Sunday, 15 July, 2018

Falcons CB Desmond Trufant out off concussion protocol

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Kristopher Love | 05 December, 2017, 23:30

The Falcons can certainly use Trufant against Drew Brees and the Saints' high-powered offense.

So despite the Panthers' loss, Carolina (8-4) remains ahead of Atlanta (7-5) and in playoff position.

The Atlanta Falcons are the defending NFC Champions. If the Saints get comfortable offensively like they have been, it's going to be tough for the Falcons to keep up, as this isn't the same squad from past year.

After missing Sunday's game, Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant is out of the league's concussion protocol, head coach Dan Quinn announced on Monday. The Falcons on the season are scoring 22.8 points per game, which is 14th in the league.

The non-Panthers game of most interest to Panthers fans this week is for sure the Thursday nighter, when the Falcons host the Saints - the first of two meetings in a three-week span. After starting 0-2, the Saints won 8 straight games. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 20.3 points and 330.1 yards per game. The Saints won't be able to bring that same defensive effort to slow down Atlanta, but there's plenty of offensive firepower to run the Falcons out of the building. Ingram needs just 78 yards to reach 1,000 on the season. The Atlanta Falcons have lost three of their last five home games. Another way to look at it: If the Saints go 3-1 the rest of the way, they win the division regardless of what anybody else does. There are 7 teams battling it out for 6 spots in the NFC, and every week matters big time. Deion Jones leads the Atlanta Falcons with 96 tackles, Adrian Clayborn has eight sacks and Robert Alford has 15 pass deflections. Atlanta has a good history against divisional rivals, and that continues with a win here.

Before the Saints and Panthers squared off for the NFC South lead in the late afternoon window, the Vikings knocked off the Falcons to assure that no matter what happened in New Orleans, Atlanta would remain in third place in the division heading to the final four weeks.

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