Saints vs. Falcons Prediction
Will the Saints give their biggest rivals a game today when they visit the Falcons at 4:25PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Falcons are 7.5-point home favorites versus the Saints, while the over/under currently sits at 57.5 points. Atlanta opened as a 6.5-point favorite and while the number reached as high as 8, it has been bet back down closer to the original number. The total, meanwhile, has only gone up after it hit the board at 56.
NEW ORLEANS KEY TRENDS: The Saints are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine road games, are 8-2 against the number in their last 10 divisional games, and are 7-2 at the betting window in their last 12 games overall. They're also a perfect 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games when facing an opponent with a winning home record.
ATLANTA KEY TRENDS: The Falcons are 4-0 against the spread in their last four divisional games, have covered in four of their last five games overall, and are 5-0 ATS in their last five games when facing a team with a losing record. That said, they're just 4-9 against the number in their last 13 home games and are winless at 0-4 against the spread in their last four games played in the month of January.
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OUR PREDICTION: The underdog is a perfect 6-0 against the spread in the last six meetings between these two teams and I believe that number will improve to 7-0 after today. The No. 2 seed in the NFC is on the line for the Falcons but the Saints aren't just going to hand over a first-round bye to their biggest rivals. Drew Brees and Co. will go down swinging and seeing as how these matchups between the Saints and Falcons often come down to the wire anyway, I love taking the points in this spot.
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