"When I look at the running backs right now with the two of them together over 90 catches, and that's a factor, you know, to know they incorporate everybody, the run game, the screens, the pass game".
But the NFC South is much more competitive this season.
With conference matchups becoming more relevant and division games affecting the landscape of the playoff race, teams are fighting for division crowns and wild card spots in hopes of continuing their season in January.
There's certainly no time to linger over a 14-9 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
The 9-3 Saints will travel to Atlanta on Thursday night for a critical divisional test against the 7-5 Falcons - the first of two games against Atlanta in three weeks - and the Saints have made the commitment to pound the run to control the clock and remain efficient, allowing Drew Brees to throw when he wants to rather than when he has to. The Saints now hold a two-game advantage over Atlanta, and sit one game ahead of Carolina for first place in the NFC South. The versatile duo gained over 200 combined yards from scrimmage for the fifth game in a row against Carolina.
"It's always tough playing New Orleans", Ryan said in an article to ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure. "I don't know how many missed tackles you can track on a player, but I'd bet he'd have one of the highest (numbers) out there". It's fun to care so much about random games again isn't it? If a Saints fan created a coffee table book filled with nothing but 28-3 jokes and pictures I'd buy it and read it to my son every night at bedtime.
Also, Atlanta's running backs and receivers are a awful matchup for the improved Saints defense.
With the recent implosion of the Georgia Dome, the venue is gone but the memories will last forever.
The Falcons host the Saints on Thursday night in a game that will have a great impact on their chances of making the playoffs and Falcons coach Dan Quinn wants a crowd that represents that urgency. That said, the Falcons will need every advantage they can get in their division showdowns with both New Orleans and the Carolina Panthers coming to visit in two of their final four games the 2017 National Football League season.
- The Saints have won three of the four times the two sides have met on a Thursday. The associated moneylines for this game are Atlanta -105 and New Orleans -105.
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As the regular season comes to an end and playoff implications continue to rise, Atlanta needs a win but the Falcons have a tall task ahead of them.
The Atlanta Falcons are holding teams to 20.33 points per game overall and have been particularly stout defensively at home (just 17.83 ppg).
Prior to the outcomes of this Sunday's (Week 13) games, one of the two predictive power rankings I like to use has the Saints at #1.
His presence on the field will make a difference in some of Brees' decisions when targeting his wide receivers.
Ingram has rushed for 922 yards and nine touchdowns this season, while Kamara has rushed for 606 and seven touchdowns. If you asked me to list why I'm a Saints fan, "Watching the Falcons lose." might be #1 on my list.
They can't let that happen against the Saints.
Against the Vikings, Atlanta went 1-for-10 on third down, Ryan finished with only 173 passing yards, while Coleman and Freeman rushed for a combined 96 yards.
The Falcons Super Bowl collapse for the ages and the Saints 2017 revival has taken this feud to an entirely different level. New Orleans is also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 following a straight-up win and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 versus the NFC. However, the Saints can't get too distracted by Jones because wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is unsafe in his own right.
Kamara's biggest play last week was converting a fourth-and-goal gamble from the Carolina 2 into a touchdown by shedding a big hit from linebacker Shaq Thompson - no easy feat - to score standing up on the first series of the game. The Panthers have already defeated both but a visit to Atlanta in Week 17 could determine the final playoff participant for the NFC South. Ryan threw four touchdowns. Jones tallied seven catches for 96 yards, while Freeman caught five passes for 81 yards.