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Falcons vs. Saints NFL Week 13 Preview

Kim Klement–US Presswire

The Atlanta Falcons (10-1) and the New Orleans Saints (5-6) will meet for the second time this season in the NFL’s Thursday night game in the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta looks to avenge their only loss on the year while New Orleans hopes to keep its slim playoff hopes alive and bring their record back to the .500 mark.

Last time these two teams played, the Saints escaped with a 31-27 win in the Superdome thanks to Atlanta’s inability to convert in the red zone. While the Falcons are looking to execute better in the red zone, they will also have to contend with some key injuries as well, particularly in the secondary. Asante Samuel (shoulder) is listed as questionable; Christopher Owens (thigh) is listed as probable, while Charles Mitchell is out with a calf injury. These are not good signs for a Falcons secondary that has to deal with the likes of Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham.

The good news is the Saints defense is still the worst in the league but with Matt Ryan turnover prone lately and Michael Turner limited in productivity with a groin injury, the game could go either way.

New Orleans will also be playing with a sense of desperation given they are on the road, coming off a loss to the San Francisco 49ers and fighting to remain relevant in the playoff picture. Atlanta fans should brace themselves for another close game in the Georgia Dome, as this is the trend of the Dirty Birds. If Atlanta is able to pull out the win they will clinch their division and there is no team they would rather do this against than the Saints.