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And welcome to the -- like Alabama kick half way and our. Though inaugural nor race time one hour to kick up between the Saints and the Falcons here on the Saints. Radio network let's go to the Georgia Dome where we're rejoined now by Saints color analyst and former -- -- got a job with the pregame injury report Hokies. I think they can decide pregame injury report is broad view but I -- -- instituted sports medicine. Dedicated sports health -- on and off the field now you're inactives for the Atlanta Falcons. John parker Wilson will be a third quarterback also inactive dominate -- Antowain Smith Spencer adkins Garrett Reynolds Mike Johnson who aren't -- very -- Ray Lewis now. You're inactives for the Saints today. B Courtney Roby. With some young Chris average that we just gonna answer that question whether he'll be there are not tonight. -- Clark. Charles Brown David Thomas junior glad and can be good at QB Kawika. Mitchell and because Danny Clark is inactive at the Joe Lon Dunbar will start in his place and that's at saint pregame injury report. Brought you back to blame it's due to sports medicine dedicated to sports health care on and off the field. And you don't hold looking and then actively as two players. To me when not having Chris ivory. Look did Pierre Thomas when I remember and Reggie Bush a big part of that. There's -- first touchdown and 245 yard draw play in the superdome. They've put Reggie in motion the defense line fearing no one of the middle 25 yards because now we need here. To come up big like he says have those rushing to finish -- this scares Thomas Dooley is jolt our Reggie Bush. We have their production running game and they're looking at July and done more. You know looking at the Ravens game last week is probably Al porous tackling game as far as -- line backing of core. You know that being Danny Clark -- in his Jonathan Vilma now great opportunity vigil on Dunbar. Just above and beyond maybe prove to Coach Williams that he should be a starting line. Okay everybody else they question number one person say you know I mean needs all willing good as it -- talk about Pierre Thomas Reggie Bush in new field. They can only run the plays golf right and you know we'll go to Peyton commit himself to run not -- that's the big question right there I don't really have a problem. We have within those three guys and meet. I admit I like Chris ivory for what he brings to the table. But that's not the point I'm making him the the point I'm making his its penal colony at the line of scrimmage that you can't run it. So if coach Clayton abandon it then there goes your running game. Feeling heavy on the past. Joe Lon Dunbar PA LA I mean here PME here's a guy that. You know I mean he's shown some flashes -- -- -- he's another guy that has been little -- injury prone and a couple years and we've been here. I I mean I really don't see right there other than lose and Jonathan Vilma. And I would also goes so far as to say Scott Shanle just because of his knowledge and with the -- I think -- -- Works in the pass coverage game. That killed anyone of those little linebackers on me I don't care if pitch Marvin Mitchell -- his jaw line Dunbar could Danny Clark and me. It's truly one of those guys and air right now at this stage of the game my career there replaceable. -- All right that's the pregame Interpol would Saints color analyst Coca guys on embody met Ryan. Nineteen they wanted the Georgia Dome as a starter has won his last fifteen as a starter is six -- and home -- -- he's an even leaked eating meat company. -- he's in season number three with a victory tonight Bobby. He would -- And use him before going to the brink before name's Dan Marino and try and we all know the great start that there were no games left you know we all know the great starter Dan Marino had. But the Miami Dolphins indeed that's gonna -- what does Dan Marino are should say Drew Brees and Matt Ryan having common. Would Dan Marino if you look like you said Matt Ryan is 191. -- home. In his career and overall record -- 32 and twelve as a starter -- one more big trio tied Dan Marino's record. The most victories in his first three seasons. And there was a connection with Drew Brees and Dan Marino if you look at Drew Brees he now has 31 touchdown passes on the season he made NFL history. -- reached 25 touchdown passes but the fifth consecutive season only Dan Marino Peyton Manning. And Brett Favre -- accomplished that feat so. You can see you look and had two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. And stands to reason both Drew Brees and Matt Ryan playing. The high level and Bobby think about it too now this is a big game from a standpoint did. You know if they want as much on the line we we probably -- -- a good note going into this season that this there was going to be something on the line. Now when you think about the pace team gonna come off the Super Bowl and you have two games remaining in you're still up for the number one seed. And you division title it speaks -- with the Saints had done as far as he's STA people talk by the Super Bowl hangover knows not about a hangover anymore. It's about teams that this one time who were in prior years about it we'll come off a Super Bowl championship and what -- eliminated from any time postseason contention. At this point passes this so a lot of football left to be