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New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons Pick, Prediction – 12/7717

National Football League: Week 14- NFC SOUTH NO vs. ATL

New Orleans Saints (9-3. 4-2 away) at Atlanta Falcons (7-5, 3-3 home)

December 7, 2017- 8:25 PM ET (TV NBC) Mercedes- Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Needing to close the gap in the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons will play host to the first-place New Orleans Saints in a Thursday night primetime clash at Mercedes-Benz Stadium that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;

Best Saints Lines: MyBookie (EVEN) ML “See Live Odds”

Best Falcons Lines: MyBookie (EVEN) ML “See Live Odds”

Over/Under: 5Dimes 51.5

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In what will be a critical division matchup on the national stage, the Saints at 9-3 will aim to close in on a South Division crown as they will face an Atlanta team who at 7-5 will need a big-time win at home to stay in the playoff hunt.

With two games back in the division race with the Carolina Panthers at 8-4 standing in between, the Saints and Falcons will be meeting for the first of two in a span of three weeks making this initial matchup a must-win for both teams.

Unlike seasons past where Drew Brees threw at will to move the New Orleans offense, this season, Brees has looked to his offense to pound the ball behind the tandem of Mark Ingram II and Alvin Kamara; a blueprint that worked to perfection in last Sunday’s 31-21 home victory over the Panthers.

Ingram and Kamara accounted for 248 yards in that win and are expected to try to repeat that performance versus the Atlanta defense. The dynamic duo have provided the Saints with a balanced-attack that gives Brees the ability to throw when he wants versus when he needs.

Brees has thrown for 3,298 yards with 17 touchdowns to five picks and has his Saints scoring 29.4 points per game.

Atlanta for their part is led by the 1-2 punch of QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. Ryan has tossed for 3,057 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while Jones has 1,063 yards receiving with 3 touchdowns.

The Falcons are averaging 22.8 points per game and will look to get back on track after being stymied in a 14-9 home defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.

Prediction/Pick

Both teams head in allowing 20.3 points per game on defense and will be tested in trying to slow down each others offense. For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie has this NO vs. ATL matchup (EVEN) with an over/under of 51.5 total game points scored from 5Dimes;

a number I will play as I will favor the OVER of 51.5 total game points scored as my best betting pick.

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