The New Orleans Saints are hoping to get one step closer to winning the NFC South by defeating the Atlanta Falcons.
The New Orleans Saints are in the lead in a weak NFC South with a 6-8 record, and they are hoping to finish by avoiding a losing record. They will have the opportunity to knock the Atlanta Falcons out of playoff contention for good by defeating them.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees led the charge in a 31-15 win over the Chicago Bears by throwing for 375 yards and three touchdowns on 29-of-36 passing. He effectively spread the ball around by completing five passes to four different receivers.
The defense also showed remarkable improvement as they intercepted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler three times while registering seven sacks, led by linebacker David Hawthorne, who had three.
Meanwhile, the Falcons have their backs against the wall after a home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Running back Le’Veon Bell was held to 47 rushing yards, but he showed goal line prowess by rushing for two touchdowns.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not throw a touchdown pass, but he led the Steelers downfield on a consistent basis to the tune of 360 yards on 27-of-35 passing. Wide receiver Antonio Brown led the Steelers in receiving per usual with 10 catches for 123 yards.
The Saints offense will be too much for a weak Falcons defense in a revenge game. The Falcons had previously beaten the Saints, 37-31, in overtime in the opening week.
Prediction: Saints 35, Falcons 27