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2022 NFL Week 1 Saints vs. Falcons Betting Odds, Picks and Predictions

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Betting preview and odds
  • by Anthony Carpenter
  • September 2nd, 2022
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The best NFL gambling sites favor the Saints over the Falcons in their 2022 NFL season opener.

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons NFL Odds by BetUs

Saints-5½ ( -110 )42½ ( -110 )-225
Falcons+5½ ( -110 )42½ ( -110 )+185
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Betting New Orleans Saints

The Holy Ones are road favorites at the best online sportsbooks. The 2022 season will be the New Orleans Saints’ 56th in the NFL, 47th playing home games at the Caesars Superdome and first under head coach Dennis Allen.

They will be attempting to improve from their 9–8 season last year and make it back to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Long-time head coach Sean Payton retired shortly after the Saints 2021 season ended on January 25, 2022.

In his 16 seasons as head coach, Payton led the Saints to seven NFC South division titles, nine playoff appearances, and the franchise’s first and only Super Bowl championship in Super Bowl XLIV. Before his departure, Payton was the second-longest active tenured head coach in the league, behind Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. On February 8, 2022, Allen was appointed as the new head coach.

Saints Team

After they started the 2021 season 5–2, the Saints had a five game losing streak after they lost starting QB Jameis Winston to a torn ACL in Week 8 against Winston’s former team, the Tampa Bay Bucs.

They also did not improve on their 12–4 record from the previous year, and failed to win the division title for the first time since 2016. Although they won four of their last five games, the Saints missed the postseason for the first time since 2016 after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams in Week 18.

The Saints tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 7th seed in the NFC. However, they lost the tiebreaker based on the teams’ Week 11 head-to-head matchup. The team started a record 58 different players (because of injuries and COVID-19) and ranked in the bottom five in total offense.

This was the first season since 2005 without long-time QB Drew Brees. He retired on March 14, after 20 years in the league. Though he had three years left in his contract, this was also head coach Sean Payton’s last season with the Saints.

He announced his retirement from the team on January 25, 2022, following 16 years of coaching the team. Payton led the Saints to nine playoff appearances and the franchise’s first and only Super Bowl championship in Super Bowl XLIV.

Betting Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are home dogs per the best NFL gambling sites. The 2022 season is the Atlanta Falcons’ 57th in the NFL, sixth playing their home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and second under head coach Arthur Smith.

For the first time since 2007, long-time QB Matt Ryan is not be on the roster. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts on March 21, 2022. The team signed erstwhile Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders QB Marcus Mariota as their new QB on the same day. Mariota is reunited with Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, who was tight ends coach and offensive coordinator during Mariota’s time with the Titans.

Falcons Stats

The Falcons improved their 4–12 record from the previous year last season. However, they were eliminated from playoff contention for the fourth straight year after a Week 17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. It was also their last season with QB Matt Ryan. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for this season.

The team activated Deion Jones from the PUP list. Jones was sidelined throughout training camp because of an offseason shoulder surgery. The procedure was minor, but it marked another chapter in the vet’s uneasy relationship with the Falcons.

His contract is the largest impediment to the team trading him. The former Pro Bowler faces competition in Rashaan Evans and Mykal Walker. Jones has started all except two of his 85 career games in Atlanta, but minimized the possibility of returning farther down the depth chart.

“Every year, I come in and compete for my spot,” he said. “Every year, we come in and we compete for our spots. So, I’m good with it. It is what it is.” When asked about the ongoing trade speculation this offseason, Jones added, “I had no question about me being back here. I figured I was going to be back here. I was just getting my mindset ready and my body ready to come back… I’m not on social media during the offseason. But, yeah, if I would have known something, it was something serious, [head coach Arthur] Smith would have called me.”

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons NFL Pick

New Orleans Saints.