|ESPN Monday Night Football Odds: Saints vs. Falcons Spread & Total|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Monday, 27 December 2010 17:30|
Saints vs. Falcons Odds
ATLANTA, GA (TheSpread) – The Atlanta Falcons can lock up home-field throughout the playoffs on Monday night when they host the New Orleans Saints at 8:30PM ET.
The Falcons are 12-2 on the season and a perfect 6-0 at home while the Saints are 10-4 on the season and 5-2 on the road. Trends show that the Saints are just 1-4 against the point spread odds in their last 5 against Atlanta while the over has hit in 5 of the last 6 games between these two teams.
Opening odds had Atlanta favored by 2.5 points and the spread held strong all week before falling back to 2 points to close out. The over/under total opened at 47.5 points and has since climbed up to 49.
Atlanta is 10-4 against the point spread odds this season and the Falcons have went over the point total in 9 of 14 games. The Falcons have won 8-straight games heading into Monday night and 8 of their 12 wins have been by 10 points or less. The Falcons need 1 win over 1 Saints loss over the next two weeks to clinch the NFC South. Atlanta averages 26.4 points per game on offense and gives up just 18.6 points per contest on defense. Matt Ryan has led the team with 3,321 yards passing and 25 touchdowns while Michael Turner has rushed for 1,256 yards and 11 scores.
The Saints are 6-8 against the point spread odds this season and they have went over the point total in 8 of 14 games. The Saints are coming off a 30-24 loss at Baltimore last week, which snapped a 6-game winning streak. The Saints need to a win to clinch a playoff spot and keep their division hopes alive. New Orleans is averaging 25.3 points per game on offense while giving up just 19.3 points per game. Drew Brees is leading the team as he has thrown for 4,122 yards and 31 touchdowns this season, but also has 19 interceptions.
In terms of injuries, New Orleans tight end David Thomas is out with a knee injury while the Falcons have no new injuries listed for this game.
Over 40,100 public bets have been placed on this game with Atlanta getting 56% of the wagers with point spread odds of -2 against New Orleans on Monday night.