Week 14 of the NFL season kicks off with an important NFC South battle between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. Game time is 8:25 EST on Thursday, December 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game is being broadcast nationally on NBC.

The Falcons opened this game as 2-point favorites. However, early betting has been in favor of the Saints, who are now listed as 1-point favorites on the road. The game has an over/under of 53.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 14 betting odds and links to more game previews.

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This is a massive game for the defending NFC champion Falcons, who would be out of the playoffs if they started today. Atlanta looked like they had turned a corner with a three-game winning streak. However, the Falcons were stopped in their tracks in last week’s 14-9 loss to the Vikings. The loss dropped Atlanta to 7-5 on the season and two games back of the Saints atop the NFC South. 

New Orleans, meanwhile, is 9-3 after last week’s 31-21 win over the Panthers. Before a loss to the Rams in Week 12, the Saints had won eight straight games, so they did not allow one loss to derail their season. If New Orleans can keep on winning, they’ll have a chance to not only win the NFC South but perhaps earn a first-round bye as well.

This is just the first of two meetings between these teams this season. They will meet again in New Orleans in Week 16. The rivalry has been evenly matched in recent years. However, the Falcons won both meetings last season on their way to the Super Bowl.

Free Point Spread Pick & Predictions: Saints -1

Atlanta has been a little too up and down for my liking, so I’m going to lean toward the Saints in this game. If you take away the first two weeks of the season, New Orleans may be the best team in the NFL this year. They’ve had no problem winning on the road, so in a game that’s virtually a PK, I have confidence the Saints can get a win.

There’s no doubting that the Falcons have the talent to be one of the top offensive teams in the NFL. But they’ve been frustratingly inconsistent on that side of the ball this season. Even with the return of Devonta Freeman last week, the Falcons couldn’t get in the end zone against the Vikings, who held them to 9 points. 

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The Saints may not have an elite defense, but they’re strong on that side of the ball. I don’t expect them to keep the Falcons out of the end zone the way the Vikings did last week. But the New Orleans defense is good enough to give the Atlanta offense problems. 

The Atlanta defense will also have their hands full with the New Orleans offense. The Saints have one of the most balanced offenses in the league. In fact, the backfield tandem of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are often more impressive than Drew Brees. The Falcons are solid if unspectacular on defense, so I think they’ll struggle to keep the Saints contained.

This game figures to be more of a shootout than a defensive struggle. However, I don’t trust the Falcons to be able to keep up once the scoreline reaches the upper 20’s. The New Orleans defense is more capable of getting stops when they need to. Also, the Falcons are just 3-3 at home this season, so I can’t trust them to take down one of the better teams in the NFL. The Saints will win this game and keep rolling toward a division title.