Saints (5-6) at Falcons (10-1): 3 key matchups

Tony Gonzalez can still rise up and dunk the ball.

Tony Gonzalez can still rise up and dunk the ball.


Saints TE Jimmy Graham vs. Falcons SS William Moore and LB Sean Weatherspoon: Graham has 55 catches for 595 yards and eight touchdowns. In the team’s earlier meeting this season, on Nov. 11, with Sean Weatherspoon out because of an ankle injury, Graham abused the Falcons’ secondary. He finished with seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Moore was beaten on a double-move route in that game and has vowed that he will atone with stronger coverage. Weatherspoon is much better in coverage than strongside linebacker Stephen Nicholas, who covered Graham on Nov. 11.

Saints WR Lance Moore vs. Falcons CB Robert McClain or Christopher Owens: Moore, a noted Falcons-killer, is the team’s fourth leading receiver. He had seven catches for 91 yards in the previous matchup. McClain is the top nickel, but may have to slide outside to right cornerback if Asante Samuel’s injured shoulder flares up during the game. Owens, one of the Falcons’ top special-teams performers, would take over at nickel back.

Saints SS Roman Harper vs. Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez: Harper is the only Saints safety to be selected to two Pro Bowls. Harper helped hold San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis without a catch last week. He ranks second on the team with 92 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups. Gonzalez, who’s on pace for the second 100-catch season of his career, had 11 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns Nov. 11.

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24 comments Add your comment

lowdownjj

November 28th, 2012
5:39 pm

Gonzo and White ALWAYS come up huge in this matchup. Looking for more of the same. I think Spoon should stay on Grahm. Nicholas took a step back in coverage last week against Clark

lowdownjj

November 28th, 2012
5:44 pm

Although Graham usually does a good job defending himself as he leads the NFC in drops. Hopefully that trend continues

4BsihTneeS

November 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

And what do y’all do about Sproles?

stein

November 28th, 2012
6:21 pm

what you gonna do about Ivory ? Lol

Silly aint'sFans

November 28th, 2012
6:41 pm

4BsihTneeS
November 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

And what do y’all do about Sproles?
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Spank him and put him in time out ?????????? after all, he’s a little fella too….like Brees. LOL

Silly aint's Fans

November 28th, 2012
6:52 pm

When Brees is in the dome, I’m going to call Willy Wonka and tell him where he can locate Brees……..I’m sure he’s been looking for him…..HAHAHAHAHA

Silly aint's Fans

November 28th, 2012
6:56 pm

I wonder if Brees wears lifts in his cleats……he certainly can’t use a step stool while playing. LOL I bet he has one of those little stools at home and uses it around his house……hahahahaha

Silly aint's Fans

November 28th, 2012
6:58 pm

Maybe he asks his wife to get him things on the top shelves at home BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!

Silly aint's Fans

November 28th, 2012
7:00 pm

Hey, when Payton goes to Dallas, who’s going to go with Brees on his back yard camp outs !!! hahahaha……don’t leave papa !!!! LOL

Elderly

November 28th, 2012
7:21 pm

Earth to Mike Smith: Please (PLEASE!) forget trying to “establish the run.” We still won’t be able to run against NO. Smitty, no one is going to challenge your manhood if you don’t try to run the ball. Have Ryan go to the no-huddle and try to pick them apart. That’s our chance. Their only weakness is their secondary. Exploit the f… out of it. Just do it.

4BsihTneeS

November 28th, 2012
8:13 pm

and by what do y’all do about Sproles, let me clarify: what i mean to say is this:

i got 3 better matchups for y’all:

my face and a man’s crotch. 3 times.

falcanz

November 28th, 2012
8:53 pm

yeah boy we ready

falcanz

November 28th, 2012
8:54 pm

ah ms 4bsitnees you are aweful lol

Booger

November 28th, 2012
10:41 pm

@stein. Sign him as a free agent in the off season.

