Saints Close Out Season Against Falcons – Game Preview
The New Orleans Saints close out their 2015 regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Atlanta, Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC South match-up.
Kickoff time at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. is scheduled for noon, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The game marks the one of the year for each team, as both have been eliminated from playoff contention.
New Orleans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars at home on last Sunday, 38-27, and will enter the game at 6-9, while Atlanta beat the Carolina Panthers, 20-13, and is currently 8-7.
The Saints won the first of the two meetings between the two teams earlier this year, defeating the Falcons, 31-21, back on October 15, but Atlanta leads the all-time series, 49-44.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 25.9 points-per-game, along with 404.7 total yards, including 309.8 passing yards, and 94.9 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 4,547 yards and 31 touchdowns, along with running back Mark Ingram, who has rushed for 769 yards and 6 touchdowns, and receiver Brandin Cooks, who has caught 79 passes for 1,116 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Ingram was placed on the injured reserve list four weeks ago, and will miss the final game of the season.
The Falcons, offensively, are averaging 21.5 points, 371.4 total yards, 270.1 passing yards, and 101.3 rushing yards a game.
Atlanta is paced by quarterback Matt Ryan, who has thrown for 4,257 yards and 19 touchdowns, running back Devonta Freeman, who has rushed for 980 yards and 11 touchdowns, and receiver Julio Jones, who has caught 127 passes for 1,722 yards and 8 scores.
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 413.4 yards-per-game, including 281.1 passing yards and 132.3 rushing yards, while the Falcons are allowing 344.8 total yards, including 237.3 passing yards and 107.5 rushing yards.