Here they come again folks, ready to ruin our Christmas and sweep the Saints for the second year in a row. Either that or New Orleans will win and clinch a playoff berth and move closer to their sixth ever division title. I’ll take door number two,,how about you? Today the Saints hopefully won’t have to overcome two teams, the Falcons and the officiating crew. The Saints offense have scored 28.6 points a game the Falcons 22.7 while both defenses have given up a tick over 20. New Orleans has a point differential of +8.5, Atlanta +2.6 , but less than 1 on the road. Both offenses get over six yards a play.
Drew has had an efficient year with 3,850 yards 21 tds 7 interceptions and a 71.8 completion percentage best in the league. Matt Ryan has had a decent year with 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, throwing 3 to the Saints last game. Matty Thrice may strike again if he plays like last game the black and gold will win easily. In this rivalry, however, nothing is easy, it usually comes down to a play or a late field goal. The Saints have the best running back duo in the NFL with Ingram and Kamara both getting more than 5 yards per attempt. The combination of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman is excellent in their own right. The lack of depth, but more importantly speed of the Saints linebackers, is the Falcons biggest advantage and I expect them to attack that area. That Georgia team has won three in a row and it must stop, the Saints are better and at home. The Lattimore matchup with Julio Jones alone is worth the price of admission, but this rivalry is so much more to the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast area, it’s LSU and Alabama, Iron Bowl and Red River Rivalry but it’s played twice a year. The first game ever was played in New Orleans in 1967 the Saints win 27 – 24, I think that happens today 50 years later. Saints win 27 -24!