With Christmas nearly upon us it’s fitting that we will be given the gift of such a great game between two storied division rivals and NFC heavyweights.
On Sunday afternoon the New Orleans Saints (10-4) will play host to the reigning Super bowl finalist Atlanta Falcons (9-5) in an NFC South showdown with plenty at stake for both teams. The Saints are currently one of three teams with the same 10-4 record in the conference and still in search of clinching a playoff berth, let alone the division. The Carolina Panthers are one of those 10-win teams and have a cupcake game against Tampa, meaning the Saints have to win just to keep pace in the division race.
The Atlanta Falcons used a very hard fought but unimpressive 24-21 victory on Monday night to keep its playoff hopes alive, and ironically still have an outside chance of winning the division if they win out the final two weeks and get some help along the way. The Falcons have already won the first leg between these two clubs as they pulled off a 20-17 victory at home in Atlanta earlier this month. Despite three interceptions from quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons did just enough on offense to nail down the win and ultimately helped set up this week 16 beauty.
ATL Falcons +6.0 (1.90) 3.10 Over 52.5 (1.90)
NWO Saints -6.0 (1.90) 1.40 Under 52.5 (1.90)
New Orleans are the home favourite in this game as they opened the week at -5.5 point favourites according to the recent lines at Bet365. The Saints are 6-1 at home on the season and will be looking to get back to that solid ground attack that we’ve been used to seeing all year long. New Orleans put up a 31-19 victory last week against the Jets although the offense did not look crisp and rookie of the year favourite Alvin Kamara only gained 44 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Look for the Saints to establish the ground game early on against an Atlanta team that has been vulnerable at times this year.
This game is definitely an important one as it’s riddled with playoff implications, not to mention the fact that this could very well be a first round playoff matchup come Wildcard weekend.