By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald
I may come to regret these words, but the New Orleans Saints appear to be catching the vulnerable Atlanta Falcons at a good time, even if Sunday’s game between these old southern rivals takes place inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Black and Gold opened as 3 1/2-point favorites and now are settled in at 3, no surprise since these games historically come down to the final seconds and that 1/2 point looms large when determining winners and losers in sports wagering.
On the field, the Falcons (1-1) enter Sunday’s early showdown less than full strength. As many as four key starters are temporarily sidelined or lost for the season due to injuries incurred during their first two games —RB Devonta Freeman, SS Keanu Neal, MLB Deion Jones, LG Andy Levitre.
That said, the Falcons are still viable on offense with quarterback Matt Ryan, backup RB Tevin Coleman, rookie WR Calvin Ridley, WR Mohamed Sanu and TE Austin Hooper, though they still remain an enigma inside the red zone. ...
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