New Orleans Saints favored to beat the Atlanta Falcons this weekend
By Bob Garcia
Despite playing without Drew Brees, the Saints are getting support from sportsbooks
The worst has been confirmed. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is down with major injuries. He suffered a blow this past weekend in the team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers that caused injuries to his ribs and a collapsed lung and will now have to miss, most likely, several weeks of games. Fortunately, the Saints have a strong team and additional quarterback support, which is why oddsmakers are still giving them this weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
After Brees was initially diagnosed with the chest injuries, he sought a second opinion, which has confirmed the first diagnosis. It isn’t clear how long he will be sidelined, but he is about to miss his first game against the Falcons since 2005. Coming in to substitute for him will be either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill, with Winston the most likely choice.
The Saints were able to play well last year when Brees was out due to thumb surgery, so they know how to adapt to issues – this year won’t be any different. The Saints are now on top of the NFC South, a little ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they want to keep that position. Oddsmakers expect them to do so, at least through the Week 11 game against the Falcons, and the Saints are getting -235 against +190 for the Falcons. However, this doesn’t mean that New Orleans can take it easy, as the same oddsmakers believe this could be just a five-point game, and it would only take one careless mistake for Atlanta to reach the end zone and turn things around.