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Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Predictions 11-10-2019

The rough start to the season is about to get rougher for the Atlanta Falcons, who travel to face the red-hot New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints have won six straight and have star quarterback Drew Brees back from injury and back to his excellent ways.

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Prior to last week's bye, New Orleans put up 510 total yards in a 31-9 victory over Arizona in Brees' return after missing five games with a thumb injury. More important, their defense continued its dominant play, holding a fifth consecutive opponent to fewer than 260 total yards. That doesn't bode well for the Falcons, who likely will need to put up a lot of points to win. Atlanta ranks 30th in points allowed, though the offense takes some of the blame because of 15 turnovers, including four games with three giveaways.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: New Orleans -13.5. O/U: 51

ABOUT THE FALCONS (1-7): Atlanta is also coming off a bye following a 27-20 loss to Seattle in Week 8. Matt Ryan is expected to be back in the lineup after missing the Seahawks game, but Matt Schaub guided the Falcons to season highs for total yards (510) and passing yards (441). Atlanta's defense has played better the past two weeks, holding the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks to fewer than 400 total yards, but have forced only one turnover in their past six games while committing nine turnovers during that stretch.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (7-1): Brees was sharp in his return, completing 34-of-43 passes for 373 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Regardless of who has been at quarterback, Michael Thomas has been the focal point of the offense, leading the league in receptions (73) and receiving yards (875). The Saints have not allowed 100 rushing yards in their last five games and haven't given up more than 235 passing yards during that stretch.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Ryan has averaged 315.3 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in his last nine games at New Orleans.

2. Thomas has 394 career receptions and needs seven to surpass Jarvis Landry for the most by a player in his first four seasons.

3. Brees has passed for 8,224 yards and 53 touchdowns against the Falcons, his highest totals against any opponent.

 

 

Prediction

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Capacity: 73,068

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Last Injuries

New Orleans Saints

  • Marshon Lattimore

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | out

    Lattimore will miss multiple weeks due to a hamstring strain.

  • Andrus Peat

    Arm
    Late Dec | out

    Peat is sidelined after undergoing arm surgery, and he is projected to miss six weeks.

  • Zach Line

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Line is nursing a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Buccaneers on Sunday.

  • Patrick Robinson

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Robinson has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to return Sunday against the Buccaneers.

  • Deonte Harris

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Harris has a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Buccaneers.

  • Keith Kirkwood

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Kirkwood has landed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will be activated prior to Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers.

  • Demario Davis

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Davis is dealing with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Buccaneers. on Sunday.

  • Josh Hill

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hill has a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.

Atlanta Falcons

  • Desmond Trufant

    Toe
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Trufant has sat out the past four games due to a toe injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Luke Stocker

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Stocker is dealing with a knee injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Panthers.

  • Wes Schweitzer

    Head
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Schweitzer missed the last game while nursing a head injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Sharrod Neasman

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Neasman has a hamstring injury, but he is likely to play against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Kemal Ishmael

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ishmael is battling a concussion, and it is undetermined if he will pass protocol in time for Sunday's game versus the Panthers.

  • Matt Ryan

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ryan is managing a sprained right ankle, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in Sunday's contest with the Panthers.

  • Austin Hooper

    Knee
    Mid Dec | out

    Hooper is expected to miss four weeks due to a sprained MCL.

  • John Cominsky

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cominsky missed the last contest after injuring his ankle. It is unknown if he will be ready to return for Sunday's clash against the Panthers.

new-orleans-saints Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Drew Brees 2 2 94.792 41 48 35 2 1 8 2 408
Teddy Bridgewater 2 1 91.411 29 57 36 0 2 16 2 342
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Alvin Kamara 3 3 211 28 42 1
Latavius Murray 3 1 52 30 13 1
Teddy Bridgewater 2 1 17 11 5 0
Taysom Hill 3 1 13 6 3 0
Zach Line 3 1 0 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Michael Thomas 3 3 266 24 25 33 1
Alvin Kamara 3 3 179 41 17 21 1
Ted Ginn Jr. 3 2 116 41 9 12 0
Tre'Quan Smith 2 1 75 28 5 5 1
Jared Cook 3 1 69 31 5 12 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Marshon Lattimore 3 3 16 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Demario Davis 3 3 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Vonn Bell 3 3 14 7 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Eli Apple 3 3 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A.J. Klein 3 3 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Wil Lutz 3 1 6 7 58 7 6
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Deonte Harris 3 1 4 0 32 96
Ted Ginn Jr. 3 2 1 0 0 0
Dwayne Washington 3 1 0 1 0 0
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Alvin Kamara 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Deonte Harris 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Teddy Bridgewater 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Cameron Jordan 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jared Cook 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Wil Lutz 3 1 24 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alvin Kamara 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Latavius Murray 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Michael Thomas 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Taysom Hill 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Deonte Harris 3 1 9 1 53 107

atlanta-falcons Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Matt Ryan 3 3 95.173 54 123 89 6 5 42 8 928
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Devonta Freeman 3 3 129 28 35 0
Ito Smith 3 1 63 28 11 0
Matt Ryan 3 3 30 12 6 0
Mohamed Sanu 3 2 2 2 1 0
Russell Gage 3 1 -1 -1 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Julio Jones 3 3 265 54 19 30 4
Austin Hooper 3 2 177 20 19 22 2
Calvin Ridley 3 2 175 34 13 17 2
Mohamed Sanu 3 2 148 23 15 19 0
Devonta Freeman 3 3 61 28 9 12 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Deion Jones 3 3 17 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
De'Vondre Campbell 3 3 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ricardo Allen 3 3 12 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Keanu Neal 3 3 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Isaiah Oliver 3 3 10 3 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Matt Bryant 2 1 2 3 50 6 6
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Kenjon Barner 3 1 4 0 28 89
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Devonta Freeman 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Luke Stocker 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mohamed Sanu 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sharrod Neasman 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Julio Jones 3 3 24 0 0 0 0 0 4
Austin Hooper 3 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Calvin Ridley 3 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Matt Bryant 2 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Bosher 2 1 0 248 2 52 6 0 0
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Kenjon Barner 3 1 8 0 18 68