Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees
- The New Orleans Saints host the Atlanta Falcons as massive favorites on Sunday.
- Our experts analyze the betting odds and make their picks for this NFC South showdown.
Falcons at Saints Odds & Picks
- Odds: Saints -13.5
- Over/Under: 51
- Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: FOX
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With the Falcons off to a 1-7 start and the Saints looking like a Super Bowl contender, the NFC South’s biggest rivalry lacks its usual glitz heading into Week 10. The Saints are 13.5-point home favorites, but is that spread too big even with Drew Brees facing a decimated Atlanta secondary?
Our experts evaluate whether Matt Ryan’s potential return from injury will help the Falcons keep the game close or if Brees and a staunch Saints defense will blow out Dan Quinn’s disappointing Atlanta side.
Falcons-Saints Injury Report
Which team is healthier? Saints
There still isn’t an official word on Ryan (ankle), but he’s been able to get in limited practices, suggesting he could be trending toward playing. We’ll have a better idea on Friday.
Running back Ito Smith (neck) has remained out of practice, which will put a heavier workload on Devonta Freeman against a tough Saints run defense.
The Saints received some excellent news as Alvin Kamara (knee/ankle), Jared Cook (ankle) and Tre’Quan Smith (ankle) have all returned to full practice. The Saints’ 32 implied team total leads all teams by nearly four points.— Justin Bailey
Note: Info as of Thursday. See our Injury Report for daily practice participation and game statuses up until kickoff.
Saints Pass Offense vs. Falcons Pass Defense
In Week 8, Brees returned from his hand injury with a 373-yard, three-touchdown passing performance, and he should be ready and rested for the reeling 1-7 divisional rival Falcons off the Week 9 bye.
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