Falcons vs. Saints Writer’s Predictions

Chase Irle: Falcons 34, Saints 20

Throw the records out the window in this one because it is going to be one fun game in the Big Easy on Thursday night. In what has become one of the best rivalries in football today, the Saints will do everything in their power to break the Falcons perfect 5-0 record. In 2012, the Saints stopped Atlanta from improving to 9-0 with a 31-27 win in the SuperDome. However, this Saints team is a lot different and missing a lot of weapons that they had in the past. New Orleans will come out fired up, but at the end of the day Atlanta is simply the more complete team and they will prevail.

Jake Gordon: Falcons 27, Saints 17

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones have become one of the best combos in the NFL. Jones has reportedly been bothered by a nagging hamstring injury, but he will be suiting up on Thursday night. The Saints secondary has been shaky to say the least, so look for Matt Ryan to bounce back and have a big game regardless of the state of Julio Jones. New Orleans has also given up the second most rushing yards this season. Devonta Freeman should be in for another big game, and I expect him to increase his season TD total to 10 on Thursday.

Michael Arkin: Falcons 27, Saints 17

The Atlanta defense has been one of the most surprising parts about the team this year. Although they have allowed some yardage, they have been able to keep teams out of the endzone and force turnovers. Drew Brees is not the quarterback he has been in the past and is clearly suffering from the lack of talent around him. Atlanta should be able to put pressure on Brees early and often and force the Saints off the field throughout the game.

Harrison Coburn: Falcons 34, Saints 27

No matter who the team, it is hard to go win in the SuperDome. And considering it is the Falcons on national TV, the Saints and their fans are going to be going nuts. While the Dome is going to be a madhouse, this Atlanta team is no longer soft. The Falcons may struggle in the first half, but they will find a way to win in the second. Matt Ryan has been able to lead Atlanta to fourth quarter comebacks 4 times already this season. Drew Brees has missed time and is still trying to find out who his guy is on offense. With Jimmy Graham gone and the Saints switching to a more balanced offense, the future Hall of Famer has had to rely on the likes of Willie Snead in the passing game. Their defense is also ran by Rob Ryan. I do think this will be a close game, but I think the Falcons will bring home the W.



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