New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - 12/7/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum throws in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - 12/7/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

We are now in the final quarter of the 2017 National Football League season.

However, the realistic approach is for Carolina to clinch one of the two wild card berths available to the two best teams not winning their division.

It will take all 11 players to limit the production of Kamara and Ingram and fortunately for the Falcons, they have all the speed on defense necessary to do just that.

Sunday's opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, are up to No. 3. Not only would a win help the Falcons' playoff chances, but a victory over the Saints would put them within striking distance of the current leaders of the NFC South. Beating the Falcons always brings us joy but when the game has real stakes? They're playing great this year. You know, a house-warmer? "I'm sure the Benz will be rocking on Thursday night". "So, its a great sense of urgency and great time management". Be sure to tune in to either NBC, the NFL Network or stream it on Amazon Prime to see the Saints take on the Falcons in Atlanta on Thursday Night Football at 8:25 p.m. ET on December 7.

With the recent implosion of the Georgia Dome, the venue is gone but the memories will last forever.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has noticed that fans would rather enjoy all the stadium amenities than be in their seats making noise.

· The Falcons are 1-3 (25%) after a loss in 2017, while the Saints are 6-2 (75%) after a win.

The Falcons finally get to debut their jerseys.

- The Saints have won three of the four times the two sides have met on a Thursday.

The rest of America doesn't understand the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons rivalry and why it's better than it has ever been.

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The Saints would be the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs if the season ended today.

"They complement each other really well", Falcons linebacker De'Vondre Campbell said. Michael Thomas is atop the New Orleans receiving corps with his 75 catches for 875 yards and three touchdowns.

His presence on the field will make a difference in some of Brees' decisions when targeting his wide receivers. Against the run, the Falcons are 18th (113 yards per game) and sixth in pass defense (allowing 208 yards per game).

Essentially, the Falcons' playoff hopes have come down to if they can beat the Saints twice.

If not, the Falcons likely will go from third-and-long to fourth-and-forever.

Minnesota held Ryan to just 173 yards passing — his lowest output since 2013 — and totally locked down his favorite target, Julio Jones.

New Orleans closes out with games against the Falcons (7-5), Jets (5-7), Falcons (7-5) and Bucs (4-8). 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. He voiced that frustration ahead of Thursday's crucial game against the Saints.

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Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant, who is a difference maker like Lattimore, has been cleared from his concussion symptoms and should play against the Saints. "We just have to own our division and just win out". Ryan threw four touchdowns. Then, in Week 17, Freeman and Coleman torched the Saints again for 236 yards from scrimmage and two scores.

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