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The Falcoholic Dec 25, 2017
Falcons - Saints recap: No bangs, many whimpers

Falcons - Saints recap: No bangs, many whimpers

It was a game effort by the defense, and something else entirely by the offense. The Atlanta Falcons had too much talent coming into this year to be a bad team, and they haven’t been. But despite their record, and despite a handful of impressive wins, they have been a deeply disappointing team at times, a collection of talent turned inert by piles upon piles of mistakes. I kept thinking Atlanta would ease out of their bad habits, but then when it became apparent that would not happen, I embraced the possibility that they would just need to win ugly. When you play ugly and don’t win,...
The Falcoholic Dec 24, 2017
Falcons 13 - Saints 23 final score: Atlanta disappoints in New Orleans

Falcons 13 - Saints 23 final score: Atlanta disappoints in New Orleans

Undone by poor play and penalties, Atlanta’s season will now come down to Week 17. There are two truths about this football game. The first is this: The Falcons got outplayed by the Saints, who were defensively excellent and good enough offensively. They would likely have lost this game no matter what, as they were simply outplayed. The second truth is this: The Falcons got worked over by the officiating crew in much the same way the Saints got worked over two weeks ago. As is so often the case, it’s funny when it happens to someone else, and it’s not funny when it happens to you....
The Falcoholic Dec 24, 2017
Falcons-Saints post-game injury report: Levine Toilolo suffers knee injury

Falcons-Saints post-game injury report: Levine Toilolo suffers knee injury

Fact: Levine Toilolo makes a delicious, homemade mango chutney The Atlanta Falcons put themselves in a precarious position today. Because they fell to the New Orleans Saints, they are now staring down a must-win game against the Carolina Panthers next weekend. That game will likely be flexed to primetime, given its playoff implications. Let’s break down today’s injuries. Levine Toilolo got knocked out of the game with a knee injury early in the second half. Eric Saubert was inactive today, and Steve Sarkisian loves his two tight end sets, so losing Toilolo wasn’t ideal as the...
The Falcoholic Dec 24, 2017
Falcons vs. Saints Week 16 open thread, live tracker, and key info

Falcons vs. Saints Week 16 open thread, live tracker, and key info

It’s time for arguably the biggest game of the year. Will the Falcons give us a present? The Atlanta Falcons need only to win this game to make the playoffs, hold a tiebreaker over the hated Saints, and keep their hopes of winning the NFC South alive. For all those reasons and more, this is the biggest game of the year thus far, one the Falcons should not lack for motivation in whatsoever. Standing in the way is that Saints team, which took the Falcons almost to the wire last time around and figure to fare much better at home with a healthier squad. Atlanta will need to be at the top of...
The Falcoholic Dec 24, 2017
Final score predictions for Falcons - Saints in Week 16

Final score predictions for Falcons - Saints in Week 16

Our writers and editors are distinctly mixed in their predictions. Eric Robinson Falcons 28 - Saints 24 A few weeks back, I stated on the The Falcoholic postgame podcast that the Falcons will lose to the Vikings and win out to capture the NFC South title and elbow their way into the playoffs. I stand by that even with their play the past couple of weeks. The Falcons know what is at stake and they are aware of their issues they need to improve upon. Luckily for them, the run game has been a force for the past few games and a top Saints run defender (Kenny Vaccaro) is ruled out due to...
The Falcoholic Dec 24, 2017
The Falcons fan rooting guide for Week 16

The Falcons fan rooting guide for Week 16

Go Buccaneers. As always, you want to know what can break the Falcons’ way today, playoff-wise. As always, we’ve got you covered. Here’s your complete rooting guide to today’s games, except for the Falcons-Saints game, because I assume I don’t have to tell you who to root for in that one. By the end of today, Atlanta will hopefully be in the playoffs, thus taking a lot of the suspense out of Week 17. We could all do with less suspense. Rams vs. Titans At this point, rooting for the best possible seeding just makes sense, should Atlanta hold up their end of the bargain. The...
The Falcoholic Dec 24, 2017
Falcons vs. Saints Week 16 channel, odds, announcers, gametime and more

Falcons vs. Saints Week 16 channel, odds, announcers, gametime and more

Get the skinny on this critical matchup between two bitter rivals. By virtue of the short week and the run-up to the Christmas holiday, both Falcons-Saints games haven’t been quite the acid bath of fan venom we’re used to seeing. It shouldn’t be that way, of course, given that both of these teams are legitimate contenders and in prime position to make the postseason, potentially setting up a third matchup between the two. The last (and only) time the Falcons and Saints met in the playoffs, Atlanta dispatched them way back in 1991, the very beginning of my Falcons fandom. If the trash...
The Falcoholic Dec 23, 2017
SBN experts almost unanimously pick Saints win over Falcons

