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New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons: TV channel, live stream, play-off implications, team news and latest odds for NFL clash at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

PLAY-OFF PUSH

Saints could clinch a play-off place with a victory against the Falcons after winning nine out of their last ten. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS and Atlanta Falcons go head-t0-head on Thursday Night Football in a crucial NFC South clash. The Saints’ combination of high-octane offence and shut-outs on the road has seen them emerge as one of the NFL’s great entertainers – winning nine of their last ten matches.

 

New Orleans Saints are on the cusp of a play-off spot after a superb season

They travel to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium to face the Falcons – last year’s beaten Super Bowl finalists – who can fire themselves back into the play-off picture with a win. Quarterback Matt Ryan has struggled to find the consistency he showed last year, with his side beaten 9-14 by the Vikings last time out.

 

Matt Ryan and the Falcons were inconsolable after their Super Bowl 51 defeat

 

What time is kick-off?

THIS match will be held under the roof in the impressive new 71,000 seater Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

 

Atlanta suffered a narrow defeat to the Vikings in their last game

A SAINTS victory will give them a huge chance of qualifying from the NFC South for the first time since 2013 – but they will be relying on results elsewhere.

There are so many different permutations, but defeats for the Panthers, Cowboys, Lions and Packers will definitely see them through if they can tame the Falcons on their home turf. If they lose to Atlanta though, things get blown wide open going into the final few weeks of the season. This is a huge game.

 

Both games last season were high-scoring affairs won by the Falcons

What are the latest odds?

WITH the match showing great potential to be a shoot-out, predicting the outcome is far from straightforward.

  • Currently with Sun Bets, the Saints are a 10/11 shot to win.
  • You can get the exact same price on the Falcons – it’s that tough to call.

 

Alvin Kamara has had a stunning rookie year for the Saints

 

What is the team news?

MARK INGRAM is officially listed as questionable with a toe injury – but should suit up to partner rookie star Alvin Kamara in the backfield.

Tight end Coby Fleener was placed on injured reserve last week after yet another concussion, with Josh Hill getting the start again despite his fumble issues against the Panthers.

The Falcons have a fairly clean injury report, with Devonta Freeman set to continue as starter following his return from the concussion protocol against the Vikings.

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