Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Falcons

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Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls a play against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was quick. A short week means getting this to you faster!

Welcome back to another edition of Keys to the Game!

As always, we start with some weekly power rankings for the Black & Gold:

  • ESPN: #2 (Previous Week: #4) +2
  • NFL.com: #4 (Previous Week: #5) +1
  • CBS Sports:  #4 (Previous Week: #5) +1
  • Fox Sports: #4 (Previous Week: #7) +3

So, the Saints are the unanimous #4, behind the Seahawks, Broncos, and Chiefs. As I’ve said previously, these mean about as much as fantasy projections. Besides, just think if the Saints would have lost Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, it seems like it was just….wait, it was! Several short days ago, the Saints met the 49ers, but finished with a much different result than their previous two outings. Powered by a strong defensive showing, and Garrett Hartley’s leg, the Saints were able to win 23-20, to improve to 8-2.

This week, the Saints take on their most hated rival, the Atlanta Falcons. Just over two months ago, we started the season against them, and we had this feeling that it would set the tempo for the season. Well, we were right. The Saints held on to win 23-17, which finished with a huge goal line stand, as Roman Harper tipped a pass intended for Tony Gonzalez, and ended up intercepting it. Sean Payton’s return was a good one.

Since then, can we say a tale of two completely different directions? The Saints have bested their previous season record of 7-9 already, and the Falcons are nowhere near the 13-3 record from a year ago.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 7:25PM CST

Where: Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)

Tailgate Weather: Partly Cloudy | HI: 60°, LO: 43° | 0% Chance of Rain

Broadcast: NFL Network (Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan)

Watch/ListenLocal New Orleans Television (FOX 8 – WVUE) | Other Television Stations (Channel 154 – DISH, Channel 212 – DIRECTV, Channel 698 – Charter, Channel 252 – Cox Cable), Local Broadcast 105.3FM/AM870 (WWL Radio – Jim Henderson, Hokie Gajan, Kristian Garic)

Saints Uniforms: White Jerseys with Black Pants

Record & Last Game: Saints (8-2); W vs. 49ers 23-20 | Falcons (2-8); L vs. Bucs 41-28

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Topics: Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Mike Smith, NFL 2013, Rob Ryan, Sean Payton, Thursday Night Football, Week 12 Matchups: Saints Vs. Falcons

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