlanta side of the...
The Saints (5-7) came into Atlanta feeling they owned the NFC South division despite their losing record.But after it was all said and done, it was the Falcons (11-1) who got the last word.The Falcons started the game with a purpose.They dominated the battle's first series with 80 yards on six plays for an opening-drive touchdown.Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers were heavily...
Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Where: Georgia Dome
Time: 8:20 p.m.
Records: Falcons (10-1, 2-1 in NFC South); Saints (5-6, 2-1).
Point Spread (Danny Sheridan's odds as published in USA Today): Atlanta is favored by 3 12 with an over of 54.
Key Offensive Match-up: In the Falcons' 31-27 loss to New Orleans on Nov. 11, the game came down to the Falcons' having three plays...