The New Orleans Saints are making a return from their bye week by hosting the Atlanta Falcons. While the Falcons are having a bad season, coming in at 1-7, this is a rivalry game and the Falcons tend to play their best against the Saints.
New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons: Keys For a Saints Win
Continue the Offensive Rhythm
The offense was clicking going into the bye week. In the last few weeks of Teddy Bridgewater starting, the offense was clicking. In the win over the Arizona Cardinals, Drew Brees made his return, and the offense clicked.
While Kamara has been out, Latavius Murray has been very productive. That will allow the coaching staff to be even more patient than they would prefer to be.
Tight end Jared Cook will also be a full go. He got off to a slow start as a Saint but was starting to play well before getting hurt.
With Brees getting a game in before the bye week and now the team as a whole having a chance to rest, there’s no reason for the offense to not continue clicking. Also, the Falcons defense is not good.
Get After Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan missed the last game for the Falcons with an ankle injury. Dan Quinn has said that he will be back under center for this one.
The offensive line for the Falcons hasn’t been good this season, and the Saints have been good at getting after the quarterback.
This is going to be a game where Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport should be able to pin their ears back. If those two can wreak havoc, it will only make things easier for everyone else trying to get to the quarterback.
If the pass rush does what they’re supposed to do, this is a game where the Saints defense could start forcing turnovers and the dome will get rocking.
Overlooking teams is generally not something that happens in the NFL at the rate it happens in college football. However, it’s important for New Orleans to stay focused.
As mentioned, Atlanta always plays New Orleans tough, no matter where the teams are standing.
While this Falcons season is basically over, expect them to come out with nothing to lose. Also, with Dan Quinn having his job in jeopardy, and most think he won’t be coming back as the coach for the franchise next season, expect them to pull out all the stops.
Don’t be surprised to see something like a fake punt or field goal. Or even a couple of trick plays or being overly-aggressive on fourth down.
Either way, New Orleans must stay dialed in.
New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons: Overall Thoughts
This is a game the Saints should win and win by a good margin. There’s no other way to put it. Atlanta is bad and New Orleans is one of the more complete teams in the league.
As long as their attention is on the Falcons coming off the bye week, there shouldn’t be any issues with this game. Especially with it being at home.
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