Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints: Tale of the tape

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The offenses

In recent years, these two offenses have been pass-heavy. The Falcons have Ryan and Julio Jones, while the Saints had boasted the duo of Brees and Jimmy Graham. This isn’t the case anymore, however. Graham was traded away and the Falcons are focused on a more balanced offense.

But make no mistake, these two teams want to throw the football. If healthy, Jones will be the most dangerous receiver on the field for either team. Brandin Cooks finally flashed his potential against Philadelphia last week, and his presence can’t go unnoticed.

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When New Orleans re-signed Mark Ingram and added C.J. Spiller, it appeared balance was a focus. So far, there has been no evidence of this. The Saints ground game is No. 28 in the league, averaging just 85.4 yards per game.

Atlanta, however, has committed to the run and benefited greatly. Devonta Freeman has been outstanding, and the Falcons are No. 6 in rushing offense. Freeman leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns (eight) and is tied for second in yards (405). With Julio banged up, expect the Falcons to test the Saints run defense.

Next: The defenses