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Saints can take firm control of NFC South vs. Falcons

December 07, 2017 - 6:32 am

AP's Barry Wilner

One of the NFL's better rivalries has plenty riding on its latest installment.

Saints-Falcons tonight also is one of the better midweek matchups on this year's schedule.

New Orleans leads the NFC South at 9-3, one game in front of Carolina, which the Saints have swept, and two games in front of Atlanta, which gets two shots in three weeks at the Big Easy's team. Considering that the Saints are 3-0 in the division, they truly are in charge in the NFC South.

"We have to turn the page fast to get to New Orleans," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "We're right back into our division. It's all there for us, we know that."

New Orleans, No. 6 in the AP Pro32, is a 1-point choice over No. 11 Atlanta. The Falcons badly need this one, but they've struggled in their spanking new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Barry's Prediction: 

Atlanta's playoff chances take another hit.

SAINTS, 28-24

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