played but soon now I think the Saints once again and how ironic it is whole ballclub whose number one is who will bowl. As for the first time in franchise history may she experienced the first back to back winning seasons. -- point two now as the the team to beat because they're writing how we treat the writers the team was coming off a championship. Now and on the doll but people still listen it's like he you know like Steve courts and earlier on the on the first take. Instead they against the Falcons -- is fresh in the memory has always what every. -- army lately so to speak begin. But if you look at the Saints in the -- nation. I think there's no reason why you should be discourage you might be disappointed in. But obviously we don't win more one more game and you don't get to the playoffs. Borrow whatever happens in the city we not able to finish to deal. And you know in in the Giants are the Packers win and we don't back into the playoffs yeah. -- be disappointed to steal islamists who will be for the next season and give -- a -- also but I didn't think it a step further. There's no reason that this team. Shouldn't get to the playoffs. And obviously I don't think the Falcons lose their Panthers win their first twelve game whether it's Seattle r.'s Saint Louis now I've done that I think it's slang you out. You know -- is is is that extra. Then you can truly have a special season but as far as who will hang over -- if they're able to achieve that then I think you have a great season because. If you look at the history. The Super Bowl winners and how hard it is. Have a great accomplishments a year in -- but. You know we're trying to be a team of the decade only eight of 44 Super Bowl champions have repeated the next season. And if you look at it 03 in 04 Patriots. Our -- teams have done and in the past eleven years and only eleven suitable -- want to Regis global. The next season. Yet thirteen of them. Thirteen of forty fours who -- chance failed to make the playoffs that includes for the past eight. The Steelers twice Buccaneers and Patriots but I just saying this -- so more stable more mature. A team in the even those teams and we have the right leadership to not lead then. Occur as the Kasey -- embodied Mandy -- me it's about my cat and a kick off on the New Orleans Saints radio network and welcome back to -- about my countdown to kick -- it's a pawn of the rock as we take a look at today's opponent a very familiar -- And a day off the Atlanta Falcons red hot. Twelve into winners of eight straight out president welcome man Doumit who knows an awful lot about sports it's over the Falcons. Jeff van note Jones is now Jeff thank you so much for the time and now. The Bob like in the ATA you know about these confident of enrolling your whole quite awhile. We'll -- kids it's exciting. We've never had something like history winning years in a row here in Atlanta and and this team I mean it's it's a little bit under the radar similar stats are not the greatest they. They they do one thing I think he would talk fundamentally all isn't football gets -- game in the fourth quarter gave yourself a chance to win. And they've been able to do that and win on the road win at home they there there are a good football teams can -- great matchup tonight. And then -- -- Bobby here you know I go way back and I look at the foul about how you doing I'm doing great day in jeopardy if you look at the Falcons you'll -- is being made the way the rules are structured pass happy team. Why Jose invite the Falcons are old school the way they commit to run and how balanced they aren't don't necessarily want Matt Ryan. To throw -- 300 yards I'm looking at one key. Look at time of possession third in the NFL that first game and that's a that's ridiculous you know win -- overtime -- -- the ball. Part of five minutes fifty seconds of the things 4715. And then also -- you pulls an -- games I'm looking at. Two minute offense you look at this season the Cowboys lead the NFL with 41 points. On seventeen -- -- in the final two minutes be -- have so what they've been able to -- keep the momentum going into halftime and obviously the closeout game. Bobby are you you're right it's the fourth quarter differential some like 59 point number one in the league. In the fourth quarter they hit it big as I said to go back to give the game into the fourth quarter they don't make mistakes. They're number two in third down conversions in the number one and -- to talk about time of possession talk about drives it's the little things that they do well. As a football team and they don't beat themselves. And -- and I think that's been real key for them. The big for you saw maybe article in the paper today the big for an offense. Ryan and turn Gonzales and white they have to carry him on offense but. But it they they are balanced -- use that word in the run game has -- if they can't run the game. They beat somebody before they -- ball. Be successful. Balance against the Saints. -- -- -- -- You talk about obviously being able to run the ball if you look good down that first game fiftieth chance. Against the Saints though four point oh average first step and we all know Michael Turner has done in the near 1256. Yards eleven touchdowns. Ten of those those scores have come in the past eight games. But also a look at another running back to news of -- is Jason Snelling. A look fourteen at 1062 yards and -- first