When the Atlanta Falcons won three in a row to erase a 1-4 start, it sure looked like they were ready to join the playoff race, even if they settled for a wild-card spot.
But it has been a brutal couple of weeks for the team. First, they endured a beating at the hands of the Browns’ rookie backfield combo. Then, they came from two scores behind to tie the Cowboys late only to yield a last-second field goal that left them behind the wild card pack at 4-6.
Atlanta travels to New Orleans to take on the hottest team in the NFL in their raucous home stadium on Thanksgiving night. Their best hope might be for Drew Brees to eat too much turkey and need a nap after kickoff.
The Saints attack is merciless. It is almost unfair that their defense is getting better when their offense can score at will.
They come off a 48-7 blowout of the Eagles looking to match the 10-1 record of the Los Angeles Rams. Not many Saints fans agree that the two best NFL teams faced off last Monday.
Injuries and notes
Saints rookie wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith missed practice Monday due to a foot injury. He did take in some limited practice Tuesday and could suit up for the game.
Left tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder) did not practice all week and is questionable for Thursday. Left guard Andre Peat and center Max Unger got in limited practices Tuesday and should play.
Defensive linemen Marcus Davenport (toe), Tyeler Davison (head), and Trey Hendrickson (hand) were all limited in practice and are listed as questionable.
For Atlanta, wide receiver Calvin Ridley practiced in a limited capacity all week and should suit up Thursday.
The Falcons will face the Saints with a banged up defensive secondary. Cornerbacks Desmond Trufant (thigh) and Robert Alford (foot) joined safety Demontae Kazee on the limited practice, questionable list.
Linebackers De’Vondre Campbell and Deion Jones (foot) are also listed as questionable.
Dan Quinn works for a stable franchise with a level-headed owner, but his name started popping up in discussions about coaches on the hot seat.
There isn’t a coach in the league who wants to face the Saints right now, but Quinn needs to keep his troops engaged and playing hard to put those discussions to rest.
On the opposing sideline is someone used to being in those hot seat conversations. One could wonder if he misses them this year. So far in 2018, Sean Payton can do no wrong.
How to watch the Saints-Falcons game
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Who will win the Saints-Falcons game?
Most NFL fans wonder only if the Saints will try to top the 54 points scored by the Rams Monday or if they will take it easy on their division rivals. Atlanta fans can only hope their own offense catches fire and can keep up.