Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints Preview
The Saints are one of the NFL’s elite teams and they looked even better when Drew Brees returned in Week 8. They have dominated the Falcons against the spread recently, so even as double-digit favorites they look like a great bet on Sunday.
The Saints are on a six-game win streak, the offense looked even better in Week 8 with Drew Brees back and they’re at home against a 1-7 Falcons team — all that adds up to New Orleans opening as a 12-point favorite. The total opened high at 51 points, as the Falcons struggle to stop anyone, while both teams have dangerous aerial attacks.
Atlanta News & Notes
It’s pretty safe to say this is a lost season for the Falcons. Defensively they are 30th in the league with 31.3 points against per game, they’re 31st in turnover differential and sit dead last in the NFC with a 1-7 record coming out of their Week 9 bye.
The only thing the Falcons can be happy about, besides the fact that they aren’t the NFL’s worst team, is that quarterback Matt Ryan will likely be back under center after missing a game due to an ankle injury.
Ryan is currently second in the NFL with 310 passing yards per game and third in touchdown passes, but he’s also third in interceptions. He’ll need to protect the ball Sunday, against a Saints defense that has held opponents to less than 200 passing yards in three of their last four games, if he wants to break Atlanta’s 0-5 ATS streak on the road.
New Orleans News & Notes
As bad as Atlanta’s season has been, things have been equally great for New Orleans. The Saints won five straight games despite not having Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees in the lineup. He returned in Week 8 and looked in vintage form as he shredded the Arizona Cardinals.
The Saints have also been without superstar running back Alvin Kamara, who has missed their last two games with an injury. Latavius Murray filled in admirably in his absence, logging 307 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns as the feature back. Following their bye last week, Kamara is also expected to return to the lineup, but his workload will be something to watch.
Prior to his injury, Kamara had out-touched Murray 119-41. But Murray actually has a better yards per carry average this season and has also been effective in the passing game. Don’t be surprised if Murray gets more touches in the second half as this Saints club, which is 6-0 ATS in its last six games, looks to keep humming along.
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New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The team was founded by John W. Mecom Jr., David Dixon, and the city of New Orleans on November 1, 1966. The Saints began play in Tulane Stadium in 1967.
The name “Saints” is an allusion to November 1 being All Saints Day in the Catholic faith. New Orleans has a large Catholic population, and the spiritual “When the Saints Go Marching In” is strongly associated with New Orleans and is often sung by fans at games. The franchise was founded on November 1, 1966.
The team’s primary colors are old gold and black; their logo is a simplified fleur-de-lis. They played their home games in Tulane Stadium through the 1974 NFL season. The following year, they moved to the new Louisiana Superdome (now the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, since Mercedes-Benz has purchased the stadium’s naming rights).
For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were barely competitive, only getting to .500 twice. In 1987, they finished 12–3—their first-ever winning season—and qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time in franchise history, but lost to the Minnesota Vikings 44–10. The next season in 1988 ended with a 10–6 record, but no playoff berth. Following the 2000 regular season, the Saints defeated the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams 31–28 to notch their first-ever playoff win.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast region. The Superdome was used as an emergency, temporary shelter for displaced residents. The stadium suffered damage from the hurricane (notably from flooding and part of the roof being torn off as well as internal damage from lack of available facilities). The Saints were forced to play their first scheduled home game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (the Giants’ home stadium); other home games were rescheduled at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas or Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During the season, it was rumored that Saints’ owner Tom Benson might deem the Superdome unusable and seek to legally void his contract and relocate the team to San Antonio, where he had business interests. Ultimately, however, the Superdome was repaired and renovated in time for the 2006 season at an estimated cost of US$185 million. The New Orleans Saints’ first post-Katrina home game was an emotionally charged Monday Night Football game versus their division rival, the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints, under rookie head coach Sean Payton and new quarterback Drew Brees, defeated the Falcons 23–3, and went on to notch the second playoff win in franchise history.
The 2009 season was a historic one for the Saints. Winning a franchise-record 13 games, they qualified for Super Bowl XLIV and defeated the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts 31–17. To date, it is the only Super Bowl championship that they have won, and as it is the only Super Bowl the Saints have appeared in, they join the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only three NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance.
In 52 seasons (through 2018), the Saints’ record was 371–446–5 (.454) overall, 362–435–5 in the regular season and 9–11 in the playoffs.