2010 NFL Preseason Betting: New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons
New England Patriots
(1-0, 1-0 ATS)
(1-0, 1-0 ATS)
The Georgia Dome will be lit up, as the stars will be shining on the Peach State for an NFL preseason betting affair between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. This game is going to be televised nationally on Fox.
The Patriots are probably going be relying quite a bit on their backup quarterbacks on Thursday night. QB Tom Brady probably doesn’t have anything wrong with him, but HC Bill Belichick might be frightened to use his superstar in a meaningless game after he injured his hand against the helmet of a New Orleans Saints defender last week. Brady and his offense looked fantastic until he left the game, putting two scoring drives up quickly against the New Orleans ‘D’. Give some credit to third string QB Zac Robinson. In spite of the fact that he only completed three of his eight passes for 48 yards, he successfully navigated the game winning field goal drive with less than a minute left to play. Wide receiver Julian Edelman put forth a stellar effort as the top receiver, catching six passes for 90 yards. Rookie TE Aaron Hernandez was also a key target, catching three passes for 26 and carrying the ball once for six yards. P Zoltan Mesko proved to be a gigantic upgrade as well. It isn’t often that we discuss kickers and punters, but Mesko did a great job of flipping the field on a regular basis, averaging 43.8 yards per kick and pinning the Saints inside their own 20 three times on five punts.
The Falcons are going to be a very interesting team to watch in this preseason due to the fact that they are playing without the majority of their wide receivers. Both of last season’s starters, Michael Jenkins and Harry Douglas are out nursing injuries and might not be available for the entire exhibition campaign. That makes life significantly harder for QBs Matt Ryan, John Parker Wilson, and Chris Redman. The three only completed 15 combined passes for 144 yards in Atlanta’s 20-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend. Though HC Mike Smith isn’t going to be thrilled with the way that his offense played, he has to love the intensity which his defense brought. The Falcons held Kansas City to just 274 yards of offense. The team picked up a pair of sacks and forced three turnovers. Rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon recorded four tackles to finish second on the team in that category. Fellow starter LB Chris Lofton picked up four tackles and a sack to arguably be the top performer.
The winning formula in this game is simply. Atlanta looks like a hungry team right now, particularly on defense. Simply put, the Patriots could really care less whether they win this game or not. Especially considering the fact that this is the first last time that the Falcons will be playing at home until the second week of the regular season, they are going to want to leave a good taste in their fans’ mouths. Parlay all of that with the fact that Brady probably won’t be on the field for very long if he does play at all, and the choice is easy in this NFL preseason betting affair.
Selection: Atlanta Falcons -2.5
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