ATLANTA (5-0) AT NEW ORLEANS (1-4)
When: 7:25 p.m. Thursday; TV: Ch. 4 NFLN; Line: Falcons by 2
The skinny: Ten of the previous 13 matchups between the Falcons and Saints have been decided by one score. The Falcons have won the past two meetings. ... The Falcons are the first NFL team to start 5-0 despite trailing in the fourth quarter of four games.
Notes: Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is the first player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to rush for at least seven touchdowns in his first three career starts. ... CB Robert Alford had two INTs last week, including one for the winning 59-yard TD in OT. ... Saints WR Brandin Cooks had five receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown vs. Philadelphia last week. ... Since joining New Orleans in 2006, QB Drew Brees has won seven of nine home starts against Atlanta. ... In 36 night games with New Orleans, Brees has passed for 11,090 yards and 87 TDs, an average of 308.1 yards and 2.42 TDs per game. The Saints have won 25 of those games. ... Since 2006, Brees leads the NFL with 44,989 yards and 322 TDs. ... RB Mark Ingram has 24 catches, tied for second among NFL RBs. ... TE Ben Watson had a TD catch last week. ... LB Hau'oli Kikaha leads NFL rookies with three sacks. Rookie LB Stephone Anthony is second on the team with 32 tackles. ... CBs Brandon Browner and Delvin Breaux each had INT last week. ... Falcons WR Julio Jones leads the NFL with 43 catches and seeks his third straight game against the Saints with 100 yards receiving. He is listed as probable as he recovers from hamstring problem and could toy with Saints' defense.