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Falcons vs. Saints: Thursday Night Betting Preview and Free Pick

It’s hard not to get excited over Thursday Night Football. The season only has so many Thursdays and one should not be left without the opportunity of betting on your favorite games.

Up next, we have a traditional rivalry taking place in the Superdome in New Orleans. Keep reading to get all the details as well as a free pick waiting for you just below.

Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints

  • Time: Thursday, October 15, 8:25 PM ET
  • Place: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

The Falcons are on a 5-0 roll this year, with a win against the Washington Redskins in overtime last week. Although quarterback Matt Ryan hasn’t been all that outstanding, he has managed to lead the offense to victories.

Most Atlanta’s success has been due to a strong running game behind a stellar performance by running back Devonta Freeman, who has averaged an incredible 180 yards from the scrimmage line for a total of seven touchdowns. Just recently against Washington, he racked up 153 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Atlanta has also done its job on the defensive end. Forcing the Redskins to turn the ball over twice and limiting them to a mere 270 yards in total on offense.

What all of this means is simple: Disaster for an ailing New Orleans Saints, who have not been able to come together at all this year and barely were able to snatch a lonely win to their record. This includes a recent loss to the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 39-17. Yes, that’s the same Eagles who were unable to score at all for the first four weeks of the season.

The Saints can’t seem to get their offensive ducks in a row, only being able to scratch up a measly 20 points per game throughout their last five. Even quarterback Drew Brees, one of the League’s elite, seems to be trudging along unable to rouse the troops and committing costly mistakes such as turning the ball over to the Eagles three time in the second half of that game.

The Saints’ greatest Achilles heel is their defense, who are letting opponents run all over them and ranking last in DVOA. Just against the Eagles, they gave up an incredible 519 total yards, which means they don’t have a prayer against Freeman who will likely be unstoppable for the Falcons in this game.

Falcons vs Saints Game Prediction: New Orleans are looking more like the Aints of the past than the Champs of yesteryears and it’s unlikely they’ll be able to pull a win on Thursday even if they are playing at the Superdome in front of their home crowd.

Betting Line: The Falcons are the 3-point favorite; the Over / Under total is 51.

Winning Pick: Despite New Orleans losing this game, they might put up a fight and cover the spread. Take New Orleans plus the points at +3.