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The Atlanta Falcons are at a turning point in their NFL season.
The defending NFC champions basically did what they wanted a year ago when they won the NFC South and then represented the NFC in the Super Bowl.
His heartbreaking NFL loss The New England Patriots seem to have caused the dreaded Super Bowl hangover, as the Falcons are two games behind the New Orleans Saints and a game behind the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers in one of the two wild cards.
The Falcons will have to bid farewell to the division title if they lose to the Saints on Thursday night, and also make a deeper hole for their wild card chances.
They need to play their best game on both sides of the ball against one of the most improved teams in t He league.
The Falcons should advise a quick start and have the Saints play football. If the Falcons can advance by two or more points at any point, the Saints can become more predictable in their game and less dependent on their running game.
That unit has taken a big step this year with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The defense has also improved dramatically this season, ranking 12th in yards allowed after finishing in the bottom two positions in the last two years.
Drew Brees remains one of the best quarterbacks in the game, having completed 71.5 percent of his passes with a TD interception ratio of 21-5.
The Falcons certainly have the weapons to compete and win the game, with Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones, and they have to come out of the door like a raging team that scores in clusters.
The Falcons are favorites of one point, according to OddsShark. The Saints are a better team at this time of the season, but the Falcons are desperate to win this game in front of their local fans. Atlanta wins the game as a result of a late field goal.
Week 14 Point Spreads and Predictions (Point spread courtesy of OddsShark)
New Orleans at Atlanta (- 1) ; 51.5, plus
San Francisco in Houston (-2.5); 43.5, during
Oakland in Kansas City (-4); 47.5, More
Indianapolis in Buffalo (NL)
Minnesota (-3) in Carolina ; 41.5, under
Chicago in Cincinnati (-6); 38.5, under
Green Bay (-3) in Cleveland; 40, Over
Detroit at Tampa Bay (NL)
Dallas (-4) at N.Y. Giants; 41.5, more
Washington in L.A. Chargers (- 6); 46, in
Tennessee (-3) in Arizona; 44, under
N.Y. Jets in Denver (Even); 41.5, under
Seattle in Jacksonville (- 2.5); 41.5, Over
Philadelphia in L.A. Rams (-2.5); 48, under
Baltimore in Pittsburgh (-5); 43.5, plus
New England (- 11) in Miami; 47, Over
Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images  Oakland Raiders in Kansas City Chiefs
A little more than a month into the season, the AFC West race seemed to be a fugitive. The Chiefs had won their first five games impressively, and they were clearly in control.
One of those victories was against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on the road and another victory against the Philadelphia High Eagles. .
Although no one predicted that the Chiefs would remain undefeated, a long depression was not at stake either. However, that's exactly what happened, since the Chiefs have lost six of seven games and are tied with the Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers at 6-6.
Now that your advantage has dissipated, can Andy Reid's team turn it around? back as the season enters the last four games?
If they can not win this week at home, they'll be looking for the Raiders and possibly the Chargers.
Reid has to find a way to unite the team and make him believe in himself one more time. The offense showed signs of looking better in Week 13 31-28 loss to the Jets when quarterback Alex Smith threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns.
Before that game, the Chiefs' offense seemed to be stuck in the mud, so that's a good sign. However, the Kansas City defense appears at least one step too slow most weeks, and Oakland quarterback Derek Carr should be able to take advantage.
He will have Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper back for this game, and the Raiders have the ability to score points in bunches.
The Chiefs are four-point favorites, but there are too many areas that are not working. Reid is having difficulty determining how to straighten the ship, and the Raiders will get the victory and overtake their rivals in the divisions.
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Dallas Cowboys in New York Giants
The Cowboys finally discovered how to play a solid game and win without Ezekiel Elliott suspended when they punished the Washington Redskins in Week 13.
Apparently they would have an easy mission this week at MetLife Stadium against the humble New York Giants, who have played brutal football in setting a record from 2-10.
However, this game will be anything but typical or easy for the Cowboys. The Giants will release second-year coach Ben McAdoo this week after letting Eli Manning go before last week's Oakland game.
That was not the only reason why McAdoo was fired, but he crystallized his shortcomings as a head coach. The Giants can not beat the Cowboys this week, but they are likely to offer an excellent effort against Dallas with Manning back in the center.
The Cowboys compete against a terrible New York defense that ranks 32nd in yards allowed, and that's exactly what Dak Prescott needs.
We also hope that Manning and the New York offense have one of their best performances.
This game is likely to be a round-trip issue, and the total of 41.5 points will be challenged. It would not be a surprise if the two teams combined for 30 points in the first half and passed by before the end of the quarter.
This is a strong prediction to see the end.