Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints NFL Week 13 Odds

Atlanta Falcons NFL Week 13 Odds

Atlanta Falcons NFL Betting

Every now and then teams have a game where everything goes their way. That was the case for the Atlanta Falcons in their 43-6 win over Las Vegas. Atlanta posted a season-high point total and allowed the fewest points in a game this season winning for the fourth time in six games under interim head coach Raheem Morris. The display was too little too late, though, as the Falcons are a longshot to reach the postseason. They look to continue their roll with a Week 13 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, the second meeting in three weeks between the NFC South rivals. The Saints prevailed in the first meeting with a 24-9 payout win as a 3.5-point favorite.

2020 Atlanta Falcons at a Glance

Super Bowl Odds: +50000

Atlanta Falcons Week 13 Odds

Atlanta Falcons +2.5

New Orleans Saints -2.5

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Atlanta Falcons Week 13 Matchup

The Falcons were probably wondering where a display like that was all season. The defense thoroughly dominated a team that’s fighting to stay relevant in the AFC. A team that handed the reigning Super Bowl champs their only loss and then dropped a game in the waning moments to the same club. With their 43-6 trouncing of the Raiders Atlanta improved to 4-2 SU and ATS under Morris. One of those losses took place in Week 11 when the Falcons were on the other end of a beatdown.

Perhaps the Falcons let their guard down facing the New Orleans Saints without Drew Brees or maybe they got beat by a better team. Either way the Saints came out on top 24-9 behind backup Taysom Hill. Some folks around the NFL have discussed the possibility of Brees retiring after having multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung. That’s a lot to deal with for anyone let alone a 41-year-old who really has nothing left to play for. And after watching Derek Carr get destroyed by the Falcons, I’m sure Brees will have second thoughts if he is indeed contemplating a return.

The win keeps hopes of a playoff spot alive, though they are slim. And the remaining schedule poses problems as well. A matchup with Kansas City is sandwiched by games against NFC South foe Tampa Bay over the final three weeks. And a Week 14 matchup with the Chargers is a difficult road test. Just being in this position, though, is amazing after the 0-5 start that led to an upheaval in the coaching staff and front office. Morris is making a case to become the permanent coach after succeeding Dan Quinn.

If the defense can play close to the level it did against a strong Raiders offense, there’s a chance. Atlanta forced four fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown while sacking Carr and backup Nathan Peterman a combined five times. It all led to Atlanta’s biggest win in six years. “If you can get the guys to believe in themselves, believe in what they can do, those things usually work out in your favor,” Morris said.

Turning the Saints over five times is unlikely so the Falcons will need their offense to perform a lot better. The score was more indicative of how the defense played rather than the offense. Set up with short fields after the turnovers the Falcons cashed in but managed just 304 total yards against Vegas. Matt Ryan threw for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns with an interception. He was sacked just once after being taken down eight times by the Saints in Week 11. The offense was hindered by the absence of Julio Jones and Todd Gurley, who were inactive with injuries. Both are questionable ahead of the Week 13 showdown.

The Falcons will look to reverse a trend that’s seen them lose two straight and five of the last six games against their division rival while going 1-5 ATS. Atlanta has lost the last two at home failing to cover each time. The teams have cashed the UNDER in four straight meetings and in six of the last seven.

Atlanta Falcons Week 12 Recap

The Falcons looked like the team fighting for playoff positioning in their dominant 43-6 win over the Raiders. The defense put on a show that Buddy Ryan would be proud of forcing five turnovers and sacking Las Vegas quarterbacks five times. It was a much needed effort with the offense missing Jones and Gurley, who were both inactive. Atlanta scored 16 points off four fumble recoveries and Deion Jones returned an interception 67 yards for a score in the defensive masterpiece.

Offensively the Falcons never found a groove without two of their top playmakers. It helped that the defense set up Matt Ryan with a short field after every turnover. Ryan completed 22 of 39 passes for 185 yards and a pair of scores. The Falcons converted 3 of 5 red zone chances and settled for five Younghoe Koo field goals. The pick-six by Jones was the decisive play. With the Falcons up 16-3 and the Raiders having possession at the Atlanta 36, Jones took the pick to the house increasing the lead to 24-3.

The Falcons held the Raiders to just 243 total yards and 3 of 12 on third downs while sending Derek Carr to the bench in the fourth quarter. “The defense put us in a lot of good positions. That’s the story of the day,” Ryan said. Ito Smith took over as the lead back in Gurley’s absence rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Atlanta Falcons Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs Seattle Seahawks L 25-38 0-1
Week 2 at Dallas Cowboys L 39-40 0-2
Week 3 vs Chicago Bears L 26-30 0-3
Week 4 at Green Bay Packers L 16-30 0-4
Week 5 vs Carolina Panthers L 16-23 0-5
Week 6 at Minnesota Vikings W 40-23 1-5
Week 7 vs Detroit Lions L 22-23 1-6
Week 8 at Carolina Panthers W 25-17 2-6
Week 9 vs Denver Broncos W 34-27 3-6
Week 10 BYE WEEK
Week 11 at New Orleans Saints L 9-24 3-7
Week 12 vs Las Vegas Raiders W 43-6 4-7
Week 13 vs New Orleans Saints Sunday, December 6 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 14 at Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, December 13 4:25 PM (FOX)
Week 15 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, December 20 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 16 at Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, December 27 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 17 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, January 3 1:00 PM (FOX)
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Falcons Past Seasons (2000)

2019 7-9 None
2018 7-9 None
2017 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2016 11-5 Lost Super Bowl
2015 8-8 None
2014 6-10 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 13-3 Lost Conference Championship
2011 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2010 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2009 9-7 None
2008 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2007 4-12 None
2006 7-9 None
2005 8-8 None
2004 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2003 5-11 None
2002 9-6-1 Lost Divisional Round
2001 7-9 None
2000 4-12 None

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