New Orleans Saints
The Saints enter this one at a very impressive 9-1 after enjoying 9 straight victories, including a 48-7 home romp over Philadelphia last week. Drew Brees was ridiculous yet again, registering 363 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 30 attempts. This was complemented nicely by the Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara RB duo, who combined for 174 yards and 2 scores. It was also a great display from the Saints defence here, holding Philadelphia to just 58 rushing yards and intercepting QB Carson Wentz 3 times. If this defence continues to play at a high level, the Saints can make a strong case for being the best team in the NFL.
Atlanta enter this one at 4-6 after a crushing last-minute loss to the Cowboys last week. QB Matt Ryan struggled by his lofty standards, throwing under 300 yards and registering only 1 touchdown. The running game couldn’t get going either, as Atlanta settled for 4 field goals. It was a better performance from a Falcons defence that has largely struggled, holding Dak Prescott to just 205 yards. That said, the rushing defence still struggled as Zeke Elliott had another performance for the ages. Against a seemingly unstoppable Saints offence, this unit will have to be at their best this week.
Prediction: Saints 1-13
These teams played just two months ago in a game where Atlanta was actually favoured. I believe the line value is here on the Falcons and expect them to keep this close, despite the Saints incredible form. As I can’t see New Orleans losing this outright, picking the Saints by 1-13 points represents the best value. Saints 37-27 Falcons.