"When I look at the running backs right now with the two of them together over 90 catches, and that's a factor, you know, to know they incorporate everybody, the run game, the screens, the pass game".
Aside from the advantage Kamara and Ingram seem to create against any opponent, Atlanta is more vulnerable against the run than the pass.
With conference matchups becoming more relevant and division games affecting the landscape of the playoff race, teams are fighting for division crowns and wild card spots in hopes of continuing their season in January.
The Falcons are 7-5 and would not go to the playoffs if the regular season ended today. The Saints feature more speed than they did past year, and the presence of linebacker A.J. Klein should help slow the Falcons backs. Beating the Falcons always brings us joy but when the game has real stakes? Let's hope this is the (game) that it turns.
"Maybe that's the best thing", Ryan said. They're playing great this year. It's fun to care so much about random games again isn't it? "I'm sure the Benz will be rocking on Thursday night".
With the recent implosion of the Georgia Dome, the venue is gone but the memories will last forever.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel both talked about how defending this part of New Orleans game will be crucial to success.
This game features two of the league's best running back duos in the Falcons' 1-2 punch of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman and the Saints' tandem of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara.
- The Saints have won three of the four times the two sides have met on a Thursday. Without these starters, New Orleans held Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to just 183 passing yards, but Atlanta will present a greater challenge.
The unique one-two punch that has driven the Saints to the top of the NFC South this season has been so brilliant that the New Orleans fan bas...
His presence on the field will make a difference in some of Brees' decisions when targeting his wide receivers. And you are correct, but they still put up 20 points and they were on an eight-game win streak; it had to end at some point.
Offensively, the Falcons must get back to their routine of using a solid rushing to allow for Ryan to take shots through the air and make the better decisions on first and second down to prevent long third-down situations.
- Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown 16 touchdowns with no interceptions in seven career games on Thursday, the most touchdowns by a quarterback who has not thrown an interception on that day (Joe Montana is the next closest with six).
To beat the Saints, the Falcons must establish the run early.
New Orleans enters play at 9-3 on the season and in first place in the ultra-competitive NFC South. New Orleans is also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 following a straight-up win and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 versus the NFC. The Saints were 1-4 in their previous five Thursday road games. If he does, it will be a major asset for the Saints' secondary because they will be tasked with stopping the Falcons' talented core of wide receivers that include Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel.
The Atlanta Falcons blowing a 28-3 Super Bowl lead is the gift to Saints fans that will give and give and give and always be incredible unless the Falcons actually win a Super Bowl. "We just have to own our division and just win out".