Key matchups for the Saints against rival Falcons

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Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton meet at the end of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton meet at the end of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Andrus Peat (75) blocks Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley (44) during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Andrus Peat (75) blocks Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley (44) during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Saints Offensive Line vs. Falcons Defensive Line

This should be one of the better matchups for the New Orleans Saints, at least in terms of the passing game. But with Armstead ruled out with an injury, the Saints line is suddenly looking much more vulnerable. If Zach Strief is in any way hobbled or has to come out of the game, the Saints will be desperately thin across the line. I expect Peat to get the start at left tackle, and Kelemente to step in at guard. It’s entirely possible that these roles are reversed too, if the Saints want to stop moving Peat around so much.

That said, Brees will need plenty of pocket space. The Falcons pass rush has been underwhelming to say the least. Second year player Vic Beasley and veteran Dwight Freeney have disappointed, and both are liabilities in the run game.

The run game is where this matchup is most important. If New Orleans can generate some push, and the Falcons are forced to play the offense, honestly it will open up the passing game. Dangerous.

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