From quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Devonta Freeman to wide receiver Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcons boast plenty of the same faces on offense and defense.
But major differences this season the New Orleans Saints (9-3) will see Thursday night when compared to 2016 surround Atlanta's 7-5 record and an offense not ranked in the top five.
The Falcons also enter Week 14 ranked 14th in scoring (22.8 points per game) after finishing the 2016 season ranked first (33.8 points per game).
Perhaps the reason behind the down statistics could be traced to the change in offensive coordinators during the offseason, as the Falcons brought aboard Steve Sarkisian to replace Kyle Shanahan, who took over as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
"Well, for sure, there's always adjustments," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said in a teleconference. "How do you fit new players, new coaches into the mix? And then it was also good to say what are some things that we're doing well and what are some things that we could change.
"So, there were some areas that were improved on from last year, scoring not being one of them right now, but we're better on third down than we were last year. We're better in the red zone. I like the explosive plays that we're having. We're not as good from a turnover margin and we're going to work like crazy to keep working on that as we're going through. Those would be a few things that we're doing well and things that we still need to work on."
The Falcons may be going through an adjustment period with a new offensive coordinator, but the Saints aren't taking the NFC South rival lightly.
Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison points out what he sees on the film looks very much like what the Falcons liked to do in 2016.
"I don't really see very much of a difference," Davison said. "They still like to run outside draws, and that's what sets up most of their offense.
"Outside zone, inside zone, play-action off it on second down, third down and try to get it to Julio Jones. It looks the same from last year to me."
Cornerback Ken Crawley agreed emphatically, adding while there are some subtle differences, the Falcons offense remains potent.
"These guys can be very dangerous," Crawley said. "(Mohamed) Sanu, he's playing well and I like the way he plays. Julio is an elite receiver. Those guys can make plays in any offense they run, so we just have to be prepared."
Meanwhile, the Saints could be facing a desperate Falcons team Thursday night.
The Saints hold a one-game lead and own the tie-breakers in the NFC South over the Carolina Panthers, and are up two games over the Falcons.
But the two teams will meet twice in a three-week span, and the Falcons head coach believes his offense and all the potent weapons will soon hit its stride.
"I don't think by any stretch that we've reached our peak offensively in 2017," Quinn said. "As we're getting into the latter part of the season I was encouraged by over the last few weeks the progress that we've made, not last weekend withstanding."
And regardless what the statistics say, Crawley said the numbers don't match what he has seen of the Falcons on tape.
For the Saints to pull off a victory, it comes down to ignoring the statistics and understanding what the Falcons do well.
"To me, guys are flying open," Crawley said. "I feel like they're doing a hell of a job and we have to key on everything they do."
TALE OF THE TAPE
* The Saints rank third in rushing (142.6 yards per game) and third in passing (266 yards per game).
* The Falcons rank 11th in rushing (115.6 yards per game) and 11th in passing (249.6 yards per game).
* The Saints rank 17th against the run (112.8 yards allowed per game) and 11th against the pass (217.3 allowed per game).
* The Falcons rank 18th against the run (113.2 yards allowed per game) and seventh against the pass (207.8 yards allowed per game).
THE LAST TIME
The Falcons swept the annual two-game series in 2016 in high-scoring affairs, outpacing the Saints 83-64.
While the Falcons hold a 50-45 all-time edge in the series, the Saints are 15-7 against Atlanta since 2006.
The Saints will wear white jerseys and white pants.
* Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara is a native of Atlanta and prepped at Norcross High School.
* Saints kicker Wil Lutz, a native of Newman, Ga., played collegiately at Georgia State.
* Saints safety Rafael Bush entered the league in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons.
* Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen's father, Grady, played for the Falcons from 1968-72. Allen served on the Falcons coaching staff as a defensive quality control coach and defensive assistant from 2002-05.
* Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan served as the Falcons defensive coordinator from 2012-14.
* Chad Walker, Falcons defensive assistant/defensive backs, is a New Orleans native. He graduated and coached at LSU from 2003-04.
* Doug Mallory, Falcons defensive assistant/linebackers, served as defensive coordinator at LSU.
* Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, a native of New Orleans, prepped at Jesuit and played at LSU.