Falcons vs Saints Preview

Falcons vs SaintsAtlanta Falcons (0-0) vs. New Orleans Saints (0-0) – September 8, 2013 – 1PM – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – Dome – Turf

Preview

What a way to start the season for both of these offensive minded teams with the Falcons heading to New Orleans expecting to make a run at the Super Bowl.

While the Saints get Sean Payton back on the sidelines with thoughts of getting his team back into elite status this 2013 season.

Atlanta Falcons      

  • Last 5 Road Games at Saints OVER
  • 3-6-1 ATS Last 10 Games
  • 2012 ATS Away 5-2-1/O/U 4-4
  • 3-6 ATS Last 9 Games at Saints
  • Scored 27 pts 3 of 4 road games at Saints

New Orleans Saints       

  • Payton/Brees 10-2 vs Falcons
  • 2 of last 4 home games scored 30+ points
  • OVER last 8 of 11 Home Games
  • 2012 ATS Home 4-4/ O/U 5-3

Key Injuries:

Atlanta Falcons                                                                         New Orleans Saints  Stephen Nicholas LB (Questionable)                                             Isa Abdul-Quddus S (Out)

Asante SamuelCB (Questionable)                                                  Glenn Foster DE (Out)

Roddy White WR (Questionable) – limited practice Fri            9 Other players Probable

Team Statistics

Atlanta Falcons 2012                 

Offense:

  •  Points per game:  26.2 (8th)
  • Rushing Yds/Gm: 87.3
  • Rushing Rank: 29th
  • Passing Yds/Gm: 281.8
  • Passing Rank: 6th
  • Offense Rank Yds/Gm:  8th (363.8 Yds)

Defense:

  •  Points Allowed Per/G 18.7 (5th)
  •  Rushing Yds/Gm: 123.2
  •  Rushing Rank: 20th
  •  Passing Yds/Gm: 242.4
  •  Passing Rank: `23rd
  •  Defense Rank Yds/Gm: 24th (365.6 Yds)
  • Rook33’s Pick:

New Orleans Saints 2012             

Offense:

  • Points per game: 28.8 (2nd)            
  • Rushing Yds/Gm 98.6
  • Rushing Rank: 25th
  • Passing Yds/Gm: 312.3
  • Passing Rank: 1st
  • Offense Rank Yds/Gm: 2nd (410.9 Yds)

Defense:

  •  Points Allowed Per/G 28.4 (31st)
  •  Rushing Yds/Gm: 147.6
  •  Rushing Rank: 31st
  •  Passing Yds/Gm: 292.6
  •  Passing Rank: 31st
  •  Defense Rank Yds/Gm: 32nd (440.1 Yds)

This time of year offenses are generally ahead of the defenses especially in Week 1 when offensive teams like the Falcons and Saints that can throw wrinkles into a game plan and put solid points on the board. You have to believe Payton wants to come back with a huge splash and don’t expect him to take his foot off the gas pedal regardless of the score. Solid Pick of the Game: OVER 54.5

Twitter @Rook33

 

Enhanced by Zemanta