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New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Preview and Predictions 11-28-2019

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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Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Capacity: 71,000

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Last Injuries

Atlanta Falcons

  • Tyeler Davison

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Davison has been shifted to the Injured Resserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain when it will be safe for him to get back on the field.

  • Danny Etling

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Etling has wound up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain how long it will take to return to full health.

  • Foyesade Oluokun

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Oluokun has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Keith Smith

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Smith has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Jamal Carter

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Carter has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an extended period.

  • Ricardo Allen

    Shoulder
    Ques Week 1 | questionable

    Allen is on the mend from off-season shoulder surgery, and it is unclear if he will be available for Week 1 versus the Seahawks.

  • Jaylinn Hawkins

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hawkins is on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it has yet to be determined how long it will take him to get back to full health.

  • Hinwa Allieu

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Allieu is on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football illness list as is ill. He will miss an extended period.

New Orleans Saints

  • Kiko Alonso

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Alonso has been placed on the active PUP list as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Johnson Bademosi

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bademosi has landed on the active PUP list as he continues his recovery from a foot injury. It is unknown when he will be ready to make his debut.

  • Cole Wick

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Wick has decided to sit out the 2020 season due to a personal reason. As a result, the team has placed him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Jason Vander Laan

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Vander Laan is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after telling the team that is not going to take part in the 2020 season due to a personal reason.