New Orleans lead over Carolina
The New Orleans Saints are on the road this Thursday as they make their first visit to take on the Falcons at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Winners of eight in a row before falling to the Los Angeles Rams in Southern California, the Saints bounced this past weekend with a potentially crucial victory over the Carolina Panthers. The victory gave New Orleans a one game lead over the Panthers in the NFC South, but much more importantly completed a season-sweep over Carolina to give the Saints the tiebreaker if needed.
With just four games left in the regular campaign an effective two game lead is a massive advantage for a New Orleans side that is making one last major run with quarterback Drew Brees under center.
The 38-year old signal caller is third in the league in passing yards behind Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions, but seems unlikely to lead the league for the first time since Peyton Manning did so in 2013.
The Saints must play the Falcons twice in the remaining four games of the campaign and with Atlanta two games back in the Division New Orleans cannot afford to be complacent.
The Falcons currently sit outside the postseason places in the NFC behind the Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks for a Wild Card place. However Atlanta does control its own destiny as they look to get back to the playoffs after falling to the Patriots in the Super Bowl last season.
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