The Atlanta Falcons are 0-5 straight up and against the spread in their last five games against the New England Patriots including last year's collapse in Super Bowl LI. The Falcons hope to finally solve the Patriots this Sunday night on the road.
Atlanta is a 3-point road underdog in Foxborough at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. When these two teams met in the Super Bowl last year, the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the third quarter and went on to lose the game 34-28 in overtime.
Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots
When: Sunday, October 22, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Betting Line / Total: New England -3 / 56.5 Points
In what perhaps served as a fitting lead in to this game, the Falcons blew a 17-0 second half lead in last Sunday's 20-17 loss at home to the Miami Dolphins. Atlanta has seen its strong 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS start slip away with back-to-back home losses as a big favorites against Buffalo and Miami.
The Falcons will now be on the road for four of their next five games and are an underdog for the first time this season on Sunday night.
The Falcons have shown plenty of bite as a betting underdog in recent seasons with a 10-5 SU and 11-4 ATS record in their last 15 games as one per the OddsShark NFL Database.
New England Patriots
This year's Patriots team is off to a rocky start at 4-2 SU and 2-4 ATS. Defensive woes continue to plague New England as the Patriots rank dead last in total defense in the league allowing 440.7 yards per game and passing defense allowing 324.8 yards per game.
This doesn't bode well going up against Matt Ryan and Atlanta's passing attack on Sunday. The Patriots have won 14 of their last 17 night games.
Sunday night's total is set at 56.5 points. The OVER is 3-1 in the last four games between New England and Atlanta.
This game features two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and fresh wounds from last year's Super Bowl. It should be a fun one for the fans and could be a long night for these two defenses. Atlanta will obviously have a big chip on its shoulder from last year, but the Patriots have one of their own with two home losses already on their record in 2017.
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