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Game Preview: Saints at Titans

Posted Dec 10, 2011

The Saints (9-3) return to the road this weekend with their for the first of their final two matchups away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a four-game winning streak to face the Titans (7-5) at 12 p.m. CT.

New Orleans is coming off dominating 31-17 victory on Sunday Night Football against the Detroit Lions at the Superdome, which featured outstanding performances on offense, defense and special teams. The Saints defense ran up 438 yards against Detroit and scored on two red zone trips, while the New Orleans defense only allowed the Lions to convert 2-of-11 third down attempts.

CB Patrick Robinson blocked a field goal attempt. New Orleans QB Drew Brees finished 26 of 36 for 342 yards with three touchdowns and a 129.6 passer rating. Brees hit WR Robert Meachem for a 67-yard TD and RB Mark Ingram had 54 yards rushing and a TD.

Brees’ scoring throw to Meachem in the second quarter gave New Orleans the cushion of a 17-0 lead. His fourth quarter 13-yard throw to TE Jimmy Graham made him the first NFL quarterback to reach 4,000 passing yards in the season’s 12th contest. Brees' 4,031 passing yards is also the total by a signal-caller through a season’s first 12 games.
Graham is also in the midst of a breakout season with 75 receptions for 1,046 yards (13.9 avg.) with eight touchdowns as he’s the first Saints tight end to surpass the 1,000 yard mark. The 7-5 Titans are on a two-game win streak and very much in the AFC playoff race following their 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. RB Chris Johnson led the way with his second consecutive performance with at least 150 yards as he carried 23 times for 153 yards (6.7 avg.) with two TDs.

GAMEDAY AT A GLANCE
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 11
TIME: 12:00 (CT)
SITE: LP Field
WORTH NOTING:
*The Titans lead the series 7-4-1.
*At 9-3, the Saints are currently two games ahead of second place 7-5 Atlanta in the NFC South.
*New Orleans is ranked first in the NFL in offense (eighth rushing and first passing) and 27th in defense (16th rushing and 30th passing).
*Tennessee’s ranked 22nd on offense (28th rushing and 18th passing) and 18th on defense (21st rushing and 18th passing).