Improved New Orleans Saints secondary will be tested by Atlanta passing attack (1 Viewer)

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Partly new and undoubtedly improved, the New Orleans Saints secondary will take a second swing at Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and his productive trio of receivers Thursday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

This time, it’ll be seeking more hits and fewer misses.

In the first game against Atlanta this season, a 43-37, overtime victory by the Saints on Sept. 23, Ryan and his receiving corps riddled New Orleans. He completed 26 of 35 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns, without an interception; rookie receiver Calvin Ridley caught seven passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns; Julio Jones chipped in five catches for 96 yards; and Mohamed Sanu added four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.

Also in the first game, the Saints were undergoing a lineup change – P.J. Williams replaced Ken Crawley in the starting lineup at left cornerback, then played poorly enough to be replaced by Crawley at halftime, then came back on the field to play the nickel when Patrick Robinson suffered a season-ending ankle injury. ...

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