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By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The New Orleans Saints recorded their 10th consecutive win on Thursday night (Nov. 22), celebrating Thanksgiving with a 31-17 rout of the archrival Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The victory gave the Saints a commanding 3 1/2-game lead in the NFC South Division with five games to play.
Here are my takeaways from the game:
1. This was the best defensive effort of the season
The Saints offense has carried the team this season, but this was a night for the defense. The Saints recorded a season-high six sacks, forced four turnovers and held Atlanta to its lowest rushing total in three years.
The Saints' opportunistic defense stripped Falcons ballcarriers of the ball in the red zone three times to stop potential scoring drives. The Saints recovered the loose balls at their own 7-, 13- and 1-yard lines.
The Saints had only eight takeways in their first eight games. They forced nine turnovers in the past three....
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