Saints prep for Falcons, may have Lattimore

Referee takes out Falcons lineman with flag thrown directly at his face

Referee takes out Falcons lineman with flag thrown directly at his face

Indeed, the defending NFC South champion Falcons are in serious trouble and in danger of being dethroned after falling at home Sunday to the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings 14-9, dropping them two games behind the Saints and into third place in the division. In the last four games between these two division rivals the Saints are 3-1 ATS. As a result, the stadium looks deceptively empty for much of the game. Their O/U trends are 1-6-1 in their last 8 games vs. NFC South, 1-4 in their last 5 home games, 16-5-1 in their last 22 games vs. NFC, 5-2-1 in their last 8 Thursday games, and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a loss and an ATS loss. Both the Saints and Falcons are all beat up because that's what happens to football teams in December, and a huge divisional game is probably going to be poorly played and not a pleasant watch.

In their last seven games as a road favorite, the Saints are 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS per the OddsShark NFL Database.

The 2017 Saints are on a magical ride with a fun young team, but Atlanta is still relevant with a young team of their own, so there's nothing better than this game with playoffs and division titles on the line. "I'm sure the Benz will be rocking on Thursday night".

"It's always tough playing New Orleans", Ryan said in an article to ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure.

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Sometimes it looks like it's time to have the possibility to play, or sometimes you stop your evolution. "We trust in him. It's never easy, the last step, to join the first team from the academy".

The last Thursday night game between the two came in 2015 when the Falcons lost to the Saints, 31-21. Not surprising, the Falcons are 0-5 in games where they don't score a lot of points. He's also tops in the National Football League with nine rushing touchdowns, all of those coming since the Saints' Week 5 bye (eight games). The Saints looked dominant with the "Crash and Dash" running game that includes running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. Besides averaging seven yards per carry and now sitting 17th in rushing, Kamara is averaging slightly more yards per game as a receiver (51.2 vs 50.5).

Defensively, the Falcons are eighth in total defense, giving up 321 yards 20 points per game.

Also, Atlanta's running backs and receivers are a bad matchup for the improved Saints defense. There's still a decent chance The Saints and Falcons will meet in this year's playoffs, which would be both awesome and terrifying. The Falcons are gonna have to find a way to slow down the rushing attack of the Saints.

New Orleans also ranks seventh in sacks per play behind the play of defensive end Cameron Jordan's 10 sacks. Ryan threw four touchdowns.

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