The 23 points New Orleans managed at home on Sunday? That's the lowest total the Saints have amassed against the Atlanta Falcons in the Superdome since 2007 when Mike Smith was coordinating the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense and Thomas Dimitroff was the head of scouting for the New England Patriots and Matt Ryan was leading Boston College to the ACC Atlantic Division title.

The 17 points the Falcons managed Sunday? That's the second-lowest output for them in the Superdome -- the low was the 16 points they scored against the Saints on Dec. 26 2011 the night Drew Brees was left in to break Dan Marino's yardage record -- under this administration.

If you're an optimist you're saying "If the Falcons can hold a team like New Orleans to 23 points at home they're going to win a lot of games."

If you're less optimistic you're saying "If that's true then why did they lose this one?"
Remember those less-than-rosy forecasts about the Falcons the ones predicated on the stat-based contention that teams winning a disproportionate number of close games in one season tend not to win as many the next time around? Well the Falcons were 7-2 in one-score games last season (8-3 if you count the playoffs). No 0-1 isn't a much of a sample size but it's worth noting that the Falcons' 8-0 start in 2012 was fueled by a 5-0 record in games decided by eight or fewer points.