With four games to play in the regular season, the Falcons hope to repeat as the NFC South champion in a primetime win. The 2016 NFL MVP, Matt Ryan, will receive the division's Santos to Atlanta for a showdown Thursday Night Thursday in Week 14. The game starts at 8: 25 pm ET and broadcast live by NFL Network / NBC ( live broadcast ) .
The search for the Falcons to retain their NFC title has been difficult. Atlanta has a 7-5 start that features quality victories over teams like Green Bay (with Aaron Rodgers) and Seattle, but the latter also could not find their championship team in defeats against Miami and Buffalo.
The Saints, on the other hand, have risen to the top of the South behind a very unsavory strategy: to wear down opponents with defense and a dynamic running game. Drew Brees has thrown only four touchdown passes in his last four games, but New Orleans is 3-1 on that stretch, which includes wins over Washington and the Panthers.
- Time : 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location : Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
- TV : Red NFL / CBS
- Transmission : NBC Sports | Amazon Prime | fuboTV
- Odds : New Orleans is favored by 1 point.
The reality is that the offense seemed competent for most of the game. The call to the game seemed fine (most of the time). The main problems with which the Falcons were found were, once again, self-inflicted. They were beaten with some penalties (some did not seem legitimate for what it's worth) and made some unwelcome casualties. Likewise, a couple of key shots were out of target enough to cause incomplete passes.
Kurt Coleman described why Kamara is so difficult to face earlier this week.
"He stiffens to the side and the (defender) shrugs."
Kamara just did exactly that … with Coleman
– Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) December 3, 2017
Levitre came out early against Minnesota Vikings and now we know why. Ben Garland is quite solid in the running game, but is outclassed in pass protection. It is a good backup, but it is definitely a degradation of Levitre. Austin Pasztor figures only as an offensive lineman and has the size to play inside. It may still be too early for the rookie Sean Harlow but at least he has an outside chance to be active on game days.
Will the New Orleans racing game take down the Falcons? 19659021] The Saints feature the league's No. 3 ground offense thanks to the appearance of veteran Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. That pair has combined for 16 touchdowns and more than 1,500 rushing yards this fall on the floor. Kamara has been equally devastating in the passing game; He is the third leading receiver of the club. Together, the duo helped ease the pressure on Brees' big arm and renewed the New Orleans offense.
Six of our eight experts believe that New Orleans will win in their Week 14 picks. However, OddsShark's computer goes against the grain with the Falcons.