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Weekly Preview: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

It’s already here, the last game of the regular season!

NFL: DEC 31 Saints at Buccaneers Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NFL regular season is almost over. The New Orleans Saints have been on an absolutely wild ride this season, and it may not be over yet. While it's wishful thinking, the Saints have two scenarios where they would make the postseason. All of those scenarios start by beating the Atlanta Falcons. Without further ado, let's see how the Saints match up with their division rival.

Atlanta Falcons Preview

The Falcons currently sit in third place in the NFC South. Their season has been what most people would've expected it to be. A mediocre team that isn't good enough to beat great teams but not bad enough to lose to poor teams. They got the best of the Saints earlier in the season.

In a season of mediocrity, the Falcons got one thing right. They signed Jesse Bates III this past offseason, and it's paid off. The ballhawk safety has been one of the best in the league and has been well worth his contract.

On offense, I want to highlight one of their big men up front. Chris Lindstrom is one of the league's best guards and is having a great season. He is PFF's highest-rated guard and highest-rated run-blocking guard. Lindstrom may not get the love he deserves from the casual viewer, but he's an absolute stud.

New Orleans Saints Preview

Coming off a 23-13 win against the Bucs, the Saints have to feel good about themselves. The offense looked in sync as QB Derek Carr completed 75% of his passes. He couldn't have done this without TE Juwan Johnson, who had himself a day! He hauled in eight passes for 90 yards and a TD.

Jonathan Abram had a career day on the defensive side of the ball. He had five solo tackles, one forced fumble, and an interception. Saints first-round pick Bryan Bresee was also able to get to the QB totaling 4.5 sacks on the season.

Who will win the game?

I have the Saints taking this and moving to 9-8 on the season. I cannot see Taylor Heinicke walking into the Superdome and taking a win against the Saints. He threw three interceptions last week against the Chicago Bears.

The Saints have a fast and physical defensive unit that I think will give the Falcons problems all day. However, the Saints tend to struggle against mobile QBs and must be more disciplined taking on Heinicke.

The Saints offense should be able to do more than enough to get the job done. However, they could be without HB Alvin Kamara this week. He left the game early against the Bucs due to an ankle injury. The team may be getting rookie Kendre Miller this week, which would soften the blow. No matter what, it's all hands-on deck as the Saints push for the playoffs.


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