Last time we saw the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, Tom Brady was leading an epic comeback in the Super Bowl. Tonight’s Sunday Night Football matchup is a rematch of a memorable Super Bowl LI. According to OddsShark, the Patriots are favored by three points, and the over-under is set at 56.5.
Neither team has done particularly well in Vegas. The Falcons are 2-3 against the spread, while the Patriots are 2-4 against the spread. New England’s games have tended to hit the over, with four out of their six matchups going over the point total. Two of Atlanta’s games have hit the over, while three have hit the under.
The OddsShark computer likes the Patriots chances of getting a victory. The computer projects a 29.0-24.1 Patriots victory. The computer is taking the Patriots to cover the spread, and the under on the point total.
The Falcons have struggled to find their footing this season, and come in at 3-2. Atlanta has lost their last two games, but had a bye last week as the Falcons try to hit the reset button.
New England was able to escape East Rutherford last week with a win over the Jets. The Patriots struggled at times in the game, but the victory put them at 4-2 for the season.
What should you expect in tonight’s Super Bowl rematch? The Falcons have had to face the 28-3 score all off-season, and have been eyeing this matchup, even if they may not admit to it. Atlanta also benefits from having an extra week to prepare for the Patriots.
New England has not been the dominant team we have come to expect. Three of their four wins have been decided by seven points or less. We expect a close contest, but look for the Falcons to get a little revenge with a victory. It won’t replace the Super Bowl, but it could help get the Falcons back on track.
Heavy’s Pick: Falcons 27 Patriots 24. Falcons Cover +3 Spread. Under on the Point Total.