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Saints vs. Falcons, Week 13 odds: Atlanta favored by 3.5 points

Atlanta is expected to beat New Orleans on Thursday.

Al Messerschmidt

The Atlanta Falcons opened as three-point favorites over the New Orleans Saints; the line has moved slightly in Atlanta's favor since then, and the Falcons are now favored by 3 1/2.

Atlanta and New Orleans are meeting for the second time in the month of November -- it was the Saints who handed the Falcons their first and only loss of the season, which came back on Nov. 11. Atlanta will be trying to exact some revenge in the rematch, which is set for Thursday night in the Georgia Dome.

The Saints are just 5-6 so far this season, but they aren't far out of the playoff picture. A group of teams at 6-5 are currently battling for the final wild card spot in the NFC, and much still can change as they head down the stretch.

Atlanta is 10-1 and can solidify its hold on both the NFC South and a No. 1 playoff seed with a win.

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