Thursday‌ ‌Night‌ ‌Football‌ ‌Betting‌ ‌Preview:‌ ‌New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons ‌-‌ ‌Week‌ 13

New Orleans Saints (9-2) vs. Atlanta Falcons (3-8)
Thursday, November 21st - 8:20 PM ET - Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Betting Line: New Orleans -7, Total 49

What better way to wake up from a food coma than to watch the New Orleans Saints light it up on prime time?

Drew Brees and the Saints will cap off a day of food, friends, and football with a road game versus Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons. It will be the second time this month these two teams come face-to-face on the gridiron. The last time they played, Atlanta pulled off a huge upset on the road in a 26-9 stomping of the Saints.

Since then, New Orleans has beaten Tampa Bay and Carolina. Atlanta beat Carolina and lost to Tampa Bay.

New Orleans' offense was thwarted by Atlanta's overpowering defense. Drew Brees completed 32 passes for 287 yards. He was also sacked six times and did not throw for a score. In fact, all nine of New Orleans' points came from the leg of Wil Lutz who kicked all three field goal attempts through the uprights.

Alvin Kamara carried the ball just four times for 24 yards. He caught eight passes for 50 yards. He's yet to break the century-mark this season.

Michael Thomas was the offensive star on either team. He caught a whopping 13 passes for 152 yards. Simply put, that man can't be stopped.

Fun fact: Michael Thomas has more receiving yards (1,242) and as many receptions (104) than all Philadelphia Eagles receivers combined (1,032 yards and 104 receptions).

Matt Ryan passed for 182 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in his last game against the Saints. Julio Jones caught three of nine passes for 79 yards. However, it was Austin Hooper who caught the game's only touchdown pass.

What made the difference for Atlanta was the pressure they applied to Drew Brees, who was sacked six times. Grady Jarrett recorded 2.5 sacks. Vic Beasley Jr. sacked Brees 1.5 times while De'vondre Campbell and Adrian Clayborn picked up one a piece.

The Falcons defense was even more impressive against Carolina. They picked off Kyle Allen four times and sacked him five times. They allowed major yardage to Christian McCaffrey (191), but they still held the Panthers to only three points.

They allowed 35 points to Tampa Bay last week. Chris Godwin caught seven passes for a ridiculous 184 yards and two touchdowns. It didn't help that Matt Ryan committed two turnovers.

The Saints are the real deal. I like what I saw from Atlanta against New Orleans and Carolina. They'll be at home against a team the stomped just three weeks ago. Give me the points. Atlanta +7 it is!