Samuel

November 29th, 2012
5:42 am

If we can get a pass rush from someone other than Abe and knock Brees off his spot and sack him three or four times. I think the Falcons can pull this game off. At some point the defensive line and the offensive line have to dominate. Go Falcons!!

North FLA Falcon

November 29th, 2012
8:55 am

Stuff the run and get some pressure on Breezy! It’s gonna be a doozy tonight.

Esquire

November 29th, 2012
9:03 am

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Esquire

November 29th, 2012
9:05 am

NFL Power Ranking
#1 Falcons (10-1, +1): Atlanta escaped by the skin of their teeth yet again, but beating one of the NFL’s hottest teams on the road is no small task.
#2 Texans (10-1, -1): It took nearly ten quarters for Houston to beat teams with a combined record of 6-16. They’re still coasting to a first round bye, but what has happened to the vaunted Wade Phillips defense the past couple weeks?
#3 49ers (8-2-1, NC): Just like the Falcons, San Francisco put an end to a winning streak on the road. The dynamic play of Colin Kaepernick combined with their incredible defense makes this team a scary foe in January.
#4 Patriots (8-3, NC): There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned Patriot butt kicking. They run up the score like a 14 year old that has been playing Madden 13 for way too long.
#5 Broncos (8-3, +1): Denver brought their “C” game to Kansas City and still coasted. Absolutely nobody wants to see this team in the playoffs with how they’re playing on both sides of the ball.
#6 Ravens (9-2, -1): It took a 4th and 29 miracle to put San Diego out of their misery. They haven’t looked like an elite team for months, yet they keep on winning.
#7 Giants (7-4, +2): Classic Giants. Just when you think they’re struggling, they put a hurting on a team and remind everyone that they’re the defending champs.
#8 Bears (8-3, NC): Chicago’s blowout win over Minnesota was costly thanks to six injuries to key players. It pains me to say it, but Jay Cutler simply makes this team better. His quick throws into small windows can make his offensive line actually look passable.
#9 Packers (7-4, -2): You can’t win when you can’t keep your quarterback upright. Green Bay needs to block and scheme better if they want to hang with the league’s best.
#10 Colts (7-4, +3): If the playoffs started today, Andrew Luck would visit Peyton Manning in the Wild Card round. That might garner some national attention.
#11 Buccaneers (6-5, NC): Tough loss for the Bucs. Their schedule isn’t doing them any favors down the stretch either. Tampa heads to Denver, New Orleans, and Atlanta for their last three road games.
#17 Caints (5-6, -2): The loss to San Francisco might mean that their recent surge was too little too late. Their next three games: at Falcons, at Giants, home for Buccaneers. One loss puts them behind the 8 ball; two losses put them at home for the playoffs.

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November 29th, 2012
11:45 am

Big Brother in Black and Gold 35 – Little Brother 27

JosephDaKoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

November 29th, 2012
11:57 am

We need to and we will win this game 27 to 17. Let’s Go Falcons we need this W. Let’s Go Matt Ryan, Turn Up Roddy White,Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Tony G. Have a great game Sean WeatherSpoon. Its eating time—–John Abraham, Johnathan Babineux, Corey Peters, Kroy Bierman…..Get into the game Mike P, Akeem Dent, Steven Nicholas. Make the tackle Thomas Decoud….I need that play William Moore, Big Hits Dunta Robinson, Make a play Jacquizz Rogers, Asunte Sameul we need that pick, stay discipline, look out for the Double Move. And its and always be Go Falcons!!! The Real A Town Got Your Back!!!!!!

JosephDaKoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

November 29th, 2012
12:17 pm

Sam Baker,Tyson Clabo, Peter Konz, Todd Mucclure, Justin Blalock——–Let’s GOooooooooooo

North FLA Falcon

November 29th, 2012
12:34 pm

I’d like to see a nice return on a punt or kick tonight, to get the crowd fired up.

Falcon Gal

November 29th, 2012
12:54 pm

We need to convert on 3rd and anything AND put the pressure on Breesy. RISE UP OFFENSE & DEFENSE!!!

warfalcon

November 29th, 2012
1:51 pm

LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!