The final NFL game on Thanksgiving Day will be an NFC South matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. This matchup looks like a mismatch on paper, but this is one of the best current rivalries in the NFL. Both teams have a ton of explosive players on the offensive side of the ball, and this will be a shootout.
New Orleans leads the NFC South with a 9-2 record this season, but it has its sights set on a top seed in the playoffs. The Saints have won two straight games since suffering their second loss — to Atlanta — and have a ton of momentum.
Atlanta comes into this game with a record of 3-8, and it has been a disappointment. The Falcons will miss the playoffs again this season despite having a talented roster. New Orleans is a seven-point road favorite over Atlanta on Thanksgiving night.
Falcons Can’t Get Any Stops
Defense has been a major issue for the Atlanta Falcons this season, as they are giving up more than 27 points per game. The Falcons did hold the Saints to just nine points a few weeks ago, but they have lacked consistency. Atlanta has just 18 sacks so far this season, and it will need to find a way to pressure Drew Brees in this game.
Offense has not been an issue for the Falcons in 2019, but they have not been good enough to carry this team. The Falcons are averaging 22 points per game, and quarterback Matt Ryan is having another solid season. Ryan has thrown for over 2,900 yards this season, and Julio Jones is nearing 1,000 receiving yards on the season. Atlanta will look to score points to win this game.
Saints Need To Run The Ball
The New Orleans Saints can really throw the ball on offense, but they must find a way to get some balance. The Saints are averaging just over 105 rushing yards per game, despite having a talented running back in Alvin Kamara. Kamara has just one rushing touchdown this season, but he is a weapon in the passing game. New Orleans has thrown for over 260 yards per game, and Brees should have a huge game in this one.
New Orleans is allowing 20.9 points per game on defense, but that should be good enough to win most games. The Saints have 31 sacks as a team this season, and Cameron Jordan leads the team with 9.5 of them. New Orleans will be aggressive in this game in hopes of getting some pressure on Ryan.
Saints Win Offensive Showdown In Atlanta
These two teams both love to score a ton of points, and this should be a high-scoring affair. Defense will play a role in this game at some point, and that is where the Saints have a big advantage. The Atlanta Falcons have to score a ton of points to win any game, and it’s not going to be easy against New Orleans. Look for the Saints to win an offensive shootout behind a great game from Brees. Take the Saints -7.0 over the Falcons in this game.