The NFC South lead hangs in the balance when the Atlanta Falcons head down to the Louisiana Bayou to take on the New Orleans Saints September 26th. Can the Atlanta Falcons live up to expectations and take the fight to the defending Super Bowl champs the New Orleans Saints? There was overwhelming support for the Atlanta Falcons to win the NFC South this season and the New Orleans Saints have struggled in both their wins to start their Super Bowl defense.
Passing Attack Stars Young Matt Ryan for Atlanta Falcons & Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees for New Orleans Saints
Matt Ryan could be the heir apparent to his opponent in this NFC South Drew Brees but for now Ryan cannot be the man until he beats the man. This game on the New Orleans Saints home in the Superdome will settle a lot of questions about the NFC South. Ryan has plenty of weapons to choose from starting with the most prolific tight end of all time, Tony Gonzalez. Atlanta Falcons number one wide receiver Roddy White has come into his own also as a top ten NFL wide out.
Drew Brees is nothing short of amazing but last week in the harsh elements of San Francisco, Brees struggled with his accuracy and looked shockingly human. This week Brees and his New Orleans Saints will be in the air conditioned comfort of the Louisiana Superdome and the Atlanta Falcons defense better be prepared for an all out assault by Brees and his receivers. Passing attack edge goes to the New Orleans Saints over the Atlanta Falcons.
New Orleans Saints & Atlanta Falcons Have Similar Styles That Rely on Turnover Opportunities
The Atlanta Falcons rank higher than the New Orleans Saints on defense but the New Orleans Saints defense is a ball stripping opportunistic defense. The New Orleans Saints ranked 25th in defense last season and won the Super Bowl so it is tough to argue with their style.
In the San Francisco 49ers game the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams played a softer style and it did not work. The Saints gave up 22 points and made Alex Smith look like a Pro Bowl quarterback. Look for Matt Ryan to see plenty of blitzes and an all out bull rush on more than 50% of his passing situations.
The Atlanta Falcons are also a team that relies on turnovers but they are a team that is vicious at the point of contact. The team embodies old school hard hitting defense and are an overall solid unit that gets respect throughout the NFL but are not well known because they don’t generate many highlights. The Atlanta Falcons have the defensive edge in this game over the New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints -6: Pick Against the Spread & Final Look
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook initially posted the line on this game with the New Orleans Saints favored by 5.5 points. The line moved to a six point spread on Monday and has remained on six. The New Orleans Saints have failed to cover their first two games but they have not been able to establish their offense in any of the games as of yet. Take the Atlanta Falcons +6 points to cover this game but the New Orleans Saints will win by less than the six points.
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