Atlanta Falcons Facing Another Must Win Game

Pam Oliver moved quickly to get out of the way when Devonta Freeman got close. More

Pam Oliver moved quickly to get out of the way when Devonta Freeman got close. More

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) in action against the Carolina Panthers.

It wasn't exactly an epiphany, but the proof is in the results.

Dirty Coast wants to make sure that no one forgets our division rival's big loss when the Saints travel to Atlanta Thursday to take on the Falcons.

For the Saints, it was the ultimate test and they passed.

That means, if you can't outrun them, run them over.

Dating back to 2006 when the NFL Network began airing Thursday Night football games, the Georgia Dome was the site for some unforgettable wins and moments for the Falcons.

Fear not, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has your back. They're fast at all the positions.

"I think Julio Jones is a huge challenge". If you are wearing Saints gear, and as we pass on the street I say, "28-3" and you don't chuckle and fist bump me, you probably aren't a lunatic obsessed Saints fan.

Lattimore has missed almost three full games since suffering the injury in the first quarter in Week 11.

The Saints will benefit greatly if both Lattimore and rookie free safety Marcus Williams (who missed last week with a groin injury) are healthy. Atlanta doesn't incorporate their backs in the passing game as heavily as New Orleans does, but Coleman is capable of making big runs after the catch. "We didn't play very well on either side of the ball". "Both of us have the complete package".

Rhodes made a point to give his secondary mates credit after the game, specifically for the play above...

Ingram has rushed for 922 yards and nine touchdowns this season, while Kamara has rushed for 606 and seven touchdowns. Their O/U trends are 1-6-1 in their last 8 games vs. NFC South, 1-4 in their last 5 home games, 16-5-1 in their last 22 games vs. NFC, 5-2-1 in their last 8 Thursday games, and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a loss and an ATS loss.

The combination of running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram has been crucial to the Saints offensive success this season. His balance is incredible. Thompson tried to lay out the smaller Kamara instead of wrapping him up, and the running back was able to shake off the hit and reach paydirt.

"The thing that has really jumped out to me - it's his balance", Quinn added.

A week after having their eight-game win streak snapped, the New Orleans Saints returned home and recaptured their impressive form. Though Rhodes was key cog in the Vikings' plan, it was Mike Zimmer's genius that shut down Jones in Minnesota's 14-9 win in Atlanta.

Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant, who is a difference maker like Lattimore, has been cleared from his concussion symptoms and should play against the Saints.

Ben Garland is set to start at left guard for the Falcons.

"I used the analogy today, 'We built a billion dollar house and we need to throw a billion dollar party house-warmer, '" Quinn said. "We're right back into our division". The Saints need to ride this wave of success as long as possible.

Do you remember the 28-3 lead that the Falcons blew in the Super Bowl this year?

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