- The Atlanta Falcons have +130 odds to make the NFL playoffs.
- The New Orleans Saints have -130 odds to stay under 9.5 wins.
ATLANTA – There are two teams to keep an eye on when betting on both season win totals and odds to make the playoffs. Those are the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, who both reside in the NFC South.
Although NFL betting sites say one thing, the story and reports behind each of these teams tell another which could lead to a profit on longer odds for each of them.
Tailing The Falcons to Make a Run
Odds To Make Playoffs – Atlanta Falcons
- Yes +130
- No -170
Regular Season Win Total – Atlanta Falcons
- Over 8.5 +105
- Under 8.5 -135
The Atlanta Falcons odds to make the playoffs and go over their win total might be a bit longer, but they’ve done all the right things in the offseason to assure themselves as a playoff team.
Atlanta had a great free agency period that saw them bring in Calais Campbell, Jessie Bates, and Bud Dupree amongst several others. The Falcons also drafted one of the best running back prospects in recent years in Bijan Robinson.
While they did finish with a 7-10 record last season, they proved to be one of the better offenses in the NFL. The Falcons scored 21.5 points per game, which was in the top half of the league, and finished the season with the third most rush yards in the NFL with 2,718.
Luckily for the Falcons, the entire NFC South finished with a record under .500 last season, leaving the door wide open for them to go over their win total and make the playoffs. It’s also worth noting that these are the Falcons shortest odds to make the playoffs and their highest set win total in the last four seasons.
Saints Not Ready to Make the Leap
Odds To Make Playoffs – New Orleans Saints
- Yes -200
- No +150
Regular Season Win Total – New Orleans Saints
- Over 9.5 +100
- Under 9.5 -130
The New Orleans Saints have absolutely no sense of direction going for them right now, so it is hard seeing why their odds are favored by NFL sportsbooks. They signed Derek Carr to be their new quarterback in the offseason who has only finished with an above .500 record two times in his career which backs their -130 odds to stay under their win total. They also lost some notable names to free agency including David Onyemata, Marcus Davenport, Justin Evans, and Marquez Callaway.
The Saints offense put up 19.4 ppg last season and were in the bottom half of the league in yards with just 5,674 total yards on the year.
Over the last two seasons, the Saints missed the playoffs and failed to hit over 9.5 wins. Carr will also be their third QB to start in the last three seasons so he’ll half to adapt to a team that is already starting to fall apart.
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