game. Four point four yard average slope is not just Michael Turner thief got his fellow with the -- spelling and have that too many months. You know they do he's been a little bit he came back go last week I think forgot yeah his first action couple fumbles he wasn't really may be ready for game action but. He'd get a nice job at first game against New Orleans he's the guy makes little bit of difference in the backfield they throw him out of the backfield turner they'll go to little check down and it's not a serious effort. They don't screen the ball nothing like the Saints they don't use their backs like the Saints do end all the matchups with the Saints try to get on. On defense -- and they do that in a wonderful job about it which I think is exciting to watch and Saints offense and and that's a key tonight in the falcons' defense especially their safeties or linebackers. Match up -- talent received. And I definitely. Look at obviously wins in the trenches who can enables Matt Ryan Drew Brees have time to pass the footballs. And no Wilson may not having the kind of season that he had my share of nowhere he was fourth in the NFL exactly -- John Abraham. I'm -- 101 and a half career sacks since 2000 ranks first among all. -- defensive ends in the NFL look at their right now he has a team high twelve sacks. And ranks tied for second among all humans have been the same night John Abraham when he's healthy he's about as good as the games. Well he's got great career and he could be key date and they don't get a lot of pressure from the front war except from Hamels and he he's a double sex -- -- guys he had a second 12 one of the sexes. Ferrari game. In New Orleans but he's healthy the -- I don't like to see him on both sides. But it that's one of the weaknesses are decent sort of one sex none is not an enormous amount of pressure without the blitz. And then god Jeff when you look at two evenly matched teams. -- always say yet to win an -- involvement he gets his majesty this where I give. The Falcons a big advantage I remember watching it on T get me -- Eric Weems all of a sudden the Ravens. Think they got big game they get deleted in he has a big kick return to put him in great field position. Look at anything he's getting it done at the highest levels whether as a kick or punt return a week thirteen. Had -- 102 yard return so when all's said and done I -- Saints may have to wait for Reggie Bush. To get off haven't a disappointing season but Eric Weems is getting it done in a high level for the final. The -- heard the Falcons. Certainly in New Orleans -- or your right. Big punt return -- with a big pass play to little except live in the secondary how they were gonna cover the big play heard the Falcons down there. But they they seem short -- they've had a lot of problems with their special teams early on we started. The last stole three or four weeks they have started to play more veteran defense of guys on there the -- Fuhrman on there and police and start a lot of games is. And then there's little better job -- right he uses the return game -- is dangerous. If he'd he'd be you know that was it -- huge play at. I think it -- he's he's averaged almost 28. A ride off return that's certainly attitude that's a top five kickoff return man. Q did you get an all these games before. -- tiny field position is the utmost thing. On these coaches mind even though you look at that spread offense of the Saints -- go to all over they are concerned about field position to sold. But it could be a big he could be a real factor tonight if somebody special teams is off Keenan has been great for me and keep in. Keep into position they'll wanna keep it in the end zone and make them make the Saints drive it eighty yards. It'd -- look at -- that person match up the problems were plus two in that turnover ratio -- every on the plus side codes that tell you that gives you great opportunity. To win looking at the Saints will bull run last year fueled plus 113 best in NFL plus eight. In the playoffs and if you made out of the difference. Grow -- kind of like the Falcons are doing that this year to me to save their mine is 641. In the NFL Marlins in the states plus thirteen and meet up Falcons. Plus thirteen -- Benson NFL. -- battle and have a great opportunity to win. They did last year sharper than any year he had and then that was a huge factor I think -- In scoring points and short. Look very good. Brady and -- offensively were. Looks like a great West Coast offense a short passing almost like running so it's you can play like that get. And short fields it's certainly didn't in the first game it was a big factor thinking about it. Yes thank you so much holy -- have a great call between. Good W -- did doctor Bobby Hebert all right they're both. If fans know exist thank you very much he's about BA bad big -- it's the -- like Alabama kick off on the New Orleans Saints radio network and welcome back he is about rebounding noted nobody coming up tonight at the locker room show your chance to go one -- -- to cast upon have to hear on the -- Radio network when he had a huge day Thanksgiving Day. And they gamers saving play against the Cowboys in also had a third longest interception return for a touchdown. In franchise history in the saints' 3113 win over the -- will become a big tonight sophomore safety. Malcolm -- it time burial Christie Garrett caught over number 27 to get his thoughts