Saints at Falcons

8:30, Georgia Dome, Atlanta.




Saints by 31/2.



The skinny:

New Orleans (5-7), coming off a devastating loss to division rival Tampa Bay, probably needs to win its last four games to reach the postseason for the second straight year. But the Saints won't have running back Reggie Bush tonight, who has a torn knee ligament. Jamaal Branch, Aaron Stecker and free-agent rookie Pierre Thomas will split the carries.

Atlanta (3-9) will turn to its third starting quarterback of the post-Michael Vick era, benching Joey Harrington again in favor of Chris Redman, who played well in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at St. Louis. Redman, who will be making his first start since 2002, threw two touchdown passes, but those came with the Rams far ahead. The Falcons rank 26th in total yards and next-to-last in scoring.

- Inquirer wire services