written by JJ Zachariason on Nov 21st, 2013
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Thursday Night Football: Is Atlanta's Defense Historically Bad?

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.

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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, Washington Redskins

Steven Jackson
RB, New England Patriots

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