Week 14 of the NFL season is upon us, and the race for playoff spots is about as tight as it gets. Over in the AFC, the main battle is for Wild Card spots, as you have a bunch of teams sitting at .500 who still have a legitimate shot at getting in. That record simply would not fly in the NFC, as it’s beginning to look as though 10 wins might be the cutoff point for teams looking to play beyond the end of the regular season.

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As is always the case, winning the division is the clearest path to the postseason, but in the NFC South, the title is still very much up in the air as we head into the final few weeks. The Saints are on top right now but have the Panthers and Falcons right behind them. New Orleans look like the favorites to win and get in, but a loss this Thursday night in Atlanta could potentially open the door for one of the other two teams chasing them. The Thursday Night Football odds show the Saints as -2 point road favorite, with the point total for this one set at 53 ½.

Saints vs Falcons Tuesday Night Football Odds & Game Info

When: Thursday, December 7 at 8:25 PM EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
NFL Odds:
Saints -2

Why bet on the New Orleans Saints

After a slow start to the season, the New Orleans Saints are now one of the hottest teams in the league, coming into this huge game with a 9-3 record and the lead in the NFC South. They have won 9 of their last 10 games, and are getting victories in a manner that is very unlike what we have become used to with the Saints. Instead of leaning heavily on Drew Brees for wins, the Saints have a legitimate running threat in Alvin Kamara, as well as a defense that is finally chipping in and helping their offensive counterparts.

The end result is a team that may actually be better than the Saints team that won the Super Bowl a few years back. The Saints have won 4 of their last 5 road games, but are just 2-4 SU in their last 6 visits to Atlanta. 6 of the last 8 meetings between these two in Atlanta have gone UNDER the point total.

Why bet on the Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons looked to be in a little bit of trouble a month ago, but 3 wins in their last 4 games have hauled them back into playoff contention. The loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week was a tough one, though, especially since the Saints and Panthers were both able to win their games. You don’t like to think of games as being knockout games with a few weeks still to play, but given how things are playing out in the NFC, the Falcons could find themselves in real trouble if they don’t get the win in this one.

Atlanta Falcons 2017 NFL Season Thursday Night Football

Surprisingly enough, Atlanta has not been very good in their new digs this season, and are just 3-3 in their 6 games played at Mercedes-Benz. While the Falcons do have a winning record in their last 6 homes games against the Saints, they are just 7-15 in their last 22 games versus New Orleans.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Saints can take a huge step towards a division crown with a win here, especially when you consider that they have yet to lose against division foes. I think they maintain that perfect record this Thursday night by winning and covering the spread in a game that goes UNDER.

New Orleans Saints 27 Atlanta Falcons 2