Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons – Week 14

There is a HUGE Thursday Night Football in Week 14 of the National Football League between a pair of NFC South rivals. The New Orleans Saints are on the road at the Atlanta Falcons. The New Orleans Saints are in first place in the division with their 9-3 record. The Saints are coming off a win over the Carolina Panthers, and moved a game ahead in the standings.

The Atlanta Falcons are the defending NFC Champions. The Falcons need a win, and they need it back in this game if they want to get back in the postseason. Atlanta is 7-5 on the season, and coming off a loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week.  The New Orleans Saints are -2 over the Atlanta Falcons in this game on Thursday Night.

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The Atlanta Falcons scored just 9 points in the loss to the Vikings. That 9 points came after a trio of games where they scored a total of 95 points. The Falcons on the season are scoring 22.8 points per game, which is 14th in the league. The passing game and the rushing game are both 11th in the league, with a combined 365 yards per game.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has tossed the ball for 16 touchdowns on the season. Julio Jones leads the team in receptions, with 68 and yards – 1,063, but him and Ryan have just two touchdown receptions. The Falcons will finish the season against the Buccaneers, the Saints again and then at home against the Carolina Panthers.

Saints Seeking 10th Win

The New Orleans Saints are seeking their 10th win of the season. After starting 0-2, the Saints won 8 straight games. After New Orleans fell to the Los Angeles Rams, they bounced back with a win over the Panthers last week. New Orleans ranks 3rd in all of the league, with just under 30 points per game.  The defense has improved this season – as they are 12th, allowing 20.3 per game.

The Saints top offensive threats this season have been their running backs. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are teaming up, and its hard to figure out who is going to dominate. Ingram needs just 78 yards to reach 1,000 on the season. The Saints’ Michael Thomas is also close to reaching 1,000 – in the passing game.

Falcons Win a Much Needed Game

The Atlanta Falcons really need this one. Not only will it move them a game closer in the division, but a much needed wildcard win as well. There are 7 teams battling it out for 6 spots in the NFC, and every week matters big time. In the end, the Atlanta Falcons are going to get Julio Jones going again. Atlanta has a good history against divisional rivals, and that continues with a win here. Bet the Atlanta Falcons +2 over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football.

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