NFL Preview: Atlanta Falcons versus New Orleans Saints – September 23, 2018 


Game Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 1:00 PM

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

Where to bet on this game?

An NFC South Divisional matchup will happen on Sunday, September 23, 2018, when the New Orleans Saints go up against the Atlanta Falcons. Both the Saints and the Falcons enter this game with a 1-1 SU record and hoping to get the early edge in this early divisional matchup.  These two teams split their 2 head to head matchups last season, with each home team winning  their home games in 2017.

Falcons Home Field Advantage?

This game is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia where kickoff is set to happen at 1:00 PM ET. The last 5 meetings between the Saints and Falcons in Atlanta; the Falcons have won 4 of the last 5 contest, both SU and ATS.

 New Orleans Saints  Recap

The New Orleans Saints are 1-1 on the year and are coming in off a 21-18 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The Saints on the other hand, needed to haul out a fourth quarter rebound, in the wake of ending up down 12-3 toward the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The Saints scored 18 points in the fourth quarter against the Browns and were sufficiently fortunate to get a missed field objective attempt by Cleveland to win the game. Had the field been good, the two teams would have gone to overtime and who know what would of happened!

The Cleveland Browns are vastly improved than most would have thought to begin the season, thanks to the addition of players like Jarvis Landry and 1st round draft pick Baker Mayfield. In fact, the Browns defense held Drew Brees to 243 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game and constrained this Saints hurrying assault to only 62 yards on the ground. Michael Thomas was by far the best player for New Orleans, posting 12 receptions for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Atlanta Falcons Recap

The Atlanta Falcons are 1-1 SU on the season and are entering this game in the NFC South off a 31-24 triumph over the Carolina Panthers. There had been a considerable measure of discussion about the Falcons offense not delivering many points in game 1 vs. the Eagles, however, they quieted their critics by putting up 31 points vs. a very good Carolina Panthers defense, that held Dallas to only 8 points in Week 1.

Matt Ryan put the offense on his back and brought the team to victory, posting 272 yards, 2 passing touchdowns and 2 touchdown passes in the contest. Ryan’s two passing touchdowns went to Tight End Austin Hooper and rookie, Wide Receiver, Calvin Ridley.

Furthermore, the Falcons have wound up playing in many low scoring games since last season. In their last 10 games, the Falcons have seen the UNDER go to 2-8 OU.

Birds of prey and Saints Play Low Scoring Defensive Battle

When you think about the Falcons and Saints, you first consider both teams have potent offenses, however when you delve into the historical background of this NFL south division matchup, you rapidly find that this game favors to go under the posted total of 53.0.

The Raymond Report likes the Atlanta Falcons to win this game, 23.8 to 16.7.