Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates New Orleans Saints fullback Jed Collins (45) touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Saints at Falcons: odds, prediction and preview

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Thursday night, the 8-2, and rolling, New Orleans Saints will hit the road to take on the mightily struggling 2-8 Atlanta Falcons in an NFL South match up.

It’s interesting how the tables have turned for both of these teams in a year’s time.

Last season, the Falcons were the ones that were vying for a top seeding in the NFC, while the Saints were just trying to survive a miserable campaign as they dealt with not having their head coach, stemming from the infamous bounty scandal.

The Saints come in to this one winners of their last two following the upset to the Jets a few weeks ago. They obliterated the Dallas Cowboys two Sunday nights ago and squeaked out a three-point victory against the 49ers last week, albeit in controversial fashion due to the roughing call on the hit from Ahmad Brooks to Drew Brees.

After a victory over the Buccaneers on Oct. 20, the Falcons have lost four straight and are just looking to get out of this year in one piece at this point. None of those last four losses have even been close, including Tampa Bay avenging that October loss last week, 41-28. In trying to make up for the losses on offense, QB Matt Ryan has not been efficient at all, tossing 12 interceptions to his 18 touchdown passes.

Date: Nov. 21

Start Time: 8:25pm ET

Location: Atlanta, GA

Stadium: Georgia Dome

TV Info: NFL Network

Odds: Saints -10

Prediction: As much focus has been put on the Falcons’ offensive struggles, the defense isn’t exactly doing their part neither. 41 points to that Tampa Bay team is about as inexcusable as you can get. This venture against their division rival on national television might hurt a lot worse.

Saints 48, Falcons 17

Who do you think comes away from this NFC South game with the win? Can the Falcons put something together or will the Saints continue on their quest to best the Seahawks for the title of best team in the NFC?

Sound off with your predictions in the comments section below.

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