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Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Pick & Prediction NOV 22TH 2020

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Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Recap NOV 22TH 2020

Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes and the visiting Atlanta Falcons ended a six-game losing streak by stopping the New Orleans Saints' six-game winning streak, 26-9 on Sunday afternoon.

Ryan, who completed 20 of 35 for 182 yards, threw scoring passes of 8 yards to Austin Hooper and 10 yards to Brian Hill for the game's only touchdowns.

The Falcons (2-7) limited Drew Brees and the Saints offense to three Wil Lutz field goals.

Brees, playing in his second game after a five-game absence due to thumb surgery, completed 32 of 45 passes for 287 yards and was sacked six times by a defense that had seven sacks entering the game.

Thirteen of those completions (for 152 yards) went to Michael Thomas, the NFL's leading receiver who also made his 400th career reception.

Thomas reached that milestone faster than any other receiver in NFL history, doing so in his 56th career game and surpassing Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s standard of 61 games. Thomas (407) also broke Browns receiver Jarvis Landry's record for catches (400) in the first four seasons of an NFL career.

The Saints (7-2) committed 12 penalties for 90 yards and gave Atlanta six first downs via penalty. Both teams were coming off a bye week.

After Lutz's 28-yard field goal cut the Falcons' seven-point halftime lead to 13-9 after three quarters, Ryan and Hill connected for their touchdown seven seconds into the fourth quarter.

Younghoe Koo, making his Falcons debut, added his third and fourth field goals from 48 and 30 yards.

It was the 100th regular-season meeting between the two long-time division rivals and Atlanta increased its lead in the series to 52-48.

Koo made a 37-yard field goal and Lutz made a 29-yarder as the first quarter ended with the score tied at 3.

Ryan's touchdown pass to Hooper gave the Falcons the lead for good early in the second quarter.

Koo kicked a 36-yard field goal and Lutz kicked a 47-yarder as time expired, leaving Atlanta with a 13-6 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media

The New Orleans Saints are without Drew Brees again but the supporting cast behind him has changed.


The Saints went 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback in 2019 while Brees recovered from thumb surgery.


Now they face the visiting Atlanta Falcons on Sunday as Brees begins an indefinite absence due to rib and lung injuries. Former Tampa Bay starter Jameis Winston is expected to replace Brees, though Taysom Hill could also take some snaps from center in addition to his usual reps at a variety of skill positions.


"They are different type players," Saints coach Sean Payton said of Winston and Hill. "We want efficient play from that position."


That's what they got from Bridgewater last season in victories against Seattle, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Chicago, earning Bridgewater a starting position in Carolina via free agency.


Winston has a similar opportunity to show that he, too, is ready to handle a starting position again, though Hill is considered a potential successor to the 41-year-old Brees.


Whoever plays quarterback Sunday will try to get the football regularly to Alvin Kamara, who is second in the NFL in yards from scrimmage. Kamara leads the Saints in both rushing and receiving yards, is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has scored 11 total touchdowns.


The Saints (7-2) have won six straight games, including a 27-13 home victory against San Francisco last Sunday. Winston and Hill shared snaps in the second half after Brees was injured in the second quarter.


Winston completed 6 of 10 passes for 63 yards and Hill rushed eight times for 45 yards and lost a fumble.


New Orleans had its most significant injury report of the season Wednesday. In addition to Brees, defensive end Cameron Jordan (back), wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (concussion) and tight end Josh Hill (concussion) missed practice.


Atlanta (3-6) is coming off its bye and is 3-1 under interim head coach Raheem Morris since he replaced the fired Dan Quinn. The Falcons won their last two games before the bye, including a 34-27 victory against Denver on Nov. 8.


"We're stressing finishing games," Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell said. "We've been playing well, especially the last couple of games. We have to finish and put games away. If we do that, we'll finish the season strong."


The Saints didn't play the Falcons during Brees' absence last season. The NFC South rivals split their meetings as visiting Atlanta prevailed 26-9 in Brees' second game back and New Orleans prevailed 26-18 on Thanksgiving night to clinch its third consecutive NFC South title.


