Going into Thursday nights game everyone believed that it was already in the books for the Atlanta Falcons and rightfully so.
The Saints had a 1-4 record,entering this week's game due to in large parts once again to their defense that couldn't stop a cold at this point never mind one of the leagues best offenses and one of the games best Receivers in Julio Jones but it's the saints offense that is to blame for their terrible start this season. Brees has nobody to throw too since the team traded all pro TE to the Seahawks and for a team that can't stop anyone, this has spelled disaster this season.
This week however the Saints defense and special teams helped out with an early blocked punt and three fumble recovers, two of which were inside the teams 20. That fueled the saints offense it seems with Ben Watson and Drew Brees leading the way on offense.
Brees threw for 312 yards to go along with one touchdown to
Ben Watson who had a career game with 10 catches for 127 yards. Running back Mark Ingram scored twice on 20 carries but only came up with 40 yards of offense.
The Falcons running back was far more productive with Devonta Freeman running the ball 13 times for 100 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. Freeman was also a force in the passing game grabbing 8 catches for 56 yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Julio Jones had a relatively quiet night for himself grabbing 6 passes for 93 yards while Matt Ryan threw for 295 yards and 1 Touchdown.
After years of not being able to find a competent running back the Falcons have finally found their man and not a moment too soon it seems.
This Falcons team won't obtain perfection this year but they are definitely a team to watch out for in the NFC. With the SESeahawks defense looking ordinary, division Rival Carolina Panthers playing far above their skill with nobody for Newton to threw too, the only real threats the Falcons will face this year is the Green Bay Packers and potentially the Arizona Cardinals.
It may be too early to tell how the NFC conference will play out but it's safe to say the Falcons with this offense will play their part.
New Orleans Saints - 31
Atlanta Falcons - 21