Saints-Falcons: Take New Orleans and points in best Thursday Night game yet
John BoellJohn Boell
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at FALCONS (10-1), 8:20 p.m.Falcons by 3 1/2; O/U: 56
TV: NFL; Radio: WFAN (660, 101.9)
Congratulations, folks. We've endured such "Terrible Thursday" games as Browns-Ravens, Cardinals-Rams, Chiefs-Chargers and Dolphins-Bills among others. Yeesh! Well, this NFC South tilt in Atlanta should be a dandy.
However, New Orleans (one of six NFC teams with 5-6 or 6-5 marks) is the only team to beat Atlanta this season and has won four straight vs. the Falcons. Drew Brees has won 11 of 13 vs. Atlanta since joining the Saints in 2006.
I think this is a field-goal game either way. So give me the more desperate team and the points. Oh yeah: If it comes down to overtime, skip the extra quarter and have tight ends Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez, both former college hoopsters, compete in a dunk-off on the goal posts.
THE PICK: Saints