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Saints aim to continue improvement vs. Falcons

The New Orleans Saints improved from Week 1 to Week 2 and that enabled them to follow a season-opening loss with a win.

But they admit they still have a long way to go as they prepare to face the Falcons in an NFC South showdown Sunday in Atlanta.

After giving up 48 points in a seven-point loss to Tampa Bay to start the season, the Saints contained the Cleveland Browns offense much better in a 21-18 victory last week.

The offense, though, wasn't nearly as effective against the Browns (275 yards) as it was against the Buccaneers (475). Of those 750 yards, only 105 have come from the rushing attack.

"In the first game, obviously we were doing a lot of good things in the passing game so it's not like we couldn't run the ball," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. "But we kind of got in a situation where we had to score quickly and score a lot.

"This last game, I would say it was not one of our better run running games efficiency wise, but we did have a couple of good ones at the end of the game."

The Falcons got more bad news on the injury front this week and it could not have come at a worse time.

Atlanta is already without safety Keanu Neal for the season because of a knee injury. It will also be without middle linebacker Deion Jones for at least another six weeks while he's on the injured reserve list after foot surgery.

Now the Falcons will be without starting left guard Andy Levitre, who was lost for the season because of a triceps injury and placed on injured reserve.

"After receiving the test results on Andy's injury from Sunday's game, it has been determined that he will miss the remainder of the season with a triceps injury," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.

The move means Wes Schweitzer, who started at right guard last season, will move into the lineup. Schweitzer took Levitre's place when he was injured Sunday.

Schweitzer battled with Brando Fusco for the starting job at right guard, with Fusco, a free-agent signee formerly with the San Francisco 49ers, winning the position.

Quinn said he club is confident moving forward with Schweitzer as the starter.

"When Wes stepped in for Andy, we certainly knew what to expect for a guy who has really put the time in," Quinn said. "This summer the battle that he had in him with Brandon to get going, we knew if he was going to go in the game he would be ready."

The Falcons are awaiting word on the status of defensive end Takk McKinley (groin) and Derrick Shelby (groin). They were both injured last week against Carolina.

"We're going to give these guys as much time as they need to get ready," Quinn said. "When they can start doing things that they do, we'll adjust accordingly."

If either or both can't go, the Falcons will probably use Steven Means in their rotation. Means signed with Atlanta last week and he was inactive for the Carolina game.

"I'd be comfortable (with Means) and the reason why is during his time here, he's really put the work in," Quinn said. "We'll just take it as it goes."

Running back Devonta Freeman is expected to miss his second straight game with a right knee contusion.

For the Saints, defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, who missed last week's game because of a foot injury suffered in the season opener, did not practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, who injured his left knee in Sunday's game and did not return, was held out of practice and walked through the locker room with difficulty while wearing a brace on the knee. He was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. That means receiver Cameron Meredith, who has been a healthy inactive each of the first two weeks, could play Sunday. He was signed as a veteran free agent with the expectation that he would be the No. 3 receiver behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. even though he was recovering from a serious knee surgery. Meredith was limited in training camp and the preseason, but is healthy enough to play.

Sunday's game will be the 98th regular-season meeting. The Falcons lead series, 51-46, including a 27-22 edge in Atlanta. The home team won both encounters last season. Atlanta has won three of the last four meetings.

