Here are some pre-weekend bullets to consider going into Atlanta.
-- Will Randall Gay make it back in the lineup? Now that it's been finally revealed that Porter and Greer will both be back week 17 AT BEST, it scares me that Jenkins and McKenzie are our go-to corner. Especially after what I saw @ Washington. Hopefully Gay can get back in the mix, and soon.
-- Will Matt Ryan play for Atlanta? Michael Turner is all but ruled out, and Ryan is questionable. Some think he'll play, but with the injuries they have along the offensive line, he might be exposed. If Matt Ryan doesn't play, you have to think this game is going to be a gimme for the Saints.
-- Can Minnesota help us out and lose again? They host Cincinnati, so not impossible. This would be the perfect time for the Vikings to start losing confidence. This is about the time Brett Favre starts to have his seasonal meltdown.
-- Apparently Shockey just tweaked his hamstring. Questionable for the game. Shockey has been playing as the 4th receiver in shotgun sets with Lance Moore out, and he's allowed David Thomas to operate at fullback. It would not be good to miss him.
-- Pierre Thomas currently has 666 yards rushing and that kind of freaks me out. Please get at least 1 yard in this game, Pierre.
-- Marques Colston is 146 yards away from another 1,000 yard season. Wouldn't it be nice to see him take one game to eclipse it?
-- Roman Harper and Jonathan Vilma are currently tied for the team lead with 82 tackles. Who will be ahead after this game, and who will end the season as the team's leading tackler?
-- With 4 games left, Drew Brees' 29 TD passes is already the second most in Saints history for a season. He needs 5 more to tie his record of 34 set last year, and 6 to break it. Seems more than feasible in 4 games.
-- Mike Bell did not practice at all on Thursday. This could mean he's out. We'll see if he practices today.