Saints at Falcons 12/7/17 - NFL Picks & Predictions
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New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
NFL: 8:25 PM EST
Dec. 07, 2017
Latest Odds : ATL -1 Total 53.5
A key NFC South showdown will take place on Thursday night, when the New Orleans Saints visit the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium to take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints have won nine of their last ten games and lead the division by one full game over Carolina. On Sunday, New Orleans looked extremely sharp during a 31-21 home victory versus the Panthers. Rookie RB Alvin Kamara totaled 126 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon.
Through twelve games, New Orleans ranks second in total offense and is averaging 29.4 points per contest. Atlanta comes into this game ranked 8th in yards allowed and giving up 20.3 points on average.
The defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons have not been as dominant as they were during their Super Bowl run, but still are in contention for the playoffs. The Falcons are two games above .500 overall and trail New Orleans by two games for the division lead. On Sunday, Atlanta was unable to get their offense going during a 14-9 home loss versus Minnesota. Devonta Freeman rushed for 74 yards on 12 carries in a losing effort for the Falcons.
For the season, Atlanta ranks 8th in total yards and is scoring at a 22.8 point clip. New Orleans counters with a defense that ranks 12th in yards allowed and gives up 20.3 points per game.
Recent Betting Trends:
Saints are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games.
Falcons are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
Over is 6-2 in Saints last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 4-1 in Falcons last 5 home games.
Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta.
Free Betting Pick: Atlanta Falcons -1
Atlanta DBs Brian Poole (back) and Desmond Trufant (concussion) did not play on Sunday and will be questionable for this contest. These two teams will meet again in two weeks and the outcomes will go a long way to determining the NFC South Champion. Take Atlanta to bounce back with a solid win at home. Final Score Prediction, Atlanta Falcons win and cover ATS 30-24.
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