• The Patriots look to take one step closer to taking over the AFC East.
  • Atlanta was blown out by Dallas in Week 10.
  • The injury list continues to pile up for the Patriots, two offensive starters are “out”.

For those of you that forget, these teams faced each other in the Super Bowl not long ago. Plenty of things have changed about them since that day though. However, some things have remained the same, such as the head coach for the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick has done well preparing his team to take over the AFC East.

For the Falcons, their starting quarterback is the same as that Super Bowl years ago. Matt Ryan is trying his best to keep his team in the competition, however, it isn’t going well. Their recent loss to the Dallas Cowboys is proof that they have a long way to go. The Falcons come in as 6.5-point underdogs in this one 

Patriots vs Falcons Matchup at a Glance

Patriots Preview: Mac Jones is lighting defenses up

Already looking essentially as if he’ll be named Rookie of the Year, Mac Jones is on a roll. He’s coming off a huge win over the Cleveland Browns, throwing for three touchdowns. Jones has the best coach to guide him through his rookie season and it shows. To beat the Falcons, Jones will need to have another solid game, but he can also rely on the running game. 

The Patriots average 114.5 yards per game on the ground. They have the seventh-highest scoring offense in the NFL, averaging 27.5 points per game. Their defense is second in the NFL in points allowed per game at 17.7. This combination of offense and defensive power has led to some incredible wins over great teams. 

Falcons Preview: Keys to victory for Atlanta on Thursday

Atlanta heads into this game coming off of a tough loss to the Dallas Cowboys, 43-3. Their offense this season has struggled to put points on the board. This is going to be a problem against the Patriots’ defenses. So, how can the Falcons come away with a victory on Thursday night?

For starters, keeping the Patriots’ offense off the field is going to be paramount. The Patriots are incredible at controlling the clock and Atlanta needs to prevent this from happening. On defense, the Falcons have to force the Patriots to pass downfield. If they can take away the Patriots rushing offense, they’ll have a chance here. 

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This NFL Game

The Patriots come into this game as 6.5-point favorites. This year, they’re 6-4 against the spread, with a 3-1 record against the spread on the road. The Falcons have a 1-3 ATS record when playing on the road, which doesn’t inspire much confidence. 

Through their last eight games, the Patriots are 6-2 against the Falcons. The last time these two played each other the Patriots won 23-7. Knowing this, the choice for who to take at the sportsbook this week is a much clearer choice. 

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