Outside Looking In…
…that’s your defending NFC (and ALMOST Super Bowl) Champion Atlanta Falcons, that is. With a mere 4 weeks to go until the playoffs start.
Oh wait, this first:
New Orleans (-1.5) at Atlanta
The Thursday Night Football game may actually be one of the few good ones…if the right Atlanta team shows up. I’m not even sure the right New Orleans team shows up though either. The Saints are a surprising 9-3. Their defense has improved throughout the year…talk about surprising. The offense has morphed a little, featuring not only one running back that can play, but two. So they are passing less, but still putting up a good amount of points.
If you look deeper at the Saints’ nine wins, that may tell a different story however. Yes, they have beaten the 8-4 Carolina Panthers twice, the other seven wins are a collection of cream puffs, in reality. Take nothing away from the Saints improving as a football team overall. But the 9-3 record may be a smidge inflated. That Alvin Kamara kid can play though, eh?
Then we have the Falcons. Yup, they probably should have won the Super Bowl last year. But realistically, they were kind of lucky to be in there in the first place. Should the “Super Bowl Hangover” really apply to a team like that?
Taking a look at their season, who the hell knows what’s going on? They have had some good wins. But also some bad losses. Their vaunted offense hasn’t been all that “vaunted”. Nine points last week…albeit against a good Vikings team. Still…
The Falcons have had two 3 game winning streaks this season and one 3 game losing streak. The Blowhard has counted them out more than once. Just a hard team to figure. Currently, they sit a game out of the playoffs, behind the aforementioned Panthers and Seattle Seahawks and their 8-4 records for the final NFC Wild Card spot.
So what happens Thursday Night? Good question. Does Mark Ingram play? He hasn’t practiced this week and apparently has a bad toe. Kamara has been great and Drew Brees is still Drew Brees. But moving to just the one back may have some effect. Again, no idea what to expect on a week to week basis with Atlanta. My gut tells me they show up at home and keep the NFC playoff race (and NFC South division) tight and interesting.
Then two weeks from now, the Saints and Falcons do it again…this time in N’awlins. We’ll see…
Atlanta 31, New Orleans 27.
Week (against the spread): 10-6
Week (straight up): 12-4
Season (against the spread): 102-90
Season (straight up): 128-64
Posted on December 7, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged Alvin Kamara, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Drew Brees, gambling, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Matt Ryan, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, NFC South, NFL, NFL picks, Playoffs, point spreads, Thursday Night Football, wild card. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.