The Falcons had a golden opportunity to get above .500 with a win over the Panthers last week. Instead, they fell 19-13 and are 3-4 on the season. Atlanta has been without top WR Calvin Ridley, who is away from the team due to personal reasons. Without Ridley, QB Matt Ryan has relied on rookie TE Kyle Pitts, who wasn’t able to get anything going against Carolina. Pitts had back-to-back 100+ yard games prior to Week 8 and will look to get into the end zone more often. The rookie only has 1 TD this season.
The Saints pulled off an improbable win over the Buccaneers in Week 8 after QB Jameis Winston went down. He’s out for the season with a torn ACL. So the team will turn to QB Trevor Siemian against the Falcons this week. Siemian had 159 yard and a TD to help the Saints beat the Bucs. Atlanta will be an easier matchup on paper, but Siemian will have to be able to move the offense, not just hand the ball to Alvin Kamara 20+ times.
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