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Thursday Night Football: Is Atlanta's Defense Historically Bad?

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The Falcons were one game away from the Super Bowl last season. Just 10 months later, they're one of the worst teams in the NFL.

I’ve spent all week talking about how bad the Falcons defense is, and why you should target players who face them. Seriously – all week: here, here and here. And here.

Football is driven so heavily by matchups, and each of these matchups are magnified because a season is only 16 games long. When you can pinpoint a defense – in this case, the 2013 Falcons – you’re able to not just win the individual battles in a real football game, but you can expose opportunity in pretend pigskin as well.

Tonight, the Saints have a chance to expose the biggest opportunity you can find in this year’s NFL. On one side of the field, you’ve got Drew Brees and his number two-ranked offense. On the other, you have the Falcons – a team that hasn’t been able to stop Mike Glennon, Ryan Tannehill, Geno Smith and Carson Palmer this season.

In typical Thursday Night Football fashion, this could get ugly.

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Drew Brees
QB, New Orleans Saints

Matt Ryan
QB, Atlanta Falcons

Pierre Thomas
RB, New Orleans Saints

Steven Jackson
RB, Atlanta Falcons

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