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Monday, November 2, 2009
Fun facts on Saints, Falcons as MNF approaches

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

METAIRIE, La. – Wanted to share a few interesting nuggets I just received from ESPN’s Stats & Information about tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Falcons and Saints.

First off, I think we all realized pretty quickly that Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was good as soon as he came in the NFL last season. But he’s at his best when he’s indoors.

Ryan is 11-3 in his indoor starts. That puts him in some pretty good company. The only two quarterbacks in history with better records in their first 14 indoor starts are Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger. They each started off 13-1.

The Falcons have only one victory in franchise history against a team that was undefeated through at least the first five games. That came all the way back in 1973. In a "Monday Night Football" game against the 9-0 Vikings, Atlanta quarterback Bob Lee led the Falcons to a 20-14 victory. By the way, Atlanta has never won a road game against a team that was 4-0 or better to that point in the season.

The Saints have a chance to equal the best start in franchise history with a victory. The 1991 team started 7-0 and finished 11-5.

Through six games, the Saints are on pace for one of the top scoring seasons in NFL history. They’ve scored 238 points. Only the 2000 Rams (262 points) have scored more points through their first six games.