NFL football gambling pressure is on both teams as the Falcons are leading the division but the Saints are still in striking distance of a NFL betting playoff berth.
The Falcons and Saints will meet at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for ESPN Monday Night Football with a start time of 8:30 PM ET. Sports-Gambling opened with Atlanta as a 2.5 point favorite and with a total of 48.5.
Atlanta scored a 27-24 win at New Orleans on September 26 in the first meeting between the teams this season as the game went over the total.
Atlanta has a record of 12-2 straight up and 10-4 with the football betting lines and has gone under the total just 4 times. The Falcons lead the NFC South and have the inside track to the top seed and home field in the NFC playoffs. Atlanta is riding an 8 game winning streak with 7 payouts in that span and is coming off a 34-18 win at Seattle last week.
The Falcons are well balanced and rank 7th for points allowed on defense and 5th for scoring offense. Matt Ryan has passed for 3321 yards, Michael Turner has rushed for 1256 yards, and Roddy White has 12844 yards receiving to make for a complete and dangerous trio.
New Orleans is coming off a 30-24 loss at Baltimore and now stands at 10-4 straight up but just 6-8 with the NFL betting odds as 8 of their games have gone over the total. The Saints record against the spread shows how a Super Bowl champion can lose value as they are always a “public” team that draws a lot of attention and betting action their way.
The loss at Baltimore snapped a 6 game winning streak. The Saints have made big improvement at defense and rank 8th overall in the NFL but the offense has suffered from a 26th ranked ground attack due to an injury riddled backfield that has finally healed.
The Falcons have covered their last 2 NFL football gambling matchups at home against the Saints and 4 of the last 5 overall in the series. The series has gone over the total in 5 of the last 6 matchups.