Some Atlanta players seem uncertain about who gave the Falcons’ their lone loss of the season.
Did the Saints beat Atlanta, or did the Falcons beat themselves in their 31-27 loss at New Orleans on Nov. 11?
Receiver Roddy White was dismissive of the Saints after the game when he said, “It’s not like they came out here and won a game. I think we kind of gave it to them.”
Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons were stopped at the Saints’ 1-yard line late in the game. The Falcons (10-1) believe they have unfinished business with the Saints, who will visit Atlanta on Thursday night.
The Falcons are dominating the NFC South. They lead second-place Tampa Bay by four games and the Saints (5-6) by five games.
Atlanta could clinch the division this weekend if it beats the Saints and Tampa Bay then loses to Denver.
New Orleans has won 11 of the last 13 in the series. Running back Michael Turner said the lopsided recent history in the rivalry is a sore subject for Falcons players.
“We get tired of hearing about it,” Turner said Tuesday. “Each season is different. We’ve both been winning for a while now. When it comes down to this game, we know it’s going to be a tough ballgame. We have to go out there and just handle business.”
EAGLES: Will place wide receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve after he sustained multiple rib fractures in Monday night’s loss to Carolina.
• The team has released defensive end Jason Babin.
Babin, 32, had a career-best 18 sacks for the Eagles last season after re-signing with the team as a free agent two offseasons ago with a five-year, $28 million contract.
49ERS: Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman have reached agreement on a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season.
With Bowman’s new deal, it keeps one of the best and most-feared linebacking tandems in the NFL together for the long haul – as fellow inside linebacker Patrick Willis is signed through 2016.
BEARS: Chicago has signed former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Andre Gurode, hoping to boost a short-handed unit.
A five-time Pro Bowl pick, Gurode made five starts at left guard and appeared in 13 games for Baltimore last season after playing with Dallas from 2002 to 2010.
STEELERS: Former Auburn star Jonathan Dwyer will start at running back Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Ravens in Baltimore, coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday.
Tomlin cited Dwyer’s consistency as the reason he officially has been named the starter.
The coach said Dwyer also is the Steelers’ healthiest running back.
OILERS: The family of former Houston coach Jack Pardee says the NFL defensive great has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live.