Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints - 1/3/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints - 1/3/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints (6-9) at Atlanta Falcons (8-7)

NFL Football: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Georgia Dome)

The Line: Atlanta Falcons -4 -- Over/Under: 52 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints face off on Sunday in Atlanta as they close out their 2015 NFL seasons.

The Atlanta Falcons started the season fast and while they have an outside chance at the playoffs in is highly unlikely. The Falcons offense is averaging 21.5 points and 371.4 yards per game and they are minus six in turnover ratio. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan has completed 66.3 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Devonta Freeman leads he Falcons rushing attack with 980 yards and 11 touchdowns and Julio Jones is the top receiver with 127 catches for 1,722 yards and eight touchdowns. The Falcons defense is allowing 21.7 points and 344.8 yards per game with 15 interceptions, 19 sacks, and 11 fumble recoveries. Paul Worrilow has 87 tackles, Justin Durant has 77 tackles, and Ricardo Allen has 66 tackles. The Falcons were very close this year but just failed t close out a lot of their drives so they can only wonder.

It has been a trying season for the New Orleans Saints as they sit at 6-9 heading into their final game. The Saints offense is averaging 25.9 points and 404.7 yards per game and they are plus one in turnover ratio. New Orleans QB Drew Brees has completed 67.7 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. With Mark Ingram sidelined Tm Hightower takes over the Saints running game while Brandin Cooks is he top receiver with 79 catches and nine touchdowns. The New Orleans defense has been a sieve allowing 30.6 points and 413.4 yards per game with eight interceptions, 30 sacks, and 17 fumble recoveries. Stephone Anthony is the Saints leading tackler with 107, Kenny Vaccaro has 98 tackles, and Cameron Jordan has 9.0 sacks. The Saints average the second most yards per game in he NFL and allow the most points.

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Atlanta is 1-4 against the spread in heir last five home games, 4-1 against the spread in games after they covered the point spread, and 1-7 against the spread against the NFC. New Orleans is 4-0 against the spread against the NFC South, 1-6-1 against the spread following a win, and 35-17-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered the point spread in seven of the last eight meetings of these two and the underdog has covered in the last four meetings.

The games between these two are usually wild and tight games and getting better than a field goal my choice is the Saints here. 

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Mitch’s Pick New Orleans Saints +4

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