Quick Take: Saints (4-4) at Falcons (5-3)

Last meeting
Last December, Drew Brees passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Saints past the Falcons, 34-14.

The Saints have won the past four but still trail in the overall series, 43-34. See a breakdown of the last five meetings.

Last week
Atlanta went into Oakland and shut out the reeling Raiders, 24-0. ... The Saints had a bye.

Keep your eye on ...
Falcons' ground game: In five wins, Atlanta is averaging 40 rushing attempts a game vs. only 25 in its three losses. The Falcons like to pound the ball with Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood and prefer if prodigious rookie QB Matt Ryan only passes on friendly downs and distances.

Divisional doldrums: In games outside the NFC South, the Falcons are 5-1; outside, they are 0-2. They were unable to get their rushing attack going in losses to Carolina and Tampa Bay, but New Orleans, with its 18th-ranked run defense, presents a better matchup.

Brees at his best: The Saints quarterback leads the NFL in passing yards and is second in the NFC with 15 touchdown passes. After completely shutting down a woeful Raiders passing game last week, the Falcons defense will get a chance to prove it has turned the corner for good if it can stymie Brees.

Did you know?
Brees has never lost in four starts against the Falcons. ... In his last three games vs. Atlanta, Saints TE Jeremy Shockey has three touchdowns. ... The Falcons have yet to lose at home this season (3-0). ... Atlanta DE John Abraham leads the NFC with 10 sacks.

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