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Happy Thanksgiving, Falcoholics. Here’s hoping you’re all prepped for a day of overindulgence and potentially awkward conversation. It may be early, but holiday bloody marys are always very clutch, so mix up a stiff one and dive into today’s Falcoholinks before tonight’s game against the Saints.

Saints on deck for Week 13

Today the Saints come to town to attempt to ruin Thanksgiving. This season has gone sideways by many a measure, but stomping on the Saints at home on a holiday would salvage a bit of good will for this Atlanta Falcons team.

And they would be doing it in those stylish throwbacks, to boot.

The Falcons hold a 53-48 edge over the Saints all-time, and it would make for a swell celebration should they push that winning margin higher. The Saints enter this one at 9-2 and atop the division, while the Falcons are cellar dwellers at 3-8.

New Orleans enters this game as 6.5-point favorites on the road, an opening line that feels about right given the year that the Falcons are having.

Injuries ahead of tonight’s game

Atlanta will definitely be without Austin Hooper this evening as he continues to recover from an MCL injury, but there’s a chance that Julio Jones misses tonight’s contest with the shoulder injury he picked up against the Bucs.

In yesterday’s injury report Julio was officially listed as questionable, so this may boil down to a game-time decision.

With Hooper out and Luke Stocker ailing, the Falcons promoted tight end Carson Meier to the active roster.

Matty closes in on 50K

The Falcons’ franchise leader in passing yards is inching toward another major milestone, as Matt Ryan is a mere 346 yards away from hitting 50,000 career passing yards.

Can he do it against the Saints tonight?

Could this be it?

Could a bad loss tonight against the Saints drive the final nail into the Dimitroff/Quinn regime? In a prime time affair on Thanksgiving with millions of wine-bent viewers tuning in, it’s entirely possible that a sloppy showing seals the deal.

The Falcoholic’s Cory Woodroof ruminates on that possibility in his latest column.