Saints vs Falcons

Saints vs Falcons | The current week’s release of Thursday Night Football finds a couple of NFC South adversaries, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, meeting in a reestablishment of their competition, as well as an essential trial of gathering and division enemies that will decide postseason rankings.

The 9-3 Saints come into Atlanta with the No. 4 seed in the NFC and hoping to get another leg up in the division in the wake of clearing the Carolina Panthers this season and anticipating two recreations against the Falcons in the following three weeks.

Atlanta (7-5) is right now sitting one spot outside the authority postseason chain of importance, at No. 7 in the NFC, and planning to enhance a triumph here, joined with misfortunes via Carolina and Seattle, in front of them in the gathering, will help kick off their grieving postseason trusts.

Both teams will field a powerful rushing attack they hope will set the tone.

Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara together comprise the NFL’s third-best rushing offense and a group that has combined to run for 19 touchdowns, the league’s most, as the Saints find themselves fielding the most balanced offense in their recent history, and the most run-centric since their Super Bowl run of 2009-10. Saints vs Falcons

Kamara, the Saints’ Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate, is fifth among all qualified players with 1,220 yards from scrimmage, first in yards per carry (7.0), and shares a lead among backs with 11 total touchdowns. Agile, physical, impossible to bring down, the rookie from Tennessee has catapulted in the team from an 0-2 failure into an NFC contender.

But Ingram remains the starter, ranking fourth in football with 922 rushing yards and scoring nine touchdowns on 180 carries this season.

Devonta Freeman will play in his second-straight game since being declared inactive twice this season with a concussion. The Falcons’ starter carried for 74 yards last week in a loss to Minnesota and, despite that missed time, still ranks seventh in football with five rushing touchdowns.

In Freeman’s recent absence, Atlanta has relied on backup Tevin Coleman, and with some success. Also scoring five times this season, Coleman has rushed for four of those touchdowns in his last four games. He’s added two more scores as a pass receiver.Saints vs Falcons

Saints vs Falcons

Here is how you can take in the game this week …

When? Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8:25 pm EST

Where? Mercedes Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.

Television: NBC and NFL Network

Line: Saints, -1

Over/Under: 53.5

Last Meeting: Falcons, 38-32, on Jan. 1, 2017

All-Time Series: Falcons, 51-45