New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - 9/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New Orleans Saints (1-1) at Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -3 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons meet in a week 3 NFC South division title in NFL action from Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The New Orleans Saints will look to build some steam after narrowly escaping with a 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns in their last outing after the Browns missed a last-second field goal that would’ve sent the game to overtime. Drew Brees has completed 81.3% of his 80 pass attempts for 682 yards and 5 touchdowns this season while Alvin Kamara leads New Orleans in rushing with 75 yards and 2 touchdowns this season. Michael Thomas leads the Saints in receiving with 269 yards on 28 catches with 3 touchdowns while the aforementioned Kamara has caught 15 passes out of the backfield for 165 yards. Defensively, Cameron Jordan has logged a pair of sacks while Demario Davis and Marcus Williams share the team lead with 8 tackles this season. As a team, New Orleans is averaging 375 yards of total offense, including the 4th-most passing yards per game with 322.5 per contest and 30.5 points per game, good for 6th in the NFL.
The Atlanta Falcons will look to build on their first win of the season coming in the form of a 31-24 win over Carolina in their last outing. Matt Ryan has thrown for 523 yards on 44 of 71 passing with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Tevin Coleman has racked up 126 rushing yards to lead the Falcons in that category, while Julio Jones leads the Falcons in receiving with 15 catches for 233 yards this season. Defensively, Brian Poole and Takkarist McKinley each have 2 sacks while Poole and De’Vondre Campbell share the team lead with 12 tackles this season. As a team, the Falcons are averaging 370.5 yards of total offense and 21.5 points per game including the 8th-most rushing yards per game this season with 122 yards per game.
New Orleans is 14-5 ATS in their last 19 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 division matchups while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NFC. Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in September while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win. The home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.
The New Orleans Saints continue to be one of the more frustrating teams in the NFL to back, as the talent is all there, but New Orleans has a hard time putting it together. I mean the defence failed to show in the opener and then the Saints barely get by the Browns in week 2. Yes, the Browns have improved, but still, it’s the Browns we’re talking about here who just got their first win in almost two years on Thursday. Atlanta is consistently solid on both sides of the ball and have played well at home while the Saints have struggled ATS within the division, so I’ll take the Falcons and lay the points on Sunday.