The Falcons and the Saints have a storied, shenanigan-filled history. There’s no complicated way to put this: these teams (and their respective fan bases) do not like each other. Sweeping the Saints won’t suddenly catapult the Falcons into the playoffs, but it’d sure make us feel better, and that has to count for something.
Let’s take a quick look at what the oddsmakers are saying about tomorrow’s game.
Spoiler alert: the Falcons are currently tabbed as underdogs. The Saints are favored by 6.5 points. Depending on which outlet you’re relying on, the Saints have ranged from 5 to 7 point favorites since the line opened.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The Falcons have played bad football for most of the year and the Saints are one of 2-3 teams in the NFC with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. It’s a reality we’d all prefer not to live in, but last I check, none of us have any choice in the matter.
It’s worth noting that the Saints are 7-2 against the spread in their last 9 games and 6-3 against the spread in their last 9 games against the Falcons. The Saints are also 6-1 straight up in their last 7 road games. Switching our focus to the Falcons, they’re 6-13 against the spread over the last 19 games. Put simply, the oddsmakers have formulated a certain opinion about this game and they probably aren’t wrong.
Your thoughts, Falcoholics?