John DeShazier's key ingredients to a Saints victory presented by Papa John's (1 Viewer)


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The New Orleans Saints enter the season finale in the Georgia Dome against Atlanta with a chance to finish the season on a three-game winning streak and with an 8-8 record, their first non-losing mark since 2013. In order to beat their NFC South Division rivals in the final regular-season game to be played in the Georgia Dome, and win their fourth road game of the season, here are a few goals to be accomplished within the game that will help:

1. For all the accolades and can, and should, be heaped on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (346 of 498 for 4,613 yards and 34 touchdowns, with seven interceptions), it’s Atlanta’s running game that gave the Saints fits in the first meeting between the teams. Atlanta ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and averaged seven yards per carry, in its 45-32 victory in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sept. 26. And Atlanta has two backs that are dual threats – Devonta Freeman has run for 983 yards and 10 touchdowns on 215 carries, and caught 49 passes for 381 yards and two scores; Tevin Coleman has 476 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 110 carries, and 28 catches for 406 yards and two scores. The Saints have done a good job of making opponents one-dimensional over the last nine games, allowing an average of 87 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. Stifling the run will help against the Falcons, too...

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