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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
New Orleans9-37-529.2720.189.093-34-27-54-23-3
Atlanta7-55-724.0920.913.183-32-45-72-43-3
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
NO13.9916.59-2.6
ATL15.5115.390.12
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
NO11.0110.700.31
ATL11.529.182.34
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
NO4.954.600.35
ATL4.444.430.01
Team Records

New Orleans Saints

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall9-35-14-27-53-34-229.4220.259.17
vs Conf7-25-02-25-43-22-229.5621.897.67
vs Div1-00-01-01-00-01-034.0013.0021.00
Last 32-12-00-11-21-10-128.3326.002.33

Atlanta Falcons

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall7-53-34-25-73-32-422.8320.332.50
vs Conf6-23-13-15-33-12-226.0019.756.25
vs Div0-10-00-10-10-00-117.0020.00-3.00
Last 32-11-11-02-11-11-025.6721.674.00

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense29.42320.3313
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense248.178205.839
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense146.172103.3313
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense22.831420.2512
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense241.5015193.333
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense128.6710109.5011

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
New Orleans5-55-54-5-124.70102.104.0542.5066.82317.00419.101.70
Atlanta5-55-54-5-126.80115.405.1539.1068.80301.50416.901.10

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Jan 1, 2017NOATL32-3813234147311423234650
Sep 26, 2016ATLNO45-3221722544201153594742
Jan 3, 2016NOATL20-17673233901923274192
Oct 15, 2015ATLNO21-311502634133813043850
Dec 21, 2014ATLNO30-14813224030572713284
Sep 7, 2014NOATL34-3713933347221234455681
Nov 21, 2013NOATL17-131032713740912643551
Sep 8, 2013ATLNO17-23882793672783414191
Nov 29, 2012NOATL13-2310133543651241592831
Nov 11, 2012ATLNO27-314640845411482924401

NFL Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

New Orleans Saints

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 3, 2017CAR31-21W-5.5/47.5W/O1482524001121672790H
Nov 26, 2017LAR20-26L2.5/54L/U12322334688327415-1A
Nov 19, 2017WAS34-31W-9.5/52.5L/O1603755351563004561H
Nov 12, 2017BUF47-10W-2/48W/O298184482691291980A
Nov 5, 2017TB30-10W-7/54W/U151256407871132001H

Atlanta Falcons

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 3, 2017MIN9-14L-2/48.5L/U1021732751052073120H
Nov 26, 2017TB34-20W-10/47W/O148368516942793731H
Nov 20, 2017SEA34-31W-0/46W/O89190279136224360-1A
Nov 12, 2017DAL27-7W-3.5/49W/U132204336107126233-1H
Nov 5, 2017CAR17-20L-3/42L/U53302355201129330-1A

Weather in
AtlantaUnited States

Weather is Cloudy  49°F

Cloudy
Humidity is 55%
Wind is Northwest 4 mph
Visibility is 10.004077 mi
Pressure is N/A inHg

Forecast for Atlanta

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

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