New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Prediction and Pick: Can Saints Overcome Injury to Jameis Winston?

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons prediction and pick for Week 9's NFC South matchup. NFL handicapper Jason Radowitz gives his pick here.
Jason Radowitz
Tue, November 2, 12:47 PM EDT

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Prediction and Pick: Can Saints Overcome Injury to Jameis Winston?

The New Orleans Saints pulled off their biggest win of the season, knocking off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, 36-27. However, mid-way through the game, starting quarterback Jameis Winston tore his ACL and will now miss the remainder of the season. The Saints are now left with Trevor Siemian under center. While he played well enough to guide New Orleans to victory on Sunday, it’s hard having to trust him week in and week out. On the other hand, the Atlanta Falcons have been hot and cold all season long. While quarterback Matt Ryan has been way above average, he hasn’t been getting help from his teammates, especially with the news that star wide receiver Calvin Ridley will take some time away from the game due to personal reasons. So while the Saints lost Jameis Winston, the Falcons will be without Calvin Ridley. Which team can overcome these obstacles on Sunday, November 7?

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where To Watch: FOX

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New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons INJURY REPORT

Falcons

Out: WR Calvin Ridley (Personal)

Saints

Questionable: QB Taysom Hill (Concussion), DE Payton Turner (Calf), RB Dwayne Washington (Neck)

Out: QB Jameis Winston (Knee), G Andrus Peat (Pectoral), WR Michael Thomas (Ankle)

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Prediction

The Falcons have been an average team this year. At 3-4, their record is exactly what they are. They’ve got a fantastic quarterback in Matt Ryan, but nobody else is helping him out. The receivers were doing a solid job prior to Ridley leaving the team, but without Ridley, things are only going to get harder for the Falcons.

Meanwhile, the Saints will have to rely on Trevor Siemian, who struggled to make it on all of his former teams. He’s a back-up for a reason and went 16-for-29 in Winston’s absence against the Buccaneers with a QBR of 64.8. A full week of practice should help Siemian, but overall, he’s not going to be the answer for the Saints, even against a poor secondary in Atlanta.

Atlanta allows the same amount of yards as the Saints do per game this season. The Falcons allow under 370 yards per game while the Saints allow 360.6 yards per game. It’s more even than people want to believe. The Saints dominate against the run and have a secondary that can make plays, but they’ve missed so many tackles that have led to first downs. Those additional first downs fatigue a defense in the long run.

The Saints rarely get pressure on the quarterback, and that’s the one area where the Falcons do a bad job in. The Falcons rarely protect Matt Ryan in the pocket, but the Falcons literally have a chance to hold the Saints off Ryan a little bit in this game.

Either way, with two big offensive pieces out of this game, the under seems like the play. Neither defense has allowed big chunks of yards consistently this season, and the offense for the Saints will likely struggle without Winston. Let’s grab the under in this matchup.

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz
Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.
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