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4 predictions for Falcons vs. Saints Thursday night matchup

4 predictions for Falcons vs. Saints Thursday night matchup

It's never easy to play in Seattle in a night game. But none are more important than the five-week stretch of games to end the season.

The Atlanta Falcons scored just 9 points in the loss to the Vikings.

His reasoning is Thursday's game is a huge matchup between NFC South rivals, and the Falcons need fans to be present and loud if they want a shot at the playoffs. The Saints are coming off a win over the Carolina Panthers, and moved a game ahead in the standings.

Over the years, regardless of the two team's respective records, the matchups are always physical and often come down to the final possession of the game. Midway through the fourth quarter, Kaelin Clay fumbled a punt and Craig Robertson recovered for New Orleans at the Panthers 47, leading to a Wil Lutz field goal and a 31-14 lead. "They're very well coached". Down for years after being gutted due to "bountygate", the defense has rebounded and is playing well. Obviously, their record proves that. We just have to do our part and win games. Most of the time, at least throughout my career, it's been that way...

"We'll get ready for Thursday night", Ryan said. "So, its a great sense of urgency and great time management".

With the recent implosion of the Georgia Dome, the venue is gone but the memories will last forever.

New Orleans boasts one of the hottest players in the league right now in Alvin Kamara. That said, the Falcons will need every advantage they can get in their division showdowns with both New Orleans and the Carolina Panthers coming to visit in two of their final four games the 2017 National Football League season.

The AJC also points out that the Falcons don't sell single-game tickets in the new stadium, which replaced the Georgia Dome.




Atlanta bounced back from that defeat to win its last four games of the regular season and a division title, riding that momentum all the way to the second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

His presence on the field will make a difference in some of Brees' decisions when targeting his wide receivers. They know they can't afford to go 1-for-10 on third down against any defense the rest of the season. The Saints' defense is much improved this year (11th against the pass).

"Everything's accelerated", running back Mark Ingram II said. The 2016 MVP has seen his numbers take a dip this season and when he's posted a passer rating of lower than 100 Atlanta is just 1-5. The Saints need to ride this wave of success as long as possible.

Quinn took it upon himself to write a fill-in-the-blank late note for Falcons fans so they can either arrive to work a couple of hours late, or work from home Friday. Kamara responded with a touchdown run and the Saints never trailed.

Jacksonville has the best pass rush, the top corner and safety tandems, are only allowing opponents to 5.8 yards per pass attempt and an average quarterback rating of 65.6. The Bears (3-10), the 49ers (2-10) and the New York Giants (2-10) have been eliminated from the NFC playoff race. However, the Saints can't get too distracted by Jones because wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is risky in his own right.

In the second half, the Saints rallied, but the Falcons held on to win, 38-32. For starters, Matt Ryan and company went without a touchdown.

Coleman and Freeman combined for 140 yards. But the week before that, Jones busted loose for 12 catches, 253 yards and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers.


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