November 28, 2012

NFL Week 13 Picks: Thursday Night Edition

Jimmy Graham (80) shredded the Falcons defense in week 10 to the tune of 7 catches, 146 yards and 2 touchdowns
New Orleans Saints (5-6) @ Atlanta Falcons (10-1)

One team is on top of the NFC and the other is fighting to get back to .500. Back in week 10, the roles were seemingly reversed when the Saints handed the Falcons their first loss on the backs of great performances by Jimmy Graham and Drew Brees.  This week, however, the game is in Atlanta and it is easy to see that the Falcons will be keying on the Saints explosive tight end. So the question is, can the receivers make enough plays to win the game? I'm not so sure they can. Although the Saints won the week 10 matchup, Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns.  The Saints pass defense is ranked 30th and will be exploited as it was in week 10.  These teams are very similar in terms of offensive production because they rely solely on the passing game.  The Falcons and Saints are 28th and 27th respectively in rushing, but boast top five passing attacks.  This game will be a shootout and one worthy of carving some time out of your schedule to watch.  

PREDICTION. Falcons 41, Saints 36