PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS
September 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
SAINTS: Ranked 2nd in NFL in pass offense (307.4) & pass defense (194.1)…Pro Bowl QB DREW BREES was 2nd in NFL in pass yards (5,162), TDs (39), comp. (446) & comp. pct. (68.6) last year. Had 104.7 passer rating, his 4th season with 100+ rating. Has 3 consecutive 5,000-yard seasons & 4 overall, most in NFL history…NO is 8-1 (.889) when RB MARK INGRAM has 14+ att...Pro Bowl TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 86 catches for 1,215 yards & 16 TDs last year, 1st TE in NFL history with 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs in 2 different seasons. His 16 TDs are 2nd most by TE in season. Had 6 100-yard games, tied for most ever in season by TE. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 286 catches, 3,717 yards & 39 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 75 catches for 943 yards last year, his 7th season with 70+ catches & 900+ yards. WR KENNY STILLS led NFL with 20.0 avg. (32 catches for 641 yards)…Pro Bowl DE CAMERON JORDAN (12.5) & LB JUNIOR GALETTE (12) each set career-highs in sacks. LB CURTIS LOFTON led team with 125 tackles & LB DAVID HAWTHORNE was 2nd on club with 89 tackles. CB KEENAN LEWIS led team with career-best 4 INTs…
FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN had 4,515 yards last year, his 3rd consecutive 4,000-yard season. Is 36-10 (.783) at home in career & 60-34 (.638) overall. Has 153 pass TDs & needs 1 to tie for franchise record…Since entering NFL in 2004, RB STEVEN JACKSON leads league with 10,681 rush yards…WR JULIO JONES is 1st in NFL history with 80+ rec. TD in each of 1st 3 seasons. Since 2007, WR RODDY WHITE ranks 4th in NFL with 626 rec. & 8,484 rec. yards. Has 6 1,000-yard seasons in past 7 years. Last year, WR HARRY DOUGLAS set career-highs with 85 catches & 1,067 rec. yards…T JAKE MATTHEWS is 4th son with HOF father (BRUCE MATTHEWS) to be drafted in 1st round (No. 6 overall)…LB PAUL WORRILOW led team with 127 tackles last year. CB DESMOND TRUFANT had team-high 17 PD in 2013 as rookie. Trufant & CB ROBERT ALFORD each had 2 INTs. S WILLIAM MOORE had team-high 3 INTs. Since 2010, Moore is only S in NFL with 3+ sacks (3.5) & 14+ INTs (14). DE OSI UMENYIORA had team-best 7.5 sacks last season.