Austin Hooper not expected to do much for Falcons on Thursday night

Austin Hooper not expected to do much for Falcons on Thursday night

Austin Hooper not expected to do much for Falcons on Thursday night

Another way to look at it: If the Saints go 3-1 the rest of the way, they win the division regardless of what anybody else does.

The unique one-two punch that has driven the Saints to the top of the NFC South this season has been so brilliant that the New Orleans fan bas...

While Ingram is the Saints' leading ground gainer, Alvin Kamara has burst on the scene as one of the league's most dynamic and explosive playmakers.

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Going up on the road to play a Thursday night game is definitely tough, and going up against a divisional opponent like the Falcons is even more challenging. The Saints now hold a two-game advantage over Atlanta, and sit one game ahead of Carolina for first place in the NFC South.

Atlanta's defense has had mixed results against the run this season. CB Ken Crawley returned from an abdomen injury and played well last Sunday in a victory over Carolina. Lattimore was present for practice today and is still questionable for the Falcons game with an ankle injury. "We didn't play very well on either side of the ball".

Ingram has rushed for 922 yards and nine touchdowns this season, while Kamara has rushed for 606 and seven touchdowns. 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. It's fun to care so much about random games again isn't it?

"The thing that has really jumped out to me - it's his balance", Quinn added.

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Coming off a 14-9 loss at home to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Falcons (7-5) sit in third place in the NFC South and need a win to keep their playoff hopes intact.

Palardy came into the game among the best in the National Football League in net punting, but his mistake Sunday afternoon led to a Saints touchdown. The entire Vikings defense, and their wily old coach, did.

Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant, who is a difference maker like Lattimore, has been cleared from his concussion symptoms and should play against the Saints. I'll take New Orleans to cover. But starting left guard Andy Levitre has a partially torn triceps and may not play.

"Well, we all know it's not No. 3".

The Falcons will need to use a strong push up front from the defensive line and the linebackers swarming pitching in to help slow down the Saints' rushing attack.

"My bigger question is how the (heck) did we get into third-and-12 and third-and-17 and third-and-13", Quinn said.

While the Falcons won't have to worry about Brees picking up big gains with his legs, they will have their hands full trying to slow down Ingram and Kamara, who are basically doing what Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman did for Atlanta's offense last season.

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