Saints vs. Falcons 2017 picks and predictions: Experts picking New Orleans

Atlanta has lost four straight games and if NFL experts are correct the Falcons don’t have much of a chance to snap that losing streak this week against the Saints.

New Orleans is a popular pick and it goes beyond their superior record. The Saints have a talent advantage and plenty to play for this week. Not only is Carolina right on the Saints’ heels in the NFC South race, but New Orleans is chasing Seattle in the race for home-field advantage. The Saints travel to Seattle next week, and a Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys win on Thursday would set up a matchup of 10-1 Seattle and 9-2 New Orleans.

SB Nation’s NFL experts aren’t the only ones picking the Saints. All eight of CBS Sports’ NFL analysts also picked New Orleans. Most expect the Saints to win big as well, with only one of the eight taking Atlanta to cover the 7.5-point spread.

For reasons yet unexplained, the NFL cracked down big time on celebrations last year, handing out taunting flags like candy the first four weeks of the season. The backlash was massive, and only reinforced the “No Fun League’s” reputation.

As a result, the league is considering backing down from his hard-line stance on end-zone celebrations. According to ESPN, officials could have more leeway and be encouraged to warn players on celebrations, rather than flagging them outright and costing teams precious field position. The excessive celebration rule is still outdated and overly stodgy, but this is a step in the right direction towards letting players actually have fun again.

The players, men though they are, must stay boys in order to deny the danger and hurt of what they do enough to go on doing it. “All NFL players are teenage males,” the former Packers lineman and college coach Bill Curry told Premier League Cheap Jerseys Joe Posnanski last week. “I don’t care if you are 37 years old. You have to be a teenage male to play that game at that level.”

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