The Atlanta Falcons are headed for a buzzsaw in New Orleans. Fresh off two losses of their own, with the Saints running roughshod over other teams most of the season, it’s hard not to see this one as the final nail in the coffin for the Falcons if they lose.
I’ll be honest, this one doesn’t look good for Atlanta, which hasn’t been playing competent defense in recent weeks and faces one of their most significant challenges of the season in that regard. Couple that with a handful of less-than-stellar road performances on offense and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
What’s working in the Falcons’ favor? Virtually nothing except a history of playing tough, competitive games against the Saints regardless of circumstance, and the fact that the offense is still plenty capable of huge games. If they pull this off it will be the victory of the year, but I wouldn’t bet a pound of turkey on them doing so.
Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s game.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints Week 12
Time: Thursday, November 22, 8:20 p.m. EST
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV Channel: NBC
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Odds: The Saints are favored by 13.5
Prediction: Falcons lose, 42-34
Key Questions: Can the Falcons shock just about everyone and pull out a win in New Orleans?
SB Nation Opposition Site: Blogging the Boys
2018 Falcons Schedule (4-6)
Week 1: Falcons @ Eagles, Thursday Night Football - Loss
Week 2: Falcons vs. Panthers, Win
Week 3: Falcons vs. Saints, Loss
Week 4: Falcons vs. Bengals, Loss
Week 5: Falcons @ Steelers, Loss
Week 6: Falcons vs. Buccaneers, Win
Week 7: Falcons vs. Giants, Win
Week 8: BYE WEEK
Week 9: Falcons @ Redskins, Win
Week 10: Falcons @ Browns, Loss
Week 11: Falcons vs. Cowboys, Loss
Week 12: Falcons @ Saints, Thursday Night Football - Thanksgiving November 22 8:20 p.m.
Week 13: Falcons vs. Ravens, Sunday December 2 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Falcons @ Packers, Sunday December 9 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Falcons vs. Cardinals, Sunday December 16 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Falcons @ Panthers, Sunday December 23 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: Falcons @ Buccaneers, Sunday December 30 1:00 p.m.