Game 11 Reaction: Saints vs. Falcons

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Nov 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow (55) and linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) tackle New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) for a loss during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Pierre Thomas Continues to Own Atlanta

Arguably, there was no other offensive player that looked as good as Pierre Thomas did last night. Yes, Jimmy Graham (who hint hint may be featured in this article later), had another monster game, but Pierre Thomas churned it out on the ground & catching passes.

Thomas would finished with 73 yards rushing on 10 attempts (7.3 average), and add 57 yards receiving on 5 receptions (6 targets). He did the bulk of the work, and helped the Saints rush for over 100 yards (103 actual) last night. With Darren Sproles not playing, we knew someone would have to step up, and Pierre Thomas embraced that, like he always does.

PT has had some great games over the year, and most notably games against Atlanta. On my Twitter feed, someone called him the ‘Screen King’, and I tend to agree in so many ways. Thomas has arguably benefitted the most from Sean Payton’s return. I pointed out last season that he didn’t get involved nearly enough, especially in the screen game.

Thomas is 3rd on the team with targets (62 actual) behind Jimmy Graham (99), and Marques Colston (61). For those wondering, Sproles sits at 59. At 28, PT is certainly one of those guys in a huge prime, and a tremendous asset for the Saints over the years.

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