Austin Hooper not expected to do much for Falcons on Thursday night

Austin Hooper not expected to do much for Falcons on Thursday night

I wouldn't say I'm disappointed. The Falcons have the sixth-best pass defense in the league, but they're giving up a 27th ranked 4.3 yards per carry on the ground.

It was also around then that Saints fans felt some of the most blissful schadenfreude of all time. It happened. We watched it in all in its crash and burn glory.

Fresh off a convincing 31-21 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 13, the New Orleans Saints have to overcome a short turnaround this week.

Let me tell you, they're straight fire. The Saints fell to Los Angeles a couple of weeks back but took out Carolina in their last appearance. The Falcons are also riding a hot streak and have yet to meet the Saints this season.

To beat the Saints, the Falcons must establish the run early. Of course it is, but what else are sports for than if not to twist the knife into your bitterest enemy? "I know that helps when you've got a good running game going, it's huge".

Aside from the advantage Kamara and Ingram seem to create against any opponent, Atlanta is more vulnerable against the run than the pass. That's what makes fatherhood special.

Going into Thursday the Falcons sit at 7-5 with the toughest remaining schedule including two against the division leading Saints.

"We love the energy and juice you all bring on game day!"

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There's still major concern on if Marshon Lattimore will play in the Falcons game. "After they sacked the quarterback, they went after his family".

The home team Falcons will be in all red Thursday night. "Look, there are a lot of things we've got to improve on and yet we've played a little bit better complimentary football where you're looking at either time of possession or kind of each week trying to figure out how to win that game". The Saints are yielding just 17.9 points in winning nine of their last 10 games.

The Falcons offense isn't almost the killing machine it was in 2016 as Atlanta now ranks eighth in yards-per-game and 14th in points.

Here's what they're saying about the Panthers.

The loss of Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco has caused Matt Ryan to regress to being Matt Ryan again. However, they have sputtered a handful of times as well and really haven't looked like the explosive unit from 2016. "They've just become a more complete offense really".

Atlanta's defense has had mixed results against the run this season. A Saints team that no one saw coming especially after a rough 0-2 start to the season.

The Saints (9-3) boast the league's most dynamic duo. The lines opened with a 2 point spread for Atlanta to cover but since then, it has changed to a 1.5 point spread for the Saints to cover. I wasn't on him all game, I was on him 90% of the game.

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