FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s everything you need to know about the Falcons (5-0), who play the New Orleans Saints (1-4) at 8:25 p.m. Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, this morning.
- Big practice day. The Falcons practice today at 1:15 p.m. Coach Dan Quinn will speak to the media at 12:20 p.m. before the open locker room session.
Julio Jones update: Julio Jones didn’t practice in the walk-through on Monday. He’ll give us an update on his toe and
101115 ATLANTA: — SUDDEN DEATH — Falcons head coach Dan Quinn (far right) and his team begin to celebrate as cornerback Robert Alford intercepts Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins during sudden death and returns it for the game winning touchdown and a final score of 25-19 in their football game on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. The Falcons remain perfect at 5-0 with the victory. Curtis Compton / firstname.lastname@example.org
hamstring injuries. He’s clearly not 100 percent, but probably will try to make it to the mini-bye week after the Saints game.
- Matt Ryan update: Ryan will speak today. We’ll have to find out why he was so off target against the Redskins. Ryan completed 24 of 42 passes for 254 yards and finished with a 55.1 passer rating. It was Ryan’s lowest passing rated game since he had a 48.6 in Week 2 against Cincinnati last season. It was Ryan’s lowest passer rating in a victory during his pro career. The Falcons beat Tampa Bay 13-10 on Dec. 14, 2009 when he had a 57.5 passer rating.
- Run defense. Defensive coordinator Richard Smith will discuss the run defense, which stuffed the Redskins. The defense held them to 2.1 yards per carry. They were the No. 1 rushing team in the league at 139.1 yards per game.
- Series record: This will be the 92nd regular-season meeting with the Falcons, who hold a 48-43 lead over the Saints. Before last season’s two-game swept, the Saints were 13-3 since Sean Payton took over as head coach in 2006.
Robert Alford returned an interception for a touchdown in overtime to lift the Falcons over the Washington Redskins and help Atlanta remain unbeaten. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter reports.
How did the Falcons get to 5-0?
Here's a look back at the game stories, news and notes from their victories over the Redskins (25-19 in OT), Texans (48-21), Cowboys (39-28), Giants (24-20) and Eagles (26-24).
WASHINGTON GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 25, Redskins 19 in OT
TEXANS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 48, Texans 21
COWBOYS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 39, Cowboys 28
GIANTS GAME COVERAGE -- Falcons 24, Giants 20
EAGLES GAME COVERAGE -- FALCONS 26, EAGLES 24