The New Orleans Saints head into Atlanta on Thursday hoping to give their fans something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.
Fans of the New Orleans Saints already have a lot to be thankful for: a Hall of Fame quarterback, one of the league’s best coaches, an MVP candidate at wide receiver and a surprisingly good defense. The Saints are looking to add to that list with a win on Thanksgiving over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Saints travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in the late-slot Thanksgiving game. This game looked extremely polarizing when the schedule was first made as it was expected that the Falcons would be battling the Saints for NFC South supremacy.
That has not been the case as the Falcons only have three wins this season, although one of the wins did come against the Saints in New Orleans just three weeks ago.
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The Falcons shocked the Saints and gave the league one of its most surprising wins of the year. A usually-shoddy defense showed up to play and Drew Brees and the offense could not get anything going.
It was shocking, and a tad concerning at the time, for some, but the Saints did what they needed to do and have rebounded with two straight wins over division foes. With momentum back on their side, the Saints are looking for revenge.
However, injuries are going to make this game complicated for the Saints. New Orleans is without both its left tackle Terron Armstead and left guard Andrus Peat. That is extremely concerning against a Falcons team that won last time around solely because they got pressure on Brees.
Marshon Lattimore is also questionable for the game and it could be deadly for the Saints if he misses the game. Julio Jones is also questionable but if he plays, and Lattimore doesn’t, he very well could have a massive day against Eli Apple.
And of course, it is a division game, so anything can really happen despite the talent of both teams. Here is our final score prediction for the contest, which is as hard to predict as you would think.
Prediction: New Orleans Saints 23, Atlanta Falcons 17
I still do not think that the New Orleans Saints are going to have a great offensive day in this one because of the injuries on the offensive line. However, they will still do enough to score 23 points, two scores via touchdown and three via field goal.
It will be the Saints’ defense that buckles down and shuts down the Atlanta offense and gives the Saints promising field position to lead to these scores. Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense was not all that great in the last showdown and after seeing the offense once the Saints’ defense will go to work.
If Jones is out then the Falcons might score even less. We will give them the benefit of the doubt and say they score 17 points.
I don’t think it is going to be a pretty game or a fun game to watch at all but it will be enough to give the Saints the victory on Thanksgiving.