UPDATE #2: Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is ACTIVE for tonight’s game, as he doesn’t appear on the official inactives list.
Inactives: RB Josh Vaughn, DB Kemal Ishmael, LB Omar Gaither, G Harland Gunn, OT Sean Locklear, WR Brian Robiskie, DE M. Goodman #NOvsATL
— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) November 22, 2013
UPDATE: The Saints will be without pass-catching running back Darren Sproles for tonight’s game, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Saints RB Darren Sproles is inactive.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 21, 2013
Date: November 21st, 2013
Kickoff Time: 8:25 PM ET
TV Channel: NFL Network, WUPA – Ch. 10 (Locally in Atlanta)
Radio: 94.1 FM and 790 AM (local in Atlanta), click here for local affiliate
Live Stream: NFL.com (Click here)
Tonight, the Atlanta Falcons are in one of the weirder spots imaginable for an NFL franchise. They are facing their biggest rival on national television in a game that takes place less than 12 months after the team appeared in the NFC Championship game… and the game means nothing in the standings for Atlanta.
Yes, the Falcons fell to 2-8 with a bad loss in Tampa Bay last week, but all of that is out the window as the team “plays for pride” on Thursday night. We broke this game down in full on Wednesday afternoon, but in short, the Saints are a better team with a lot more on the line. Breaking down this game from an X’s-and-O’s standpoint leads anyone to believe that the Saints will win, and it’s impossible to say otherwise.
As always, our friends in Las Vegas have weighed in on the game, and they’ve installed the Saints as anywhere from a 9.5 to 10-point favorite in the game. That’s a “wow” number for a road team on a short week, but New Orleans has earned the respect of the “experts” while the Falcons have been floundering. At any rate, it’s an indication of where public perception is on the game.
Hit us up in the comments below (used as a game thread!) and stay tuned for post-game analysis, including a full recap shortly after the game.