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Saints Betting Favorites vs. Falcons for NFL Week 12 Thanksgiving Game

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Betting preview and odds
  • by Anthony Carpenter
  • December 7th, 2018
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Legal online betting odds favor the New Orleans Saints by 13 points over the Atlanta Falcons. Was it only the year before last that the Falcons almost won the Super Bowl? Like Groucho Marx said, “time flies like an arrow. And fruit flies like a banana.” The again, “almost” is the story of the Falcons’ life. And almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, as they say in the parlance of our times. Atlanta lost by just three points to the Dallas Cowboys. At least it was closer than the 16-28 loss to the Cleveland Browns the week prior. When you lose two straight games to two of the worse teams in the league, guess what that makes you. Speaking of Cleveland, the Falcons should borrow a page from the Browns’ book. By which I mean they should drop Steve Sarkisian like a bad habit.

Betting Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are a classic example of the left hand not knowing what the right one is doing. The offense is 2nd in passing yards (314.6), 6th in total yards (403.4), and 9th in points (26.3) per game. Defensively, though, only three other teams allow more points, total yards, and passing yards per game. Atlanta concedes 27.6 points, 405.2 total yards, and 284.1 passing yards per game. Maybe I’m wrong. Perhaps it’s defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel who should get the boot. As a result of this lethargic defense, the Falcons are 1-3 against the legal online sports betting spread in their last four.

Betting New Orleans Saints

Carson Wentz may be part of the Super Bowl-reigning team. However, to be the man you gotta beat the man. And right now, Drew Brees is da freakin’ man. Breesus and the Saints and all the prophets beat Philly bad. Not just bad. They beat the Eagles worse than any other Super Bowl-defending team has ever been beaten before. Brees threw for 363 yards with four TDs and no picks. Meanwhile, running back Mark Ingram had 103 yards and another two TDs on 16 carries. Even the defense clicked for a change and allowed just one touchdown. Additionally, they sacked Wentz thrice. The best part is New Orleans is not just winning, but also covering the legal online sports spread.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints NFL Week 12 Betting Preview

  • Date: November 22
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Odds from Intertops.eu:

  • Atlanta Falcons +13 (-112) 60 (-110) +506
  • New Orleans Saints -13 (-108) 60 (-110) -700

Betting Trends

  • Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta’s last 9 games
  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The Saints are 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • New Orleans is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints

It’s mind-boggling that a team with a top 10 offense – other than rushing – loses more games than it wins. But as the truism goes, bad teams find ways to lose games. And Atlanta’s way is to play abysmal defense. And even that’s no excuse. The Saints’ own defense is mediocre at best. And yet New Orleans seems nigh unbeatable. The Holy Ones have rattled off nine wins in a row and haven’t lost since Week 1. According to the best online sportsbooks, Brees and company are 9-0 ATS in that period. They even defeated the vaunted Los Angeles Rams. Unless Matt Ryan works a miracle, the Falcons don’t stand a chance on Thanksgiving. However, we all know the miracle-worker is on New Orleans’ side.