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Saints-Falcons Should Deliver Online NFL Betting Shootout

Posted by: Charlie Smith
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons Monday Night Football Betting Preview

One year removed from having what some online NFL betting experts considered to be the worst passing defense in the history of the league, the New Orleans Saints’ secondary is once again ranking near the bottom of the league. Coming off a 7-9 season not too many fans expected the Saints to win the NFC South, but they were still predicted to be competitive. Now two weeks into the season, New Orleans is the only team in the South who has failed to win a game. Mind you, this is the division that houses both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, two teams that finished 2015 6-10 and 8-8 respectively. It may be premature to panic, but New Orleans’ playoff hopes are quickly dwindling. An online football bet on a futures line for the Saints in the South would not be wise, but what about picking them on the money line this Monday?

Week 3 – Monday the 26th of September

Falcons +2½ (-115) 54 (-110)  +115
Saints   -2½ (-105)  54 (-110)  -135

Winless they may be, but New Orleans is still coming into Monday’s contest as the team favored by the online NFL betting odds. Which is strange, because the Falcons are the better team on paper. Heading into the matchup against the Saints, the Falcons passing game ranks near the top of the league. Atlanta is currently averaging 355.5 yards per game through the air, as well as 451.0 total yards per game. Taking into account how poor the Saints have been against the pass recently, it’s seems all too likely that Matt Ryan will have a field day Monday night. In two games the Saints are giving up an average of 451.5 total yards per game – which is ironically similar to the yards Atlanta’s offense is gaining. New Orleans’ opponents are also averaging 336.0 yards through the air. With that in mind, it should be clear to online NFL betting fans that the Saints odds for stopping Ryan are slim to none.

So far this season, Matt Ryan has been quietly putting up some impressive figures. In the Falcons home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ryan delivered a solid performance, completing 27/39 passes for 2 touchdowns and a 112.6 passer rating. Ryan may not have thrown any interceptions, but the Bucs still won 31-24. Atlanta had the ball late in the 4th quarter and had a legitimate chance to tie the game, but Ryan failed to provide a comeback. A better effort by the defense could have certainly helped the Falcons, but Ryan still had a very good opportunity to win the game. The following week the 31-year old Ryan did not fail and led the Falcons to a defiant 35-28 win over the Raiders. The Falcons’ defense once again had a poor showing, but this time around Ryan was able to carry his team to a victory.

Since the Saints and Falcons both sport terrible pass defenses, both Drew Brees and Ryan should throw for impressive numbers. Brees is coming into this game with a 109.9 passer rating while Ryan’s is an impressive 121.4. The online NFL betting totals line predicts 54 points for this contest, but these slingers might deliver an even more impressive shootout.