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Saints look to clinch NFC South on Thanksgiving

The Saints can clinch their division with a win over the Falcons on Thanksgiving and if they run the table, they have the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

 New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas warms up before playing against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Saints head to Atlanta needing a win to clinch the NFC South with four games remaining. They’ll also look to exact a little revenge after the Falcons went into New Orleans in Week 10, stomping them convincingly 26-9.

There isn’t much drama for the Saints in their division, but the NFC is tight with the 49ers at 10-1, Seahawks 9-2, Saints 9-2, Packers 8-3, and Vikings 8-3. The 49ers have the inside track on home-field advantage, but they also have a tough schedule. This race is up for grabs to a team that can go on a run to end the season.

After the Falcons, the Saints schedule isn’t a cakewalk — vs. 49ers, vs. Colts, @Titans, @Panthers. As long as they can handle their business against the Falcons, which isn’t a given, they then take on the NFC leaders at home. Drew Brees usually plays better in the home dome, so scheduling helped out there, but the Colts, Titans, and Panthers all have it in them to put up a fight. If the Saints come out of this stretch undefeated, they’re your No. 1 seed in the playoffs and favorites out of the NFC.

To Make the Playoffs

Saints: Off the board

Division winner

Saints: -10000 to win NFC South (Panthers next at +2500)

NFC Champ

Saints: +225

Super Bowl Champ

Saints: +550