New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons: 3 key matchups

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- New Orleans has held four opponents to fewer than 300 yards on the road four times this season, tied for their most in a season since the start of 2010.

Meanwhile, the Falcons are 6-1 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games in Week 14.

Teams began wearing the Color Rush jerseys on Thursday Nights, but last season the Falcons didn't get to wear theirs when they traveled to Tampa Bay.

NOTES: CB Desmond Trufant should be able to play against the Saints after being released from the concussion protocol, giving a boost to the secondary as it prepares to face Drew Brees.

Thursday night will be the first time this Falcons defense will matchup against this running back duo.

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According to maketheplayoffs.com, the Falcons have an 11.67 percent chance of winning the NFC South division and a 44.92 percent chance of making the playoffs if they win their remaining games.

The Falcons (7-5) host the Saints (9-3) at 7:25 p.m. Thursday. Interestingly enough, both have the Falcons at #10 ... and after the Falcons loss at the hands of SKÖL and the Saints powerful offensive showcase against the Panthers, I wouldn't be surprised to see the algorithms throw a bit more shade towards Atlanta when the new ratings get released. The Falcons are coming off a close home loss to the Minnesota Vikings in a game where Atlanta didn't get into the end zone. Against the run, the Falcons are 18th (113 yards per game) and sixth in pass defense (allowing 208 yards per game).

Ingram has rushed for 922 yards and nine touchdowns this season, while Kamara has rushed for 606 and seven touchdowns.

The Saints have witnessed much of their stability on offense with a successful running game behind the play of running backs Mark Ingram and rookie sensation Alvin Kamara.

They can't let that happen against the Saints. In that Minnesota game, Atlanta QB Matt Ryan put up 173 yards on 16-of-29 passing.

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To beat the Saints, the Falcons must establish the run early. Two games against the 9-3, division-leading Saints could definitely help the cause. The Bears (3-10), the 49ers (2-10) and the New York Giants (2-10) have been eliminated from the NFC playoff race. However, the Saints can't get too distracted by Jones because wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is risky in his own right. Atlanta has only divisional games remaining and despite facing the Saints twice only have a more hard stretch by one game.

The Atlanta Falcons blowing a 28-3 Super Bowl lead is the gift to Saints fans that will give and give and give and always be wonderful unless the Falcons actually win a Super Bowl.

Kamara's biggest play last week was converting a fourth-and-goal gamble from the Carolina 2 into a touchdown by shedding a big hit from linebacker Shaq Thompson - no easy feat - to score standing up on the first series of the game. Ryan threw four touchdowns.

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.

Defensively, the Falcons surrendered 350 yards through the air and 132 yards on the ground.

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