New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - 12/7/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Orleans Saints (9-3) at Atlanta Falcons (7-5)
NFL Football: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons +4 -- Over/Under: 55 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Down at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons will be meeting up in NFL activity.
New Orleans enters this game with a 9-3 mark so far. The Saints fell to Los Angeles a couple of weeks back but took out Carolina in their last appearance. In that Panthers game, Saints QB Drew Brees put up 269 yards and one TD.
So far this year, Brees has 3298 yards with 17 touchdowns and five picks, and Mark Ingram leads the Saints rush on 922 yards and nine scores. Michael Thomas is atop the New Orleans receiving corps with his 75 catches for 875 yards and three touchdowns.
Over on the Falcons side, they’re currently 7-5 on the year. Atlanta had a three-game win streak going, but lost in their last outing versus the Vikings. In that Minnesota game, Atlanta QB Matt Ryan put up 173 yards on 16-of-29 passing.
This year, Ryan has amassed 3057 yards with 16 TDs and eight INTs, and Devonta Freeman has 589 yards with five touchdowns to lead the Falcons rush. Julio Jones is of course Atlanta’s top receiver with his 68 catches for 1063 yards and three TDs.
The Saints are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 versus the NFC South and 13-3- ATS in their last 16 road games. New Orleans is also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 following a straight-up win and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 versus the NFC.
Meanwhile, the Falcons are 6-1 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games in Week 14. Atlanta is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in December and 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the NFC South.
New Orleans boasts one of the hottest players in the league right now in Alvin Kamara. In that Panthers win, Kamara logged nine rushes for 60 yards and two scores, and five catches for 66 more yards. Atlanta isn’t exactly a slouch in the RB department either, as Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman make for a solid 1-2 tandem. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a run-heavy clock-control game here (despite two elite QBs on the field), and I think that scenario favors the Saints. I’ll take New Orleans to cover.