Atlanta Falcons: 3 Bold predictions vs Saints in Week 14

Ross Houston
December 6, 2017

With just four games left, they pretty much have to win to stay alive in the playoff race. The theory is that those fans with deeper pockets might be more interested in the stadium's social experience rather than the game itself.

New Orleans played in the late afternoon window on Sunday and is tasked with having to travel for this Thursday night matchup.

The Atlanta Falcons blowing a 28-3 Super Bowl lead is the gift to Saints fans that will give and give and give and always be unbelievable unless the Falcons actually win a Super Bowl.

Atlanta countered with 83 points and 907 total yards, leading by 20 points in Game 1 and 25 points in Game 2 and winning comfortably both times, 45-32 and 38-32.

"It's always tough playing New Orleans", Ryan said in an article to ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure. With the win, the Saints are now 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS over their last 10 games since starting the season in an 0-2 SU and ATS hole.

The last Thursday night game between the two came in 2015 when the Falcons lost to the Saints, 31-21.

New Orleans ranks second in the National Football League in total yards per game with 408.6 and third in scoring with 29.4 points per game and is more risky than ever on offense with a rushing attack that averages 142.6 yards per game.

As the regular season comes to an end and playoff implications continue to rise, Atlanta needs a win but the Falcons have a tall task ahead of them. With veteran Drew Brees leading the passing game and Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram powering the run game, the Saints have taken control in the division with just a few more games to be played.

Ingram has rushed for 922 yards and nine touchdowns this season, while Kamara has rushed for 606 and seven touchdowns. The Falcons trail the Panthers by one game. If the Saints can limit the Falcons to field goals, a win should be coming for the Black and Gold.

Offensively, the Falcons must get back to their routine of using a solid rushing to allow for Ryan to take shots through the air and make the better decisions on first and second down to prevent long third-down situations.

The last time the Saints faced Atlanta was on New Years Day in 2017. Rookie corner Marshon Lattimore has more than held his own as the Saints No. 1 corner. The UNDER is 4-1 in New Orleans' last five games played on a Thursday. He leads the team with four touchdown catches and his 11 total touchdowns are tied with Todd Gurley for the most in the NFL.

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