Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints - 11/28/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 8:20 PM (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
NO -280, NO -6.5
The New Orleans Saints head to Atlanta on Thanksgiving night in a game between two teams in the NFC South. In their last game, the Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers by the score of 34-31. Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 30 of 39 passes for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns against 1 interception. Latavius Murray was the Saints leading rusher as he carried the ball 7 times for 64 yards and a touchdown. Michael Thomas was the most productive New Orleans receiver on the day as he caught 10 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. The Saints defense allowed 351 total yards to the Panthers including 230 yards in the air.
With the win against Carolina, the Saints moved to 9-2 on the season and have a firm grip on 1st place in the NFC South. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrown for 1,607 yards and 11 touchdowns against 4 interceptions so far this season. Running back Alvin Kamara has been the leading rusher for New Orleans as he has carried the ball 114 times for 526 yards and 1 touchdown. Michael Thomas is the lead receiver for the Saints as he has caught 104 passes for 1,242 yards and 6 touchdowns for far this year. The Saints enter Thursday night’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Marshon Lattimore, Deonte Harris and Zach Line are all listed out.
The Atlanta Falcons welcome the New Orleans Saints to town on Thanksgiving night after losing their last game by the score of 35-22 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Ryan completed 23 of 46 passes while throwing for 271 yards and an interception. Qadree Ollison was the most productive rusher for Atlanta as he carried the ball 8 times for 20 yards and a touchdown on the day. Atlanta was led in receiving by Calvin Ridley who caught 6 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. The Atlanta defense allowed 446 total yards to the Bucs, including 313 through the air.
With the win loss against the Buccaneers, the Falcons are now 3-8 on the season and are currently in 4th place in the NFC South and will be looking to play spoiler the rest of the season. On the year, Matt Ryan, thrown for 2,934 yards while totaling 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The Falcons lead receiver is Julio Jones who has recorded 64 receptions for 950 yards and 4 touchdowns. Davonta Freeman has had another down season, carrying the ball 107 times for 371 yards without scoring a touchdown on the ground. The Falcons enter Thursday’s game pretty banged up as Devonta Freeman, John Cominsky, Austin Hooper and Kemal Ishmael are listed as out while Julio Jones is listed as questionable.
Atlanta has scored 22 points per game this season while allowing 27 points per game. Atlanta has averaged gaining 392.6 yards per game while giving up 389.1 yards per game. The Saints have scored 24.7 points per game while allowing 20.9 points per game. The Saints average 383.5 yards per game while allowing 340.3 yards per game. The Falcons won the first game between these two teams this season, beating the Saints in New Orleans by the score of 26-9. I am going to go with the Saints in this one to return the favor of the beating they took against the Falcons in their first meeting of the season. I don’t believe that Atlanta has enough talent to beat New Orleans twice this season. Saints win 35-24 and cover the spread.