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The New Orleans Saints became the second NFL team to hit 10 wins this season, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 31-17 on Thanksgiving Day at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Drew Brees continued to set the pace in the MVP race after throwing for 171 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Michael Thomas caught four passes for 38 yards, while Alvin Kamara amassed 98 yards from scrimmage.
Matt Ryan finished 35-of-47 for 377 yards, two touchdowns and an interception through the air for Atlanta.
Saints the Super Bowl Favorites with Defense Hitting Stride
By now, we know what to expect from the Saints offense, and Brees is in the midst of a season in which he’ll likely win his first Most Valuable Player Award. New Orleans has the playmakers to keep pace with the best teams in the league, as evidenced by the team’s Week 9 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
As we’ve seen plenty of times before, though, a high-powered offense isn’t enough on its own to get the Saints to the Super Bowl. New Orleans’ defense is doing enough to at least give the offense the support necessary to make the team the top title contender in 2018.
Larry Holder @LarryHolder
Defense actually exists in the NFL. And the Saints, yes the Saints, are showing it.
The Saints held the Falcons to 366 total yards, down from their season average of 403.4. They also forced four turnovers, with their three fumble recoveries illustrative of how their players flocked to the ball as soon as it got loose.
This wasn’t an outlier, either. In their last three games, the Saints have allowed an average of 12.7 points and 282.0 yards.
Will Brinson @WillBrinson
We’re all talking about Drew Brees, but here’s the @Saints points allowed since their bye week:
While New Orleans surrendered 35 points and 483 yards to the Rams, that game still showed why the Saints might be best positioned for Super Bowl LIII. Between the Saints, Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans arguably has the toughest defense of the bunch.
Throw in Brees and the offense, and the Saints check all of the boxes.
Especially if the Saints can clinch home-field advantage and avoid a potential NFC Championship Game in Los Angeles or Chicago, New Orleans deserves to climb to the top of the NFL power rankings.
The Saints hit the road in Week 13 for a Nov. 29 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. The Falcons head back home to play the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 2.