Things to know: Saints vs Falcons, Week 1

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All-world fourth quarters from Mike and Jameis, Werner all over the place on defense.

The New Orleans Saints began off the season in basic Saints fashion, undesirable drama. Let’s go over the numbers that stood out the most in the 27-26 win over Atlanta.

Defensively, Pete Werner led the way with 13 tackles, including a large TFL late in the fourth to save the Saints’ hopes of a comeback.

Marcus Maye wasn’t far behind, with 9 tackles and a compelled fumble. Cam Jordan picked up seven tackles and Demario Davis tallied six.

The offense was really nonexistent till the 2d half, mainly due to no safety from the offensive line. Missed assignments and horrific blocking, which was later fixed. OC Pete Carmichael opened up the playbook for Jameis and great things happened – let’s bypass to the 4th.

After a quick go to to the harm tent, Jameis proceeded to go 16/17 (16 for 19 if you consist of two spikes), 213 yards, two TDs and a best passer ranking in the 4th quarter. Unreal stuff. Jameis finished the day 23/34 for 269 and two TDs. No picks.

Jaboo is now 6-2 as a New Orleans starter, with a 16/3 TD-INT ratio.

Both touchdowns went to Michael Thomas in the redzone, prevailing 1-on-1’s against All-Pro CB AJ Terrell. Mike won a couple other routes in the midst of these two touchdowns – in restrained snaps, he seemed great. We have to see his volume ramping up via the week.

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