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Saints Continuing to Cash as Underdogs

In a week filled with meaningless games, the Atlanta Falcons will have lots to play for as they attempt to lock up the second seed in the NFC. They host the New Orleans Saints, who come into the game as an underdog and that’s just the way their backers like it as the Saints are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog.

Shark Bites
  • The Saints are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games against their division.
  • The Saints are 2-7 SU in their last nine games on the road against teams with winning records.
  • The Falcons are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games as home favorites.

The Saints have performed particularly well as an underdog vs the Falcons as they’ve gone 7-2 ATS since 2006 as an underdog against Atlanta. The Falcons had been a lousy bet as a favorite as they were on a slide of 11 straight ATS losses coming into November, but they have since gone 5-1 ATS as a favorite. Head-to-head matchups between these teams in Atlanta have favored the visitor as the Saints are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games at the Georgia Dome.

Oddsmakers are expecting lots of points as the game opened with a massive total of 56 points. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should be expecting lots of points, though, as the teams have gone UNDER in six of their last seven games in Atlanta while the Saints have gone UNDER in seven of their last 10 road games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New Orleans Saints betting odds line opened as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at Odds Shark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 56 at most shops.

Odds Shark computer NFL score prediction models picked a possible 35-17 win for the Falcons on Sunday. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Atlanta Falcons sit at 10-5 (10-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the New Orleans Saints are currently 7-8 (9-5-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Atlanta is 13-2 OU, and New Orleans is 8-7 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Atlanta vs New Orleans injuries news.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Atlanta Falcons at No. 2 and the New Orleans Saints at No. 5 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Atlanta Falcons No. 1-ranked offense (33.47 PPG) against a New Orleans Saints defense that ranks No. 30 at 27.73 PPG. The Falcons passing attack has averaged 293.47 yards per game, more than the Saints give up through the air (270.47 YPG on average).

Defensively, the New Orleans Saints feature the league's No. 2-rated road run defense, allowing 82.43 yards per game. The Atlanta Falcons, meanwhile, ranks No. 8 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their latest action on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Mark Ingram rumbled through the Tampa Bay defense for 2 TDs as New Orleans won 31-24.

The Falcons's last action saw them get a 2-TD performance from Matt Ryan as they handed Carolina a 33-16 loss at Bank of America Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • New Orleans is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games
  • New Orleans is 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New Orleans's last 10 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
  • Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home

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