Vaughn McClure | ESPN Staff Writer
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn got straight to the point when discussing what his team needs to do to compete with the high-powered New Orleans Saints on Thursday (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).
"When you're in the red zone against them, you better finish with it in the end zone because they're certainly able to score and have shown that this year," Quinn said. "So field goals against them isn't going to cut it, the way they're putting points up."
The Saints (9-1), winners of nine straight, have averaged 48 points in their past three games and lead the league with 37.8 points per game. Their defense surrenders 23.9 points per game, which ranks 15th. Meanwhile, the Falcons rank ninth in scoring (26.3 PPG) and 29th in scoring defense (27.6 PPG).
When the Falcons and Saints met in Week 3, Drew Brees guided his team to a 43-37 overtime victory, which was the Falcons' second-highest scoring output of the season behind a 38-14 win in Washington. The Saints scored their season high of 51 points in a 37-point win against the Cincinnati Bengals. ...
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