Saints Host Ravens – Game Preview
The New Orleans Saints are back in action on Monday evening, when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens.
Kickoff time at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. is scheduled for 7:30 pm, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on 97.3 The Dawg.
The game marks the final game of a three-game home stand for the Saints.
The Saints fell to Cincinnati Bengals, 27-10, last week, to drop to 4-6 on the season, which puts them in a first-place tie with the Atlanta Falcons atop the NFC South.
The Ravens, who defeated the Tennessee Titans, 21-7, back on November 9, will come in at 6-4 on the year, and currently sit in a tie for third-place in the AFC North, behind the first-place Cincinnati Bengals, who are 6-3-1.
Baltimore leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1996, 4-1, and has outscored New Orleans, 138-101.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 26.1 points, 424.5 total yards, 299.8 passing yards, and 124.7 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 3.071 yards and 19 touchdowns, running back Mark Ingram, who has accumulated 618 rushing yards with six touchdowns on 138 touches, and tight end Jimmy Graham, who has compiled 623 receiving yards, along with seven touchdowns, on 59 catches.
The Ravens, offensively, are averaging 26.1 points, 364.8 total yards, 240.7 passing yards, and 124.1 rushing yards a contest.
Baltimore is paced by quarterback Joe Flacco, who has passed for 2.521 yards and 17 touchdowns, running back Justin Forsett, who has rushed for 721 yards and five touchdowns, and Steve Smith, who has 49 receptions for 728 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 369.9 yards-per-game, which ranks 20th in the league, while the Ravens are allowing 335.7, which ranks 11th.
The game marks the second of three-consecutive games against members of the AFC North for the Saints.