One of the better matchups in Week 13 features the Atlanta Falcons hosting the New Orleans Saints. The Atlanta Falcons look to avenge their only loss of the season, Thurs Nov 29, when they kick off Week 13 with a rematch with the NFC South-rival New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome. Let’s preview the Saints vs Falcons while I make my expert NFL Week 13 Predictions. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into Week 13 of the 2012 NFL season.
The Saints (5-6, 2-3 V) would have vaulted into sixth place – and a wild card spot – in the NFC with a win over San Francisco, in Week 12. Instead, they sit in 11th and face two more division leaders over the next two weeks. Quarterback Drew Brees extended his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 54 with three scoring tosses but also had two passes intercepted and returned for TDs. He now has 31 touchdown strikes this year, making him just the third QB in league history to reach the 30-TD plateau in five or more seasons. WR Marques Colston notched a franchise-record 56th touchdown of his career Sunday.
The Falcons (10-1, 5-0 H) would’ve had a larger win had kicker Matt Bryant not struggled. He missed a 22-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in the first half and failed to convert a 48-yarder with eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the second time in four games Bryant has missed a pair of attempts. WR Julio Jones showed no signs of injury against Tampa Bay, catching six passes for 147 yards – including an 80-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Jones had been limited in practice last week due to a sore right ankle. QB Matt Ryan has now led five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter this season and 21 during his five-year career. Running back Michael Turner capped the latest one.
Seven of the Falcons’ 10 victories have been by seven points or less. After opening the campaign with four consecutive setbacks, the Saints got back in playoff contention by winning five of their next six contests.
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Sunday, December 02, 2012@1:00 PM ET
Seattle at Chicago (OFF)
Minnesota at Green Bay (-9.5) (o/u-46.5)
San Francisco (-7) at St. Louis (o/u-40)
Arizona (+4.5) at N.Y. Jets (o/u-36.5)
Carolina (-3) at Kansas City (40.5)
Indianapolis (+4.5) at Detroit (o/u-51)
Jacksonville at Buffalo (-6) (o/u-45)
New England at Miami (+9) (o/u-51)
Houston (-4.5) at Tennessee (o/u-47)
Sunday, December 02, 2012@4:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay at Denver (-7) (o/u-50)
Sunday, December 02, 2012@4:25 PM ET
Pittsburgh at Baltimore (OFF)
Cleveland at Oakland (OFF)
Cincinnati (-1) at San Diego (o/u-45.5)
Sunday, December 02, 2012@8:20 PM ET
Philadelphia at Dallas (-9.5) (o/u-43)
Monday, December 03, 2012@8:30 PM ET
N.Y. Giants (-1) at Washington (o/u-51)