SBN experts almost unanimously pick Saints win over Falcons

We looked at the Vegas odds and expert picks, and not many are confident the Atlanta Falcons can pull out this win. We usually take a glance at the Vegas odds before games, and it seems like the Falcons hate obeying Vegas. This week, the spread has shifted to the Saints as a 5.5 point favorite. yawn That really only secures my belief that the Falcons will be eating a W tomorrow. A little more distressing is most experts like the New Orleans Saints at home. Do they not know about Deion Jones? Lets look at SB Nation’s picks, which are the very best in the NFL per our very specific blogging...
The Falcoholic Dec 23, 2017
Top Saints receiver Michael Thomas now questionable for tomorrow’s Falcons game

Top Saints receiver Michael Thomas now questionable for tomorrow’s Falcons game

It’s an unexpected addition that could change the complexion of the game. The Atlanta Falcons are going to need to play crisp football to beat the Saints, and any help they can get from the Saints via turnovers or ineffective play would be most welcome. Few things the Saints could do on the field would have the impact of this news, though, if it turns out to be something meaningful. Michael Thomas is the Saints’ best receiver, yes, but he’s also one of the few Saints who has been effective against the Falcons in every one of his starts thus far. He’s the most dangerous player they...
The Falcoholic Dec 23, 2017
Ben Garland’s strong starts mean the Falcons don’t have to rush Andy Levitre back

Ben Garland’s strong starts mean the Falcons don’t have to rush Andy Levitre back

The journeyman has arrived. When Ben Garland first took over for an injured Andy Levitre, I was a bit concerned about how that would go. We know from his limited stints with the starters that Garland is a capable enough guard, but starting for Levitre, who has been genuinely good this year, seemed like a tough challenge. Fortunately for the Falcons, Garland held up pretty well against the Saints and very well against the Buccaneers, grading out as the best guard in Week 15 per Pro Football Focus. Also, he’s a very charitable fellow. Help me win 25,000 dollars for my charity by...
The Falcoholic Dec 23, 2017
One reason to feel confident, one reason to be concerned about Falcons - Saints Week 16

One reason to feel confident, one reason to be concerned about Falcons - Saints Week 16

There’s plenty to worry about. There were, before this season began, three games that legitimately worried me. The first was the Vikings game at home, a game the Falcons ultimately lost. The second was the Panthers game on the road, which the Falcons ultimately lost. And the third was the Seahawks game on the road, which the Falcons ultimately won. The Saints were not even on my radar. I thought Atlanta might lose their road game against New Orleans—that’s a possibility even in a down year—but I did not see the addition of Alvin Kamara and a few pieces on defense catapulting this...
The Falcoholic Dec 22, 2017
Kenny Vaccaro is on injured reserve as the Saints gear up for the Falcons

Kenny Vaccaro is on injured reserve as the Saints gear up for the Falcons

It’s another loss for New Orleans. Injuries defined the game the last time the Falcons and Saints played, and it appears that they may well play a role again on Sunday. That’s because the Saints were forced to put safety Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve. Vaccaro has had an up-and-down career for New Orleans and is not a lock to return to the team when his contract expires at the end of the season, but he was having arguably the best season of his career, though it was marred by injury. He was one of the many players knocked out of the Falcons-Saints game last time around, and now...
The Falcoholic Dec 22, 2017
Falcons vs. Saints: Fascinating Four for Week 16

Falcons vs. Saints: Fascinating Four for Week 16

Can the Falcons ensure their place in the playoffs and move one step closer towards challenging for the division crown? For the third time this season, the Falcons are on the verge of going on a three-game winning streak. It’s been a wild year for Dan Quinn’s squad. As frustrating as they have been, their perseverance must be acknowledged. Not many teams can recover from losing four out of five games in the middle of the season. To win five out of their last six games vindicates what Quinn has been talking about for the past two years. This is a resilient group of players. That will...
The Falcoholic Dec 22, 2017
What you need to know to watch Falcons - Saints in Week 16

What you need to know to watch Falcons - Saints in Week 16

The skinny on the year’s most critical matchup yet. Every week is vital this late in the year, especially with Atlanta needing just one more win to make the playoffs. Even if there was nothing at stake, though, this one would still feel important. That’s because it’s a game against the Saints, a team most of us (and most of the actual Falcons team) loathes. New Orleans did a number on the Falcons during the Mike Smith years and currently lead the NFC South, meaning the road to the playoffs and the division quite literally runs through them. Pair that with the ugliness of both these...