Thursday will be only the second meeting between New England and Atlanta since Patriots coming from behind winning Super Bowl LI. And what both franchises have been through since then. New England gained two more Super Bowl games, however, winning one brave cat departure for
greener the grasslands are warmer, and Mac Jones currently running the show in Foxborough. For Atlanta, Eagle missed the knockout stages for three consecutive seasons and underwent a reorganization with a new head coach and general manager.
All momentum is pouring into the Patriots when they go through a 4-match winning streak in Atlanta. Last week, Jones had three hits while Rhamondre Stevenson scored another 100 yards and two points in a 45-7 loss to the Browns. New England’s defense also held Cleveland to 217 yards in total. The Falcons were on the wrong side of a beat, being blown away 43-3 by Cowboys. Matt Ryan threw two interceptions, and Atlanta was 431-214 ahead and 22:19 on the ball. The Patriots, which are winning 4-0 this year, opened as the favorites by 5.5 points and the roster has been moving in their direction ever since.
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The Patriots are on a four-match winning streak. The Mac Jones quarterback is key and last week announced the fifth-highest passer rating (142.1) of any rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Jones leads all rookie quarterbacks with 223 shots, 2,333 passes, 13 touchdown passes and a passing index of 94.1. He completed 69% of his passes, also ranking first among rookies. New England’s defense also played very well in this series of matches. The Patriots have saved eight passes in their last four games, and their 11 sacks are tied for the third most in that span.
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Matt Ryan is four touches behind Eli Manning to take ninth place of all time. He has been ranked 93.7 passers in his four home games starting this season. Tight ending Kyle Pitts was one of three tight finishes with at least five games receiving 60 plus yards and was second among all rookies with 606 yards received.
The Patriots are currently the team with 7 points in this game and that seems like a lot of points for a team that will seek to control the ball if they take the lead. Instead, I’m looking at a total score of less than 47.5 here. There’s clearly something wrong with the Falcons offense, Bill Belichick will exploit it and the Patriots will go to a very boring victory on Thursday Night Football. – Andrew DeWitt, Senior Sports Betting editor
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