on the match up against the dirty bird. Not you guys got a pretty sure it's into the NF CEO I don't know -- -- -- yeah that's good boxer Damien he's in there and you've. Mostly someone who knows who -- no no no. Most boxing background somewhere you know I mean come on that -- joined by the crowd I would not -- for. What goes where there was. Oh yeah I know when you're their role inside the Cubs are -- lows mostly Rose okay. He got -- symbolism about the game minimum and I. -- -- -- this isn't like it's. Another instance where we're you know this is coming my arthritis in my and I lose. That's a time when you lose motivation was okay I'm just losing his top of my. Roddy whites come on the last three years -- -- -- and he murders one of playmakers on any NFL wide out started silver medallist dominant. Yeah I mean he's. Receiver you know he's not necessarily run run run by okay. No remarks and then goes on I'm scoring when he comes out more often than not. I'm only lose a lot of things right now and you know he's got somebody that Clemens uncovered you're single making -- so. And so dynamics of the game basis it's. China. Our game plan for. Norman try to sounds better. Tony Gonzales had a big game and we traded you guys any guys -- -- you can take away from there we feel again at the end you still -- come dozens. I know it's not as fast -- good Alonso knows how to you know winning malvinas and John Ginn involved. To his body needing possessions out of kissing each afternoon I think does not command of his own -- NBA. Runs on an overwhelming emotion never. Okay last time. You guys in the playoffs usually can walk on the I have to go on the world. Every game is kind of barometer a few guys who didn't understand that if we win this women and then it goes well for us going forward into the playoffs you have to do that. Sox right -- -- -- at San Jose testified to a men's then go -- and I think I don't know we're confident our our -- -- does not necessarily something. You know he's got a -- if you decide you know we've run well you have to rescue and all those guys whether you're home or away so okay. No let's assume just -- doing. It's not okay and our best running backs. -- say defensive back Malcolm Jenkins has certainly come up big you talk about the as the last -- -- November and in December he's an extremely aware of the -- is a whole lot different players -- was it now week three. And you look at Roddy White and mean obviously. If you look at it I mean amongst events in NFL when you look at these leading the NFL in touchdowns in reception yardage. And also we -- says that Tony Gonzales -- third down when you look at Roddy White. He leads the NFL -- 33 catches. -- 65 yards on third downs and no form is -- downs. Have come on on third down so obviously the -- to keep him inject Malcolm. Is healthy for them they guy Gonzales all defensive backs have to play well -- of the Jabari Greer. He's probably had the most Roddy White I should say is that the most success. Against them he's caught two touchdown pass against -- in the past two seasons no other receiver. You know can claim that against -- since he joined the Saints in 09 another touchdown last year. Net. 68 yard turns down. And Dallas a question mark then also this year. You could blame Jabari Greer maybe. When he was -- off the line out by Roddy White on a twenty yard score but to me Dallas more Malcolm Jenkins. Not getting over the top -- -- coverage. When he was supposed to do when their particular coverage which I don't think. At this time the -- Malcolm has matured as a cornerback art as a safety I should say that won't. Beat -- -- a whole lot better player than he was on week in week three. That's the Kasey Kahne Bobby eBay I'm Deke Bellavia we're counting down to the Saints and the Falcons -- right he's my BA bad Deke Bellavia we're inching closer tick tick off turn down the -- romance set in -- of the New Orleans Saints radio -- -- Go to Monday night showdown the division and -- news's -- they had you thinking here. -- no question there's a there's a lot of mistakes. -- memorable player awfully good football team. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- We're planning on Monday night you know when you factor in all those things this time of the year. It's everything New Orleans in regards to our game. Coach and the gala last time basically you can have the ball much at all -- -- the ball on the immutable eighteen moments in -- Tony six more plays one of things you do in this voting. Talk about how the balance on May -- -- -- and his many positions much time in places they did last time. Well they do a great job to begin with -- offensively and then they have good balance within their running game and passing game. And that comes down to third downs I am typically one time of possession. -- to -- -- -- your -- to listen and understand the field and convert third downs so offensively we've got to do -- very good job of staying on the field and convert our third downs and then defensively those are opportunities to get off the field them those are always important in this game tonight. Even defense coached his kindness and things the issue internal wise like you do you go plus thirteen fourth in the league right now. Obviously they do extremely well forcing them all out -- little question that didn't have a great team speed. They tackle well tell him you can see there's a toughness about