Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. ― One look at the Atlanta Falcons roster and an upset stomach is likely to follow.
Michael Turner. Tony Gonzalez. Roddy White. Harry Douglas. Julio Jones.
And then there’s man who puts the stomach acid on high alert, quarterback Matt Ryan.
For the past few weeks, the Saints (11-3) have been able to focus on stopping one player, be it Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, Tennessee’s Chris Johnson or Detroit’s Calvin Johnson.
On Monday night, the Saints will have to find a way to slow down one of the NFL’s hottest offenses, one that has scored 72 points the past two weeks.
“I think that with a quarterback like Matt Ryan you have to be careful of not sitting in the same type of look,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “With really any good quarterback you want to be able to have some variables and to change some things up, but it is more challenging when you deal with the threats of outside receiver for Atlanta, the interior passing game with (Tony) Gonzalez, (Harry) Douglas is playing well and then you have the running game.”
The Falcon are 4-1 since the Saints won in Atlanta on Nov. 13.
Ryan has thrown for 12 touchdowns to only two interceptions during that stretch.
“We’ve been more efficient and played more consistently over the last few weeks,” Atlanta coach Mike Ryan said. “You never really can put your finger on it. It’s such a subjective evaluation (as to why). But I do like the way our guys have prepared.”