2012 NFL Week 13 Thursday Night Pick – FootballThursday, November 29, 2012 23:07
Thursday night game pick and analysis for the 2012 NFL season Week 13.
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NFL Week 13
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons -3
If nothing else, this Thursday Nighter should be interesting because of this little ditty by Falcon’s receiver, Roddy White, who caught seven passes for 114 yards in a November 11 nail biter against the Holy Men:
“It’s not like they came out here and won a game,” …”I think we kind of gave it to them.”
The Saints/Falcons rivalry is fast becoming one of the NFC’s most intense. Both squads are talented where they need to be with great quarterbacks–and significant flaws defensively–which is why the total for the game is 55 and still seems low.
These divisional rivalries in which both teams know each other so well–and need to beat each other so badly–don’t need any material for the locker room bulletin board for motivation.
With a win, the Saints make a huge statement to the rest of the league as to their playoff prospects. With a loss the Anointed Ones will be watching the playoffs from home.
New Orleans goes into this one as the more desperate team.
The Falcons need this win to announce themselves as the “real deal” in the NFC because they want to erase the “playoff loser” reputation they’ve earned in the last five years. Gnawing at their brains is the knowledge only a deep playoff run will accomplish that mission.
This game just might not be as important to the Falcons.
However, Roddy White may be correct about the last game these rivals played. In three trips to the red zone in which the Birds of Prey didn’t score a touchdown, they managed just 6 points, culminating in a failed 4th down pass that the Saint’s Jabari Greer broke up in the end zone with a 1:30 on the clock.
Atlanta is the better team, better defensively, I mean. They are at home, and won’t let the Saints’ defense beat them again.
Give New Orleans the field goal–it won’t be enough.
FALCONS 38, SAINTS 24
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