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The New Orleans Saints will open the 2014 NFL regular season on the road facing division rival Atlanta Falcons.  As usual the Saints will rely on big-time offense led by quarterback Drew Brees and tight end Jimmy Graham. Brees led the NFC in 2013 with a 68.6 completion percentage, 5,162 passing yards and 39 touchdowns in 2013, while throwing only 12 interceptions.

Brees was really good against Atlanta completing 72.1% for 635 yards, four touchdowns and one interception into New Orleans wins.

Graham totaled nine receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns in those contests, and has scored seven times in his last seven games against the Falcons. Marques Colston and rookie Brandin Cooks  will help Brees as playmakers on the outside, nd Pierre Thomas will line up in the backfield having contributed 549 rushing yards last season.

The Falcons look to rebound after a disappointing 2013  and that  rebound must come on defense as they ranked near the bottom of the NFL with 27.7 points and 379.4 yards allowed per game last year.

After going 36-12 during three straight playoff seasons, including a trip to the NFC title game in 2012, the Falcons are out to prove last year’s 4-12 finish — their worst since 2007 — was a fluke.

Quarterback Matt Ryan threw a career worst 17 interceptions last year and was sacked 44 times. Julio Jones and Roddy White were hurt much of last season. Atlantis decided to do something about their porous offensive line and drafted Jake Matthews number six overall in the NFL draft,  where he should become a fixture for the next 10 years barring injury.

“I don’t think you can lose your confidence just based on (last season),” quarterback Matt Ryansaid. “And I don’t think we have. I think confidence is high here. I think guys expect to make the plays we need to make in order to win games.”

Steven Jackson has battled a right hamstring injury throughout the preseason as he looks to rebound after rushing for 543 yards while missing four games with a left hamstring problem.

New Orleans has won six of its last eight trips to Atlanta and 13 of 16 overall in the series.

About James Rhodes

James is an American born sports writer that covers all sports and has a passion for football at every level He began his journalism career then and has been published on numerous sports websites and publications

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