NFL against the spread picks: Falcons-Saints takes on extra urgency (1 Viewer)


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Either the New Orleans Saints or Atlanta Falcons will be 1-2 after Sunday, with some serious questions going forward.

Saints-Falcons is one of the NFL’s best rivalries and Sunday’s game seems like a big one, at least for this early in the season. Both teams came into this season with Super Bowl hopes, and both stumbled out of the gate. Both teams are looking up at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. It’s early, but you don’t want to dig too big of a hole.

Of the two rivals, the Saints have the bigger concerns. If the Cleveland Browns could have made a kick in Week 2, the Saints would be 0-2. Their defense looked awful in Week 1 and their offense struggled for most of Week 2 against the Browns. They have as much talent as any team in football, but it hasn’t looked that way yet. The good news is it’s still early, and the Saints at least salvaged one win from their first two games.

The Falcons looked bad on offense in Week 1, but rebounded in Week 2. They’re dealing with injuries, however. Linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal are on injured reserve. Running back Devonta Freeman looks like he’ll miss another game, and Julio Jones has missed practice this week with a calf injury. It’s tough to deal with that many injuries so early in the season.

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