Saints to continue rise

There are some intriguing divisional clashes in the NFL this week and the NFC South provides us with the New Orleans Saints hosting the Atlanta Falcons in the early hours of Friday morning.

Saints on the up and up

After a 48-40 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, there has been no stopping quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints as they have gone on to win their following nine games on the bounce.

New Orleans put down a real statement last week as they inflicted the heaviest ever defeat on a reigning Super Bowl side, with a 48-7 thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles.

As for Atlanta, they find themselves in somewhat of a rut, with two defeats on the bounce against beatable opposition in the form of the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys.

It appears very few teams will have much joy at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this season and with that in mind, New Orleans are 1.94 to win with -12 points on the spread.

Jets to feel wrath of Pats backlash

Many eyes might be on the likes of the Saints and the LA Rams for the Super Bowl crown this season but only a fool would have already written off the New England Patriots.

The Pats enjoyed a six-game winning streak before a disappointing 34-10 defeat on the road at the Tennessee Titans last time out.

QB Tom Brady and co will be determined to bounce back and they have a great opportunity to do so on Sunday against the New York Jets.

The Jets are currently sat rock bottom of the AFC East and are on a three-game losing streak after defeats to the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

New England are hardly going to make life any easier for the Jets and the Pats should come out on top, even with -8.5 points on the spread, at 1.96.

Eagles to continue Giants run

The Super Bowl will seem like a distant and beautiful memory for Philadelphia Eagles supporters after that humbling at the hands of New Orleans.

However, they too have a chance for redemption when they host the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

Despite suffering six defeats already this season, head coach Doug Pederson still has aspirations of finishing top of the NFC East but they will need to turn things around quickly.

QB Carson Wentz must get over the worst performance in his NFL career against the Saints to really get his offense firing, while the Eagles’ defence also has work to do.

It certainly won’t be easy this weekend, as the Giants have put together their first back-to-back wins of the season in beating San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay.

However, Philly have an impressive record against their rivals and secured a 34-13 victory over New York in the Big Apple earlier this season.

The Eagles can be backed at 1.97 with -6 points on the spread, as they look to put themselves back in outside contention for playoff football.