Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints Betting Odds & Free ATS NFL Football Expert Picks
Sunday, December 24, 2017
by Liev Jackson

Atlanta Can Clinch a Playoff Berth with a Win over New Orleans

Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints Betting Odds & Free ATS NFL Football Expert Picks

Atlanta Falcons (9-5) vs
New Orleans Saints (10-4)

Time: 1:00 PM ET
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2017
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Watch on: FOX
Odds: Saints -5½
Total O/U: 52½

The NFC South is tightly bunched at the top with New Orleans and Carolina both 10-4 and Atlanta right behind at 9-5. Carolina currently holds first place. An Atlanta win means they’ll clinch at least the sixth seed and a playoff berth.

Atlanta has picked the right time to play their best football. They’ve won five of six and hold tiebreakers over Dallas and Seattle courtesy of recent wins. They beat New Orleans 20-17 two weeks ago and escaped with a 24-21 win over the Bucs on Monday Night Football last week.

New Orleans bounced back from that loss with a comfortable 31-19 win over the Jets last week. RBs Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara became the first running back teammates nominated to play in the Pro Bowl since the 1970s. They’ve helped take the pressure off of Drew Brees and the defense has emerged as a top-ten unit this year as well.

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Odds & Team Stats

Gm# Team
Opener
115 Atlanta
53
116 New Orleans
-5½
 
 
Atlanta Falcons
 
New Orleans Saints
9-5
Won 2
20
6-8
22.71
20.14
2.57
4-3
2-5
5-9
2-5
3-4
Record
Streak
Last Meeting
ATS
Offense
Defense
Diff.
ATS Home
ATS Away
O/U Record
O/U Home
O/U Away
Injuries
10-4
Won 1
17
7-7
28.64
20.14
8.5
3-4
4-3
8-6
5-2
3-4

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Betting Trends & Predictions

Atlanta:
Atlanta is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 11 games
Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Atlanta is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing New Orleans

New Orleans:
New Orleans is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
New Orleans is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games
New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans's last 8 games at home
New Orleans is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing Atlanta

The Bottom Line:
New Orleans is -5½ favorites and that seems rather large spread at this point of the year with both teams playing well. This seems like a three-point game either way. The Pick: Falcons 23-20.

Liev Jackson NFL Predictions: Atlanta +5½
Total O/U: Over 52½
NFL Record: 19-20-1   /   -3.00 Units

 

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