Oddsmaker: Bettors staying away from Falcons in Week One

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If the host Falcons defeat the visiting Saints on Sunday, it will be considered an upset.

That’s not just us saying it. That’s what the point spread tells us. The Falcons are three-point home underdogs against the Saints.

And at one group of Nevada betting shops, Atlanta has hardly gotten any love at all.

According to data released by oddsmaking firm William Hill U.S. on Friday, 91 percent of the point spread bets on Sunday’s Saints-Falcons matchup have been on New Orleans.

Interestingly enough, the Saints opened as 1.5-point underdogs against Atlanta in the spring at William Hill, per VegasInsider.com line movement records. However, the bettors have shown a clear preference in this game.

And it’s not a preference for the home team to beat the spread.

44 responses to “Oddsmaker: Bettors staying away from Falcons in Week One

  1. Considering how close falcons/saints games normally are, that’s very surprising, especially since the falcons are at home.

  2. FANTASTIC!!!

    The only way the Saints have beaten the falcons in recent years is because of the refs. If Vegas needs a Falcon win…the refs will call it fair.

    Hester, Roddy, Juilo each get a TD. JAckson scores a couple and goes over 150…

    41-27….Falcons win..thehehehehe FALCONS WIN!!!

  3. steviaquinn says:
    Sep 5, 2014 7:47 PM
    FANTASTIC!!!

    The only way the Saints have beaten the falcons in recent years is because of the refs. If Vegas needs a Falcon win…the refs will call it fair.

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    Yep, Saints have beaten the Falcons 8 of the last 10, 13 of the last 16, because of the refs. OK.

  4. It’s why they play the game. I’m a Bucs fan pulling for Falcons for two reasons. First, I think the Saints need to be brought back to reality. So goes Drew Brees, so goes the Saints. One play away from a sure losing season. Second, I’m still not over the bountygate stuff; think they got off easy. Third, the more the Saints lose now, the less the NFC South and rest of the NFC need them to lose later.

  5. I wonder if Mike “orny” Ornstein will be on the sidelines again to piss off Goodell? The convicted Felon and Payton/Brees best friend could complicate things. His presence will for sure take away the Saints my valuable player….The Refs!!

  6. After watching what a listless, lazy team they are on Hardknocks I don’t see how anyone could bet them. Mike Smith is the 1st guy on the hot seat this year.

  7. Saints version of Hardknocks….Convicted Felon Ornstein puts in money to injure people …Later Sean Payton breaks the lock on the team doctors locker to consume opiates ( see Ryan Leaf)…later… Drew looks in the mirror and wonders what the hell is on his face ( thank you Jamal Anderson for asking him that!!!!) and contemplates whether to leave a 1% tip for his next waitress

  8. It’s because the rest of the world outside of the small pocket in downtown ATL realizes is that this game is a contender vs a reality TV tough guy.

    The Saints D was 4th last year and has gotten BETTER this offseason thx to the Byrd signing. Not to mention the O that will be MORE Dynamic than last year thx to rookie Cooks and Joe Morgan being healthy. Worry about graham all you want but they will be the X factor. Not to mention Ingram actually running with a chip in his shoulder this year.

    And I will he on the 4th row on the 50 behind saints bench Sunday to witness it all 🙂

  9. Mike Smith is absolutely horrible with in game strategy and decision making. It would be great if he can hang on in ATL a few more years. Spout all the nonsense you want Falcon fans; it doesn’t change the fact that the Saints own your crappy team…

  10. Be sure to catch the new reality show premiering on the NFL Network September 7th at high noon. Punked Over!

    Go Saints!

  11. Gawd…lol somebody gotta give my Falcons more respect than this now! I respect the saints, not gonna front on that…u guys are talented..but! I wouldn’t be so confident…last game you guys played us? it was yal’s healthy1st team struggling against a beat up Atlanta team with a bunch of mostly rookies on defense. Though u guys did win, I’ll give ya that, but? just me speaking…I wouldn’t be so confident. Everybody’s back on Offense and Defense this year and I hope it stays like that, “Injury free for both teams” Hoping for a great game tho……Go Falcons!!

  12. Drew Brees and Sean Payton OWN the falcants. What’s their record against them since being in Nola, 12-2 or something like that? Vegas is simply betting with history.

  13. They say that when the majority “zig”‘s you should look to “zag” but the sharps are passing up a 3 point homedog that has a dynamic offense and is facing their #1 rival…that doesn’t happen often.

    I’ll take a flier on the Saints.

  14. What’s W/L for the series?

    46 – 43 falcons I think?

    So even with this recent “success”, your team still doesn’t own the all time record. You don’t even own the most wins in a row record. The falcons won 10 straight in the 90s.

    Of course the fans here don’t know that. They started watching football in 2006.

    Truth is, EVERY game recently has been close, this one won’t be different. And now that we are healthy, I wouldn’t be so confident. I want to see all of you guys posting tomorrow. Don’t disappear.

  15. People like the Saints as Superbowl contender vs Atlanta as a potential top 5 worst. The only issue here is that Matt Ryan and his WR core are a top 5 unit so anything is possible

  16. burtmurphy1 says:
    Sep 6, 2014 9:27 AM
    What’s W/L for the series?

    46 – 43 falcons I think?

    So even with this recent “success”, your team still doesn’t own the all time record. You don’t even own the most wins in a row record. The falcons won 10 straight in the 90s.

    Of course the fans here don’t know that. They started watching football in 2006.

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    No, trust me, we are aware you have the all-time record because Falcons fans always use it as a response when confronted with the record that the current Saints coach and QB hold against ATL. Honestly I imagine many of these Saints fans, especially the more immature sounding ones, are just too young to care or remember how bad the Saints really were back in the day. I was a freshman in high school back in the season when Mike Ditka was fired, so everything since then has been either mediocre Jim Haslett or Sean Payton. That’s a long time to not be absolutely awful (excluding the Katrina year).

    If we just want to go with Smith/Ryan vs. Payton/Brees, the Saints are 8-2 (if you want to count 2012 sans Payton it’s 9-3). So this isn’t the bottom-feeder Falcons the Saints have been beating, this is our franchise QB and long-term coach versus yours, coming out on top time after time. Yes, it’s almost always close. Falcons always give us a run for it, especially in Atlanta. I think the Saints win by 2, with Vegas still winning. But honestly I wouldn’t be surprised or freak out if the Saints lose a close one. Doesn’t meant the Falcons are going to win the division or have a shot down the road in New Orleans. It just means you held serve at home like you’re supposed to.

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