"We know they are going to come ready to play," Morris said. "Everybody probably felt the same way when they went 5-0 with Teddy. They are not going to sneak up on anybody. We'll be ready."


Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, like Brees until recently, has stayed healthy for virtually his entire 13-year career.


"You have to be lucky," Ryan said. "I'm very proud of the fact that in the better part of 13 years I've only missed three games.


"It's been a lot of fun to play in this matchup for a long time. I think (New Orleans) has been a team that we've gone against that's been good for the better part of the last decade."


Atlanta, which hosts New Orleans in two weeks, likely will be without defensive end Dante Fowler, who was placed on the reserve/COVID list last Saturday. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was limited in practice Wednesday because of a foot injury.


--Field Level Media


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Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints

Player Position Lineup
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Starter
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Starter
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Runningback Starter
A.J. Terrell primary: Cornerback Starter
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Starter
Darqueze Dennard primary: Cornerback Starter
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Starter
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Substitution
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Justin McCray primary: Guard Substitution
Edmond Robinson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marlon Davidson primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kurt Benkert primary: Quarterback Not active
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Tyler Hall primary: Cornerback Not active
Player PositionLineup
Terron Armstead primary: Left Tackle Starter
Malcom Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Demario Davis primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
C.J. Gardner-Johnson primary: Defensive Back Starter
Garrett Griffin primary: Tight End Starter
Trey Hendrickson primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Taysom Hill primary: Quarterback Starter
Janoris Jenkins primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Cameron Jordan primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Erik McCoy primary: Center Starter
Latavius Murray primary: Runningback Starter
David Onyemata primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ryan Ramczyk primary: Right Tackle Starter
Patrick Robinson primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Tre'quan Smith primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Michael Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Marcus Williams primary: Free Safety Starter
Malcolm Jenkins primary: Strong Safety Starter
Andrus Peat primary: Left Guard Starter
Cesar Ruiz primary: Right Guard Starter
Adam Trautman primary: Tight End Starter
Kwon Alexander primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Alex Anzalone primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jared Cook primary: Tight End Substitution
Marcus Davenport primary: Defensive End Substitution
Nick Easton primary: Center Substitution
Kaden Elliss primary: Linebacker Substitution
Carl Granderson primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.T. Gray primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ethan Greenidge primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Deonte Harris primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alvin Kamara primary: Runningback Substitution
Wil Lutz primary: Kicker Substitution
Thomas Morstead primary: Punter Substitution
Craig Robertson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Shy Tuttle primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Zach Wood primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Emmanuel Sanders primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Michael Burton primary: Fullback Substitution
D.J. Swearinger primary: Defensive Back Substitution
P.J. Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zack Baun primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marquez Callaway primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ty Montgomery primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
James Hurst primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Ken Crawley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ryan Glasgow primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Chase Hansen primary: Linebacker Not active
Josh Hill primary: Tight End Not active
Marshon Lattimore primary: Cornerback Not active
Dwayne Washington primary: Runningback Not active
Malcolm Roach primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Jameis Winston primary: Quarterback Did not play
Derrick Kelly primary: Offensive Linesman Not active

Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 28 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 2
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Rusher: Alvin Kamara
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 52 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 51 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Rusher: Taysom Hill
  • Period 4
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 10 Yards
    • Rusher: Taysom Hill
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Match End


Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Tampa Bay L 30 - 20
  • Chicago W 9 - 21
  • @Carolina W 33 - 7
  • Minnesota W 33 - 52
  • Kansas City L 32 - 29
  • @Philadelphia L 21 - 24
  • @Atlanta W 21 - 16
  • @Denver W 31 - 3
  • Atlanta W 9 - 24
  • San Francisco W 13 - 27

Last Meetings

  • Saints @ Falcons 21-16
  • Falcons @ Saints 9-24
  • Saints @ Falcons 26-18
  • Falcons @ Saints 26-9
  • Falcons @ Saints 17-31
  • Saints @ Falcons 43-37
  • Falcons @ Saints 13-23
  • Saints @ Falcons 17-20
  • Saints @ Falcons 32-38
  • Falcons @ Saints 45-32

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries