With just five more league games remaining, Atlanta Falcons will be hosting the New Orleans Saints this Sunday, December 6th in Week 13 of NFL. The Falcons though has the home advantage will be going in the match as underdogs.
The Saints (9-2) will travel to Atlanta to meet the Falcons in their 12th game of this NFL season. The action will take place at the Mercedes-Benz, the home stadium of the Atlanta Falcons.
Falcons are currently in the 3rd spot of NFC South and will have to bring their best in the fight against the mighty Saints who are enjoying the top spot.
The Falcons had a disappointing season so far and are will have to win rest of the games if they are eyeing at the playoffs. New Orleans Saints, on the other hand, have established themselves as one of the best team in the NFC and will definitely look to consolidate their top position.
Both the teams are coming off a win in their last game, with Saints beating Broncos by 31-3 score while the Falcons crushed Raiders on Sunday by 43-6. This will be second meeting of both the teams in this NFL season. Last time they met Saints bet Falcons by 24-9 score difference.
Upcoming clash between the two teams Kickoffs on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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After facing a defeat at the hands of Saints, the Falcons crushed the Raiders on Sunday with a shocking score of 43-6. It turned out to be the only positive result for Falcons from Week 12.
They have not performed as per their standards this season, especially with the struggling defense. Things started going wrong for Falcon boys right from the start of the season. It took them 6 matches to register their first win over the Vikings after consecutive losses against teams like Seahawks, Cowboys, Bears, Packers, and Panthers.
After beating the Vikings they lost to Detroit Lions in a very close game. They bounced back by winning back to back two games, first against the Panthers and the next against the Broncos. They lost to Saints in very next game.
New Orleans Saints had a completely different story. The mighty Saints have lost only two NFL games this season. The losses came at the hands of Los Angeles Raiders and Green Bay Packers in their 2nd and 3rd game of NFL 2020 campaign.
Since they Saints haven't looked back. Currently they are at 8 straight games win. In last two games even without QB Drew Brees they simply outclassed their opponents. They beat Falcons first and then in last game they crushed the Broncos.
The rivalry between Falcons and Saints started back in 1967. The Saints won the very first match between the two teams. Since then the two teams faced each other 103 times (including 1 postseason game).
New Orlean Saints have won 50 of them, while the Atlanta Falcons won 53 games. The stats show a close competition between the two teams but the New Orleans Saints are clearly looking stronger in the recent clashes.
If we talk about the last 5 games, the Saints won 4 games, while the Falcons won only 1 of them. Both the teams played against each other in the current NFL just two weeks ago. New Orleans Saints defeated Atlanta Falcons with a 24-9 margin. The Saints were playing without Brees in that game.
The Falcons on Sunday completely hammered the Raiders. Their start player was the Quarter Back Matt Ryan who threw 2 touchdown passes. He is going to be the key player for Falcons even for this match.
This season Ryan has 3,163 passing yards and with completion rate of 64.9% in the current NFL season he has 17 touchdowns. Averaging 396.8 yards per game on offense, Atlanta are currently ranks 5th in in NFL in terms of yards per game record.
The Wide Receiver Julio Jones who has seven receptions and 125 yards in this season will be the other player to watch out. He has 140-plus yards in two of his past three matches against the Saints.
Todd Gurley II has performed well for the Falcons in rushing with an average of 61 rushing yards per game.
For the Saints, QB Drew Brees has been out since last two games and it is Taysom Hill who has taken the responsibility of leading his team to victory. Hill has over 70% completion rate with just one interceptions this season. In last match Hill connected on just 9-of-16 passes for 78 yards and an interception.
The Rookie Alvin Kamara will have a big role to play in this Sunday's game. Kamara already has 8 touchdowns this NFL season.
Players like Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray make the rushing look dangerous for the opponents . Both the players have a great average of 4.6 yards per rush attempt.
Talking about defense, Foyesade Oluokun has been a consistent performer for Atlanta Falcons this season. He has made 74 tackles so far.
The Falcons will need the other defenders like Deion Jones and Grady Jarrett to step up in the game against the Saints. Sterling Hofrichter is another Falcon player to watch out for who has been good in punting so far with 38 punts.
Demario Davis has been the spearhead in the Saints’ defense department with a total of 75 tackles. He got good assistance from Malcolm Jenkins who had 59 tackles so far. Thomas Morstead is another key player who has earned 40 punts for the Saints.
The Atlanta Falcons seem to be the underdogs, though it being their home game, as they face the mighty Saints on Sunday. The Falcons need to be very strong in their defense to face the accurate passing of the Saints. Although there are chances of an easy win for the Saints, the Falcons have the capability to give a scare to the visitors.
Most of the prediction and NFL betting markets seem to be confident about the Saints’ victory.
As per SMarkets, the betting odds are 1.6 in favor of win for the New Orleans Saints, while the odds are 2.68 for Atlanta Falcons.
As per the Odds via BetMGM;
SportsBookWire has given 65.9% win probability to the Saints. For Falcons, the chances of winning stand at 38.5%.
Oddschecker is a well-known platform for providing the best odds. As per them, the odds are 10/17 in favor of the New Orleans Saints and 17/11 for the Atlanta Falcons.