New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Preview and Prediction

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Not only would a win help the Falcons' playoff chances, but a victory over the Saints would put them within striking distance of the current leaders of the NFC South. However, they also have allowed a player to run for at least 70 yards on six different occasions and are just 1-5 in those contests.

The Falcons are 5-4 all-time in Thursday night games and 1-2 versus the Saints.

The Falcons won both meetings against the Saints in 2016, on the way to the NFC championship and a Super Bowl berth.

The Atlanta Falcons now find themselves in the mix of teams in the NFC competing for one of the two wild card spots. No, they didn't win the game, but they did go toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the NFL.

"It's always tough playing New Orleans", Ryan said in an article to ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure. "I'm sure the Benz will be rocking on Thursday night".

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The last Thursday night game between the two came in 2015 when the Falcons lost to the Saints, 31-21. Don't be surprised to see another 200-yard game out of Julio. That's a tall order for any National Football League team, but remember that the Falcons didn't really hit their stride in 2016 until about this point in the regular season.

The Saints' leading receiver is Michael Thomas, with 75 catches for 875 yards with three touchdowns. The Saints looked dominant with the "Crash and Dash" running game that includes running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

Defensively, the Falcons are eighth in total defense, giving up 321 yards 20 points per game. 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). The Saints' defense is much improved this year (11th against the pass).

While the Falcons won't have to worry about Brees picking up big gains with his legs, they will have their hands full trying to slow down Ingram and Kamara, who are basically doing what Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman did for Atlanta's offense last season. However, they should be able to take care of the Saints at home. If you asked me to list why I'm a Saints fan, "Watching the Falcons lose." might be #1 on my list. The UNDER is 4-1 in New Orleans' last five games played on a Thursday. CBs Ken Crawley and Marshon Lattimore are likely to make appearances in this game as well and with Brees at the helm of the Saints and I'd take them to cover here given Atlanta's recent record. Ryan threw four touchdowns.

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