The New Orleans Saints have clinched a fourth consecutive successful season for the primary time in franchise historical past as they put together to go to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The historic streak “most likely tells me it is coming from a program that hasn’t had a lot success or historical past of success, and I am being simply trustworthy,” Saints coach Sean Payton stated. “I am glad that it is 4 in a row, (however) actually, our aspirations are a lot larger than having a successful season.”
New Orleans (9-2) has gained eight video games in a row to take a 2 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay atop the NFC South and a one-game lead over Inexperienced Bay atop the convention.
The Saints beat the Falcons 24-9 two weeks in the past in Taysom Hill’s first begin at quarterback instead of Drew Brees, who has rib and lung accidents and is not eligible to return off of injured reserve till subsequent week.
Hill handed for 233 yards and ran for 2 touchdowns towards the Falcons. He ran for 2 extra touchdowns however had simply 78 passing yards in a 31-Three victory at Denver final Sunday.
Payton modified the sport plan to focus extra on the operating recreation after studying the Broncos can be with none quarterbacks due to a collection of COVID-related absences. The Saints completed with 229 dashing yards.
“We weren’t going to (have a) sack/fumble, we weren’t going to get (the ball) turned over in our crimson zone,” Payton stated. “In that kind of recreation subject place mattered so much. Seven factors in that kind of recreation can be the equal of 21 and that is simply the way in which I felt that recreation wanted to be performed.”
The Saints lead the NFL in whole protection (284.9 yards per recreation). Two weeks in the past, they stored the Falcons out of the top zone, intercepted Matt Ryan twice and sacked him eight instances.
“The largest problem is getting your butts kicked the primary time and having to bounce again,” stated Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris, who has led Atlanta to a 4-2 file since changing the fired Dan Quinn. “It’s important to look your self within the mirror and be trustworthy with your self, (make certain) they know the information and why it occurred.”
New Orleans took a 10-9 halftime lead, then pulled away by shutting out Atlanta within the second half.
“We performed a fairly good first half whenever you speak about protection, however we have got to get our offense going,” Morris stated. “We have got to get our offense off the bus. We have got to get them up and operating early. These guys actually managed the second half and made it go the way in which they needed it to go.”
Final Sunday, Atlanta rebounded with a 43-6 thrashing of Las Vegas, taking the ball away from the Raiders 5 instances.
“(The Saints) dictated phrases final day trip and we get to exit and attempt to dictate phrases ourselves,” Morris stated. “After we do this, that is when we’ve outcomes like we did (towards the Raiders). When we aren’t, we’ve the unfavorable outcomes like we had towards the Saints the primary time.”
Each groups had two key offensive gamers restricted by damage in apply Wednesday. Saints All-Professional extensive receiver Michael Thomas and operating again Alvin Kamara each performed via damage towards the Broncos.
Falcons extensive receiver Julio Jones and operating again Todd Gurley hope to return Sunday after lacking the sport towards Las Vegas.
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