The NFL kicks off Week 6 of the season with an NFC South matchup on Thursday night featuring the New Orleans Saints hosting the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are a 3.5-point favorite after opening as a field-goal favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
The moneyline has the Falcons between -175 and -190, and the Saints between +150 and +165.
Atlanta has not been favored on the road against New Orleans since 2012, but it has done well against the spread when facing the Saints. Atlanta is 4–1 ATS in the last five games between these two teams and 17–8 over the last 25 games in the Superdome.
The Falcons come into this game 5–0 SU and 4–1 ATS on the season, and they are 5–1 ATS in their last six games according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
The Saints are 1–4 SU and 2–3 ATS through five weeks. They have actually won seven of their last nine home games straight up against the Falcons. However, they are 1–6 SU and 2–5 ATS in their last seven home games overall.
The total opened at 50.5 points, but it has climbed to as high as 51.5 points at the sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five games between these teams. It has gone OVER in five of the last seven between them at the Superdome.
The total has gone UNDER in six of the Falcons’ last eight road games, and four of the Saints’ last six home games. The OddsShark Computer predicts a Saints upset by a score of 26–23.2. That would just miss the total.
The Falcons will have a potentially banged-up Julio Jones in action. He missed practice on Monday and Tuesday practice and was limited on Wednesday. He is expected to play, but the team is reportedly going to monitor his snap count. The Falcons will be without center Mike Person and outside linebacker Justin Durant.
The Saints will likely be without wide receiver Marques Colston, who is listed as doubtful and sitting out practice with what is being reported as a separated shoulder. They are expecting guard Jahri Evans back from a knee injury.