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Thursday Night Football: Falcons Host the Saints in NFC South Action

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Falcons Open Brutal Stretch to end Season With rival Saints

The New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons clash at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday in a battle of division rivals. This Thursday Night Football matchup of bitter division rivals will be televised by NBC and the NFL Network. Kickoff is set for 8:25 pm EST.

Tonight is the first of two games against Atlanta in three weeks.

Oddsmakers opened the Falcons as -1.5-point favorites, while the game’s total opened at 55. The line now shows the Falcons as 2.5-point favorites and the total has dropped down to 51.5.

Falcons Have to Come out Aggressive on Offense

In their last action, Atlanta was a 14-9 loser at home against the Minnesota Vikings. They failed to cover the -2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (23) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

The loss to the Vikings snapped the Falcons’ three-game winning streak. The Falcons averaged 27 points in the three wins. They were held to three field goals by the Vikings’ stout defense.

Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant has been cleared from his concussion symptoms and will play against the Saints. Starting left guard Andy Levitre has a partially torn triceps and may not play.

The Falcons converted only 1-of-10 third downs against Minnesota. Many of them were long-yardage situations, and that can’t happen if the Falcons hope to beat the Saints tonight.

Saints Look to Establish the Run Against the Falcons

New Orleans won its last outing 31-21 against the Carolina Panthers on December 03. The Saints covered in that game as a -5.5-point favorite, while the 52 combined points took the game OVER the total.

The Saints have made the commitment to pound the run to control the clock. This is also allowing Drew Brees to throw when he wants to rather than when he has to.

The backfield duo of Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara has been unstoppable this year. The backs accounted for 248 yards from scrimmage against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Ingram did not practice Tuesday because of a toe injury. He is expected to play against the Falcons.

Ingram has gained 922 yards and scored nine touchdowns on 180 carries so far this season. Ingram and Kamara are simply doing what they are paid to do.  They give the Saints a much needed balance so that every game does not fall on Brees’ right shoulder.

Kamara has scored in six consecutive games. He ranks third in the NFL among running backs with 59 catches. Kamara has 1,220 total yards and 11 touchdowns this season and is averaging 8.4 yards per touch.

The Saints also may get rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore back from a sprained ankle. This would help the Saints secondary corral a potent Falcons passing attack.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
New Orleans 9-3 7-5 29.27 20.18 9.09 3-3 4-2 7-5 4-2 3-3
Atlanta 7-5 5-7 24.09 20.91 3.18 3-3 2-4 5-7 2-4 3-3
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
NO 13.99 16.59 -2.6
ATL 15.51 15.39 0.12
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
NO 11.01 10.70 0.31
ATL 11.52 9.18 2.34
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
NO 4.95 4.60 0.35
ATL 4.44 4.43 0.01
Team Records

New Orleans Saints

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-3 5-1 4-2 7-5 3-3 4-2 29.42 20.25 9.17
vs Conf 7-2 5-0 2-2 5-4 3-2 2-2 29.56 21.89 7.67
vs Div 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 34.00 13.00 21.00
Last 3 2-1 2-0 0-1 1-2 1-1 0-1 28.33 26.00 2.33

Atlanta Falcons

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-5 3-3 4-2 5-7 3-3 2-4 22.83 20.33 2.50
vs Conf 6-2 3-1 3-1 5-3 3-1 2-2 26.00 19.75 6.25
vs Div 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 17.00 20.00 -3.00
Last 3 2-1 1-1 1-0 2-1 1-1 1-0 25.67 21.67 4.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 29.42 3 20.33 13
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 248.17 8 205.83 9
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 146.17 2 103.33 13
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 22.83 14 20.25 12
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 241.50 15 193.33 3
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 128.67 10 109.50 11

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
New Orleans 5-5 5-5 4-5-1 24.70 102.10 4.05 42.50 66.82 317.00 419.10 1.70
Atlanta 5-5 5-5 4-5-1 26.80 115.40 5.15 39.10 68.80 301.50 416.90 1.10

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Jan 1, 2017 NO ATL 32-38 132 341 473 1 142 323 465 0
Sep 26, 2016 ATL NO 45-32 217 225 442 0 115 359 474 2
Jan 3, 2016 NO ATL 20-17 67 323 390 1 92 327 419 2
Oct 15, 2015 ATL NO 21-31 150 263 413 3 81 304 385 0
Dec 21, 2014 ATL NO 30-14 81 322 403 0 57 271 328 4
Sep 7, 2014 NO ATL 34-37 139 333 472 2 123 445 568 1
Nov 21, 2013 NO ATL 17-13 103 271 374 0 91 264 355 1
Sep 8, 2013 ATL NO 17-23 88 279 367 2 78 341 419 1
Nov 29, 2012 NO ATL 13-23 101 335 436 5 124 159 283 1
Nov 11, 2012 ATL NO 27-31 46 408 454 1 148 292 440 1

NFL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

New Orleans Saints

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 3, 2017 CAR 31-21 W -5.5/47.5 W/O 148 252 400 112 167 279 0 H
Nov 26, 2017 LAR 20-26 L 2.5/54 L/U 123 223 346 88 327 415 -1 A
Nov 19, 2017 WAS 34-31 W -9.5/52.5 L/O 160 375 535 156 300 456 1 H
Nov 12, 2017 BUF 47-10 W -2/48 W/O 298 184 482 69 129 198 0 A
Nov 5, 2017 TB 30-10 W -7/54 W/U 151 256 407 87 113 200 1 H

Atlanta Falcons

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 3, 2017 MIN 9-14 L -2/48.5 L/U 102 173 275 105 207 312 0 H
Nov 26, 2017 TB 34-20 W -10/47 W/O 148 368 516 94 279 373 1 H
Nov 20, 2017 SEA 34-31 W -0/46 W/O 89 190 279 136 224 360 -1 A
Nov 12, 2017 DAL 27-7 W -3.5/49 W/U 132 204 336 107 126 233 -1 H
Nov 5, 2017 CAR 17-20 L -3/42 L/U 53 302 355 201 129 330 -1 A

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Next up:
New Orleans home to New York Sunday, December 17
Atlanta at Tampa Bay Monday, December 18

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