Dan Quinn wants "loud and fun" crowd on Thursday night

Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints

New Orleans and Atlanta square off in the first of two meetings within the next three weeks.

The Atlanta Falcons have a big game in Week 14 versus the formidable New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football.

· The Saints are 3-2 on the road (60%).

New Orleans closes out with games against the Falcons (7-5), Jets (5-7), Falcons (7-5) and Bucs (4-8).

The Falcons have flashed some glimpses of their high-powered offense from the previous season.

Thursday night games have always brought about a greater sense of pride and competitive spirit from fans of both teams in their respective domes.

The Saints are a one-point favorite at Atlanta.

Atlanta bounced back from that defeat to win its last four games of the regular season and a division title, riding that momentum all the way to the second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. On Sunday, Kamara became only the third rookie runner to join the 600-600 club for rushing and receiving yards in a single season.

Over on the Falcons side, they're now 7-5 on the year. The Carolina Panthers in 2016 and the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, of course. New Orleans ranks 3rd in all of the league, with just under 30 points per game.

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The Saints' defensive backfield especially could have benefitted from some extra downtime.

It's still unclear if Marshon Lattimore (ankle) will play for the Saints after missing the past two games, but his presence would certainly help in this game.

Ingram and Kamara, who typically hold side-by-side press conferences (that turn into comedy routines) following games, have formed a running back tandem that keeps opposing defenses on their heels.

-RUSHING OFFENSE: A - Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara both had big games, which is becoming commonplace. In the nine wins that number jumps to 91.3. He's been one of, if not the most, effective pass-catching tailbacks in the league this season.

Atlanta countered with 83 points and 907 total yards, leading by 20 points in Game 1 and 25 points in Game 2 and winning comfortably both times, 45-32 and 38-32. He leads the team with four touchdown catches and his 11 total touchdowns are tied with Todd Gurley for the most in the NFL. The versatile duo gained over 200 combined yards from scrimmage for the fifth game in a row against Carolina. "You have to recover quicker and have a solid game plan that everybody's familiar with (that allows) guys to play fast and know their assignments". Twice a quarterback has been the player to gash Atlanta on the ground. Atlanta had a three-game win streak going, but lost in their last outing versus the Vikings.

Forget about defending their conference crown, Atlanta needs a win on Thursday if it wants a realistic shot at repeating as NFC South champions. It wouldn't surprise me to see a run-heavy clock-control game here (despite two elite QBs on the field), and I think that scenario favors the Saints.

· The Saints are a flawless 3-0 in Division play this season on both outright wins and against the point-spread. People make adjustments and things like that.

-COACHING: A - Sean Payton set the tone for the game when he chose to go on fourth-and-goal from the 2 on the first possession.

-SPECIAL TEAMS: A-minus - The botched punt and the punt recovery on the punt return were big, but Lutz's missed field goal prevented New Orleans from taking a 17-point lead in the third quarter.

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