him from the very real good job defensively is it is they've come into her -- -- them as a result you're seeing this team is twelve to so. This isn't just because of their offense or just because of their special teams defensively. The playing very wrong I think that the takeaways are one aspect of it but these guys are stingy in the red zone and scoring defense some numbers are outstanding. That's big challenge. Coach they have not lost a game at home you win you you keep everything still allowed to -- start the season. When it's easy coming out on top twelve can easily humidor a little bit of time of possessions and third downs are going to be important -- I you know him. That that's gonna we critical the other GL is going to be. The pressures urge for sex that number. As you look at Matt Ryan Drew Brees and how to protect didn't. Being on the road and losing environment we're gonna have to do a good job versus guys like Abraham Babineaux they do a good job and their -- pressure packages so protecting the quarterback. And convert those third downs lastly ball security them in the turnover you'll end up being the deciding factor goes best of -- thanks Steve. And -- Saints coach campaign and obviously the things we talked about earlier that there really would Achilles in the Saints in the first meeting. We talk about would you be good good yards in a in a return -- debt that day grind man on but we denied doing an eternal battle. We got dominated time of possession and we got dominated Bobby in running the football and Atlanta tonight. When it's all said and done when you look at it if they have almost as many rushes they do pants as or more Russian Bobby Atlanta come out on company. Well a big GB were a minus two in in the that's amazing to me when you look at time of possession. How many plays -- 82 it's -- 56 and was got a chance to win a game. The league that's what it shows you how good the Saints are being. You know world champions but I think truly -- That is -- a game of redemption as far as Gary darling Hammond opportunity. And not that I had a dream our vision. But it just cross my mind now how close these teams are that I think Garrett Hartley and how Heidi is as of late. You know he's made seven in a row and thirteen you know last fourteen -- not -- -- cakes you know he's made of 5040474540. Yards. Now do might say what does that kick a long field goal in not a Sarwan and big I think it couldn't come down -- -- -- is gonna come through. A game winning kick to overtake the Falcons then redeem himself. Abbey course do you think about it -- last time and -- team really opponent both teams' offenses -- and successes things just didn't have the ball that much. But one key united Saints can go for the mid -- -- you know no big and Eric Weems. Now when you look at it about as good as he gets -- because it's all about a production. You never heard -- college because who's gonna -- to cook when. You know played college football. But our coach Smith was aware of them you know coming from a sea breeze high school Daytona Beach when he was coach and Jacksonville. You know his son was playing at sea breeze so he knew about Aric queen's and Deke -- tell you he's a little guy. But he's a giant on the field where he's been able to accomplish. A big part of what did doing the return game. As a kick returner you know his third in the NFL twenty now have yards and he's already had -- -- two yard touchdown and we thirteen. And getting it done as a punt returner in almost a twelve yard average so is is going to be paired imperative. That -- coverage units. Have an outstanding game and dig that almost cause as the game against the Bengals. Remember how we were a terrible and our coverage units. Gimme the ball -- at midfield though we came do that. Our this thing to be hard pressed to win. We'd be outstanding in all phases the team a very even. But I think when all's said and done when all hard fought evenly fought evenly matched teams. In Auburn's team displeasure -- teams. I think is gonna come on the turnovers. Just beyond -- plus side whatever it takes. And I think does communiques in the Saints will come out on top. They will prevail I think -- a hard fought game like -- -- things that come down the Gary hardly make any game winning kick. And the Saints will be in the playoffs. In Miami's Drew Brees has been phenomenal did you showed the character on the DO TV said -- -- Monday night appearances four -- 013 touchdowns one interception. Yet you don't like it drew drew very. Plugging in the only thing is why he's not in the most valuable player you know conversation. Is because interceptions. In order and and it you know you cages disregard that. But do look since 2006. And what he's meant to the Saints in this city. In this organization. You have got all NFL quarterbacks he's thrown for more yards. 22153. More touchdowns a 150. Not isn't gonna come -- bagged and any NFL quarterback. In since 2006. His completion percentage he broke an NFL record. And nine edges stands to reason -- -- Drew Brees he just needs to limit his mistakes and it drew does that'll pick. Did he -- got to get to back we can do that Saints come out on top are. I have -- it's the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. Christian and Eric OK guys Johnny -- minutes in the -- Saints bring in New Orleans and Atlanta are right now right here on the New Orleans Saints radio network.