Atlanta Falcons (5-0) at New Orleans Saints (1-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 15, 2015, 8:25 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Orleans Saints +3.5 -- Over/Under: 51
The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints square off Thursday night at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Atlanta Falcons look to remain unbeaten by winning their third road game of the season. Matt Ryan is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 1,456 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 11 games. Julio Jones and Leonard Hankerson have combined for 799 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jacob Tamme has 16 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 126 yards per contest, and Devonta Freeman leads the way with 405 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 22.4 points and 366.4 yards per game. Paul Worrilow leads the Falcons with 33 tackles, Vic Beasley Jr. has two sacks and Robert Alford has two interceptions. Justin Durant is questionable.
The New Orleans Saints need a win to save their season after a 1-4 start to the year. Drew Brees is completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,304 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Brees has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks have combined for 703 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Marques Colston has 18 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 85.4 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 261 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 28.6 points and 409 yards per game. Kenny Vaccaro leads the Saints with 34 tackles, Hau'oli Kikaha has three sacks and Bobby Richardson has three tackles for loss. Bobby Richardson, Jahri Evans and Terron Armstead are questionable.
The Saints are no longer the Saints, as the offense continues to struggle at times and the defense is dead last in yards allowed. The Falcons are a legit undefeated and should be comfortable playing in another dome.
I'm pretty much giving up on the Saints and rolling with the red hot Falcons who are clicking on both sides of the ball.