These two elite offenses will be on display, as Drew Brees and Matt Ryan have each thrown for at least 3,300 yards and 21 touchdowns. If you're looking for defense, you might want to turn away from this one.
Everything you need to know about Thursday's game can be found here.
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
When: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8:20 p.m. ET
Watch: NFL Network
Betting Line: Falcons (-3.5) Over/Under: 56 (via Bet Online)
I know it's a division game and all, but I like the Falcons at home to cover the spread.
The New Orleans defense is god-awful, and with weapons like Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, Ryan and the Atlanta offense are too much to handle for the Saints.
As far as the over/under, I'm taking the over. Both of these teams can put up points in bunches, just as we've seen all season. When these two met in Week 10, they combined for 58 points and I'm expecting a similar outcome on Thursday night.
Take the Falcons to cover the spread at home and the over.
What's At Stake?
There's not much at stake for the Atlanta Falcons, who at 10-1, are in complete control of the division and are basically guaranteed a playoff spot.
The Saints, on the other hand, are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. If New Orleans is going to have any shot at making the playoffs, Thursday night's game, and every game after that, is a must-win.
Saints Injury Report (via CBS Sports)
DB Isa Abdul-Quddus—Concussion—QST
WR Courtney Roby—Shoulder/Ankle—QST
TE David Thomas—Knee—QST
DE Junior Galette—Ankle—QST
CB Elbert Mack—Concussion—QST
CB Corey White—Knee—QST
Also, according to the Saints official twitter account, they'll be looking to bolster the offensive line heading into Thursday night.
With the injuries on the O-Line, Vitt said they will look at some OL free agents this afternoon #NOvsATL— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 26, 2012
Falcons Injury Report (via CBS Sports)
WR Harry Douglas—Ankle—QST
LB Stephen Nicholas—Knee—QST
TE Michael Palmer—Back—QST
WR Kevin Cone—Groin—QST
DT Peria Jerry—Quad—QST
S Charles Mitchell—Calf—QST
CB Asante Samuel—Shoulder—QST
DT Vance Walker—Ribs—QST
LB Sean Weatherspoon—Ankle—QST
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit' Em and Sleeper
Start 'Em: Jimmy Graham
Graham was a fantasy dud in Week 12—a mere four receptions for 33 yards—which is why I think he's ready to explode against Atlanta.
Graham was straight dirty against the Falcons in Week 10, catching seven passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. I'm looking for another big day from Graham, making him a must-start on Thursday night.
Sit 'Em: Falcons D/ST
I'd like to think fantasy owners know this, but in case you don't, Drew Brees and the Saints offense are filthy.
Brees & Co. hung 31 points on Atlanta just a few weeks ago and won't hesitate to mirror that performance in Week 13. New Orleans has too many offensive weapons to start the Falcons' defense this week.
Sleeper: Jacquizz Rodgers
Week by week, Rodgers is becoming a bigger part of the Falcons' offense, as evident by his 10 carries and two receptions, which included a rushing touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12.
Long gone are the days when Michael Turner dominated the ground game. It looks as though Rodgers has finally awoken as your fantasy sleeper.
What They're Saying
According to Holder, despite being ejected from the game, Bunkley will not receive a suspension for his actions.
Saints Player to Watch: Drew Brees
Just as he did the last time these two teams met, Brees will have to turn in a top-notch performance to leave the Georgia Dome with a win and keep the Saints' playoff hopes alive.
Falcons Player to Watch: Michael Turner
Turner received just three more carries than Rodgers on Sunday. Whether it was due to a lack of trust or his ineffectiveness (13 carries for 17 yards), Turner's production has been down since his solid week against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 4.
Keep an eye on Turner, who will have an opportunity to get back on track against a New Orleans D that ranks dead-last against the run.
Key Matchup: Drew Brees vs. Atlanta Secondary
When these two squads met in Week 10, Brees threw just one pick and was sacked only once while throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns to the tune of a 113.8 passer rating.
The Atlanta D ranks No. 12 against the pass, making this the key matchup of the night.
If the Saints' offensive line can buy Brees enough time to find receivers downfield and keep Ryan and the Falcons' offense off the field, New Orleans has a great shot to win.
On the Hotseat: Michael Turner
While Turner isn't necessarily on what we've come to know as the "hotseat," his production has dropped quite a bit, and with Rodgers emerging as a viable option in the backfield, Turner's role could continue to take a hit if he continues to struggle and Rodgers continues to excel.
Prediction: Falcons 35, Saints 28
It'll be a high scoring affair, but I like the Falcons to cover at home. With a two-headed running game and a couple elite wideouts, Atlanta will be too much to handle for that terrible Saints defense.
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