The New Orleans Saints, with their playoff hopes in the balance, will travel to Atlanta this week for a Thursday night showdown with the Falcons. This week’s NFL Picks Week 13 battle between the Saints and Falcons is scheduled to kickoff at 8:20pm ET at the Georgia Dome; it will be broadcast live on the NFL Network. Early NFL Odds have Atlanta lined as a -3.5 against the spread home favorite and the Over/Under set at 56 points.
The Saints, at 5-6, are presently 11th in the NFC playoff standings, but they are not out of the post-season mix with Seattle clinging to the final spot with a 6-5 record. However, each game grows more critical for New Orleans, which makes Thursday night’s meeting with the Falcons a near must win for Drew Brees and company.
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The Saints, despite being listed as a 3.5 point road dog, do have reason to feel optimistic about their chances against Atlanta. Yes, the Falcons are undefeated at home this season, but they have experienced a number of close calls at the Georgia Dome, just getting past teams like Carolina, Oakland, and Arizona (won those three games by a combined nine points).
New Orleans also upended the Falcons three weeks ago at the Superdome, beating Atlanta 31-27 despite giving up 25 first downs and 454 total yards. Brees completed 21-of-32 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the win while Matt Ryan connected on 34-of-52 passes for 411 yards, three touchdowns, and one pick.
Finally, the Saints have dominated this rivalry at the Georgia Dome in recent seasons, winning five of their last six games visiting the Falcons. New Orleans played as an underdog in each of those victories with the exception of a December 2009 contest, which it won 26-23 as a 10 point road favorite.
NFL Picks Betting Trend: The Under is 7-1 in the last eight games Atlanta has played as a home favorite against New Orleans in the month of November.
Saints vs Falcons Line 2012 NFL Picks Week 13: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
New Orleans Saints +3.5 (-110), Over 56 (-110), +160 (Moneyline)
Atlanta Falcons -3.5 (-110), Under 56 (-110), -180 (Moneyline)