By Herbie Teope - Around the NFL Writer | NFL.com
NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints didn't just feast on turkey Thursday night. They also focused their attention on devouring Dirty Birds.
The Saints (10-1) dominated the Atlanta Falcons (4-7) in a 31-17 victory en route to a league-best 10th straight win. And only a Falcons touchdown with less than two minutes remaining made the final score appear closer than what actually happened on the field.
Atlanta produced a paltry 26 yards rushing as a team and had no answer for a Saints defense that totaled six sacks, three fumble recoveries, an interception, 13 quarterback hits and seven passes defensed.
And in a modern NFL that slants heavily in the offense's favor with weekly video-game like scores and production, the Saints effectively put the rest of the league on notice that they can also play defense.
"I always said we knew what type of defense we could be if we just approached each and every game the same way," defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. "We can be dangerous and I think we've shown that. The thing about this league is you've got to do it again and again and again. For us, we know we've been able to show it over these last couple of weeks consistently." ...
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