Line: Saints -3

This contest features two of the most dynamic offenses in the National Football League. Drew Brees leads an all around Saints offense that has dominated the NFL thus far this decade. They also welcome back their head Coach, Sean Payton, after he was suspended last season for the Bountygate scandal. The Falcons are led by quarterback Matt Ryan who had the best season of his career in 2012. Both teams should provide the most exciting game of week 1.

The Saints are a pass heavy team that features a variety of wide receivers led by Marques Colston and Lance Moore who provide constant threats on the outside and both are capable of catching the deep pass. They have the most productive tight end in the NFL in Jimmy Graham. He is a dominant force that is too big for corners and too fast for safeties. He is too tall and his hands are superior regardless as to who tries to defend him. He can dominate the middle of the field. They should also expect a strong contribution from their running back by committee. Pierre Thomas is listed as the starter and is the most well rounded of the running backs. He is capable of running between the tackles, breaking a big run off the edge, and catching passes out of the backfield. Darren Sproles is the speed back who catches many balls out of the backfield and is a home run threat every time he touches the ball. The back with the most promise is Mark Ingram. He is strong at the line of scrimmage and rarely taken down by the first tackler. It is possible he could take over and become the top RB in a crowded group.

The Falcons have the best 1-2 punch at wide receiver in the league in Julio Jones and Roddy White. Both are dominant receivers that play on the outside and are among the elite in the league. Ryan will spend plenty of time driving opposing defenses crazy throwing to these two studs. After initially saying he was going to retire, Tony Gonzalez decided to come back for one last season. His play has never showed any sign of a drop off and he remains one of the top 5 Tight Ends in the NFL. The passing game has plenty of proven weapons. When you combine that with the free agent signing of RB Steven Jackson you have the potential for an elite offense. It remains to be seen if Jackson has any gas left in the tank. If he is healthy and ready he is one of the best running backs in the game.

This should be a high scoring game. Both teams are built on their offenses. The SuperDome is an incredibly difficult place to play and the Saints should be fired up by the return of their coach

Pick: Saints -3

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