New Orleans Injuries for today: Junior Gallette DE(OUT), Tom Johnson DT (OUT), Elbert Mack DB(MAYBE), Charles Brown T(OUT), Isa Abdul Quddus S (OUT). Gallete and Quddus are the only ones who might have an impact on this game, but they both serve as backup roles only to go in as their role models get sidelined for a breather.
Atlanta Injuries for today: Charles Mitchell S(PROBABLY), Dunta Robinson CB(PROBABLY), Asante Samuel CB(MAYBE). Mitchell has no effect on the game, but Robinson and Samuel sure will if they both sit out. Last week, Buccaneers sure gave a beating to the Saints CBs as Robinson had to leave the game last week after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Doug Martin, and Samuel left the game when he suffered a shoulder injury. The saints are saying Robinson should be good to go so expect him to play, but Samuel looks like he may be wearing sneakers on the sidelines tonight.
Remember going into this match, that the Saints and Falcons already played a couple weeks back at the Saints home field. The Saints beat the Falcons 31-27.
Falcons barely won last week 24-23 as 1 point favorites, either causing losers or a push situation for many wagers.
The Saints played the Bucs in Week 7, and won with an extra touchdown at 35-28.
Interesting trends: The Saints have won 7 of the last 8 games between these two teams.The Saints have also won the last 4. And if you want to go further back, 11 out of their last 13 matchups. The underdog is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 matchups. Over is 7-3 in last 10 meetings.
Saints WR Deuce McAllister tied a franchise record on Sunday with 56 touchdowns. Expect for him to be in the endzone ball-in-hand in this game. In my opinion, Atlanta has been lucky several times ths year. They could have lost last weeks game, as their kicker missed two field goals. That is the second time this season that he has missed two in a game. This will be the battle between Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. Expect big yards and big numbers. Atlanta will prove to be a weaker matchup defensively than san francisco, where Drew Brees was still able to account for 3 TDs and 267 yds. Atlantas D will especially be hurting if Dunta Robinson and Samuel are benched. The Saints Defense is a laughing stock, Falcons will score 4-5 TDs in this game.
This is one of the best Thursday matchups put together by the networks for a while. With both defenses down, I am expecting a Hi-octane driven, wild west-style shootout. The rivalry going on between these two has been dominated by the Saints, but the Falcons are at home and have something to prove with their only loss to the Saints. If they can pull out the win here, it will make that loss feel as if it never happened. The Saints are out of the NFC running with their loss to the 49ers, so Im just not seeing the Saints having as much to play for here. Brees will come ready to play as thats what a hall-of-fame caliber QB does, but will his whole team follow? The odds are unlikely to move much because I am seeing alot of action on both sides. It really could go either way in this great matchup, so I couldnt argue with you however you decide. I will tell you that Im more leaning towards the Saints to at least cover because I am feeling a fierce game decided upon 3 points or less.
Prediction: Game could go either way. Spread bet is probably the weaker play here on this game.
The equation is: (Battered up Atlanta D+Horrible N.O. D)+(Matt Ryan+Drew Brees)= alot of Pts. Over is the play here.
Saints/Falcons Over 55
Edited 11/29/12 at 1:06PM by RattlesnakeBoys - No reason listed.