New Orleans Saints key ingredients to a victory over the Falcons, presented by Papa John's (1 Viewer)

John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

It matters not one whit that the New Orleans Saints (9-1, on a nine-game winning streak) and Atlanta Falcons (4-6, two straight losses) appear to be heading in opposite directions entering a Thanksgiving night bout in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

This is an NFC South Division game. It’s a fistfight against the rival that you want to beat regardless of standings or status.

The Saints would love to create even more space between themselves and the Falcons. Atlanta would love nothing more than to be the team that ends New Orleans’ winning streak. The Saints already have beaten the Falcons once, 43-37 in overtime on a walk-off touchdown. Here are a few ways in which they can do so again:

Drew Brees is playing like the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, and the Saints’ offense is humming right now. As we continue to marvel at the efficiency of Brees – 2,964 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, one interception, 76.9 completion percentage – let’s also remember that he arguably has the best offensive line in the NFL (even without left tackle Terron Armstead), and New Orleans’ running game has been a bully since Mark Ingram’s return six games ago. Brees and the Saints’ passing game undressed Atlanta’s secondary in the first game; he completed 39 of 49 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns (he ran for two more). It won’t be headline news if they do it again – he’s having that kind of season. ...

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