Falcons Flying High Heading Into Thursday Night Football

By: Matty Simo | Monday, November 26, 2012

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
NFL Betting Preview
11/29/2012 at 8:25 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: -3½, O/U 55½
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Television: NFL Network

New Orleans Saints: The Saints (5-6 straight-up, 6-5 against the spread) saw their three-game winning streak end with a tough 31-21 home loss to San Francisco last week, and they will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive by completing a sweep of the Falcons. New Orleans edged Atlanta 31-27 in Week 10 behind 298 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees and a resurgent rushing attack. Running backs Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram combined to total 139 yards on the ground against the Falcons, who will also have to deal with the return of Darren Sproles. Although he did not total any rushing yards against the 49ers in his first game back since suffering a broken hand, Sproles led the team with seven catches for 65 yards and did not play in the first meeting. The Saints are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games, and their last two road games have gone “under” the total.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons (10-1 SU and 6-4-1 ATS) just keep on winning despite their struggles to cover the spread. They are coming off a 24-23 victory at Tampa Bay last week to push on the final number as 1-point road favorites, dropping their ATS mark to 0-2-1 in the past three. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan continued his strong play through the air, throwing for 353 yards and one touchdown on 26-of-32 attempts. Ryan ranks second in the NFL in passing yardage with 3,425 yards and welcomed back a healthy Julio Jones, who had six catches for a game-high 147 yards with one TD against the Bucs. Jones had played through an ankle injury the week before against Arizona when he was limited to three catches for 33 yards, and he had four catches for 75 yards in the last meeting with New Orleans. The Falcons have seen the total go “under” in three of their last four games along with five of their past seven.

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