Hebert: Saints feasting on Falcons was no surprise

The Cajun Cannon's thoughts after the Saints 31-17 win

Seth Dunlap
November 23, 2018 - 3:06 am

Saintsgiving did indeed turn into a celebration for the home fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after the Saints 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

With the Saints heavy 12.5 point favorites heading into the game, it was a result many expected.   New Orleans (10-1) now sits atop the NFC standings while Atlanta (4-7) was essentially eliminated from the playoff chase.

"I came into the game saying hell yea we should sweep them." former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert said after the game during The Point After show on the Saints Radio Network.   "The Falcons were down.  You've got to kick them when they're down, step on their neck.  However you describe it.  Nail in the coffin."

Those sports books who installed the Saints as nearly two-touchdown favorites look prescient, although they thought their clash with the usually high flying Falcons would be more high scoring.

"I said the Saints are going to beat the Falcons.  I was looking at more 38-27, but I think Vegas was pretty spot on (with their point spread)," Hebert said.

The Saints offense was uncharacteristically stagnant throughout most of the game, totaling just 312 yards and getting out-gained by Atlanta who tallied 366 yards of total offense.  That kept the New Orleans defense on the field longer than they've been used to this season.  It didn't matter, as the Saints defense forced four turnovers, including two critical takeaway's inside their own 10 yard line.  

While they struggled to move the ball, the Saints offense did limit their own turnovers, giving it away just once on what likely should have been a pass interference penalty on a Drew Brees interception.  That gave the Saints a plus-three turnover margin, making the game more lopsided than it could have been otherwise.

"No way in hell any team in the NFL if you're plus three (turnovers) there's no way you should lose," Hebert stated after the game.  

In the end it's the Saints marching towards another NFC South division title while the Falcons will likely find themselves watching the playoffs at home in January for the second time in four years.

Listen to Bobby Hebert's full post-game commentary in the podcast below, or by clicking here.

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