Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints News & Picks
Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints Odds
|Atlanta Falcons||+6 -110||42½ -110o||+210|
|New Orleans Saints||-6 -110||42½ -110u||-250|
**Odds as of 11/01**
The Atlanta Falcons (3-4) will take on the Saints in New Orleans for a Week 8 NFC South matchup. The Falcons are coming off a 19-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, while the Saints (5-2) got a huge win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 36-27. Early NFL odds opened with Saints as the -5½-point favorite, with the point total at 43.
The Atlanta Falcons took on NFC South rival Carolina and fell after turnovers, missed tackles, and failure to keep Sam Darnold in the pocket.
After putting up 30 points against the Dolphins, the offense struggled with Matt Ryan getting sacked three times, throwing two interceptions and putting up only 13 points.
Cordarrelle Patterson continues to be the most consistent player on offense, recording his seventh touchdown along with 75 all-purpose yards. Top wide receiver Calvin Ridley missed Sunday’s game and is stepping away from the team to take care of personal issues.
The Falcons were ranked 26th on defense and got their sixth takeaway, recording a fumble on the Panthers’ first possession. Still, the defense has struggled to get any pressure in 2021 and has failed to get big stops. The Falcons were giving up 125 yards on the ground and allowed Darnold to run wild for 66 yards.
The New Orleans Saints grabbed their fifth win in an upset victory over Tom Brady and the Bucs in Week 8. Even more impressive, they did it without quarterback Jameis Winston for most of the contest. Winston could miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
The offense put together an impressive 36-point performance, with Alvin Kamara recording his fourth touchdown in three games. The Saints utilized the run game, recording 152 yards, and should lean on it more facing a weak Atlanta defense.
The defense might be the most fearsome bunch in the NFL. The defense recorded three sacks and were frustrating Brady all game long. The Saints’ defensive unit now ranks fourth in the league and second in points allowed with a minuscule 16.8 points per game.