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These Falcons and QB Matt Ryan will no doubt show up and play well in their home stadium, but the Saints are playoff ready, and they will no doubt earn their ninth victory in a row.
Saints -3 (-110)
|Saints vs Falcons Information|
|What||New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons|
|Where||Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA|
|When||Sunday, December 6, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
Right now in New Orleans, the backup QB, Taysom Hill, is doing the job for injured starter Drew Brees (cracked ribs), and it apparently doesn’t matter who plays under center for the Saints because they just keep right on winning, eight in a row now, though they scored a gimmie in Week 12 against a Denver Broncos team with no QB (to speak of).
Under the leadership of interim head coach Raheem Morris, the Atlanta Falcons are getting the most out of their talented players, like in Week 12 when they made the Las Vegas Raiders look ridiculous (final score 43-6), and now a win over the Saints here gets them closer to that extra NFC Wild Card spot.
These two NFC South franchises have played each other 103 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Atlanta Falcons winning 53 of those games and the New Orleans Saints winning the other 50 games.
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Taysom Hill is 3-0 as the starting quarterback in New Orleans, a job he got once starter Drew Brees went down to injured ribs and the other backup, Jameis Winston, failed to impress head coach Sean Payton with regards to knowing the complex offense.
Hill has been a utility knife and jack of all trades for New Orleans, and now he gets to prove he can be the man under center when Brees is not there, something the team must consider for the future since Drew is getting older.
Hill is accurate and completes almost 71 percent of his passes, and he is a threat to run and is not afraid to take a hit, so he will be a key factor to a Week 13 victory against a Falcons defense that is second worst against the pass.
Despite the team’s 4-7 record this season, Falcons QB Matt Ryan is having an okay season, so far posting 277 completions for 3,163 yards and 17 touchdowns, with an uncomfortably high number of interceptions with 8.
The Falcons passing attack is fifth best in the league right now, and Atlanta’s offense is averaging almost 27 points per game, so it would be easy to blame the 27th ranked defense for letting opponents get back into the game to often.
If Ryan and these Falcons expect to play in the postseason, they had better figure out a way to win in Week 13 against these Saints, because very few 8-loss teams make it to the playoffs, and even fewer get very far after that.
The New Orleans Saints are fortunate enough to have one of the premiere double threat running backs in the league, Alvin Kamara, and he will be a key to a Saints Week 13 victory over these Falcons.
Kamara can damage you in many ways – on foot carrying the ball he averages 4.6 yards per carry and has 128 rushes for 585 yards and 8 touchdowns, and through the air, he has caught 68 passes for 646 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Those numbers can carry a team and add to that a talented receiver corps – Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders – and the best overall defense in the NFL right now and this becomes a tough offense to outscore.
Arguably one of the best receivers in the league right now is Falcons Julio Jones, and he is putting up respectable numbers during this shaky 2020 season, so far grabbing 45 balls off 58 targets for 677 yards and 3 touchdowns, catching almost 78% of the passes he is targeted with.
One of the troubles that QB Matt Ryan and Jones seems to have is red zone connection, meaning that Jones takes the team all the way down to within the enemy’s twenty yard line but rarely gets the chance to turn that into a touchdown.
Once interim head coach Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter begin to figure out how to get Jones involved in the end zone, maybe all that production can start translating into a few more Falcons wins.
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