Watching the game a couple times, I saw mostly good things against the Saints. Here’s all the positive – Matt Ryan (besides the interception) looked better than ever. Roddy White is a man possessed. The secondary played well. We were a couple plays away from beating a team that plays very well at home.
Now for the bad news – Even with Reggie Bush, the Saints shouldn’t be able to run like that. Atlanta’s defensive line looked non-exsistent at times. Michael Boley has to make that interception in the 4th quarter, a difficult catch, but one a good linebacker makes to clinch the game. Personal preference, but I would have went on 4th and 5 with a couple minutes left. Even with the two timeouts and 2-minute warning. Your defense hasn’t stopped the run all day, the Saints’ offense was in a rhythm – field position doesn’t matter if they get a couple first downs. Besides a couple flashes by Abraham, Atlanta got little pressure on Brees. He hasn’t been sacked much, but the pressure wasn’t there.
The playoff picture is still fine for Atlanta. Dallas and Washington lost, keeping Atlanta right there. Philadelphia is a half game behind Atlanta and playing well. After Tampa Bay next week (huge game), Atlanta has Minnesota and St.Louis to close it out. Dallas has the Giants, Ravens and Eagles down the stretch. Philly has Cleveland, Washington and Dallas. They are actually the more dangerous team. The better scenario would be 1-2 from Dallas (with the win against Philly), the Eagles winning 2 of 3, putting them at 9-6-1. So two wins by Atlanta puts them at 10-6 and into the playoffs.