The NFC South has been heating up to be one of the best divisions of the NFL. With Tampa and New Orleans leading the charge, these teams are all scary good.
We got a battle of one of the best rivalries in the sport, with the New Orleans Saints taking on the Atlanta Falcons. This Saints team has not been without struggles this season. Most recently, they lost Drew Brees to injury, and Taysom Hill has filled in at quarterback.
Atlanta has struggled this season, but they still boast some of the best offensive weapons in the NFL. This should be a fun one, so let’s break down the matchup and help you determine your best bets.
Atlanta Falcons Betting Preview: A Season of Turmoil
If you could say one word to sum up the Atlanta Falcons season, it would be injuries. Adding a premier running back in Todd Gurley seemed like a recipe for success, but his health, along with others, has made it near impossible,
This Atlanta possesses at least three All-Pro players on the offensive side of the ball in Gurley, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley. Ridley has been the biggest surprise of the season, overtaking Jones as the number one wide receiver.
This has mostly been due to the injury bug that has gone around Atlanta’s team, but Julio Jones is still a top tier wide receiver. Without many highlights on this roster, otherwise, it will be a long couple of weeks to end the season for Atlanta.
New Orleans Saints Betting Preview: Does Taysom Hill Work at Quarterback?
When the Saints signed Jameis Winston this past off-season, it seemed like a shoo-in that he would take the reins once Brees could no longer go. Well, that moment came, and Sean Payton decided to go with Taysom Hill at quarterback. Hill, who had previously been running at tight end, has now started their last two games.
In those two games, he has notched two victories and scored five touchdowns (one passing and four rushing).
With a top-tier defense and blue-chippers all over the field, this Saints team is a force to be reckoned with in the NFC. They will come into this game against Atlanta as a dominant 9-2 and the premier team-to-beat in the NFC.
Saints at Falcons Betting Odds and Lines
For this upcoming NFC South contest, Jazzsports has the Saints drawing the road favorite at -3.5.
For all of Atlanta’s injury concerns and the Saints' stellar defense, this line makes perfect sense coming into the week. Still, though, the Falcons pull a little respect being the home team, and oddsmakers still not entirely trusting Hill at QB.
Free Betting Pick
As much as this looks like it could be a shaky game for New Orleans, I would say there is no question you should go with them at -3.5.
They have too many weapons on their roster, and their defense will be able to hold Atlanta like they did a few weeks ago.