NFL Capsule: Falcons at Saints

NFL Capsule: Falcons at Saints
November 8, 2012, 3:09 pm
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ATLANTA (8-0) At NEW ORLEANS (3-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 6-2; New Orleans 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 45-40

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 1; Saints No. 17

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Falcons 45-16, Dec. 26, 2011

LAST WEEK - Falcons beat Cowboys 19-13; Saints beat Eagles 28-13

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (25), PASS (8)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (24), PASS (14)

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (30), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (29)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons 8-0 for first time; 15th team to win first eight game since 1978, when schedule expanded to 16-games. ... QB Matt Ryan has passer rating of 103, third in NFL. Falcons 29-0 when Ryan has 100-plus rating, including 6-0 this season. Falcons 15-0 when Ryan passes for at least three TDs, including 4-0 this season. ... RB Michael Turner rushed for 102 yards and TD last week. He has 60 career TDs rushing, needing one more to match O.J. Simpson and Herschel Walker in career rushing TDs. ... WR Julio Jones has two straight games with at least five catches and 120 yards. ... TE Tony Gonzalez needs one TD catch to become eighth player to reach 100 in career. ... Saints first team since at least 1950 to give up more than 400 yards in eight consecutive games. ... New Orleans QB Drew Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in NFL-record 51 straight games. ... Brees 10-2 vs. Atlanta since joining New Orleans in 2006. ... WR Marques Colston has six TDs in past five games. ... DE Cam Jordan had career-high three sacks last week and has five sacks in past four games. ... LB Curtis Lofton faces former team for the first time.

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