- NFC South rivals Atlanta and New Orleans renew hostilities on Thanksgiving.
- Perhaps unwisely, we’re stepping right in front of the Saints’ high-flying offense when it comes to this week’s props.
- We’re also banking on Atlanta’s pass rush remaining a very stoppable force.
Our Week 11 plays resulted in a -$162.96 loss, our first losing week since Week 6. Big swings on a couple longshots didn’t pan out, and now the ledger is back in the red for the year at -$68.16.
Let’s give thanks that the Thanksgiving slate brings some solid prop action. In the late game, New Orleans (9-1) hosts division rival Atlanta (4-6) riding a nine-game SU win streak and eight-game ATS win streak.
Go here for a full Falcons vs Saints game preview. Keep reading for our analysis of the best props to bet when these two (usually) explosive offenses lock horns on Thursday, (Nov. 22, 8:20 PM ET).
Prop #1: Falcons Under 1.5 Sacks
|How many sacks will the Falcons record?||Odds at BetOnline|
The Falcons only have 19 sacks on the year, which is 28th in the league. New Orleans has surrendered a league-low 9 on the year and zero in the last four games. There’s not much more that needs to be said, but I will anyway, because I’m paid to write.
These defenses are PRESSURING opposing QBs the most this season!
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— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) November 19, 2018
Drew Brees gets the ball out lightning-quick and he’s working behind one of the best pass-protection lines in the league. Also, once the Saints grab the lead, they’ll start feeding Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
Prop #2: Saints Do Not Score in Each Quarter
|Will the Saints score in each quarter?||Odds at BetOnline|
The Saints have scored in 15 of their last 16 quarters (93.75%). The Falcons have given up points in 15 of their last 20 quarters (75%). Take those together and you have an 84.38% chance that the Saints score in any given quarter. Multiply by four and you get a 52% chance the Saints score in all four quarters.
The -145 odds on the YES side have an implied probability of 59.2%. Betting against the New Orleans offense is a terrifying proposition, but the math says it’s the right play.
Prop #3: No TD of 55 Yards or Longer
|Will either team score a touchdown of at least 55 yards?||Odds at BetOnline|
As dynamic as these offenses are, they have both scored just two TDS of 55 yards or longer this season. Yes, one came in their first meeting …
— FlurrySports (@FlurrySports) September 23, 2018
… but again, the math says the NO is the right play. To get value at -110, the prop only needs a 53% chance of success. Based on the season to date, these teams are only scoring a 55-yard TD in about 40% of their games.
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