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

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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.

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Last Injuries

New Orleans Saints

  • Michael Thomas

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thomas suffered left high-ankle sprain, and it has yet to be established if he will return against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Marcus Davenport

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Davenport has sat out the past three games with an elbow injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday against the Lions.

  • Andrus Peat

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peat left the previous game due to a high-ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up Sunday versus the Lions.

  • Ty Montgomery

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Montgomery has been designated for the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown when he team will bring him back.

  • David Onyemata

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Onyemata was held out of the last game with an injury to his calf, and it is uncertain if he will take the field versus the Lions on Sunday.

  • Chase Hansen

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hansen has sat out the previous two games due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will return against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Jared Cook

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cook departed the last game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Lions on Sunday.

  • Malcom Brown

    Foot
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown has a foot injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Packers.

Atlanta Falcons

  • Kendall Sheffield

    Foot
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Sheffield has sat out the previous three games due to a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Monday versus the Packers.

  • A.J. Terrell

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Terrell Smith has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will be sidelined for an indefinite period.

  • Grady Jarrett

    Hip
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Jarrett departed the previous game with a hip injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up versus the Packers on Monday.

  • Younghoe Koo

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | out

    Koo will miss an undetermined length of time due to a groin strain.

  • Julio Jones

    Hamstring
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Jones is managing a left hamstring strain and did not play in the previous game. It has yet to be determined if he will take the field against the Packers on Monday.

  • Takkarist McKinley

    Groin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    McKinley missed the last game due to a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will participate in Monday's matchup against the Packers.

  • Kaleb McGary

    Knee
    Ques Mon | questionable

    McGary missed the last game due to an MCL sprain, and his availability for Monday's tilt against the Packers is up in the air.

  • Foyesade Oluokun

    Hamstring
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Oluokun was held out of the last game with cramping in his hamstring, and it is undetermined if he will be ready for Monday's clash versus the Packers.