- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

ATLANTA (1-1) at NEW ORLEANS (0-2)

Monday, 8:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN

OPENING LINE - Saints by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Falcons 1-1, Saints 1-1

SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 49-45

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Falcons 20-17, Jan. 3, 2016

LAST WEEK -Falcons beat Raiders 35-28; Saints lost to Giants 16-13

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 19, Saints No. 26





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Game will be played nearly 10 years to date of Superdome’s reopening following extensive repairs of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Falcons also were visitors in that game, losing 23-3 in game often remembered for Steve Gleason’s blocked punt on the game’s fourth play from scrimmage. Current Saints coach Sean Payton was working his third regular-season game as NFL head coach, Falcons were coached by current UCLA coach Jim L. Mora, whose father had coached Saints from 1986-96. … Falcons coach Dan Quinn was on Miami’s staff when Dolphins played hurricane-displaced Saints at LSU’s Tiger Stadium in 2005. … Quinn is in search of first victory over Saints as head coach after going 0-2 vs. New Orleans last year. … QB Matt Ryan passed for 396 yards and three TDs last week. … Falcons WR Julio Jones has 100-plus yards receiving in three of past four meetings. … TE Jacob Tamme had 75 yards receiving and TD last week. … Saints QB Drew Brees has passed for 300-plus yards in past four meetings. Brees has passed for 300-plus yards and three-plus TDs in four of past five Monday night games. … WR Brandin Cooks has TD catch in past six home games. … DE Cameron Jordan had sack last week, has four sacks, forced fumble in past two meetings. … LB Craig Robertson, acquired this year as free agent, has 10-plus tackles in each of Saints’ first two games. S Kenny Vaccaro had nine tackles, forced fumble last week. He’s had six-plus tackles in past three games. … Fantasy Tip: Saints TE Coby Fleener is hungry for breakout game with new team and Atlanta’s defense has been vulnerable to TE targets in Weeks 1 and 2.


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