Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Time: 1 p.m.
Records: Falcons (8-0, 1-0 in NFC South); Saints (3-5, 1-1).
Point Spread (Danny Sheridans odds as published in USA Today): Atlanta is favored by 2 with an over of 54.
Key Offensive Matchup: The Falcons offense might have transformed itself into a more pass-oriented and explosive one, but when you play the Saints its still best to possess the ball and keep it away from their still-potent offense especially with New Orleans having such an awful run defense. The Saints have the worst run defense in the NFL, allowing opponents 176.5 yards per game. Expect the Falcons, whose running game has improved the last few weeks since the bye and are almost averaging 100 yards per game (98.5), to make the most of that situation. For Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, who played for the Falcons for his first four seasons and was allowed to depart via free agency this past offseason, that is a particular hum...