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New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick & Prediction NOV 28TH 2019

The New Orleans Saints were riding a six-game winning streak when they were blindsided by the visiting Atlanta Falcons three weeks ago. The NFC South-leading Saints shouldn't be in danger of overlooking the Falcons again when they travel to Atlanta on Thursday.

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The Saints are trying to prove their misstep against the Falcons was an outlier, and they've bounced back with wins at Tampa Bay 34-17 and at home against Carolina 34-31. New Orleans can clinch the division crown with a third consecutive victory. Atlanta's stunning 26-9 win in Week 10 snapped a three-game skid against the Saints, and the Falcons were able to repeat the performance a week later in a 29-3 rout at Carolina. The Falcons weren't able to keep the momentum rolling despite being at home last week as their surging defense regressed in a 35-22 loss to Tampa Bay.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: New Orleans -7 O/U: 48.5

ABOUT THE SAINTS (9-2): Although New Orleans is in command in the NFC South, its defense is trending in the wrong direction. After holding five straight opponents to fewer than 260 total yards, the Saints have given up at least 317 in their past three contests, and the 351 total yards they surrendered to the Panthers last week marked their highest total since Week 3. Drew Brees and the offense slumped for a couple games before putting up 418 total yards last week as Brees threw three touchdown passes for the second straight game.

ABOUT THE FALCONS (3-8): After temporarily righting the ship, Atlanta was back to its signature struggles last week against the Buccaneers. The Falcons surrendered 446 total yards and had a hard time getting the run game going with 57 rushing yards. Matt Ryan (377 passing yards, two TDs) and Julio Jones (11 catches, 147 yards) went off against the Saints last Thanksgiving, and they will likely need a similar performance for the Falcons to sweep the season series.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Brees threw four touchdown passes and posted a 111.9 rating in a 31-17 home victory over the Falcons last Thanksgiving.

2. Saints WR Michael Thomas leads the NFL in receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,242), and has posted at least 10 catches and 100 receiving yards in three straight games at Atlanta.

3. Atlanta has topped 100 rushing yards only twice this season.

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New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons

Player Position Lineup
Eli Apple primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Vonn Bell primary: Strong Safety Starter
Drew Brees primary: Quarterback Starter
Marcus Davenport primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Demario Davis primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Ted Ginn Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Taysom Hill primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Cameron Jordan primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Alvin Kamara primary: Runningback Starter
A.J. Klein primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Marshon Lattimore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
David Onyemata primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ryan Ramczyk primary: Right Tackle Starter
Michael Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Larry Warford primary: Right Guard Starter
Marcus Williams primary: Free Safety Starter
Malcom Brown primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Nick Easton primary: Left Guard Starter
Jared Cook primary: Tight End Starter
Erik McCoy primary: Center Starter
Patrick Omameh primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kiko Alonso primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Will Clapp primary: Center Substitution
Justin Hardee primary: Cornerback Substitution
Trey Hendrickson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Josh Hill primary: Tight End Substitution
Wil Lutz primary: Kicker Substitution
Thomas Morstead primary: Punter Substitution
Sheldon Rankins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Craig Robertson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tre'quan Smith primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dwayne Washington primary: Runningback Substitution
P.J. Williams primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Zach Wood primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Mario Edwards Jr. primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Latavius Murray primary: Runningback Substitution
J.T. Gray primary: Defensive Back Substitution
C.J. Gardner-Johnson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Deonte Harris primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Shy Tuttle primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Krishawn Hogan primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Stephone Anthony primary: Linebacker Substitution
Johnson Bademosi primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jason Vander Laan primary: Tight End Substitution
Terron Armstead primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Dan Arnold primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Teddy Bridgewater primary: Quarterback Did not play
Zach Line primary: Fullback Not active
Andrus Peat primary: Guard Not active
Patrick Robinson primary: Cornerback Not active
Saquan Hampton primary: Defensive Back Not active
Carl Granderson primary: Defensive End Not active
Ethan Greenidge primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Starter
Vic Beasley Jr. primary: Defensive End Starter
De'Vondre Campbell primary: Linebacker Starter
Devonta Freeman primary: Runningback Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Damontae Kazee primary: Safety Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Wes Schweitzer primary: Right Guard Starter
Desmond Trufant primary: Cornerback Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Starter
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Starter
Carson Meier primary: Tight End Starter
Jack Crawford primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Justin Hardy primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Kemal Ishmael primary: Safety Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Middle Linebacker Substitution
Ty Sambrailo primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jamon Brown primary: Guard Substitution
Kenjon Barner primary: Runningback Substitution
Jermaine Grace primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Adrian Clayborn primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jordan Miller primary: Cornerback Substitution
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Substitution
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jamal Carter primary: Safety Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Ryan Allen primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Austin Hooper primary: Tight End Not active
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Not active
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Not active
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Not active

New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Taysom Hill
    • Passer: Drew Brees
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 30 Yards
    • Rusher: Taysom Hill
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 18 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jaeden Graham
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 3
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 47 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 13 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Russell Gage
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Conv Receiver: Calvin Ridley
    • Conv Passer: Matt Ryan
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 42 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Atlanta W 9 - 24
  • San Francisco W 13 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay W 38 - 3
  • @Chicago W 26 - 23
  • Carolina W 24 - 27
  • L.A. Chargers W 27 - 30
  • @Detroit W 35 - 29
  • Green Bay L 37 - 30
  • @Las Vegas L 24 - 34
  • Tampa Bay W 23 - 34
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22
  • @Minnesota W 40 - 23
  • Carolina L 23 - 16
  • @Green Bay L 16 - 30
  • Chicago L 30 - 26
  • @Dallas L 39 - 40
  • Seattle L 38 - 25

