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If Saints Clip Falcons They Clinch NFC South

The New Orleans Saints play one of the two teams that beat them this season, the Atlanta Falcons. They are playing the night game this Thanksgiving. This is our preview and prediction for this game.

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The last game of 2019 Thanksgiving Day has the New Orleans Saints playing the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. This is a repeat match up of only one of two losses the Saints have to this point. The Falcons defeated the Saints 26 – 9 on Nov 10th in the Mercedes Super Dome. Let’s break this match up down.

Offensive Side Of The Ball

Quarterback:

While Matt Ryan certainly is a talented QB he isn’t Drew Brees. Brees struggled during his last outing against the Falcons but that won’t be the case today. Don’t be surprised if Matt Ryan isn’t able to get the Falcons in the end zone.

Quarterback Advantage New Orleans Saints

Running Back:

The Falcons don’t have anywhere near the group of running backs that the Saints have. Devonta Freeman has 371 rushing yards for the season. Both Alvin Kamara, 526 rushing yards, and Latavius Murray, 462 rushing yards, have rushed for more yards than Freeman.

Running Backs Advantage New Orleans Saints

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends:

While the Saints have the leading receiver in the NFL, Michael Thomas, the Falcons have more depth. The Falcons have a very good receiving corps and can hurt you in multiple ways. The Saints are still looking for the real number two option to Thomas although TE Jared Cook is stepping up his game. Still TE Austin Hooper is out and WR Julio Jones is questionable so that swings things the Saints way.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends Advantage New Orleans Saints

Offensive Line:

During their last game against the Tampa Bay Bucs, the offensive line of the Falcons looked terrible. They looked so bad that Falcons Head Coach, Dan Quinn hasn’t ruled out making wholesale changes. The Saints are having to make adjustments of their own because of recent injuries. Still this isn’t even close.

Offensive Line Advantage New Orleans Saints

While you couldn’t tell from the beat down the Falcons gave the Saints on Nov 10th, the Saints offense is better. Don’t be surprised if the Falcons fail to get in the end zone during the Thanksgiving Day contest.

Offensive Side Of The Ball Advantage New Orleans Saints

 

Defensive Side Of The Ball

Defensive Line

The Falcon’s defense sacked Drew Brees 6 times during the first match up, don’t look for this to happen. The Saints defensive line is one of the most talented in the NFL. The Falcons have a good D-line but not up to the caliber of the Saints.

Defensive Line Advantage New Orleans Saints

Linebackers

This is an area of advantage for the Falcons. This group has played well consistently for the Falcons and today should not be any different.

Linebackers Advantage Atlanta Falcons

Defensive Backs

The return of Marshon Lattimore will give this group a boost. Both teams have 8 interceptions on the year but the Saints are the more talented group.

Defensive Backs Advantage New Orleans Saints

 

Special Teams

Return specialist Deonte Harris, for the Saints, missed both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices with a hamstring injury so he is doubtful.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead still leads the league in percentage of punts landing inside the 20-yard line, with 58.3% sailing inside the 20. Kicker Wil Lutz won the Saints’ special teams belt this week, scoring all of New Orleans’ nine points against the Falcons last meeting.

Special Teams Advantage New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints were caught napping during the last meeting. Coach Sean Payton took the blame for not having his team prepared and that won’t happen again. Look for the Saints to return the favor to the Atlanta Falcons this meeting and keep the Falcons out of the end zone.

Overall All Advantage New Orleans Saints.

Prediction Saints 34 Falcons 15

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