The Falcons may not have pulled out a victory Week 14 at Green Bay, but their defense certainly isn't to blame.
The Falcons DST, which entered the day ranked dead last in standard Fantasy leagues, equaled a season high with five sacks, inlcuding 1 1/2 for both Paul Worrilow and Jonathan Massaquoi. It hadn't recorded more than three sacks since Week 5. It also had an interception returned for a touchdown by Paul Weatherspoon and a fumble recovery by Malliciah Goodman. The Packers' 22 points and 334 yards were the second-fewest the Falcons had allowed to a team all season.
Of course, the Falcons were facing an offense that had taken its lumps in recent weeks, but the same is true with the Redskins coming to town in Week 15.
After rushing for zero yards on four carries Week 13, Saints running back Pierre Thomas wasn't much more effective Week 14. He ran seven times for 14 yards and caught all four of his targets for 14 yards.
Thomas has 49 yards from scrimmage the past two weeks after going off for 130 total yards Week 12.
Stuck in a crowded backfield, Thomas visits the Rams in Week 15.
Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon intercepted quarterback Matt Flynn just a little before halftime Week 14 at Green Bay and returned it 71 yards for his first career touchdown. The interception was just his second of his career.
Weatherspoon also had seven tackles, including four solo. He's averaging 6.8 tackles in four games since returning from a seven-game absence for a foot injury.
Darren Sproles rips off Saints' longest run all year
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Saints running back Darren Sproles is known for his pass-catching skills, but when he lined up as a traditional tailback Sunday night he delivered some fireworks. Sproles scooted 38 yards, the team's longest run this season. It was his only carry.
Sproles caught all three of his targets for 23 yards, including a 20-yard screen to spark a touchdown drive right before halftime.
Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow continued to pile up tackles Week 14 at Green Bay, recording a team-high 12, seven solo. But he also contributed to the pass rush for once, recording the first 1 1/2 sacks of this career.
Worrilow, who didn't begin the season as a starter, is averaging 14.0 tackles in his last six games.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards for the second time in three seasons during his performance against the Panthers. Graham caught six passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns, giving him an NFL-high 14 scoring grabs, including four in the past three games.
Graham crossed in front of linebacker Luke Kuechly for a 5-yard score right before halftime, then hauled in an 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Graham was targeted 11 times, second on the team.
Up to 1,040 receiving yards, Graham visits the Rams in Week 15.