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0 AVG PASS YDS 0
0 AVG RUSH YDS 0
0 AVG TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
57
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
81.3% 682 5 0 123.0
D. Brees 65/80 682 5 0 57
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Kamara 41 RB
41
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 75 2
A. Kamara 21 75 2 18 41
M. Gillislee 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 27 0
M. Gillislee 11 27 0 5 2
T. Ginn 19 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
T. Ginn 1 5 0 5 18
D. Brees 9 QB
57
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
D. Brees 1 -1 0 0 57
J. Williams 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -1 0
J. Williams 2 -1 0 0 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Thomas 13 WR
44
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 269 3
M. Thomas 0 28 269 3 35 44
A. Kamara 41 RB
41
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 165 1
A. Kamara 0 15 165 1 35 41
T. Ginn 19 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 123 1
T. Ginn 0 9 123 1 42 18
B. Watson 82 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 63 0
B. Watson 0 7 63 0 21 6
J. Hill 89 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 20 0
J. Hill 0 2 20 0 15 2
A. Carr 80 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 20 0
A. Carr 0 2 20 0 11 2
T. Smith 10 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 18 0
T. Smith 0 1 18 0 18 1
Z. Line 42 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 4 0
Z. Line 0 1 4 0 4 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Williams 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
M. Williams 9-1 0.0 1 0
D. Davis 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-9 0 0.0
D. Davis 8-9 0.0 0 0
K. Crawley 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
K. Crawley 7-2 0.0 0 0
A. Klein 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
A. Klein 7-4 0.0 0 0
M. Lattimore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
M. Lattimore 6-1 0.0 0 0
V. Bell 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
V. Bell 6-3 0.0 0 0
K. Coleman 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
K. Coleman 5-2 0.0 0 0
P. Robinson 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
P. Robinson 5-1 0.0 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 2.0
C. Jordan 5-3 2.0 0 0
A. Okafor 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Okafor 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Te'o 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
M. Te'o 4-4 0.0 0 0
A. Anzalone 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
A. Anzalone 3-1 0.0 0 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-6 0 1.0
S. Rankins 3-6 1.0 0 0
J. Hardee 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Hardee 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Gillislee 25 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Gillislee 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Banjo 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Banjo 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
D. Onyemata 1-3 0.0 0 0
T. Ginn 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Ginn 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Davenport 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
M. Davenport 1-3 0.0 0 0
M. Unger 60 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Unger 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davison 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
T. Davison 1-3 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
13
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
3/4 4/4
W. Lutz 3/4 0 4/4 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
42
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62% 523 2 2 82.1
M. Ryan 44/71 523 2 2 42
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Coleman 26 RB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 126 1
T. Coleman 25 126 1 36 22
I. Smith 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 46 0
I. Smith 9 46 0 18 4
D. Freeman 24 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 36 0
D. Freeman 6 36 0 20 4
M. Ryan 2 QB
42
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 26 2
M. Ryan 6 26 2 8 42
J. Jones 11 WR
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
J. Jones 1 11 0 11 24
C. Ridley 18 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
C. Ridley 1 3 0 3 12
M. Schaub 8 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
M. Schaub 1 0 0 0 0
M. Sanu 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
M. Sanu 1 -4 0 0 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Jones 11 WR
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 233 0
J. Jones 0 15 233 0 36 24
A. Hooper 81 TE
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 83 1
A. Hooper 0 8 83 1 30 14
C. Ridley 18 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 64 1
C. Ridley 0 4 64 1 22 12
T. Coleman 26 RB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 44 0
T. Coleman 0 5 44 0 26 22
M. Sanu 12 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 37 0
M. Sanu 0 6 37 0 12 3
M. Hall 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 30 0
M. Hall 0 1 30 0 30 3
D. Freeman 24 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 14 0
D. Freeman 0 3 14 0 14 4
L. Paulsen 82 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 10 0
L. Paulsen 0 1 10 0 10 1
I. Smith 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
- - - -
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 8 0
I. Smith 0 1 8 0 8 4
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-1 0 2.0
B. Poole 12-1 2.0 0 0
D. Campbell 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
D. Campbell 12-3 0.0 0 0
D. Trufant 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
D. Trufant 9-0 0.0 0 0
R. Allen 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
R. Allen 9-1 0.0 1 0
D. Riley 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
D. Riley 7-4 0.0 0 0
D. Kazee 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
D. Kazee 6-0 0.0 0 0
R. Alford 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
R. Alford 5-0 0.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
G. Jarrett 5-5 0.0 0 0
D. Shelby 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Shelby 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Richards 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Richards 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bethel 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Bethel 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. McKinley 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
T. McKinley 3-0 2.0 0 0
F. Oluokun 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
F. Oluokun 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Senat 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Senat 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 11 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Crawford 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Crawford 1-0 0.0 0 0
V. Beasley 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
V. Beasley 1-2 0.0 0 0
T. McClain 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. McClain 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Reed 1-1 0.0 0 0
K. Ishmael 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Ishmael 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Saubert 85 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
E. Saubert 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
13
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
3/3 4/5
M. Bryant 3/3 0 4/5 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD