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NFL Week 12 NBC Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints Preview

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Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – NBC, 8:20 PM

Ryan breaking down the blitz

Since 2016, Matt Ryan has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL against the blitz.

The well-oiled red zone machine

The Falcons are one of just nine teams in the league who are in the top half in both passing and rushing red-zone touchdown rate. 29% of the Falcons' pass attempts have resulted in a touchdown (9th), while 20% of their red-zone rushing attempts have resulted in a score (14th).

The rush is not getting there

The Falcons haven't been able to generate much pressure so far this season. They'll need that to change against the Saints.

Jarrett making a dent

Interior defensive lineman Grady Jarrett has been the first defender to the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage on 25 of his run defense snaps since 2017 – the most among interior defenders in that span.

Brees taking shots

Drew Brees has been lethal on passes of 20 or more yards this year. He currently leads the league in deep passer rating (139.8).

Thomas winning at the catch point

Since 2017, Michael Thomas has come down with 60.4% of his contested targets, which is the best rate among qualifying wide receivers in that span.

Jordan coming in from the left

Since the start of the 2016 season, only Von Miller has more pressures from the left side of the defense than Cameron Jordan.

Apple off to a rough start in New Orleans

Eli Apple has allowed a passer rating of 110.6 since his trade to New Orleans, which is the fourth-worst mark among cornerbacks since Week 8. He'll look to get back on track against the Falcons.

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