Next Games

  • @Denver(10-28-12) L 14 - 34
  • @Atlanta(11-28-19) W 26 - 18
  • @Philadelphia(10-11-15) L 17 - 39
  • Kansas City(08-09-13) W 13 - 17
  • Minnesota(01-05-20) L 26 - 20
  • Las Vegas(10-14-12) W 20 - 23
  • New Orleans(11-28-19) L 26 - 18
  • @L.A. Chargers(09-23-12) W 27 - 3
  • Tampa Bay(11-24-19) L 35 - 22
  • @Kansas City(09-09-12) W 40 - 24

Last Meetings

  • 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
  • Saints @ Falcons 20-17

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Atlanta Falcons

  • Julio Jones

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Jones exited the previous game due to left hamstring tightness, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup Week 12 versus the Raiders.

  • Mykal Walker

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Walker left the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up Week 12 against the Raiders.

  • John Wetzel

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Wetzel missed the last game with an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Raiders in Week 12.

  • Matt Gono

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Gono is ailing from an illness, but he is projected to face the Saints on Sunday.

  • Kaleb McGary

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    McGary is expected to be active Sunday versus the Saints despite a knee injury.

  • Olamide Zaccheaus

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Zaccheaus is battling a knee injury, but he is likely to be available against the Saints on Sunday.

  • Calvin Ridley

    Foot
    Prob Sun | probable

    Ridley sat out the last game with a left mid-foot sprain, but it is anticipated that he will play against the Saints on Sunday.

  • Takkarist McKinley

    Groin
    Ques Week 12 | questionable

    McKinley is nursing a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field against the Rams in Week 12.

New Orleans Saints

  • Andrus Peat

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Peat left the previous game with a concussion, and it is undetermined if he will be cleared in time for Week 12 versus the Broncos.

  • Josh Hill

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hill was held out of the previous game with a concussion, and it is uncertain if he will pass the league-mandated protocol in time for Week 12 against the Broncos.

  • Dwayne Washington

    Back
    day-to-day | questionable

    Washington has sat out the past three games with a back injury, and it is unknown if he will return to action against the Broncos during Week 12.

  • Marshon Lattimore

    Abdominal
    day-to-day | questionable

    Lattimore was absent from the lineup during the last game with an abdominal injury, and it is uncertain if it will obstruct his availability against the Broncos during Week 12.

  • Deonte Harris

    Stinger
    day-to-day | questionable

    Harris has a stinger, and it remains to be seen if he will be active Week 12 against the Broncos.

  • Drew Brees

    Ribs
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brees has hit the injured reserve list with 11 broken ribs and a collapsed right lung. It is unknown when the team will officially take him off the IR.

  • Chase Hansen

    Hip
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hansen has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a hip injury, but it is unclear if he will return to the lineup against the Broncos in Week 12.

  • Ryan Ramczyk

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Ramczyk is hindered by a knee injury, but he is likely to line up for Sunday's battle against the Falcons.

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

Taysom Hill scored two touchdowns, and Wil Lutz kicked four field goals as the visiting New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South championship by beating the Atlanta Falcons 26-18 on Thursday night.

Hill, a backup quarterback who plays a variety of roles, deflected a punt to set up his touchdown reception from Drew Brees, and he replaced Brees on a third-down play that produced his rushing touchdown.

The Saints (10-2) won their third consecutive division title by avenging a 26-9 home loss to the Falcons 18 days earlier.

Brees had relatively modest statistics, completing 18 of 30 for 184 yards, but that was more than enough thanks to Hill's big plays and the Saints defense, which created three turnovers and sacked Matt Ryan nine times.

Ryan, playing without injured top receiver Julio Jones, completed 35 of 50 for 312 yards and two touchdowns. However, he threw interceptions to rookie defensive lineman Shy Tuttle and rookie defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

He also fumbled in the fourth quarter when hit by Marcus Davenport, and Vonn Bell recovered for New Orleans.

The victory kept New Orleans within one loss of NFC West leader San Francisco (10-1) for the top spot in the conference. The 49ers, who visit AFC North-leading Baltimore on Sunday, visit the Saints on Dec. 8.

The Saints led 17-9 at halftime and extended the advantage on Lutz's 47-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Lutz added a 42-yarder and a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter before Ryan threw a 13-yard touchdown to Russell Gage with 3:26 left.

The Falcons (3-9) recovered an onside kick, and Youngshoe Koo kicked a 43-yard field goal before they recovered another onside kick. They finally turned the ball over on downs at the Atlanta 48.

At the end of the game's first possession, Hill tipped a punt by Atlanta's Ryan Allen, and the Saints gained possession as the New Orleans 30.

Four plays later, Brees threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Hill to produce the only points in the first quarter.

Ryan threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jaeden Graham, but Koo missed the extra point, leaving New Orleans with a 7-6 lead.

Lutz kicked a 22-yard field goal, Hill ran 30 yards for a touchdown, and Koo booted a 45-yard field goal to leave the Saints with a 17-9 lead heading into halftime.

--Field Level Media