Monday Night Football Betting: ATLANTA FALCONS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9/26)

PRO FOOTBALL — September 26

ATLANTA at NEW ORLEANS
(Line: Saints -2.5, Total 53.5) – Emotion may carry some of the day here, as the Saints and their fans recall ten years ago that they made a triumphant return to the Supoerdome after Hurrricane Katrina. Both Drew Brees and Matt Ryan have put up pretty good numbers thus far, although the Saints were disappointing last week in getting only 288 yards against the Giants. This team has been only 29% successful on third down, and you know that has to improve. Brees has been working with a promising set of three wide receivers, and Coby Fleener, the tight end who used to be in Indianapolis, will become a factor sooner or later. They have to run the ball, though, with Mark Ingram, and Atlanta is allowing 4.6 yards per carry. Yes, the Falcons have the best receiver on the field and Julio Jones, but less balance in the air game, and they could use more results out of their backfield. Atlanta has not given any indication that it will be able to slow the Saints’ air attack down, as the Birds have allowed 74% completions with seven touchdowns and one interception, in addition to only ONE quarterback sack. This should allow New Orleans to move the chains better than it has in the first two games, and Brees might operate with minimal pressure. It is desperate time for team that started 0-2 for the third straight season, and lost those two games by a total of four points. The special teams has to hold up, especially kicker Will Lutz, who missed two field goals and Week 1 and then had one blocked and return for a touchdown against the Giants. Trends are very strongly on the Saints’ side here; they have won 15 of the 20 meetings against Atlanta since Sean Payton has been the head coach, and Payton is 15-3-1 ATS at home against a team that is coming off a victory. Brees’ record in prime time at the Superdome is exceptional, as he’s thrown 55 touchdowns and five interceptions in the last dozen games in that situation.

PLAY BY JAY: NEW ORLEANS -2.5 **

(All information is for news matter only; All games are graded on a scale of 1-4 stars. Lines are subject to change)