Watch the New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons game live online streaming by following the link at the end of this preview article. The Atlanta Falcons will look to get the 2014 season off to a good start in front of their home crowd after a disappointing 4-12 season they would desperately like to leave behind them. The New Orleans Saints return the vast majority of a team that made a strong playoff run after taking second place in the NFC South and a wildcard spot. The Saints were knocked out of last year’s playoffs by the eventual Superbowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
The New Orleans Saints look to be tough as nails on both sides of the ball again this season, as attested in this report by Fanatix. Drew Brees is in good form coming into the season, and he has a plethora of targets, with the return of star tight end Jimmy Graham and veteran receivers Kenny Stills and Marques Colston being joined by rookie Brandin Cooks. The Saints defense — and particularly their secondary — also looked strong throughout the preseason. The one question mark is who will fill the shoes of released cornerback Champ Bailey.
The Atlanta Falcons, meanwhile, have upgraded their offense and hope to see solid production from running backs Devonta Freeman and Steven Jackson and receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White. The Falcons’ offensive line continues to be a major question mark and pundits suggest that they will sink or swim based on their ability to establish their running game — something they’re not going to be able to do against solid teams like the New Orleans Saints unless the O-line steps up in a major way. The Falcons have made several key signings on the other side of the ball, shoring up a defense that was among the worst in the NFL during the 2013 season. If the defense can click, they’ll help keep Atlanta in ball games, though it’s unlikely they’ll be able to stop the better offenses right away, as this report in The Bleacher Report points out.
The Saints are likely contenders to win the NFC South this year. The Falcons will be lucky if they make it to 8-8. Still, you never know what will happen on opening day, especially with the Atlanta Falcons playing in front of their home crowd, especially with the upgrades they made in the offseason.
Fans can watch the New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons game streaming online live here starting at 1 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
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