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New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons 12/6/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The New Orleans Saints visit the Atlanta Falcons on 12/6/2020 at 1:00PM.

New Orleans and Atlanta face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. New Orleans has a record of 9-2 this season. Atlanta is 4-7 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

New Orleans Team Defense Preview

New Orleans faces 5.7 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 26.7 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 1.93 points per drive. 35.9% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 12.8% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 26.5 yard line, they usually take up 2:40 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 86.1 and on 3.6% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. New Orleans has forced a sack rate of 8.3% this season.

We will get more situational with New Orleans and examine various situations. They have faced 145 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 57 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 39.3%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 19 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 11 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 57.9%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 29 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 21 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 72.4%.

New Orleans Team Offense Preview

New Orleans has 6.2 plays per drive, this offense averages 33.7 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.66 points per drive. 47.5% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 8.3% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 33.0 and these drives typically last 3:01.

5.1% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by New Orleans and on 1.1% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. New Orleans has given up 19 sacks this season and there were 124 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 4.3 yards per carry and for 134.7 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 21 times this season.

Examining New Orleans in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 145 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 68 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 46.9%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 9 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 6 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 66.7%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 47 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 32 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 68.1%.

Atlanta Team Defense Preview

Atlanta yields 5.8 plays per drive, this defense gives up 35.3 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.31 points per offensive possession. On 41.0% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 13.1% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 27.9 yard line, they typically last 2:34.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 102.5 and 1.9% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Atlanta has caused a sack rate of 5.1% this season.

Examining Atlanta in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 129 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 48 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 37.2%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 18 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 7 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 38.9%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 35 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 25 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 71.4%.

Atlanta Team Offense Preview

Atlanta has run 6.4 plays per drive and they generate 33.2 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.36 points per drive. On 47.6% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 8.9% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 29.6 yard line, they usually take up 2:48 of time.

On 4.0% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 1.9% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Atlanta has yielded 28 sacks this season and this has resulted in 178 yards lost.

Atlanta rushed for 3.7 yards per carry and for 103.5 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 7 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Atlanta and examine various situations. They have had 155 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 64 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 41.3%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 20 fourth down attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 12 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 60.0%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 40 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 21 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 52.5%.

The New Orleans Roster

The Players to Watch for New Orleans

Taysom Hill QB 6-2 221

This season, Taysom Hill has put up 397 yards and 0 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 88.9thus far this season. Taysom Hill has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Taysom Hill has 279 rushing yards, which puts him in the 86.05 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 54 times this season, which puts him in the 86.05 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 5 rushing touchdowns this season.

Alvin Kamara RB 5-10 215

This season, Alvin Kamara has 585 rushing yards on 128 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 8 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Alvin Kamara picked up 646 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 68 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Emmanuel Sanders WR 5-11 180

This season, Emmanuel Sanders picked up 417 yards. He caught the ball 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

David Onyemata DT 6-4 300

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for New Orleans, David Onyemata has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 5 times this season, which put him in the 94.16 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Cameron Jordan DE 6-4 287

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for New Orleans, Cameron Jordan has 26 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 85.53 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson SS 5-11 210

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for New Orleans, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson had 44 tackles which puts him in the 75.84 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 56.41 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Marshon Lattimore CB 6-0 192

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for New Orleans, Marshon Lattimore had 36 tackles which puts him in the 80.51 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Marshon Lattimore as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 60.0 percentile among Corners this season.

The Atlanta Roster

The Players to Watch for Atlanta

Matt Ryan QB 6-4 217

This season, Matt Ryan has put up 3163 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown 8 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 92.5thus far this season. Matt Ryan has thrown 8 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Matt Ryan has 73 rushing yards, which puts him in the 48.84 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 23 times this season, which puts him in the 58.14 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1 rushing touchdowns this season.

Todd Gurley RB 6-1 224

This season, Todd Gurley has 610 rushing yards on 167 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 9 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Todd Gurley picked up 82 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 16 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Calvin Ridley WR 6-1 190

This season, Calvin Ridley picked up 797 yards. He caught the ball 54 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 7 receiving touchdowns this season.

Grady Jarrett DT 6-0 305

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Atlanta, Grady Jarrett has 19 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 3 times this season, which put him in the 85.71 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0.0 fumbles this season.

Steven Means DE 6-3 263

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Atlanta, Steven Means has 17 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 23.03 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 1.0 fumbles this season.

Keanu Neal FS 6-1 216

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Atlanta, Keanu Neal had 52 tackles which puts him in the 94.38 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Keanu Neal as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 21.15 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Isaiah Oliver CB 6-0 210

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Atlanta, Isaiah Oliver had 33 tackles which puts him in the 74.58 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Isaiah Oliver as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 22.27 percentile among Corners this season.

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: New Orleans Saints 26 Atlanta Falcons 25

Spread Pick: Atlanta +3 -117 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: New Orleans -140 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 45.5 -116 Pinnacle Sports