Thursday Night Football Preview: Saints vs Falcons

By Matthew Wieselthier

Before the season, this game was circled on the calendar as a game that could decide the NFC South.  The Saints heading to the Georgia Dome to face the Falcons was to be a top game of the season.  However, the Falcons have looked terrible.  They’ve been bruised up at the WR position with Roddy White being on and off the field and Julio Jones being on the IR.  The RB position has been inconsistent with no option looking great and maybe could there be regrets on losing Michael Turner.  Whatever the case may be, the RB turntable of Stephen Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Jason Snelling has been far from good.  And now, a Super Bowl favorite has turned into the laughing stock of the NFL.

Sean Payton is back on the sidelines and the Saints are back to their winning ways (Via SI)

Sean Payton is back on the sidelines and the Saints are back to their winning ways (Via SI)

The Saints are one year since “Bountygate” and cannot be more thankful.  At this point in the season last year, they were 5-6 and missing Sean Payton, who was suspended due to the bounty problems of the past.  This season, they got their head coach back and have been successful ever since.  The Saints are 8-2 and are on top of the NFC South.  They are averaging 28.8 points per game, which is good for 2nd in the league.  Drew Brees has the 4th best passer rating in the NFL (106.7) and the defense is 5th best in the league, giving up 18.8 points per game.

In this preseason-hyped game that has turned sour, the Saints should be able to march into the Georgia Dome and take the win with ease.

Prediction: Saints 31- Falcons 17

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Matthew Wieselthier is the Sports Director at WPOB 88.5 FM, Plainview.  He is also the PA announcer at all sporting events at POBJFKHS.  You can follow him on twitter at @wieselsports66.

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