Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Matchup Preview 11/10/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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The (1-7) Falcons travel to the Superdome to take on the (7-1) Saints. This divisional rivalry is not much of a rivalry this season with how the Falcons’ season has gone. The Falcons sit in last place in the NFC South. The Falcons showed they are focusing more on the future when they traded away WR Mohammed Sanu to the Patriots for a second-round draft pick. They have the personnel to ruin some playoff hopes down the stretch with Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, and Austin Hooper. They are never an easy win despite their record. The Saints have had a much better season. The problem with the Falcons is how many points they allow per game. It is hard to win when you average 31.2 points against per game. The Saints’ defense has been far more successful in stopping teams with just 19.5 points against per game. Their only loss came when Drew Brees left the game with an injury. While Brees was out, Teddy Bridgewater was able to lead them on a 5-game win streak. When Alvin Kamara was out, Latavious Murray stepped up and filled the hole. Especially at home, the Saints should be able to role past the Falcons this week. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA
Coverage: FOX

Injury Report

Atlanta Falcons: G James Carpenter (Q), RB Ito Smith (Q), QB Matt Ryan (Q), CB Desmond Trufant (Q), DE John Cominsky (Q)
New Orleans Saints: TE Jared Cook (Q), WR Tre’Quan Smith (Q), CB Patrick Robinson (Q), RB Alvin Kamara (Q)

Atlanta Falcons Analysis

Atlanta FalconsThe Falcons were not a team that I would imagine to start the season 1-7 but here they are. Throughout the season, their defense has allowed too much per game to give their offense a chance. They have never had a game where they let up less than 20 points. Over their last four games, they have allowed just under 38 points per game. It is impossible to expect to win a game when that is what you have to overcome each week. They are coming off their bye week, so they had time to make adjustments for the Saints.

The Falcons have mainly relied on the passing game all season which plays well against the Saints. The Saints have one of the best run defenses in the league with more holes in their pass coverage. Last week was the first start for Matt Schaub this season in replacement for Matt Ryan. Schaub threw for 460 yards and a touchdown while the Falcons only had 69 rushing yards. With the Saints only allowing 84.2 rushing yards per game, they will need to turn to the pass again. The Falcons’ defense will be the real reason for any success. If they can hold the Saints to around 20 points, it will at least give the offense a chance to win.

Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart

QB: Matt Ryan
RB1: Devonta Freeman
RB2: Ito Smith
WR1: Julio Jones
WR2: Calvin Ridley
WR3: Russell Gage
TE: Austin Hooper

New Orleans Saints Analysis

New Orleans SaintsThe Saints have overcome two big injuries and still sit pretty with a 7-1 record. Drew Brees is back and Alvin Kamara should be ready to be back and resting from their bye week. In their last game, they took down the Cardinals easily. Drew Brees threw for 373 yards with 3 touchdowns and Latavious Murray ran for 102 yards with a touchdown. The return of Kamara would only increase these numbers.

The Falcons have one of the worst defenses in the NFL both in rushing and passing. A mix of both this week will do wonders for the Saints. With the third-highest points against average per game, the Saints should have no problem scoring. Having a running back like Alvin Kamara who is both a threat on the ground and threw the air will be extremely valuable to them. The Falcons won’t be able to control that kind of player.

New Orleans Saints Depth Chart

QB: Drew Brees
RB1: Alvin Kamara
RB2: Latavius Murray
WR1: Michael Thomas
WR2: Ted Ginn
WR3: Austin Carr
TE: Jared Cook

Daily Fantasy: Lights, Kamara, Action

With the Falcons’ defense allowing over 30 points per game, they have to be allocated somewhere to the Saints. The Saints have the ability to put up those kinds of numbers this week, and I think Kamara will be a huge reason for it. He has sat the last two games after leaving Week 6. He has had a bye week to further rest up for his return which should be a huge one. Kamara is not the type of player that would get limited touches, especially against a team like the Falcons. His ability to be a threat both on the ground and through the air will be huge this week in finding the endzone. The only worry would be Latavious Murray taking part of his workload due to his recent success in taking over for Kamara, but Kamara will still be the main back.

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