MNF – Falcons at Saints

The amount of undefeated teams in the NFL has trickled down to two, as the Saints look to move to 7-0 on the season, hosting the arch-rival Falcons on Monday Night. Amazingly, it has taken until November for New Orleans to play its first division contest of the season, as the Saints will play three of their next four games against the NFC South.

Drew Brees and the Saints have been one of the top stories in the NFL this season, especially with the way their offense has clicked. New Orleans ranks first in the league in yards a game (427.3), while putting up a shade under 40 points a contest (39.7). The last two weeks the Saints have tallied 94 points in victories over the Giants and Dolphins, but the path to those high outputs came in different fashions.

The Saints routed the Giants at the Superdome, 48-27, two weeks ago, handing New York its first loss of the season. New Orleans got in the end zone in five of its six first-half possessions, while Brees tossed four touchdown passes. The Saints were on the verge of dropping their first game last week at Miami, digging themselves a 24-3 hole. Brees scored on a quarterback sneak to end the half, giving the Saints some life, trailing 24-10. Miami’s offense started to come apart in the second half, as New Orleans scored the final 22 points of the game to win 46-34, covering for the sixth straight time.

The Falcons seem to be lost in the shuffle in this discussion, as Matt Ryan’s club sits at 4-2 and two games back of the Saints in the NFC South. Atlanta started the season on the right foot, winning consecutive home games over Miami and Carolina, two division champions from a season ago. Obviously both these teams have fallen by the wayside this season, but they were still solid victories at the time for Mike Smith’s squad.