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As good of a game as any for handicappers to bet this week in football is the match between Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. The Las Vegas Strip and offshore betting odds are Atlanta -3.5 with a total of 51.5. It opened Atlanta -2.5 and 51. Not exactly a shock to line monitors, but 79 percent of gamblers prefer the Falcons with 68 percent staking on the over.
Pro bettors bring into play distinct key handicapping key performance indicators than the losing donk. Here is an analysis of that game from a wagering perspective. To contrast yards per rush on offense, the pre-eminence scientifically goes to Atlanta by .4. Passing yards per completion is another gage consumed by Vegas whales. The lead is owned by the Dirty Birds by 1.2. Perhaps the most made use of number by skilled gamblers is yards per point. From the offensive examination the better metrics are is in the column of Atlanta wasting 6.3 fewer.
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Onward to strategic records on the defensive side of the ball. The yards per rush guide says the best run defense in this game anyway is the Falcons by .6. The better-quality passing yards per completion data on defense give the omnipotence to Atlanta by 2.8. In terms of yards per point, the better of the two defenses is Atlanta by 2.1. Turnover ratio favors Atlanta by 10.
Yards per point is determined by dividing total yards by number of points. Offensively a lower number is considered more efficient. On defense, a higher number is better.
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Spread trends (all records against the spread): Atlanta 5-0 on Thursdays, 7-3 after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game. New Orleans 17-4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, 7-19 after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, 1-6 home. Underdogs are 9-3 in the series.
Over/under angles: Atlanta under 6-1 to teams with a losing record, under 47-19 after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. New Orleans over 6-1 after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game. The series has gone under 4-1.