New Orleans at Atlanta
This is a tremendously important game for both teams. Atlanta would love to eat into the two-game divisional lead that New Orleans currently holds over them. A New Orleans win would deal a significant blow to their divisional rival, with the added bonus of getting to the ten-win plateau that NFC leaders Philadelphia and Minnesota already occupy. It's too bad that such an important matchup has to take place on Thursday night; the quality of this game would be so much better if the teams were to have a full week to prepare.
In a game like this, I look for small indicators of advantage. In Atlanta's favour, they played an earlier game this past Sunday, faced a tougher defence (Minnesota's) than New Orleans's, and are facing a Saints secondary that is a bit banged-up. Beyond all that, I don't think that New Orleans is as good as its record suggests.
This should be an interesting game.